Friday, December 2, 2016

In the 1970s Genesis

They started back in 1967 with members including Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and later in 1970 Phil Collins. The group sold over 150 million albums with several name changes throughout the years.
Amazingly single chart wise the group did not very well in the UK charts during the classic 1970s era.

In 1974 the group scored a No. 21 hit with I Know What I Like (In The Wardrobe) from the album Selling England By The Pound. All the band members were all credited with writing the song about a groundsman who did not want to grow up and wanted to stay the same.

In 1977 a No.14 hit was scored with Match Of The Day from Spot The Pigeon EP.

In 1978 the groups biggest hit was Follow Me Follow You written by Collins, Banks and Rutherford. This was the last hit single of the 1970s.

Peter Gabriel was in the group from 67-75 and back for a few months in 1978. Steve Hackett was in the band from 71-77.

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 7 December 1974

UK Top 50 Singles Chart – 7 December 1974 Christmas is coming Topping the Chart is Barry White New entries from Gloria Gaynor, Wombles, Goodies, Ralph McTell, Kenny, Status Quo and Rod Stewart & the Faces Re-entry from Jan Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg Climbers include Showaddywaddy, Hot Chocolate, Trammps, Mud and Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes Plus other well-known and less known classics, including Gary Glitter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In teh 1970s Cat Stevens

He was born in 1948 as Stefan Demetre  Georgiou and in his life time became Cat Stevens and the Yusaf Islam. But during the 1970s he was Cat Stevens who made singing seem effortless. His albums and singles were, and still are a delight to hear.

Just take a look at these classic songs that Cat gave to the 1960s.
Matthew And Son, I love My Dog and albums called Matthew And Son.

But Cat hit the 1970s running. His very first single to UK chart was in 1970 with Lady D’Arbanville from the album Mona Bone Jakon on Island Records. The song was all about his teenage short lived girlfriend Patti D’Arbanville who in the 1980s had a relationship with Miami Vice Don Johnson. She was also the inspiration for Wild World that was a big U.S. hit that year.

1971 the excellent album Teaser And The Firecat was released which gave us the classic Cat single called Moonshadow.

Cat said on a TV show in 2009.
"I was on a holiday in Spain. I was a kid from the West End (of London) - bright lights, et cetera. I never got to see the moon on its own in the dark, there were always streetlamps. So there I was on the edge of the water on a beautiful night with the moon glowing, and suddenly I looked down and saw my shadow. I thought that was so cool, I'd never seen it before."

The single only reached No. 22 and the next single Peace Train failed to chart completely in the UK.
1972 and Cat was having problem as he Can’t Keep It In. The song reached No. 13 and was one of those songs sung in the playground for some reason.

His other hit that year was Morning Has Broken. Again this came from the Teaser album and is probably the record most associated with Cat Stevens.
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.
Cat did not chart in the UK in 1973, but had two hits in the U.S. with Sitting and The Hurt. It was not long before Cat came back in the UK charts with more classics.

In 1974 he had success with the Oh Very Young song in many territories, but in the UK it was Another Saturday Night which was a remake of the 1963 hit by Sam Cooke. The song was much heavier than the original, and was on the verge of dancing too.

His last top fifty sing hit was in 1977 with Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard from the album Izitso. In the U.S. The song features Elkie Brooks too. Cat Stevens had eight top thirty hits and in the UK he had five. Album wise everybody seems to own a Cat Stevens album, especially the Greatest Hits, which was released in 1975.

Cat became Yusaf in 1978.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

In the 1970s Supremes

The classic Tamla Motown group that made a huge impact in the 1960s, and made a mega star out of Diana Ross. The group actually started as the Primettes started in 1959 before changing their name later. The group is still the most successful female group in the US. In terms of the Billboard charting.

The group had several 1970 group members which including the founder member Mary Wilson (born 1944) she was with the Supremes until 1977 and saw the group take twelve No. 1 U.S. hits, also having THIRTY THREE top forty hits. Mary would several times take lead vocals during the coming and going of other group members.

