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70's Rock Show - 20th July 2010

Again we had no overall theme to the evening's music, but there were some connections & most tracks gave us something to singalong to and/or play along with. Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts aka Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs kicked off the show on a bouncy, very happy note. Nothing to do with Mungo Jerry, as I long believed, rather Jona Lewie featured on lead vocals!

A bunch of pair-connected tunes came along; McGuiness Flint, Hudson Ford, Medicine Head & Lindisfarne, with Albert Hammond (who co-wrote many huge hits for other artists) & Ian Gomm (ex-Brinsley Schwartz & co-writer of "Cruel To Be Kind" with Nick Lowe) thrown in for good measure. Some of those artists were groups, but formed mainly around a leading duo. America had their 2nd US #1 with the lesser known "Sister Golden Hair", while "The In-Crowd" opened Bryan Ferry's 2nd LP "Another Time, Another Place"...

Another mini-theme about roads followed, with Chicago ("Mama Take" is from Chicago 13 which featured "Street Player"), The Eagles in the fast lane, Bachman-Turner Overdrive rolling down the highway & Deep Purple singing about a "Speed King" (incidentally, that is the first song Ian Gillan ever wrote).

A bunch of glam rock from Mott The Hoople, Kenny, Suzi Quatro & T. Rex was followed by a couple of songs that owe a lot to others: Roger Daltrey's beautiful & brilliant version of "Giving It All Away" was written by the then unknown Leo Sayer & McCartney unintentionally performed "Let Me Roll It" in the style of Lennon…

Journey were formed by members of Santana back in 73, but hit the big time in 79 with "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" from their 5th LP "Evolution". They've now sold over 75 million albums, which is some evolution! Elton John went a little mad for disco, Steve Harley went for some “Mad, Mad, Moonlight” & I went mad & played an excellent track by The Osmonds (yes, I did say that)…

Finally, Steve Miller heard a bootleg & covered Paul Pena’s “Jet Airliner”, ELO released “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” on purple vinyl, Bob Dylan controversially protested about the imprisonment of a boxer called Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter & Peter Green remembered a dream he had about a green dog barking at him about ‘the devil’s money’. Mmm...

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

 

1 Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs Seaside Shuffle
2 McGuinness Flint When I'm Dead And Gone
3 Hudson Ford Burn Baby Burn
4 Albert Hammond The Free Electric Band
5 Medicine Head One And One Is One
6 Lindisfarne Meet Me On The Corner
7 America Sister Golden Hair
8 Ian Gomm Hold On
9 Bryan Ferry The 'In' Crowd
10 Chicago Mama Take
11 The Eagles Life In The Fast Lane
12 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Roll On Down The Highway
13 Deep Purple Speed King
14 Lone Star A Million Stars
15 Mott The Hoople The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
16 Kenny The Bump
17 Suzi Quatro Devil Gate Drive
18 The Sweet The Ballroom Blitz
19 T. Rex Solid Gold Easy Action
20 Roger Daltrey Giving It All Away
21 Paul McCartney & Wings Let Me Roll It
22 Journey Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
23 Elton John One Horse Town
24 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Mad Mad Moonlight
25 The Osmonds Goin' Home
26 Steve Miller Band Jet Airliner
27 The Electric Light Orchestra Sweet Talkin Woman
28 Bob Dylan Hurricane
29 Fleetwood Mac The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)



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