Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop (1964)

To mark the death of reggae and ska pioneer Millie Small, on May 5th, 2020, here is her only big hit “My Boy Lollipop” from 1964. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, also number 2, in the UK, that year.

I remember we had this record, at home, growing up, in the UK.

The Stranglers – No More Heroes (1977)

This song, by the Stranglers, is to commemorate the untimely death of Dave Greenfield, on May 3rd, 2020. Dave was the keyboard player from British Punk Rock band, The Stranglers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Greenfield

This was one of the earlier hits for the Stranglers “No More Heroes”.

It never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, but did reach number 8 on the chart, in the UK, in 1977.

Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son (1976)

This was the first hit for Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son”.

It reached number 11, on the Billboard Hot 100, in 1976, but only made it to 51, in the UK, being their only hit there.

We used to play this, at the White Horse pub, in Swanage, in the UK, around 1978 to 1981. As I recall we had it on a 12 inch single.

T. Rex – Hot Love (1971)

This song, Hot Love, was the first of many number one hits, for British band T.Rex.

It reached number 1, in the UK and stayed there for 6 weeks, beginning on March 20th, of 1971, but only reached number 72, on the Billboard Hot 100.

On his two appearances, in March of 1971, on the BBC TV show, Top Of the Pops, lead singer, Marc Bolan wore shiny satin stage-wear and glittery make-up, triggering the start of the Glam Rock era.

It is from the formative years in my life. Great song!

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