Mary had big legal battles with Motown in the late 1970s, and she also went into solo work too, releasing her album Mary Wilson in 1979.

Diana Ross (born 1944) was another founder member who left in the first year of the 70s decade. Her career from the Supremes to solo to icon is another article al in itself On January 14th 1970Diana sand in Las Vegas with the Supremes for the very last time

Cindy Birdsong joined the group in 1967 and left in 1972. She rejoined the group again in 1973 to 1976. Cindy sang with Patti Labelle in the 1960s. As a solo artist she had a 1970 single called Why (Must We Fall In Love).

Jean Tyrell was brought in to the group in 1970 to replace Diana Ross, but she left in 1973. With her in the group the singles came thick and fast and she was seen as a hard worker, but a few within the Motown group did not her in the group. Lynda Lawrence joined in 1972 and left in 1973, Sherrie Payne joined in 1973 and left in 1976 and Susaye Green joined for only one year in 1976.

1970 saw several UK hits in the top forty with songs like Why (Must We Fall In Love), Up The Ladder To The Roof, RiverDeep Mountain High. But the biggest song hitting No. 3 that year was Stoned Love which had Jean Tyrell on the lead. The song was about peace, especially poignant as the Vietnam War was well in the American consciousness. Some people wrongly assumed it was about drugs and thus some radio stations banned the single written by Kenny Thomas and Frank Wilson.

1971 saw Motown classic hitting the UK charts with two top ten singles. The first was Nathan Jones, a song about a guy who left his lady a year ago and a guy who was always being thought about by his ex-girlfriend. His name of course was Nathan Jones.

The second top ten hit was Floy Joy which was written and produced by the legendary Smokey Robinson.
1972 saw several hits, but only one top ten hit which was Automatically Sunshine, which was another Smokey Robinson produced and written single and came from the album Floy Joy, Although Lynda Laurence is featured on the album's cover, she is not featured on any of the songs. She replaced Cindy Birdsong in the Supremes just after the recordings were finished.

The following year of 1973 gave the group no top twenty hits in the UK, but by 1974 they re released an earlier Supremes song called Baby Love which was recorded by Diana Ross in the 1960s. The song made the No. 12 in the UK. Strangely Diana Ross took the group full circle as that was the last single the Supremes ever charted with.

Twenty nine top forty singles in the UK during the life of the group, and add that to seventeen top forty UK albums; it is easy to see why this group lives on in the memories of the baby boomers in the 1960s and the 1970s.

Friday, November 4, 2016

UK Top 50 Singles Chart - 1 November 1975

1 November 1975 – Top 50 UK Singles Topping the Chart is Art Garfunkel New entries from Eagles, 14-18, Jigsaw, Van McCoy, Maxine Nightingale, John Lennon and Billy Connolly, Climbers include Austin Robins, David Cassidy, Jim Capaldi, Hello, Justin Hayward & John Lodge, George McCrae and Roxy Music Plus other well-known and less known classics

Friday, October 28, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Memory of Rod Temperton

A tribute to Rod Temperton. This is a non-stop playlist of 19 songs written by Rod Temperton, including tracks by Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, The Brothers Johnson, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Michael McDonald, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer and Beverley Knight. The version of "The Lady In My Life" included is the rarely heard "full version".

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The SAS (Steve Algar Show) Sensational Seventies Spectacular - 08/08/2016. Complete Show

This upload features tracks from 1979 - Special A.K.A, 1976 - Don Williams, 1970 - Arrival, 1970 - Jackson 5, 1970 - Ten Years After and more.

The Sensational Seventies Spectacular with the SAS (Steve Algar Show) 22/08/2016 Complete Show

This upload features tracks from 1971 - The Supremes, 1975 - The Stylistics, 1971 - The Elgins, 1978 - Exile, 1977 - Donna Summer and more.

