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Ain’t got no soul

Soul music has dominated my early seventies choices for song-from-each-year-of-my life.

Steve Wonder in 1971 was followed Mel and Tim in ’72, who had to fight off strong competition from Gladys Knight and her Pips. The trend could have continued into 1973, which gave us Al Green’s simply beautiful Simply Beautiful and Here I am Again by Ollie Nightingale, not to mention the best record ever about baseball, Blast Furnace and the Grapevine Singers’ Hammering Hank.

But I think it’s time for some rock ’n’ roll and nothing rocks or rolls as much as a bit of Status Quo.

When they’re bad, they’re really bad — think In the Army Now — but Quo at their best are a match for anyone. They’re the fruit pastilles of popular music, try as hard as you can, you just can’t help nodding your head.

Status Quo :: Roll Over Lay Down
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