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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Jim Stafford – “Spiders And Snakes”, “Swamp Witch”, “Wildwood Weed” And “I Got Stoned And I Missed It”

Tweet For some reason I just recalled “Spiders And Snakes” by comedian and musician Jim Stafford, which reached Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1974. Not that I remembered that, but a little research goes a long way…. In fact at first I just remembered the line “I don’t like spiders and […]

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The Knack – “My Sharona” And “Good Girls Don’t”

Tweet One song I remember from 1979 was “My Sharona” by The Knack. It was apparently the biggest hit of the year and spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart as well as five weeks at No. 1 in Australia. The followup single “Good Girls Don’t”, from […]

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Golden Harvest – “I Need Your Love”

Tweet Another New Zealand band in the Seventies I remember was a young outfit called Golden Harvest with their single “I Need Your Love”. I don’t recall whether they had any other successes, but this one sticks in my mind. In any case the chorus is definitely catchy and I found myself singing it this […]

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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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