The SAS (Steve Algar Show) Sensational Seventies Spectacular - Paul McCartney Specia

Revisiting the Hits of the 1970's and an affectionate look at some of the Songs of Paul McCartney. From his timein 1970 with the Beatles all the way through the decade to 1979. Including his Biggest number one Hit Mull of Kintyre. Join Steve for a 2 hour memorable journey through the dancing decade.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The greatest hits of 1973 featuring tracks by Slade, Sweet, T Rex, Diana Ross, David Bowie, The Carpenters, Gilbert O'Sullivan, The Osmonds, Alvin Stardust, Marie Osmond, Elton John, David Cassidy, Donny Osmond and more...

UK TOP 40: 24-30 SEPTEMBER 1978

UK TOP 40 SINGLES CHART FOR W/E 30th SEPTEMBER 1978 featuring hits from John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, Boney M, Andy Gibb, ABBA. Frankie Valli, Rose Royce, The Commodores, Buzzcocks, Exile, Jeff Wayne, Cerrone, Herbie Hancock, Andy Gibb, and more... There is some bad language on the number 40 and 25 songs (The Who/Ivor Biggun)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Seventies Galore

Forgotten '70s show 1

Forgotten '70s show 1: The Motors - Forget About You Cozy Powell - Na Na Na Chairmen Of The Board - Finders Keepers Freda Payne - Deeper & Deeper Steve Forbert - Going Down To Laurel East Of Eden - Jig A Jig Fairfield Parlour - Bourdeaux Rose Andy Bown - Another Shipwreck Status Quo - In My Chair Buzzcocks - Harmony In My Head Stretch - Why Did You Do It? Sailor - Stiletto Heels Giorgio - From Here To Eternity Madness - The Prince

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

UK Top 40: 26th August 1978

This week we're back in 1978, with punk from Jilted John, Sham 69 and X-Ray Spex, disco from A Taste Of Honey, Cerrone and Sylvester, and a whole bunch of variety spanning the likes of Justin Hayward to The Smurfs!

sos seventies

The SAS takes you back to the very best of the Dancing Decade with some Classic Sounds you may well have forgotten!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper AND MORE

GREATEST HITS: 1978 vol 2

The Greatest Hits of 1978 (volume 2) features tracks by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John. Boney M, Kate Bush, Bee Gees, Frankie Valli, Darts, Dollar. Blondie, The Jacksons, Brotherhood of Man, Andrew Gold, Elton John and more... Follow us on Twitter: Join us on Facebook: Volume 1: GREATEST HITS : 1978 vol 1

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 6 August 1977

Top 50 Chart - 6 August 1977 Donna Summer tops the charts with I Feel Love New entries from Mink Deville, Jigsaw, Steve Gibbons, Carly Simon and the Ramones Climbers include Bay City Rollers, Danny Williams, Stranglers and Smokie And other rock, disco, pop and punk classics Please FOLLOW, FAVOURITE and REPOST if you like this chart Chart used

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In the 1970s Jackson Five

One of the most powerful singing families in the world that spawned the prince of pop Michael. Michael died at the age of 50, but the story of Michael Jackson in the 1970s will be in another article. This is about the group called The Jackson Five, The Jackson 5 or even the Jacksons. Take your choice it is all the same super group.

There is no doubt that the brothers had talent and that there were good looking, and of course the right place for them to be was on the Motown label. But was the “white” world ready for this super pop group? The answer was yes.

Motown really were good at PR by changing the boys ages down to make them younger to the teen audiences and to get the “ahh” from parents. They also put out a story that it was Diana Ross who discovered them, but it was in fact Gladys Knight who did that. But however they started, and whoever tweaked with the truth The Jackson Five were a great dance and singing band. All of them immensely talented too.

The brothers Jackie Jackson born in 1951, Tito Jackson born in 1953, Jermaine Jackson born in 1954 and he took vocal leads on a lot of the early Jackson hits, before  Michael was pushed to the front of the band. Marlon Jackson born in 1957 and Randy Jackson born in 1961.

The guys were in magazines, on TV and they had their own cartoon series too. The song was their first hit in 1970, and number .1 in the USA and No. 8 in the UK. The song came from the album ABC, and the single is famous for knocking the Beatles and Let It Be off the No. 1 position. The song was called ABC.

