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Wayne’s Music Saturday 6 October 2012.  70s Radio hits.

 Love The One You’re With                Isley Brothers with the most notable cover version of the Stephen Stills song – in 1971 this gospel-driven cover  (after all that was the family group’s background back in Cincinatti Ohio) put the Isley’s back in the charts.

The Immigrant               Neil Sedaka writing about Immigration, which became a political wedge issue in the '70s, Americans were divided on the topic.

 You’re My Number One              Polly Brown – the Picketty Witch and Sweet Dreams singer missed out on chart action in the UK, but this song got quite a lot of radio play in New Zealand in 1975. 

 I’m Not In Love             10cc with The song originally written around a Bossa Nova beat, but group member Lol Creme suggested slowing the tempo, while another group member, Kevin Godley suggested replacing the beat with a built-up wall of voices. Bingo!  One of the classic tracks of the seventies.

 If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It                  Kellee Patterson – from her funky soul album "turn on the lights be happy" – in 1977.

 Morning Side Of The Mountain                Donny And Marie Osmond – brother and sister pop duo – with the rest of their family were at the top of the entertainment tree in the 70s …Donny and Marie (18 and 16 years old, respectively, when the TV program premiered) were the youngest entertainers in TV history to host their own variety show, which ran for three years.  And they took a lot of flack from the public and critics, but they were and still are fabulous entertainers.

Sandy                              The Hollies with their 1975 cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Sandy” .

 Fooled Around And Fell In Love             Elvin Bishop’s band with the wonderful vocal from Mickey Thomas - who replaced Marty Balin as the male lead singer of Jefferson Starship in 1979 and was with the band in 1985 when they changed their name to Starship. 

 We Can’t Hide It Anymore    Larry Santos Was One Of The Biggest Voices Of TV & Radio Commercials For Many Years.

 Don’t Play Your Rock And Roll To me                    Smokie with the gritty voiced Chris Norman

 Feelings                Morris Albert The singer's full name is Morris Albert Kaiserman. He was born in Brazil.

There Won’t Be No Country Music              C W McCall          with his song which is possibly even more relevant today, than when it was written in the mid 70s.

Silver Lady                    American actor David Soul (of Starsky and Hutch fame) returned to his singing roots in the mid 70s.  Between 1976-78, he had five UK Top 20 singles, a couple of #1’s, and two Top 10 albums.

She Did It            Eric Carmen - In 1977, the lead singer of The Raspberries,

Sleeping Late                           Dr Hook  and The medicine Show – shortened the name in 1975 to plain old Dr Hook – and had eight years of regular chart hits one of which was this one. 

Wayne’s Music Sunday 7th October 2012.  70s Radio Hits.  PART ONE.

Sun Flower                   Glen Campbell –this was the last of eight #1’s on the easy listening chart for the 7th son of a seventh son from Delight Arkansas. 

So You Win Again                 Hot Chocolate – everyone’s a winner was the album – and the band was terrific, yet this was the only UK #1 single in 1976.

 I Wouldn’t Like To be Like You                 Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson – the nucleas of The Alan Parsons Project

Could It be Love             Jennifer Warnes, the Californian singer/arranger/producer from the end of the 70s surpassed Frank Sinatra as the vocalist performing the most songs to be nominated for an Academy Award For best original Song (four times) and to win an Academy Award (three times).


I’m Your Puppet                  James And Bobby Purify – James Lee Purify and his cousin Robert lee Dickey (to be precise) recorded this song in 1966 written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham who were producing some good stuff at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

 yellow River                               Jeff Christie’s big number which he offered to the Tremeloes, and they did record it, but didn’t release it for some reason, so the record producer took the Tremeloes vocals off it, and added Jeff Christie’s … a hit was born. 

Arms Of Mary               The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver – Gavin and Ian Sutherland joined the band Quiver, in 1973, and recorded several albums gaining considerable International success with this song in 1976. 

 Moonlight Feels Right            Starbuck, the Mississippi-based “sunshine pop” band – with the debut single – a classic seventies track with supercharged keyboards and a dynamite solo on the marimba from founder members of the band bruce Blackman and Bo Wagner.…

Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady                  Helen Reddy – I first heard this on Harriett Shock’s first album Hollywood Town in 1974 –she wrote the song, basing it on personal experience, leaving a selfish lover for the last time (apparantley) and for some reason the single failed to make the grade – until Helen Reddy released it in 1975 

 Barbados                                Typically Tropical       

Sunday Sunrise                           Anne Murray with another of her “sunny, feel-good songs” from the mid 70s.

 It’s All Over Now baby Blue           Graham Bonnet    

Don’t Let me Be Misunderstood                  Santa Esmeralda with a latin reworking of the old Animals hit – all to fit in with the dramatic dancing and colourful nightlife of the 70s …    

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick               Ian Dury and The Blockheads

Three Steps To Heaven                Showaddywaddy

The Laughing Gnome                       David Bowie   

Ma!  He’s Making Eyes At me                Lena Hilda Zavaroni was a Scottish child singer and a television show host. With her album Ma! at ten years of age, she is the youngest person in history to have an album in the top ten of the UK Albums Chart. 

 Midnight Blue                Cliff Richard at the movies … in the movies …this one was called Take Me High in his final film role.

 Daisy A Day                                      Justin Strunk from Jamestown, new York …Although much of Strunk's material was humorous, his most popular song was not. "A Daisy a Day" is a gentle, sentimental ballad in 3/4 time, describing the relationship between a boy and girl as they grow up together and ultimately grow old together. 

Beyond The Blue Horizon               Lou Christie in his recoveries and remakes period early 70s … and he slipped into a country style for what turned out to be one of his strongest non-falsetto vocal performances …