Category Archives: memories of 70s

Unsung Hero’s… Jordan

Jordan, born Pamela Rooke and later named Jordan Mooney has passed away. I read the news via a tweet from Jonathan Ross followed by the inevitable fully of responses ranging from the absurdly grandiose ‘without Jordan there would be no punk ‘ to the … Continue reading

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26…Food for Thought: UB40

What happened to UB40? Its not unusual for a band to lose its Mojo, Slade, Lindisfarne and Dr Feelgood all fell from grace in the 70s with the pressure of coming up with new product but they found new ways … Continue reading

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25.. Tears of a Clown, The Beat

Back to my own personal ‘tracks of my years’ and a tie in with one of the musicians we lost last year. The Beat were the perfect pop group for a couple of years. Luckily for them the Two Tone … Continue reading

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RIP Burke Shelley of Budgie

I had hoped to stop writing about dead people but I couldn’t ignore the passing of Burke Shelley .Budgie we’re never of the first bands I ever saw live and I wrote about about it some years ago . Here’s … Continue reading

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The Grim Reapers Work in 2021

As might be anticipated there’s been a bumper crop of musicians and singers passing away this year. Its only to be expected, the heros of our youth are now older people. A lot of the departed, Phil Spector, Sylvain Sylvian … Continue reading

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Michael Chapman

Following the passing of Charlie Watts another 80 year old man has left us. Michael Chapman was hardly a household name. In the 70s I was aware of his existence, it’s possible that I might have heard him on the … Continue reading

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Charlie Watts..end of an era

The death of an 80 year old man surrounded by his family doesn’t sound that a big a deal but the loss of Charlie Watts is on every bit as significant as the death of Louis Armstrong or Howling Wolf, … Continue reading

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The Lonesome Death of John Lennon

I try not to engage with the news to much, its pretty much a constant babble and I assume that anything of real importance will get though to me somehow. I had assumed that the 40thanniversary of John Lennon’s death … Continue reading

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23: Oliver’s Army…Elvis Costello

Watching an episode of ‘The Crown’ recently I was reminded of the Falklands war. At the time I was unemployed and living in a house which had heating one room only. Having survived a cold damp winter and facing an … Continue reading

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22:Cool for Cats…Squeeze

The polytechnic disco was a refreshingly genre free environment. There were 420 people on campus and most of us didn’t have that much in common. Dance music didn’t exist, disco did of course but the rugby club wasn’t going to … Continue reading

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