Michael was eleven at this time and was on lead vocals. The follow up is the not so remembered The Love You Share another U.S. No. 1(No.7 UK). Michael and Jermaine on lead with a song about a girl being asked to slow down a little.

But the biggest hit of that year was I’ll Be There again No1 U.S. (No. 4 UK). It was the most successful single at that time for Motown and was the first ever 4th consecutive No. 1 in the U.S. charts for a black male group. The single sold over six million across the world, and remains the group’s biggest selling single.

That single was followed in the U.S. only by Mama’s Pearl , Never Can Say Goodbye, Maybe Tomorrow, Sugar Daddy and Little Bitty Pretty One. The next hit for both the UK and USA was Lookin’ Through TheWindows, which came from the album of the same name. Again Michael very much at the front in terms of lead vocal. This is the time the infighting in the group started to raise its head, and the group’s overall dissatisfaction with the way Tamla Motown were treating them.

In the same year of 1972 the group had a No. 9 hit in the UK with Doctor My Eyes a song written by Jackson Browne. Jackson also released it as a single getting to No. 8 in the U.S.

1973 the biggest U.S. single was Get It Together, but in the UK it was Skywriter which was a style of record that seemed to be pushing the Jackson away from the traditional style of song. No hits in the UK, but the U.S. pushed out five with Dancing Machine being the biggest and gave the group their second Grammy nomination too. In 1976 the group moved to CBS from Motown and had hits like Enjoy Yourself.

The songs were more funky such as the No.1 UK Show You The Way To Go which had an amazing video to go with the song. It was something never really seen before with the brothers falling through computerized back drops. The song was written by award winging writers Huff and Gamble. Smaller hits trickled in the charts in 1977.

1978 saw Blame It On The Boogie which had two versions going up and down the charts at the same time. The song had been written by English man Mick Jackson, who also released it at the same time as the Jackson Five. He put up a great fight, but the group beat him in the battle of the record charts.

1979 and Shake Your Body Down To The Ground came from the 1978 album Destiny and was written by Randy and Michael Jackson themselves, and also went silver in the UK. It was the last top twenty hit for the super group in the UK. The group had eight top twenty hits in the States in the 1970s. 



This upload features tracks from Cliff Richard, Art Garfunkel, The Police, Pink Floyd, Bee Gees and more.



UK Top 50 Singles Chart - 21 August 1976

21 August 1976 The long hot summer is at its peak with ladybirds everywhere and water shortages in a lot of places Meanwhile, in the charts, Hot Chocolate, the Bellamy Brothers, Gladys Knight, Cliff Richard, Acker Bilk, Tina Charles, Georghe Zamfir, Tommy Hunt, Barry White, ABBA and Rod Stewart entered the charts this week. Elton John and Kiki Dee were still topping the chart. Wings, Billie Jo Spears, Stylistics and Twiggy were climbing the chart. Plenty of disco with Jesse Green, the Bee Gees, the Fatback Band, KC & the Sunshine Band and Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band. There is also an Extended Play by Bryan Ferry, and many more classics from this very warm summer.

