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Number Ones of 1972 (Part 5)

…[continued from Part 4]

You know when you write about a year in these terms – all the number ones – you wonder whether it gives a realistic representation of the music everyone listened to.

In terms of sheer public popularity I guess it does, but in my own personal world I feel there were many different songs – which didn’t reach Number 1 – that I would play over and over again from my weekly tape recordings of the Top 30 show.

So along with the likes of “School’s Out”, “Claire”, T.Rex, Slade, “Son of my Father”,  Lieutenant Pigeon, plus all the Prog rock and pop already mentioned in my 1972 diary entries, would the following songs also stand up and take bow for providing a suitable distraction to the arguments going on at our house…

• America – “A Horse with No Name
• Argent – “Hold Your Head Up
• Blackfoot Sue – “Standing in the Road
• David Bowie –  “John I’m Only Dancing
• David Bowie –  “Jean Genie” 
• David Bowie –  “Starman
• Alice Cooper – “Elected
• Dr Hook – “Sylvia’s Mother
• Electric Light Orchestra – “10538 Overture
• Family – “Burlesque
• Roberta Flack – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
• Gary Glitter – “Rock & Roll Part II
• Hawkwind – “Silver Machine
• The Hollies “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
• Hot Butter – “Popcorn
• Elton John – “Rocket Man
• John Lennon & Yoko – “Happy Xmas (War is Over)
• Lindisfarne – “Lady Eleanor
• Melanie – “Brand New Key
• Mott the Hoople – “All the Young Dudes
• Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now
• Redbone – “Witch Queen of New Orleans
• Lou Reed – “Walk on the Wild Side
• Rolling Stones – “Tumbing Dice
• Roxy Music – “Virginia Plain
• Paul Simon – “Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard
• Ringo Starr – “Back Off Boogaloo
• Status Quo – “Paper Plane
• Stealers Wheel – “Stuck in the Middle
• Cat Stevens – “Can’t Keep it In
• Temptations – “Papa Was a Rolling Stone
• 10cc – “Donna
• The Who – “Join Together
• Stevie Wonder – “Superstition

1972 was therefore a year that had me listening to all kinds of music, creating a varied love for it that would not only supply me with an eventual career (of sorts) but a lifetime of many happy memories.

Meanwhile, (I love a good “meanwhile”) 4000 miles away, my future wife who had started her own musical education early was finding that Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” was proving to be an awkward choice for her classroom’s show and tell session.

Both of us can now only hope that the 8 and 14-year-old kids of today carry forward the same kind of interest, love and enthusiasm for music into their middle and old age as we have.


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An Aside (XIII)

Part 6….

Yes, a Genesis fronted by Peter Gabriel

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An Aside (VIII)

Part 1 of scans of the official concert programme in advance of my memories (hah!) about my big day at the Oval….



Yes, you CAN ask “Who the hell were Fudd?”

All will be revealed come my concert day post…..

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September 28th 1972

“Bought Melody Maker. ELP win 7 sections in poll. Another addition to concert – Argent”

I probably would’ve purchased Melody Maker anyway – along with Sounds and NME it represented “required reading” each Thursday – but I suspect this particular issue was sought and read cover to cover with a little more glee and excitement?!!

The Melody Maker poll winners for 1972?….

Best British Male Singer : Rod Stewart
Best British Female Singer: Maggie Bell
Best British Group: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (win #1)
Best British Single: Lindisfarne – Lady Eleanor
Best British Album: Wishbone Ash – Argus
Best TV Show: Old Grey Whistle Test
Best Radio Show: Sounds of the Seventies
Best Disc Jockey: John Peel
Best British Brightest Hope: Roxy Music

… and in the International Sections…..

Best Male Singer: Neil Young
Best Female Singer: Joni Mitchell
Best Drummer: Carl Palmer (win #2)
Best Bass: Jack Bruce
Best Album: Neil Young – Harvest
Best Keyboards: Keith Emerson (win #3)
Best Guitarist: Rory Gallagher
Best Producer: Greg Lake (win #4)
Best Single: Don McLean – American Pie (nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!)
Best Arranger(s): Emerson, Lake & Palmer (win #5)
Best Brightest Hope: Focus
Best Composers: Keith Emerson & Greg Lake (win #6)
Best Group: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (win #7)
Best Miscellaneous Instrument: Ian Anderson – Flute

How do I know all this? (I SWEAR I never used Google!) ….. All will be (somewhat sadly) revealed in upcoming blog posts!

Meanwhile…. Argent eh? Hold Your Head Up!……

Hold on just a minute………………….. Best Miscellaneous Instrument????

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