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70's Rock Show - 9th November 2010

A semblance of normality was resumed this week – there was no special theme, just controlled madness, lots of great music & some interesting snippets of information & trivia…

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends” was how ELP kicked things off for us (thanks fellas), then Led Zeppelin, with drums inspired by Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition (listen, you can hear it), kept the walls shaking. One of the best from Rush, very early Rory Gallagher in his first band Taste & a great Steppenwolf track was a return to the heavier side of 70’s rock after last week’s more relaxed show. Steppenwolf used to be called “Sparrow” but were renamed after the title of a novel by Herman Hesse…

The Sweet had ELEVEN #1 singles in Denmark, which wasn't bad going! Mud had the Xmas #1 in 1974 – one of the shows in the run up to Christmas will be a special festive offering (remember, this decade was the bet for classic Xmas songs). Suzi Q, Status Quo & Slade completed a handful of glam rock/pop songs. Slade’s “Wam Bam” was a quick in & out chart hit, reaching #7 but spending only 7 weeks in the top 40…

Slightly more arty offerings came from Cockney Rebel, Mr. Big & Queen (if fat bottoms can be considered arty). The latter two bands toured together in 75, Mr. Big then toured Europe with The Sweet & the USA with Tom Petty, Journey & Kansas (“Romeo” was a hit during that US tour)…

There was a fair Beatles element to the show: We had solo tracks from Paul, Ringo & George. Ringo’s featured John & George’s replaced Paul at the top of the US singles charts in 73. But that wasn’t all, as we also had a gorgeous track by America, which was produced by George Martin & James Taylor’s beautiful “Carolina In My Mind” had contributions from Paul McCartney (bass) & George Harrison (backing vocals)…

“Debora” was a minor hit for T. Rex in 1968 (their first), but it reached #7 when re-released in 72 coupled with “One Inch Rock”. Chicago were inspired by a day out in New York’s huge Central Park & Steely Dan delivered some more than classy guitar on “Bodhisattva” (get Rock Band 2 & try to play along!). Genesis, Argent & Gary Moore gave us a trio of quite superb gems & in the final straight we heard Hudson Ford, The Moody Blues, that James Taylor ballad & Steve Miller…

I dedicated the final song to myself, as it’s my birthday next week & I won’t be here, but I will be providing the very capable Graeme Holiday with some great songs to play, so don’t miss what will be an excellent show…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression (Part 2)
2 Led Zeppelin Trampled Underfoot
3 Rush Bastille Day
4 Taste What's Going On
5 Steppenwolf Straight Shooting Woman
6 The Sweet Little Willy
7 Mud Moonshine Sally
8 Suzi Quatro The Wild One
9 Status Quo Again And Again
10 Slade Thanks For The Memory (Wam Bam Thank You Mam)
11 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Judy Teen
12 Mr. Big Romeo
13 Queen Fat Bottomed Girls
14 Paul McCartney & Wings Call Me Back Again
15 Ringo Starr Only You (And You Alone)
16 George Harrison Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
17 T. Rex Debora
18 Chicago Saturday In The Park
19 America Tin Man
20 Steely Dan Bodhisattva
21 Genesis Firth Of Fifth
22 Argent It's Only Money (Part 1)
23 Gary Moore Parisienne Walkways
24 Hudson Ford Pick Up The Pieces
25 The Moody Blues After You Came
26 James Taylor Carolina On My Mind
27 Steve Miller Band The Stake
28 Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock And Roll

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