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70's Rock Show – 2nd November 2010

It was a special show this week, with all the tracks played being more on the easy-going side of 70’s rock. We put our feet up, relaxed &, as I put it, we went balladic…

Peter Frampton & Steve Miller opened with a lovely song each & Joan Armatrading served up a true all-time classic. The Eagles released “Best Of My Love” from "On The Border" this week in 1974 & it was a superb US #1 soon after. The very American sounding America surprisingly recorded their US #1 debut LP in the UK…

Bob Seger & Elton John caressed our ears with beautiful ballads, but both were later covered & were big hits by duets. Billy Joel’s “She’s Always A Woman” was playing in the Austin J Tobin Plaza throughout the 9/11 attack on New York & only stopped when the twin towers collapsed. Poignant, as is 10cc’s superb “Old Wild Men” who were “waiting for miracles”…

Easy-going doesn’t mean dull & everyone sang along to ELO, Steely Dan, The Doobies & Colin Blunstone (backed by strings alone). Chicago sang a love song that was written to make up for a fight, Kate Bush wrote her song when she was 13 years old & Carole King also started off young, writing the first of her 118 US chart hits (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) when she was just 18…

Theatrical & soaring classics from Lou Reed, Santana, Pink Floyd, Supertramp & a delicious tune from the “Consequences” concept album by ex-10cc men Kevin Godley & Lol Creme brought drama to the proceedings, as Prelude harmonised the genius of Neil Young in an acapella one-hit wonder & Rod Stewart delivered perhaps the perfect lyric for lovers everywhere…

Shel Silverstein & Paul Simon both wrote autobiographical tales – “Sylvia’s Mother” was a huge debut hit for Dr. Hook & was all about Shel trying to get hold of Sylvia Pandolfi, while Art Garfunkel flew down to Mexico (oh-oh) to leave Paul Simon alone writing for “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, the biggest selling album in the world in 1970. The UK’s biggest selling LP in 1971 was “Electric Warrior”, from which came “Life’s A Gas” – the sleeve was put together by Hipgnosis, who also provided covers for Pink Floyd, 10cc, Wings, Led Zep, ELO, Black Sabbath, Yes, Bad Company, Genesis, Peter Gabriel & many more…

In our final sequence, Lennon's #9 dream reached #9 in the US & McCartney’s “No Words” was co-written with Denny Laine (who also wrote Colin Blunstone’s “Say You Don’t Mind”). The latter comes from “Band On The Run” which is re-issued this week, all remastered & with all sorts of extras. Dave Hill was on honeymoon & did not play guitar for Slade on “Everyday” & we ended with the first US hit from Genesis, taken from the LP “Wind & Wuthering”, named after a Chinese restaurant & a certain book by Emily Bronte…

It was a real pleasure to slow things down a bit & I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Perhaps I'll have to put together another ballad special in the near future, but next week will see us back to a varied selection that I just know you’ll enjoy, so please don’t forget where to be on Tuesday at 10pm…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Peter Frampton All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)
2 Steve Miller Band Winter Time
3 Joan Armatrading Love And Affection
4 The Eagles Best Of My Love
5 America I Need You
6 Billy Joel She's Always A Woman
7 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band We've Got Tonight
8 Elton John Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
9 10cc Old Wild Men
10 The Electric Light Orchestra Strange Magic
11 Chicago Just You 'n' Me
12 Steely Dan Dirty Work
13 The Doobie Brothers Minute By Minute
14 Colin Blunstone Say You Don't Mind
15 Kate Bush The Man With The Child In His Eyes
16 Carole King You've Got A Friend
17 Lou Reed Perfect Day
18 Santana Samba Pa Ti
19 Pink Floyd The Great Gig In The Sky
20 Supertramp If Everyone Was Listening
21 Godley & Creme Five O'Clock In The Morning
22 Prelude After The Goldrush
23 Rod Stewart You're In My Heart
24 Dr. Hook Sylvia's Mother
25 Simon & Garfunkel The Only Living Boy In New York
26 T. Rex Life's A Gas
27 John Lennon #9 Dream
28 Paul McCartney & Wings No Words
29 Slade Everyday
30 Genesis Your Own Special Way

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