Wayne’s Music 7/8 September 2013. Forgotten 70s singles.
‘Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma’ Ray Charles sings Melanie Safka’s song in 1972 – the song has also been covered by many from Nina Simone to The New Seekers.
‘The Lonely Shepherd’ Gheorghe Zamfir the Romanian Master of The Pan Flute stormed ashore in the English-speaking world in 1976.
‘Pick The Wildwood Flower’ the single from Johnny Cash’s album “The Legend” where he sings, and his Mother-In-Law Maybelle Carter does the guitar picking..
‘heaven Knows I’m Missing Him Now’ the twenty-third single by 1960s British hit singer Sandie Shaw.
‘Monday Morning Choo Choo’ from The Canadian Trio “The Stampeders”
‘Bad Habits’ Billy Field with his huge Australasian hit in 1981.
‘You Put The Blue In me’ some bluegrass from the famous White Family – Sharon, Cheryl and their father Buck.
‘Chico And The man’ Jose Feliciano fitting in nicely to sing the theme song from the popular television show starring fellow Puerto Rican Freddie Prinz in the title role.
‘Does Anybody Know Where My baby Is?’ White Plains the British pop group evolved from The Flower Pot Men - a studio project led by John Carter. Lead singer Tony Burrows also sang on other studio groups, The brotherhood Of Man, The Pipkins, and Edison Lighthouse.
‘When The Morning Comes’ Hoyt Axton and Linda Ronstadt, one of the most successful female rock singers of the 70s , sadly is no longer able to sing because of Parkinson’s disease.
‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’ from the Welsh Band, Racing cars featuring ex-Swinging Blue Jeans vocalist/guitarist Ray Ennis – a one hit wonder in 1977.
‘My Special Angel’ The Vogues, the quartet from Pennsylvania specialized in recording a series of singles which were mainly covers of early rock’n’roll ballads …
‘Oh You Pretty Thing’ Herman’s Hermits made some of the catchiest, happiest and most memorable pop hits of all time.
‘Texas On A Saturday Night’ some western swing now from the Lone Star State – Texan Bill Green came out from his producers chair and had his first Billboard chartbreaker in 1976.
‘Loving And Free’ Kiki Dee was the first singer signed by Elton John to his own Rocket Records label in 1973
‘I’m In Love With The World’ Vanity Fare, the harmony ensemble from Kent, England best known I guess for “Hitchin’ A Ride’.
‘Egyptian Reggae’ Jonathon Richman and The Modern Lovers …
Wayne’s Music Sunday 8 September 2013. Forgotten 70s singles. PART ONE
‘Born To be With You’ Dave Edmunds - a kind of an elder statesman figure in rock music these days – the Welshman’s profile took an upswing after his appearance in the David Puttnam/David Essex movie “Stardust” in 1974 for which he provided much of the soundtrack – and remakes of this old 50s number got him back into rock’s mainstream.
‘A Little Love And Understanding’ Gilbert Becaud, the energetic Frenchman who wrote “What Now My Love”, “Let It be Me”, “Love On The Rocks” “It Must be Him” .. in fact his song catalogue runs to about 450 songs.
‘Fire, Water, Earth and Air’ Julie Felix , the Califonian who became known as Britain’s First Lady Of Folk – thanks to TV programmes like The Frost report, and her own television show on the BBC in the 70s.
‘Beyond The Blue Horizon’ Lou Christie goes country in 1973 with his rendition of the 1930 song from the movie Monte Carlo – a strong non-falsetto performance from Mr Christie.
‘First We Take Manhattan’ from the famous Blue Raincoat Jennifer Warnes – looking deeply into the heart of Leonard Cohen and creating a fabulous album
‘Back When Gas Was Thirty Cents A Gallon’ one from The Story Teller – Tom T hall from his seventies album “A Soldier Of Fortune”.
‘Hat Check Girl’ Sailor, The British Band although the founder and leader George Kajanus is a Norwegian, Phil Pickett is German, and the other two original members, Henry Marsh came from Somerset, and Grant Serpell from Berkshire.
‘Lady Of The Morning’ Marvin Welch and Farrar, two of The Shadows – Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, and former Australian band The Strangers main man John Farrar.
‘Hey! Sandy’ Harvey Andrews with his song about the senseless loss of a young life in conflict - based on the death of a female student, Sandra Scheuer who was shot by the Ohio National Guard at the Kent State University in the anti Vietnam War demonstration of 1970
‘Windows And Doorways’ Arthur Lowe with a wonderful lost single of the 70s.
‘The Call’ Anne Murray –recorded for her “Honey, Wheat and Laughter album in 1970.
‘My Mother Was Her name’ Hurricane Smith, who was the engineer on all of the EMI studio recordings by The Beatles – he engineered the sound for 100 Beatles songs in total – then worked with Pink Floyd, producing the first, second and fourth studio albums.
‘Touch A hand (Make A Friend)’ The Staple Singers with one of their most successful singles from the album “Be What You Are” in 1973
‘You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly’ Lola Jean Dillon and L E White teamed up for a few spoofy singles in the mid seventies …
‘Joanna’ Scott Walker’s second solo single in the UK – still with that smoldering Walker brothers sound.
‘If’ Telly Savalas – with what would have to be the only totally recited #1 hit.
‘Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto de Aranjuez’ Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains.