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Wayne’s Music 20/21 July 2013.  1970s.

Wayne Mowat getting out those durable tunes of the 70s – 1970s that is.

‘Takin Care Of Business’ -  Randy Bachman’s rock song opening our seventies spree this week. 

‘Firth Of Fifth’       this was one of my favourite Genesis albums “Selling England By The Pound”:

‘Baba O’Riley’                 Who’s Next?  Of course it’s the Who from the 1971 album – Dave Arbus played the violin on this track. 

‘Who Does Lisa Like’              Rachel Sweet – with a bit of new wave from the Ohio born Teen Queen. 

‘Thorn Tree In the garden’              here’s a track taken from Layla and other assorted love songs by Derek and The Dominoes – Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Duane Allman..

‘Stay With Me’              if you wanted a really good time at a 70s concert, The Faces always came up with the goods …not bad for a group of refugees from two other great British bands – The Small faces and Humble Pie.. 

‘No Matter What’             hard to figure out why Badfinger didn’t really take off in Britain – maybe it just wasn’t hip-enough to be part of the heavy London underground scene …

‘Waterloo’              this was possibly the first ABBA record you heard – there’s a whole lot of “firsts associated with the record – it was the first release to be credited as ABBA – the song won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and it went on to sell nearly 6 million copies making it one of the best selling singles of all time. 

‘Alladin Sane’                  David Bowie with the first album he wrote and produced as a bona fide Rock Star

‘Tangled Up In Blue’                 Bob Dylan  from Blood On the Tracks. 

‘No Woman No Cry’                 Natty Dread – enough said … the 1974 album and the first one released with the I-Three’s female vocal trio, Bob Marley’s wife Rita, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt

45 ‘Could You Ever Love Me Again’           Gary and Dave  - a bit of easy listening gold from the Canadian Duo – Gary (weeks) and Dave (beckett) with their 70s classic. 

‘Wayne’s Music Sunday 14 July 2013.  1970s.  PART ONE.

The seventies have had a lot of bad press. Was the decade really that bad or has it become a handy media myth? Was it not, in reality, the most schizophrenic decade of them all- with a collapsing economy played out with a boom time, a decade of bad flares and great music, a decade of  bad politics but brilliant idealism and, arguably, the greatest soundtrack ever.

‘Jackie Wilson Said’                 Van Morrison from his album “Still On Top”. 

‘Paris 1919’            John Cale, the Welshman with an excellent band on this 1973 release – mainly made up of members of Little Feat.

‘Jolene’                  Dolly Parton …This was inspired by a 10-year-old fan who asked Parton for an autograph. Parton asked her name and the little girl responded, "Jolene."

‘ Louisianna 1927’          Randy Newman with his song about the great Mississippi flood of 1927 .. it has also become the states unofficial song in the wake of the 2005 disaster Hurricane Katrina. 


It’s often said that the seventies was the decade that taste seemed to evaporate but this is just not true. Musically it was as good as the mythological sixties.  It’s hard to think of another decade with as much musical diversity.

‘Rock Me On The Water’          Jackson browne with the second single release from his 1972 debut album. 

‘Heart Of Glass’               Blondie - Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (who were later married) wrote the first version of this song in early 1974, shortly after they first met. They didn't have a proper title for the song, and would refer to it as "The Disco Song."            

‘Hello It’s Me’                 Todd Rundgren   it was the first song Rundgren ever wrote. In his teens, Todd was an avid listener to music but it was only when he put his band The Nazz together at the age of 19 that the young musician realized that now he was fronting a band, and he'd better start penning some material.

‘Let’s Stay Together’                 Al Green who is devoted almost exclusively to devotional music these days 

‘Back Stabbers’             The O’Jays  with a Philly classic a breakthrough album in 1972 for the group.         

‘See My bay Jive’            Roy Wood  - after he walked away from the Electric Light Orchestra (differences of opinion with Jeff Lynne apparantley on the group’s direction) – his first singles with Wizzard had phenomenal success in Britain  - this was one of them.               

‘Angie’                   made In The Shade.  The Rolling Stones.        

‘Mandolin Wind’               Rod Stewart - Ray Jackson of the British folk/rock group Lindisfarne played the mandolin on this track. Stewart forgot Jackson's name and referred to him as "the mandolin player in Lindisfarne" on the sleeve credits.

‘Right Place Wrong Time”                   Dr John  in 1973   

‘remake/re-Model             Roxy Music – the opening track on the debut album and possibly the first song you had heard from Roxy Music.           

‘Easy’           Commodores with another Lionel Richie cross-over hit in 1977 …

‘Werewolves Of London’          Warren Zevon       

‘Thank You (Falletinmebe mice elf again)           from the Essential Sly And The Family Stone collection.