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Wayne's Music 4/5 June 2011 … #1's of The 70s.

Yellow River written by Jeff Christie for the British band The Tremoloes who turned it down, so he recorded it himself.
Baby Jump
Mungo Jerry …Their name was inspired by the poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
Without You Harry Nilsson with what became known as the suicide song, written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger who both later committed suicide.
Rubber Bullets 10cc's first #1 in 1973
You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me The New Seekers with the 2nd and last #1 in 1974.
Ms Grace The Tymes - US group that first charted in 1963, although the origins go back to 1956 when they formed up in Philadelphia as the "Latineers".
Forever And Ever Slik - the only #1 in 1976. Scots band led by Midge Ure.
Don't Cry For Me Argentina Julie Covington - From the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical "Evita".
Up Town Top Ranking Althea (Forrest) & Donna (Reid) -Two Jamaican teenagers who put some Carribean slang to existing music - one hit wonders in 1978.
Tragedy the 4th #1 for The BEE GEES, by 1979 a major disco act, this was lifted from their #1 album "Spirits Having Flown".which yielded three #1 hits.
The Wonder Of You 6 weeks at #1 in 1970, a 16th No 1. Elvis was reviving his career in Las Vegas, and this is a live recording from his show.
I Hear You Knocking Dave Edmunds had a glorious spell of 6 weeks at the top in 1971 with this song, but believe it or not it's his only #1.
Vincent Don Mclean with his first #1 - about the famous Dutch Painter Van Gogh.
Tie A yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree April 1973, a month long #1 for Tony Orlando and Dawn
You're The First, The Last, My Everything Barry White with his only #1 - The "Lurve Walrus" was another Philly-Sound star, who had numerous hits in the 70s.

Wayne's Music Sunday June 5 2011 … those 70s #1's, PART ONE.

You To me Are Everything The Real Thing the only #1 in 1976 for the TV talent show winners from Liverpool who enjoyed hits for the rest of the decade.
Chanson D'Amour The Manhattan Transfer with the only #1 in 1977
Figaro the 3rd and last #1 for The Brother Hood Of man - the tried and true formula worked one more time before the hits faded away and the group turned to the cabaret circuit.
Hit me With Your Rhythm Stick the late Ian Dury with The Blockheads - a popular part of the new wave scene in Britain

PART TWO

band Of Gold Freda Payne spent 6 weeks at the top with this song about marriage failure. Freda is the older sister of former Supremes member, Scherrie Payne, and was offered the song written by the Motown team Eddie and Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
Hot Love 1st No 1 for T REX, Led by Marc Bolan, an acoustic folk hero who turned electric and became a glam rock star.
You Wear It Well Rod Stewart with his 2nd #1 after Maggie Mae.
See My baby Jive Wizzard - four weeks at the top in 1973 with the first #1, and Roy Wood's group grabbed plenty of success for a year or so after that.
Waterloo ABBA with the first #1 (of 9) - The Eurovision winners for Sweden in 1974 and by the end of the decade the group became International Superstars.
January Pilot - the Scottish Pop Rockers with the only #1, written by David Paton and produced by Alan Parsons.
I Love To Love Tina Charles, from the band 5000 Volts before she started recording budget cover versions. Wuthering Heights How freaky was this production … sounded a bit weird when I first heard it in 1978, and who'd have thought it would make #1 - but it did in 78 and even though it's her only #1, Kate Bush is lauded as a superstar even today.
Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel's 2nd and last #1 (bridge Over Troubled Waters) with Paul Simon would have been his first in the 70s. it was written for the cartoon film "Watership Down" by the Wombles voice, Mike Batt.
Rivers Of Babylon for 5 weeks in mid 1978, the Carribean Act who recorded in Germany, Boney M, kept this song at the top of the heap.
Wanderin' Star Only No 1 for the Tough-guy actor LEE MARVIN who growled this song in his film "Paint Your Wagon".
Spirit In The Sky Although "Spirit in the Sky" has a seemingly Christian theme, Greenbaum was and still is a practicing Jew. He was inspired to write the song after observing country singers Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner singing a religious song on television.
Son Of My Father Chickory Tip in 72 with the only #1 … the first chart-topper to feature the Moog Synthesiser. When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees only #1 hit song
She Charles Aznavour Only No 1 for the French crooner with a British tv theme.
Whispering Grass Windsor Davies and Don Estelle with a major spin-off from the BBC sitcom "It Ain't Half Hot Mum".