Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Blast from the 70's past

The first single I ever bought
I forgot just how I loved it
I heard it on radio wales today
Ps radio wales is shite


46 comments:

  1. mine was "get off my cloud" by the STONES!

    I have never heard this song; guess it didn't make it across the pond.

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    1. I've just checked, A.M., and it reached the vertiginous heights of number EIGHT ONE in the USA. So maybe not quite the smash there, then.

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    2. That's 81, of course.

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  2. I honestly can't remember the first single I ever bought. It would have been used with the little plastic insert. My favorite bands growing up were The Kingston Trio and the Ventures, so I would guess it might have been something from them.

    Have a good one, John!

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  3. Mine was ' I'm only a poor little sparrow' by the St Winifred's Girls School Choir..lomfg!

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  4. Michael Jackson 'rocking robin' OR Wings 'Mary had a little lamb"...one of them was my first single.Both have an animal in the title...now I'm vegan..coincidence?
    Jane x

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  5. Good lord, seriously?? This is a joke, right? Irony? Sarcasm??
    You just unleashed the dogs of hell, listening to that. If I dream about this tonight, I swear i'm......

    Oh, the first one I ever bought, maybe 63? was Louie Louie, by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

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    1. I still kinda like it
      It's kvetch

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  6. Those clothes...those haircuts...and that dreadful song. Nightmare!

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  7. No wonder radio Wales is shite if they play that music.
    You are just jealous of all the hair!

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  8. The Brontosaurus by the Move in 1970. Oh dear!

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  9. Mine would have been something by T. Rex, I had a major crush on Marc Bolan sigh

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  10. Complying with the common stereotype - it just had to be a Eurovision number! "Beg, Steal or Borrow" - I guess that that is how you get by in Trelawnyd. My first single was "Return to Sender" by Elvis.

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  11. I love that song too, also 'I'd like to teach the World to sing' and 'You won't find another fool like me babe' by the same group. Nice, happy tunes. I was a big fan of the feathercut haircut back then too!

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  12. BIG HAIR !!!
    My first single was Crocodile Rock by Elton John though I did have red & blue singles with Beatrix Potter stories on ( they'd be worth a fortune now ! )
    Happy days x

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  13. That's made me surprisingly nostalgic for the 70s...the past really is a foreign country...

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  14. Not sure about your taste in music! My first single was " Cathy's Clown"..Everly Brothers. Bought from Woolworths in Leicester…and I think the second one may have been " Rubber Ball" by Bobby Vee. My friend and I aged 14 used to listen to it over and over again….probably because we only had about 3 records anyway! Memories.

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    1. Wow! Someone of my generation, mentioning a record almost as old as mine (below).
      I remember 'Rubber Ball' too, with Marty Wilde's rival British version getting to #10, while Bobby V's got to #3.

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  15. HUGE fan of the Seekers - old and new! You've got me thinking I should look for a CD of theirs. Mine was "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne - I bought it from a girl who lived in our village post office who was selling her records. xxx

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  16. I love the seventies and eighties music, John. Especially great British bands like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Emerson Lake and Palmer.

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  17. Stephen Stills - Love the One You're With.
    I used to love Eve Graham's hair and always thought she was a better singer than the other girl, maybe because she's Scottish but I'm saying that sans prejudice, naturally. Have a good day. x

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  18. .........and my first album was Dory Previn 'Mythical Kings and Iguanas'!

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  19. Dad bought us a record player in 1958/9 and my sister and I were allowed to buy one single each. She bought the Teddy Bears "To know him is to love him" and I bought " the Nun's Chorus" from Casanova. it took her a long time to forgive me for that!

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    1. We had that 'Nun's Chorus' as well, on a TWELVE inch 78 rpm., as you probably did. At my tender age then (12/13) I actually thought it was real nuns singing!

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  20. Despite some of the unkind remarks above, J.G. I think it's a goody - and the fact that it came second in the Eurovision proves that indeed it was! (So stick that in your pipe and smoke it, all you detractors!)

