Middle Of The Road – “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep”, “Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum”, “Soley Soley” And “Samson and Delilah”

Tweet It was the age of miniskirts and hot pants when Scottish band Middle Of The Road with lead singer Sally Carr had a string of pop hits in 1971 and 1972, including “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep”, “Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum”, “Soley Soley” and “Samson and Delilah”. For some reason the lines “Last night I […]

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Gimme Three Steps”, Free Bird” And “Sweet Alabama”

Tweet While I wasn’t really a follower of U.S. Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd at the time, I became very familiar with three of their tracks from the early Seventies, namely “Gimme Three Steps”, Free Bird” and “Sweet Alabama”. This was largely through working with a band in Germany called Nuthin’ Fancy who were big […]

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Mother Goose – “Baked Beans” And “This Is The Life”

Tweet Last night by chance I came across an old favourite from New Zealand in the Seventies: Mother Goose singing their slightly ludicrous “Baked Beans” – which just goes to show you can make a rock song outof anything! I had forgotten about Mother Goose, but they actually did pretty well for themselves, having coming […]

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Journey – “Wheel In The Sky”, “Lights”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”, “Any Way You Want It”, “Who’s Crying Now” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Tweet San Fancisco band Journey were very successful from the late Seventies on into the Eighties, with songs like “Wheel in the Sky”, “Lights”, “Lovin,’ Touchin,’ Squeezin’”, “Any Way You Want It”, “Who’s Crying Now” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. I remember that in the part of southern Germany where I lived in the early 1980s […]

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Vicky Leandros – “Après Toi” and “Come What May”

Tweet And now for something completely different… In 1972 Vicky Leandros had a European hit with “Après Toi” (After You), and I went on my first overseas trip from New Zealand, to the French Pacific colony of New Caledonia. All the time we were in Nouméa, its capital, we heard the song “Après Toi” again […]

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