As part of our ongoing series, Just Recruitment director Peter Foy recounts singles from the 1970s that he couldn’t live without
By Peter Foy
|The 45rpm disc was a staple of 1970s life for any and every teenager. That’s where the pocket money went.|
Now I have the chance for another look back on my youth, with a series about my favourite singles from the 1970s.
In this era, there were bands that delivered albums. Works of art that could not be sullied by having any one track released as a single. I think of Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd, and many others.
There were other bands that targeted the singles market.
The 45rpm disc was a staple of 1970s life for any and every teenager. That’s where the pocket money went. Whether at school, university or in our first job we loved singles. And I mean loved.
So, inspired by Johnnie Walker’s great radio show, I am going to share some 1970s singles with you. I can’t do a top 10, because it’s too hard. So here’s the first of a number of reflections on the great music from the era that made me. Happy listening!
1. Van Morrison “Moondance”
I do not believe for one moment that this is the greatest song of the 1970s. It’s probably not even Van Morrison’s best song from the era.
But I am confident that if you were to appear on Pointless, and were asked to name a 1970s hit that no one else thought of, picking “Moondance” would be a big mistake. It’s bound to feature in a number of answers. Everyone loves it.
2. David Bowie “John, I’m only Dancing”
Bowie was always on the edge. Testing and challenging our accepted norms. In this beautiful song he says it’s okay to be different.
He turns normal on its head to say look I’m dancing with a girl, but I am still yours. I’m your man and you’re my man. This was one of the step changes that made Bowie such an important figure to the gay community.
3. Queen "Seven Seas of Rhye”
We need a single! That’s how this started: BBC’s Top of The Pops wanted Queen. So, Queen needed a single. Seven Seas was chosen. And it’s my favourite Queen single of all time.
4. Elton John “Your Song”
Honestly, I am not being influenced by the current buzz about Elton and this song. It appeared when I was a pre-teen and I loved it. Then as a teenager I sang it to my girlfriend. We loved it. It’s still on my playlist, and probably always will be.
5. Gilbert O’Sullivan “Nothing Rhymed”
GOS appeared on the ‘70s music scene and came very close to becoming a phenomenon. Then he had to go away and fight a long legal battle. And although he emerged victorious, his career never really got back on track.
He did create a catalogue of brilliant songs, though. “Nothing Rhymed” is the best of the bunch.
|“You’re so Vain”. The most played single at my uni’s coffee bar in 1979.|
The best of the rest
If none of the above song choices resonates, here are a few other favourites that may hit the spot.
Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”: Never a hit in the UK. Eric’s soulful love song was huge in Japan and the Netherlands. It has become a go-to wedding song. It is also my favourite song that has no literary value. I hate it and love it in equal measure.
Al Stewart “The Year of The Cat”: This was huge in the 1970s and then completely forgotten. Do what I did. Listen to it. WOW!
Don McLean “American Pie”: God and Don are the only people who know what this song means, but everyone can sing it! And they do, frequently.
Carly Simon “You’re so vain”: Back in the day I would go into the uni coffee bar, buy a drink and look for people I knew. I would go to their table via the jukebox. Four songs: one for me (probably Dylan), one for my girl (probably Bowie), one for my best mate Glyn (always the latest hit), and one for the room: “You’re so Vain”. The most played single at my uni’s coffee bar in 1979.
Paul Simon “50 Ways to leave your lover”: I used to see Paul Simon as a poor man’s Dylan, which was very unfair. This beautiful song deserves its place in the pantheon of 1970s greats. Listen to it, though probably not when your partner’s nearby!
© 2020 Just Recruitment Group Ltd
Published: 28 January 2020
If you enjoyed this article, you may like: The best 10 albums from the 1970s (in my opinion)
You may also enjoy: Just testing: Subaru Levorg 2.0i GT Lineartronic
Back Up Care is recruiting for a Care Coordinator for their Colchester Office to work on the busy Healthcare desk.
Previous experience in scheduling care and support staff would be preferred and a healthcare background is an advantage. You will be extremely confident and well-presented and be able to use your own initiative.
This position will involve working alongside the Office Manager, supporting them with the day to day running of the desk.
The role will include:
This requires you to work at an extremely fast pace, placing candidates into both temporary and permanent placements to match their qualifications, skills and experience.
There is a large amount of telephone calls liaison with candidates and clients, therefore excellent clear communicational skills are a must and excellent interpersonal skills are essential.
Other essential skills are:
28 days holiday including public holidays, increasing to 33 days after 2-year service.
If you wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV to email@example.com
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
|Salary:||Discussed on application|
Our client is seeking an experienced Quality Assurance Manager to join them on a permanent, full-time basis. This opportunity offers stability, longevity and professional development.
Reporting directly to the MD, the Quality Assurance Manager will be responsible for:
|Salary:||£22,000 per annum|
Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a well-regarded organisation at the forefront of its sector that is looking to add a Customer Service Administrator to its team, due to growth – based on the outskirts of Halstead.
The main purpose of the role is to service current and prospective customers by receiving and processing orders, enquiries and general information in a timely and courteous manner.
Key tasks include:
Key requirements for the role:
Previous experience requirements:
Offering free parking and an excellent working environment, this is a great opportunity to join a growing team.
Working Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week - offering a competitive salary and company benefits.
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
|Salary:||£8.91 per hour|
Want to work in a safe, clean environment?
And have the possibility of ongoing work?
Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Temporary Production Operative to be based in Needham Market.
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
|Sector:||Transport, Logistics and Shipping
|Salary:||£24,000 per annum|
Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting, a well-regarded, family-run business on the outskirts of Ipswich.
You will be responsible for assisting with the loads out operation of the business by ensuring that the process from collection to arrival at the final destination is fully supported by the relevant goods in haulage documentation.
You will also be supporting the sales function of the business by dealing with customer queries in terms of both sales and operations as well as assisting with various ad-hoc marketing campaigns. This is a very varied role and requires flexibility, commitment and a substantial desire to learn and grow with the flourishing business.
Duties will include: