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TOPIC: Top of the Pops 1971
#201230
PhilE

Top of the Pops 1971 2 Months ago  
JK

Just read on sleevenotes for a new album that Fairport Convention backed you on Top of the Pops

Is this true

The album PEEPHOLE IN MY BRAIN: THE BRITISH PROGRESSIVE POP, features Sakkarin Sugar Sugar and Terry Dactyl Seaside Shuffle, As well as Brett Marvin, both Jona Lewie I believe
 
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#201233
Re:Top of the Pops 1971 2 Months ago  
Nope; they may also have been on there with me but never backed me or appeared at the same time!
 
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#201236
Little Sausage

Re:Top of the Pops 1971 2 Months ago  
That period of the early 70’s must have been amazing being in the pop business,
a license to print money... when singles sold millions..

Now its a tough racket, Spotify add 40,000 tracks a day.. very hard for new music to break through..
everyone’s trying their luck with TikTok
 
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#201239
PhilE

Re:Top of the Pops 1971 2 Months ago  
Sleevenotes

1971 stands as an odd, rather surreal year in British pop history: while American soft-rockers and singer-songwriters were dominating the album charts, the year in which the country ch-ch-changed over to decimal currency saw the homegrown pop/rock scene becoming increasingly eccentric.

• Marc Bolan invented glam rock, David Bowie wore a dress on the front cover of his latest album, The Kinks provided the soundtrack for a film about a penis transplant, DJ Tony Blackburn chose a single by The Edgar Broughton Band as his Record of the Week, and Jonathan King was backed on Top of the Pops by Fairport Convention.

• Peephole In My Brain documents the progressive-pop sounds of the year as the underground rock scene crossed over to the mainstream. Our 71 tracks from ’71 include major hits for the likes of Curved Air, Atomic Rooster and John Kongos as well as a selection of key album cuts from Procol Harum, ELP, Magna Carta, Barclay James Harvest, Cressida, Help Yourself, Legend and many others.

• We also include tracks that were first issued in 1971 but which would only make a mark later on: Status Quo would have to wait a while for ‘Mean Girl’ to hit the charts, Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs would find success twelve months later when ‘Sea Side Shuffle’ was reissued, and the Curtiss Maldoon album track ‘Sepheryn’ would be discovered more than twenty years later by Madonna, who used it as the basis for ‘Ray Of Light’.
 
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Green Man

Re:Top of the Pops 1971 2 Months ago  
Little Sausage wrote:
That period of the early 70’s must have been amazing being in the pop business,
a license to print money... when singles sold millions..

Now its a tough racket, Spotify add 40,000 tracks a day.. very hard for new music to break through..
everyone’s trying their luck with TikTok



When I was in Austin Texas a few years back. My friends and I got talking to s group of regulars in a honky tonk bar. Yes their primarily taste would be country and western. They said " A lot amateur bands and singers would try their luck in places this in the 70s".

You either made it or didn't but they mentioned that a lot of UK northerners tried to make in the country scene in Texas. They mentioned a certain Wes McGee, who has done okay from himself and Phil Brady has a bit of a cult following.

It was easy to cut a single if you were decent enough. Then get a bit of airplay on country radio. For most people that was that and then go back to day jobs.

Do you remember Tank Records or Lucky Records labels JK ?

Was Hallmark really awful like people say they are ?
 
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