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70's Rock Show - 24th August 2010

I was back from my hols this week & although I had a lovely break, it was good to be back in the hot seat for the best 70's Rock Show in town...

The Hollies got things going, with a great intro & a great chorus line in "Curly Billy's silly with his Colt he calls Filly, he's gonna shoot your sheriff down". Classic. Bryan Ferry popped in on his own & later with Roxy Music, while Status Quo said we could have "Whatever You Want" & we wanted glam rock...

Slade hit #1 for the fourth time with "Cum On Feel The Noize" (the first single to go straight in at #1 since The Beatles with "Get Back" in 1969) & it stayed at the top for four weeks, as did Wizzard with "See My Baby Jive" (which heavily influenced Abba's breakthrough Euro-smash "Waterloo"). Elton's first US #1 was "Crocodile Rock" & "Ride A White Swan" was probably the first ever glam rock #1…

Steely Dan & Joe Walsh gave us some west coast rock, but Rory Gallagher showed you don't have to be American to get the sound. Then a set of quintessentially English music, Rick Wakeman (with the beautiful "Sir Galahad"), Uriah Heep (with the magical "The Wizard"), Yes (with the awesome "Starship Trooper") & Jeff Wayne (with the desperate "Spirit Of Man", featuring Phil Lynott & Julie Covington), with the interloping not-entirely-English Styx in there somewhere...

Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" was the best-selling single in the US in 1971, when The Rolling Stones also had a hit with "Street Fighting Man", even though it was recorded in the late 60's. Justin Hayward & John Lodge (minus John Lodge, but plus all four members of 10cc!) performed the ethereal "Blue Guitar", while Caravan related the quirky & most enjoyable tale of the "Golf Girl". Paul Rogers & Free delivered the well-known classic "Wishing Well", but we also had excellent lesser-known tracks from The Groundhogs, UFO & Todd Rundgren's Utopia…

Finally we had some get up & go before we got up & went. A trio of the best from the latter part of the decade - Siouxsie & The Banshees, Tom Robinson & The Stranglers. Variety is certainly the spice of life & the seventies certainly had plenty of it…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 The Hollies Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee
2 Status Quo Whatever You Want
3 Bryan Ferry Tokyo Joe
4 Slade Cum On Feel The Noize
5 Wizzard See My Baby Jive
6 Elton John Crocodile Rock
7 T. Rex Ride A White Swan
8 Steely Dan Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More
9 Rory Gallagher What's Going On
10 Joe Walsh Turn To Stone
11 Rick Wakeman Sir Galahad
12 Uriah Heep The Wizard
13 Styx Superstars
14 Yes Starship Trooper
15 Jeff Wayne The Spirit Of Man
16 Three Dog Night Joy To The World
17 Justin Hayward & John Lodge Blue Guitar
18 Caravan Golf Girl
19 Roxy Music Both Ends Burning
20 Free Wishing Well
21 Thin Lizzy Do Anything You Want To
22 The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man
23 The Groundhogs Rich Man, Poor Man
24 UFO Hot & Ready
25 Utopia Love In Action
26 Siouxsie & The Banshees Hong Kong Garden
27 Tom Robinson 2-4-6-8 Motorway
28 The Stranglers No More Heroes

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