In the 1970s Sparks

Growing up in the early seventies there were numerous images sent to frighten us through the medium of television – the Autons on Doctor Who, the UFO episode when the Earth is invaded, Stuart Hall on It’s A Knockout and Sparks performing on TOTP. The first time I saw Sparks I wasn’t sure what I thought – the fast, falsetto singing coupled with a humourless piano player with a Hitler moustache were just too much for me to take in!
Sparks began under the name of Halfnelson when two sets of brothers, Ron & Russell Mael and Earle & Jim Mankey joined with Harley Feinstein in Montgomery, Alabama. Despite having their initial album produced by Todd Rundgren and an appearance on American Bandstand they only managed a local hit. The band’s manager decided that the name Halfnelson was at fault and rechristened them Sparks. While their re-released, and re-titled, LP failed to make any impact, the follow-up, “A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing”, began to make some waves in Europe. To support this, Sparks undertook a short tour of Europe and it was this that helped the Maels in their decision to move to London in order to achieve their musical ambitions.
So it was in 1973 that the Maels left the other members of the group, flew to Britain, recruited local musicians and began to record the classic LP “Kimono-My-House” for release in 1974 – Sparks had arrived!
It was at this point that they began to scare us, with Russell’s falsetto and Ron’s visage, through their TOTP appearances in support of “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us) and “Amateur Hour” (No. 2 and No. 7 hits respectively), a fact not lost on the music press where they were described by Sounds as having “the musical extravagance of Wizzard, the sophisticated feel of Roxy Music and the menacing power of the Third Reich”!
While they continued their assault on the charts during ’74 and ’75 (with “Something For The Girl With Everything” and “Looks, Looks, Looks” being my personal standouts) they also undertook sold out tours playing to their legions of hysterical fans.
With the oncoming approach of punk, a determination to make the charts back home and, if you believe the press, their dislike for the British weather the Maels moved back to the US in 1976. Their music however needed to change (I was going to say “evolve” but it didn’t need to get better just different) for the new market. It was this change that led to their re-emergence in the British charts in 1979 with the synth-pop of “The Number One Song In Heaven” and “Beat The Clock”.
While Sparks have only had a few minor chart hits since then (including an interesting version of “This Town……..” with Faith No More) they have continued to experiment, develop and record with each LP having some new nuggets of Mael mania hidden within them.
Over hits included- Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth and Something For The Girl With Everything and Get in the Swing.

Beat the Clock got ton No.10 in 1979.
Finally, I mentioned at the beginning how I was scared by the humourless piano player. The stern features were obviously just a front as any group that can release an LP with the title “Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins” must have some in built humour!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Top 40 UK Singles - 4 August 1979

The Boomtown Rats do not like Mondays. New entries from Diana Ross, Telex with their cover of Rock Around the Clock, The Olympic Runners, Showaddywaddy, Spyro Gyra, Earth Wind and Fire, and Sham 69. Also a double A side from ABBA was in this chart plus other classic disco, soul, pop, rock, new wave and reggae classics

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

In The 1970s Rose Royce

Coming from Los Angeles this disco soul group had a big bite of the 1970s chart action on both sides of the Atlantic. The group formed out of several backing groups. Eventually they were put in contact with Norman Whitfield. But, the group went through a number of name changes before Rose Royce.

Whitfield had been asked to do the soundtrack for a new film called Car Wash. The song went to No.1 in the States and No. 9 in the UK. The follow up single was also from the film and tells of a mans love for a woman who just does not pick up on his message. The song was called I Want To Get Next To You.

The group had one more top thirty hit in 1977 with Do Your Dance Part One. In 1978 a top three hit with a beautiful ballad song called Wishing On A Star written by Billie Rae Calvin and Norman Whitfield. The song is all about a woman hoping to get her man back. Same year a No. 16 hit with It Makes You Feel Like Dancin.

The last hit of 1978 would be a gold single and the highest UK hit they would have with Love Don't Live Here Anymore with lead singer Gwen Dicky producing a great sound.

1979 and the group had their last top twenty hit with Is It Love You're After.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 31 July 1971

The Top 50 Chart from 31 July 1971 T-Rex topped the chart. Reggae from the Pioneers, Dave & Ansel Collins and Greyhound, Soul from Jackson 5 and Diana Ross, Classic Rock from Atomic Rooster and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Elvis had a double A and Jim Reeves had a Triple A out this week plus many more classics and less heard songs from July 1971

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The greatest hits of 1975 featuring hits by Queen, Bay City Rollers, Glitter Band, Sweet, David Bowie, ABBA, David Essex, Hot Chocolate, John Lennon, Elton John, Tammy Wynette, Barry Manilow ... and many more! Follow us on Twitter: Join us on Facebook: If you like this show then please click FAVOURITE, REPOST and FOLLOW me

UK TOP 40 8-14 JULY 1979

This upload features tracks from McFadden And Whitehead, Bonnie Tyler, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Lene Lovich, Rickie Lee Jones and more.