Dobie Gray – “Drift Away”

Tweet In 1973 Dobie Gray sang the most popular version of “Drift Away”, sometimes known as “Give Me The Beat, Boys”, which had originally been recorded a year earlier, and has since become a classic ending song for concerts. He took it to Number 5 in the USA, though it didn’t enter the charts in […]

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Wizzard – “See My Baby Jive”

Tweet Roy Wood and his band Wizzard had a Number One hit in the UK in 1973 with “See My Baby Jive”. Roy Wood had previously been a founding member of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and was a particularly experimental musician, combining a range of genres in his music, such as classical and big band […]

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The Band – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Up On Cripple Creek” And “The Weight”

Tweet One of the most memorable songs of the Seventies for me was actually written shortly before the decade began: “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, by Bob Dylan’s Canadian backing group The Band. The song, written by Robbie Robertson and sung by Levon Helm (though he aparently claims to have contributed to the […]

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Cher – “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves”, “Half Breed”, “Dark Lady”, “If I Could Turn Back Time” And “Just Like Jesse James”

Tweet The first solo Number One hit by Cher of Sonny and Cher fame was “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves” in 1971. “Half Breed” and “Dark Lady” also reached the top spot in 1973 and 1974 respectively. Cher has had any more hits over the years, but two of my favourites after the Seventies were “If […]

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Ralph McTell – “Streets Of London”

Tweet Although initially written and released on his second album in 1969, “Streets Of London” by Ralph McTell came out as a single in the UK in 1974, having earlier been successfully launched as a single in the Netherlands. I remember when I flew into Britain for the first time a week before Christmas in […]

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