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Any Major ABC: 1970s


This week we launch a new series of mixes which take us through a decade through the medium of the alphabet: from A-Z, each letter gets a song. So it’s all quite random and great fun; a bit like listening to an oldies station.

And it was fun — and torture — to choose songs for this mix. None of these are necessarily the best or even favourite tracks by the acts whose name begins with the particular letter. The only set song was the one that will kick off the A-Z of the 1960s, which gave me the idea for the concept. But I can’t run the 1960s yet because I have no representative for the letter X — I can think of no band that begins with X, nor a solo act whose first name begins with that letter.

The 1950s is even tougher: I have an X, but no U and no Z. The 1940s lack a Q — if anybody has any good ideas to fill these gaps, the comments are the place…

As ever, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-spelled covers. PW in comments.

1. Archie Bell & The Drells – Let’s Groove (1975)
2. Bay City Rollers – You Made Me Believe In Magic (1977)
3. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain (1970)
4. Darts – Come Back My Love (1977)
5. Electric Light Orchestra – Livin’ Thing (1976)
6. Fortunes – Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again (1971)
7. Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity (1977)
8. Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat (1974)
9. Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits (1973)
10. Jam – The Eton Rifles (1979)
11. Kiss – Beth (1977)
12. Love Unlimited – It May Be Winter Outside (1973)
13. Mr. Bloe – Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe (1970)
14. New York City – I’m Doing Fine Now (1973)
15. Osmonds – Crazy Horses (1973)
16. Python Lee Jackson feat. Rod Stewart – In A Broken Dream (1972)
17. Quantum Jump – The Lone Ranger (1979)
18. Rodriguez – I Wonder (1970)
19. Sweet – Fox On The Run (1975)
20. T. Rex – Metal Guru (1972)
21. Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes (1970)
22. Vicky Lawrence – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (1975)
23. Wings – Live And Let Die (1973)
24. XTC – Making Plans For Nigel (1979)
25. Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You (1977)
26. ZZ Top – Tush (1974)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    July 26th, 2018 at 14:23 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. carl radsick
    July 26th, 2018 at 18:13 | #2

    For “Z” try the doo wop group Zodiacs. Thanks for all your work.

  3. Hugh Candyside
    July 28th, 2018 at 07:39 | #3

    Django Reinhardt recorded with the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 40s, if you can stretch the rules thusly. I have a Christmas record issued in 1954 by Urbie Green and His All-Stars, if you really get desperate.
    The week before you posted your Any Major Jones Vol. 2 (which was excellent BTW) I had made a 4 hour playlist of songs performed by artists named Jones. There are a lot of them. Then last week I did another 4 hour playlist featuring alphabetical songs, that is, songs with spelling in them (R-E-S-P-E-C-T, G-L-O-R-I-A, etc), or songs like “A-You’re Adorable…”
    I blame sun spots.

  4. halfhearteddude
    July 30th, 2018 at 09:40 | #4

    The alphabetical songs thing sounds like huge fun.

  5. dogbreath
    July 31st, 2018 at 10:31 | #5

    Being a cool 70s mix, this one’s right up my alley! Many thanks for the dl.

  6. July 31st, 2018 at 17:32 | #6

    Good mix. I was about 8 when “Beth” was released, and my sister had to convince my parents that the song wasn’t about hell and biting heads off bats before they agreed to buy it for me.

  7. Randy T.
    August 2nd, 2018 at 22:08 | #7

    Xavier Cugat released 3 albums in the 1960’s.

    Viva Cugat! (Mercury, 1961)
    The Best of Cugat (Mercury, 1961)
    Cugi’s Cocktails (Mercury, 1963)

  8. Randy T.
    August 2nd, 2018 at 22:23 | #8

    1940’s “U”

    The Quintones -The Five Little Quints B/W Midnight Jamboree – Vocalion 5409 Recorded 1940
    Honey Bunny Boo B/W Harmony In Harlem – Vocalion 5596 Recorded 1940

    I found this on Classic Jazz On Line. http://www.jazz-on-line.com/index.htm

  9. Randy T.
    August 2nd, 2018 at 22:53 | #9

    !950’s “Z”

    Ziggy Talent – Please Say Goodnight To The Guy, Irene (1950) – RCA Victor 3925

    Also Zoot Sims All Stars – 4 tracks on Prestige LP138 (1952)

    1950’s “U”

    Vocalist Una Mae Carlisle recorded 11 tracks for Columbia in 1950.

  10. halfhearteddude
    August 3rd, 2018 at 16:38 | #10

    Oh, I have Cugat and Una down for the 1940s.

  11. rntcj
    August 7th, 2018 at 17:05 | #11


    For 60’s “X” group try this one = X-Cellents! (“new” find here):


    Ciao! For now.

  12. halfhearteddude
    August 8th, 2018 at 20:43 | #12

    Xcellent recommendation. Thanks.

  13. halfhearteddude
    August 9th, 2018 at 00:09 | #13

    @Hooks and Harmony

    They were happier to know it was about Gene and Paul abusing some groupies under the pretext of “working on a song” while Beth waits at home?

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