Sunday, 22 March 2020

Seventies Lesser-Known Singles Playlist

I spend a lot of time reviewing albums on this blog, albums that are considered as “credible”, and I love them all, but, sometimes, I simply enjoy just listening to some good old fashioned singalong POP. Here is a selection of comparatively lesser-known seventies singles to which I know every word and every note. Again, I love them all and they were part of the soundtrack to my youth. The cassette recorder pictured is the exact model I used to own and it was my main source of music, the songs usually recorded from the Sunday evening BBC Radio One chart rundown show.

1. Softly Whispering I Love You - The Congregation
2. Heart Of Stone - Kenny
3. The Free Electric Band - Albert Hammond
4. Gimme Some - Brendon
5. Tokoloshe Man - John Kongos
6. Wherewithal - Clifford T. Ward
7. Pinball - Brian Protheroe
8. Beach Baby - First Class
9. The Band Played The Boogie - CCS
10. Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
11. Movie Star - Harpo
12. Life Is Too Short Girl - Sheer Elegance
13. Ghetto Child - Detroit Spinners
14. If I Had Words - Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keeley
15. Rock ‘n’ Roll Baby - The Stylistics


16. Long Tall Glasses - Leo Sayer
17. Joybringer - Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
18. America - David Essex
19. Rock ‘n’ Roll I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life - Kevin Johnson
20. New York Groove - Hello
21. Watcha Gonna Do About It - Dan McCafferty
22. At The Club - The Drifters
23. Feel The Need In Me - Detroit Emeralds
24. Oh Lori - Alessi
25. Little Does She Know - The Kursaal Flyers
26. Dirty Old Man - The Three Degrees
27. Radar Love - Golden Earring
28. I’m Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify
29. Angie Baby - Helen Reddy
30. Good Grief Christina - Chicory Tip


31. Dancing In The City - Marshall Hain
32. Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
33. Sky High - Jigsaw
34. Na Na Na - Cozy Powell
35. Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex
36. Popcorn - Hot Butter
37. Dance Little Lady Dance - Tina Charles
38. Mind Blowing Decisions - Heatwave
39. Sugar Me - Lynsey De Paul
40. Summer (The First Time) - Bobby Goldsboro
41. You’re Having My Baby - Paul Anka
42. Our Last Time Together - Neil Sedaka
43. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - The Partridge Family
44. Some Kind Of A Summer - David Cassidy
45. Goin’ Home - The Osmonds


46. Goodbye To Love - The Carpenters
47. Devil’s Answer - Atomic Rooster
48. Poolhall Richard - Faces
49. A Walkin’ Miracle - Limmie & Family Cookin’
50. I’m Doin’ Fine Now - New York City
51. Answer Me - Barbara Dickson
52. Love On Delivery - Billy Ocean
53. Desiderata - Les Crane
54. Let’s Work Together - Canned Heat
55. Uptown Uptempo Woman - Randy Edelman


Pictured above - Tina Charles, Brian Protheroe and
Randy Edelman. 


  1. So many of my favorite classics. Stylistics, I'm Your Puppet, free electric band, Lido Shuffle, I'm doing fine now, Canned Heat, Golden Earring. Even that Bobby Goldsboro is some sort of classic in that 70s story song kind of way. The 70s was great for story songs. Do you know the kind of thing I'm talking about? Angie Baby is another one of them too.

  2. Angie Baby - yes. did you know Helen Reddy passed away yesterday?

    Kevin Johnson - Rock and Roll I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life, which appears in my 45 RPM Gems is a great story song, along with Where Do You Go To My Lovely by Peter Sarstedt.

  3. I swear I didn't know Helen Reddy died before I wrote that. What kind of coincidence is that ? That is so freaky. But what is even freakier is that Mac Davis died yesterday too and he's the one who had the American hit version of Rock and roll I gave you the best years of my life. And not only that he wrote Helen Reddy's hit I believe in Music. Isn't that a freaky coincidence??? Mac Davis also had another awesome 1970s hit called Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me which I totally love. I think it was a number one hit. I never heard of that one by Peter Sarstedt. Bobby Goldsboro also had the story song Honey which was a big hit. A real tear-jerker.

  4. Wow, what freaky coincidences!

    Honey is a song I simply cannot listen to, I find it too upsetting, not for any personal reasons, it just gets me too emotional.

    The Peter Sarstedt one was a huge 'one-hit wonder" here, getting to number one. You should Google/You Tube some of these, and the Northern Soul ones too.