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articles from yesterday's papers

Tips for the Top Who is the future of rock & roll? Here's a selection of yesterday's predictions.

The Charts The Top 100 Songs of All Time, as voted for by (a) listeners to Capital Radio and (b) writers on the NME - a study in contrasts from the mid-1970s.

'Blue Eyed Soul' An interview with Gerry Shury, the unsung genius of British soul, reviewing his career to date.
Black Music 1975

'Bright Sparks' Ron & Russell Mael, interviewed by Chris Welch, discuss the role of teeth in English rock history.
Melody Maker 13 April 1974

'Jimmy's Premium Bonds' Jimmy James talks about his twelve-year struggle to get a hit.
Record Mirror 1 May 1976

'Russian Rubette' John Richardson, in an extraordinary interview, reflects on politics, religion and punk. Unmissable.
Record Mirror 5 February 1977

'Smokie Rising' Celebrating their first year of success, Smokie look back on a long career of near-misses.
Record Mirror 3 January 1976

'Sunny's Just An Ordinary Girl' Top session-singer Sunny finally has a hit under her own name.
Disc 20 April 1974

'Are You Ready For Gary Glitter?' As 'Rock & Roll Part 2' hit the charts, NME interviewed the man, who trimmed six years off his age and pretended his real name was Paul Raven
New Musical Express 1 July 1972

'Hello: Their first break' The earliest (I believe) article on Hello in the national press - more than two years before they had a hit
Record Mirror 19 August 1972

'From Corned Beef To Caviar' Middle of the Road interviewed as 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep' hits #1
Record Mirror 17 July 1971

'Nicky's Soft Spot For Sweet' Nicky Chinn on working with Mike Chapman and The Sweet
Record Mirror 28 August 1971

'Rock and the Rollers' An early article on the Bay City Rollers at the time of 'Keep On Dancing'
Melody Maker 30 October 1971

'Bubblegum is Here to Stay' Nicky Chinn, Brian Connolly and Ian Lewis reflect on the nature of bubblegum
Melody Maker 20 November 1971

'Wake For It' Johnny Wakelin finally scores a follow-up hit to 'Black Superman'
Record Mirror 7 August 1976

Singles Reviews Peter Jones casts a critical eye over the new releases - some destined to be classics, others long forgotten
Record Mirror 1971

'Pop Fever '72' An excellent round-table discussion on the future of pop with Chinn & Chapman, Jonathan King, Mickie Most, Chas Chandler & Brian Longley
Record Mirror 22 January 1972

The Back Pages A random selection of the sort of adverts you used to get in the back pages of Melody Maker.

plus some galleries that you might enjoy:

They want you... hypnotistic fire
sheet music
(6 images)

picture sleeves
(24 images)

and don't forget to visit a fabulous collection of 1970s pop annuals at our sister site:
Trash Fiction

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Tips for the Top
The Charts
Blue Eyed Soul
Bright Sparks
Jimmy's Premium Bonds
Russian Rubette
Smokie Rising
Just an ordinary girl
Are you ready for Gary?
Hello: their first break
Middle of the Road
Nicky Chinn & The Sweet
Rock & the Rollers
Johnny Wakelin
1971 singles reviews
Pop Fever '72
The Back Pages
Sheet Music
Picture Sleeves