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British Chartbusters of the 60s & 70s

1971

The British charts of 1971 saw glam rock hit the UK with T. Rex leading the way tamed by Dawn and Middle of the Road.

 

  • It was all change in 1971 as the number one act for 1971 was glam rock duo T. Rex. They had singles success with chart toppers "Hot Love" (number two in the year) and "Get It On" followed by a number two for "Jeepster". The band also scored the number five album spot for the year with "Electric Warrior".
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  • American vocal trio Dawn, led by Tony Orlando, were second biggest performers. They followed top ten single "Candida" with number one success "Knock Three Times" (fifth biggest single of the year) and then had a number three with "What Are You Doing Sunday" to round a strong year.
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  • In third spot were the aptly named Middle of the Road, a Scottish band with no aspirations other than to entertain. Their sound made them a success throughout Europe and their hits for 1971 included number one "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" and number two song "Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum" followed by top five hit "Soley Soley".
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  • Diana Ross and the Supremes are fourth in the list of top artists mainly because of the profusion of singles released in 1971 either as the Supremes or with Diana Ross going solo. Ross had broken from the trio during 1970 and her 1971 hit singles included number one "I'm Still Waiting" and two other top ten records "Remember Me" and "Surrender". Meanwhile, the new line up at the Supremes had top five UK hits with "Stoned Love" and "Nathan Jones".
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  • There were no Beatles in 1971 but George Harrison took the number five position for the year. His number one single "My Sweet Lord" was the biggest hit of the year. He followed this with top ten success "Bangla Desh" while enjoying top five album success with "All Things Must Pass".
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  • Other successful acts for 1971 included Rod Stewart who began his solo career with a huge hit, "Maggie May", which was number three for the year. His album "Every Picture Tells a Story" was also a number one. In the year of the novelty song, comedian Benny Hill pushed "Ernie" to the top of the charts and had the fourth biggest single of 1971, while another comedian, Clive Dunn, hit top spot with "Grandad".
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  • Simon and Garfunkel continued to dominate the album charts with "Bridge Over Troubled Water", biggest LP for the second consecutive year. The Rolling Stones also had a busy year on the album front with releases both on their own label and their previous label. The album they preferred was "Sticky Fingers" and that was the year's third biggest but fans also pushed "Stone Age" and "Gimme Shelter" into the album charts. Their single "Brown Sugar" was a number two hit.
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