    My own first? Oh dear, no one's going to remember it - way, way back in 1957. Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys - 'Last Train to San Fernando'. ("Eh?" you say?) Well, it did get to Number 2 - and I don't mean Number Two as in your opinion of 'Radio Wales'.

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    1. pretty good sang by Lonnie Donegan too. Ah skiffle!!!

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    2. I don't remember Lonnie's version though I ought too as I was an avid fan of his at the time. The song would suit him to a T.

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    3. Hi Raybeard…..I remember " Last Train.."..and Lonnie Donegan…my husband was at school with a guy who became Lonnie's musical director at some point.( late 60's/70's maybe)

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    4. Yes, Frances, the late Lonnie was a one-off - completely his own man, making his nasal twang into something attractive.His last British hits were in 1962 when he had three Top 20 entries, so when your hubby's classmate started working with him it was probably when he was attempting to widen his musical field and appeal. I liked him a lot.

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  21. I remember ' Last Train to San Fernando' loved it at the time.

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    1. I liked the way the train started at the beginning, gradually speeding up - and at the end finishing with a tired 'wooooosh' of steam.

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  22. Can't remember my first single but, my first album was, Carol King's 'Tapestry'. Favourite track, 'It's too late'. I progressed in later age to a multitude of types of music.

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    1. My all-time favourite - I may have 'Way Over Yonder' played at my 'leaving this mortal coil' party. Wish I could go and see the play about her life.

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  23. Remember 'Lily the Pink'?

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  24. THAT was your first ever record? I liked watching my German friends accidentally tuning in to Radio Wales in the Welsh language,

    Re: Penelope Beaumont's comment, I liked it when I was a kid because it contained the word 'bum'.

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  25. I too bought that record. Loved the New Seekers. My first record was Solid Gold Easy Action by T Rex. Some of the 70's was very good, and some was awful, like most decades. Bev

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  26. My first record wasn't a single it was an LP ... the soundtrack from film of Jesus Christ Superstar and I played it over and over again, I knew (and indeed still know) all the words off by heart .... I must have driven my parents MAD!!

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  27. The first record I ever bought was at a jumble sale at my school. That was a Eurovision song too - 'Are you sure' by The Allisons. Well I actually got two for an ha'penny; the other one was 'My old man's a dustman' by Lonnie Donegan!

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  28. Is that woman in pink's arms pinned to her body at the elbow? Very odd! I do like this song though. But the first singles I ever bought for myself were with winning from a talent quest - Chicago's If You Leave Me Now, and Elton John's Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word,

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  29. 'I'm a Tiger' by Lulu and the Lovers was mine.

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  30. I don't recall that one at all John! Where was I?! Oh right!

    My first '45' record was 'Runaway' by Del Shannon.

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  31. I can't remember my first 45, but I had all my records when I got married. That bastard X threw them out.

    Love,
    Janie

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  32. The first single i bought was, "La, la, la, if I Had You," sung by Bobby Sherman. My friend bought Peter, Paul, and Mary's recording of "Leaving on a Jet Plane," which i also liked, but i didn't want to be a copycat.

    My first LP was the soundtrack to "Hair." I wanted to go see the play on Broadway, but you had to be 21 because of the nude scenes. I promised my parents i'd close my eyes during that part (and meant it most sincerely), but they shook their heads and said even though they knew i was earnest, those at the theatre wouldn't let me in. So, they bought me the record for Christmas and a record player so i could play it.

    My aunt, who was a teenager is the 50's, had scads of 45's, and we'd troop over to her house, play them and use hairbrushes for pretend microphones as we sang along. Some Elvis, and there were lots of doo-wop, Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly.

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    1. Seeing 'Hair' at the Glasgow Empire was my first introduction to the nekid male anatomy. I never looked back after that!lol

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  33. I remember that one so it definitely DID make it across the pond. The first record I over purchased was an LP of Mario Lanza. Can't remember the title.

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