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70's Rock Show - 8th June 2010

No one would have believed, in the last hours of a Tuesday night, that human ears were being treated to the timeless sounds of seventies rock:

So, we began with Richard Burton narrating on the opening from "Jeff Waynes War Of The Worlds" (not quite as altered above) & that set the tone for the space/night theme that ran throughout the show. No Keith Moon or Ringo Starr this week, but we had "Starman", "Rocket Man" & "Rocket", then later on Cat Stevens' beautiful "Moonshadow", "Sister Moonshine" from Supertramp & "Northern Lights" by Renaissance. Renaissance were a progrock band managed by Miles Copeland, who also managed Wishbone Ash, Curved Air & The Police (the latter two both featuring his brother Stuart of course). Miles 'enjoyed' the middle name "Axe", but that surely wasn't as unusual as "Seafield Saint George", which is the middle name of Murray Head, who we also featured on the show…

Cozy Powell helped Richie Blackmore form Rainbow & spent time with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath - he was even the "P" in a late 80's touring ELP! Powell appeared on some 66 albums & was one of the great rock drummers, but he died in 1998 driving drunk in the rain at 104mph on the M4 & without a seatbelt - he was talking on the phone when he had his crash. RIP Cozy...

On a brighter note, Detroit born Suzi Quatro enjoyed (we hope) her 60th birthday in the last week. She lives in Essex, but is currently on tour - it would be great to speak to her, so maybe we'll see if we can get an interview when she stops for a breather? In her heyday, Suzi vied with Slade & The Sweet amongst others, but when they were performing in the 80's Sweet toured as three different groups - only Mick Tucker chose not to form his own version of the group...

The first Meatloaf single has the honour of having the longest title of any track to be featured on the show so far; a great song, but it wasn't particularly successful in chart terms. The first promotional video Genesis produced was for "A Trick Of The Tail", but Phil Collins later described that as the most embarrassing & cringeworthy of his entier career! Queen's first hit was "Seven Seas Of Rhye" & it appeared as the last track on each of their first two albums, the first version being instrumental & the second faded out as their third album ("Sheer Heart Attack") faded in...

Our stateside rock section featured Simon & Garfunkel's "Keep The Customer Satisfied", which came from the classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album - not only the top selling UK album in 1970 & 1971, but also winner of the first ever 'Best Album' BRIT award in 1977!! A bit of Poco, The Doobie Brothers & The Eagles brought us some real quality & Steely Dan brought us back to our main theme, with "Night By Night". ELO's "Night Rider", Bob Seger's "Night Moves" & Paul McCartney's brilliant "Every Night" made it a great quartet of 'night' songs…

McCartney wrote "When I'm 64" for The Beatles & Murray Head is currently 64. Phil Lynott wrote "Sarah" for his daughter when she was born & Ian Dury was born in Harrow & not Upminster as some believe. Dury has strong connections with Essex though, having caught polio as a seven-year-old in a Southend swimming pool in 1949 & his musical legacy includes the wonderful "Billericay Dickie", which we must feature one day...

A few classics then, but next week is all classics - the "Unplayed Classics" special show is coming up.

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Jeff Wayne Eve Of The War
2 David Bowie Starman
3 Elton John Rocket Man
4 Mud Rocket
5 Cozy Powell Dance With The Devil
6 Suzi Quatro Can The Can
7 The Sweet Teenage Rampage
8 Slade The Bangin' Man
9 Blue Oyster Cult (Don't Fear) The Reaper
10 Genesis A Trick In The Tail
11 Meatloaf You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
12 Queen Seven Seas Of Rhye
13 John Kongos Tokoloshe Man
14 Cat Stevens Moonshadow
15 Supertramp Sister Moonshine
16 Renaissance Northern Lights
17 Simon & Garfunkel Keep The Customer Satisfied
18 Poco Rose Of Cimarron
19 The Doobie Brothers It Keeps You Runnin'
20 The Eagles Witchy Woman
21 Steely Dan Night By Night
22 The Electric Light Orchestra Night Rider
23 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Night Moves
24 Paul McCartney Every Night
25 Murray Head Say It Ain't So Joe
26 Thin Lizzy Sarah
27 Ian Dury Wake Up And Make Love With Me

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