Monday, October 17, 2016

In Memory of Rod Temperton

A tribute to Rod Temperton. This is a non-stop playlist of 19 songs written by Rod Temperton, including tracks by Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, The Brothers Johnson, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Michael McDonald, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer and Beverley Knight. The version of "The Lady In My Life" included is the rarely heard "full version".

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The SAS (Steve Algar Show) Sensational Seventies Spectacular - 08/08/2016. Complete Show

This upload features tracks from 1979 - Special A.K.A, 1976 - Don Williams, 1970 - Arrival, 1970 - Jackson 5, 1970 - Ten Years After and more.

The Sensational Seventies Spectacular with the SAS (Steve Algar Show) 22/08/2016 Complete Show

This upload features tracks from 1971 - The Supremes, 1975 - The Stylistics, 1971 - The Elgins, 1978 - Exile, 1977 - Donna Summer and more.

The SAS (Steve Algar Show) Sensational Seventies Spectacular - Paul McCartney Specia

Revisiting the Hits of the 1970's and an affectionate look at some of the Songs of Paul McCartney. From his timein 1970 with the Beatles all the way through the decade to 1979. Including his Biggest number one Hit Mull of Kintyre. Join Steve for a 2 hour memorable journey through the dancing decade.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The greatest hits of 1973 featuring tracks by Slade, Sweet, T Rex, Diana Ross, David Bowie, The Carpenters, Gilbert O'Sullivan, The Osmonds, Alvin Stardust, Marie Osmond, Elton John, David Cassidy, Donny Osmond and more...

UK TOP 40: 24-30 SEPTEMBER 1978

UK TOP 40 SINGLES CHART FOR W/E 30th SEPTEMBER 1978 featuring hits from John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, Boney M, Andy Gibb, ABBA. Frankie Valli, Rose Royce, The Commodores, Buzzcocks, Exile, Jeff Wayne, Cerrone, Herbie Hancock, Andy Gibb, and more... There is some bad language on the number 40 and 25 songs (The Who/Ivor Biggun)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Seventies Galore

Forgotten '70s show 1

Forgotten '70s show 1: The Motors - Forget About You Cozy Powell - Na Na Na Chairmen Of The Board - Finders Keepers Freda Payne - Deeper & Deeper Steve Forbert - Going Down To Laurel East Of Eden - Jig A Jig Fairfield Parlour - Bourdeaux Rose Andy Bown - Another Shipwreck Status Quo - In My Chair Buzzcocks - Harmony In My Head Stretch - Why Did You Do It? Sailor - Stiletto Heels Giorgio - From Here To Eternity Madness - The Prince

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

UK Top 40: 26th August 1978

This week we're back in 1978, with punk from Jilted John, Sham 69 and X-Ray Spex, disco from A Taste Of Honey, Cerrone and Sylvester, and a whole bunch of variety spanning the likes of Justin Hayward to The Smurfs!

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The SAS takes you back to the very best of the Dancing Decade with some Classic Sounds you may well have forgotten!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper AND MORE

GREATEST HITS: 1978 vol 2

The Greatest Hits of 1978 (volume 2) features tracks by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John. Boney M, Kate Bush, Bee Gees, Frankie Valli, Darts, Dollar. Blondie, The Jacksons, Brotherhood of Man, Andrew Gold, Elton John and more... Follow us on Twitter: Join us on Facebook: Volume 1: GREATEST HITS : 1978 vol 1

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 6 August 1977

Top 50 Chart - 6 August 1977 Donna Summer tops the charts with I Feel Love New entries from Mink Deville, Jigsaw, Steve Gibbons, Carly Simon and the Ramones Climbers include Bay City Rollers, Danny Williams, Stranglers and Smokie And other rock, disco, pop and punk classics Please FOLLOW, FAVOURITE and REPOST if you like this chart Chart used

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In the 1970s Jackson Five

One of the most powerful singing families in the world that spawned the prince of pop Michael. Michael died at the age of 50, but the story of Michael Jackson in the 1970s will be in another article. This is about the group called The Jackson Five, The Jackson 5 or even the Jacksons. Take your choice it is all the same super group.

There is no doubt that the brothers had talent and that there were good looking, and of course the right place for them to be was on the Motown label. But was the “white” world ready for this super pop group? The answer was yes.

Motown really were good at PR by changing the boys ages down to make them younger to the teen audiences and to get the “ahh” from parents. They also put out a story that it was Diana Ross who discovered them, but it was in fact Gladys Knight who did that. But however they started, and whoever tweaked with the truth The Jackson Five were a great dance and singing band. All of them immensely talented too.

The brothers Jackie Jackson born in 1951, Tito Jackson born in 1953, Jermaine Jackson born in 1954 and he took vocal leads on a lot of the early Jackson hits, before  Michael was pushed to the front of the band. Marlon Jackson born in 1957 and Randy Jackson born in 1961.

The guys were in magazines, on TV and they had their own cartoon series too. The song was their first hit in 1970, and number .1 in the USA and No. 8 in the UK. The song came from the album ABC, and the single is famous for knocking the Beatles and Let It Be off the No. 1 position. The song was called ABC.

Michael was eleven at this time and was on lead vocals. The follow up is the not so remembered The Love You Share another U.S. No. 1(No.7 UK). Michael and Jermaine on lead with a song about a girl being asked to slow down a little.

But the biggest hit of that year was I’ll Be There again No1 U.S. (No. 4 UK). It was the most successful single at that time for Motown and was the first ever 4th consecutive No. 1 in the U.S. charts for a black male group. The single sold over six million across the world, and remains the group’s biggest selling single.

That single was followed in the U.S. only by Mama’s Pearl , Never Can Say Goodbye, Maybe Tomorrow, Sugar Daddy and Little Bitty Pretty One. The next hit for both the UK and USA was Lookin’ Through TheWindows, which came from the album of the same name. Again Michael very much at the front in terms of lead vocal. This is the time the infighting in the group started to raise its head, and the group’s overall dissatisfaction with the way Tamla Motown were treating them.

In the same year of 1972 the group had a No. 9 hit in the UK with Doctor My Eyes a song written by Jackson Browne. Jackson also released it as a single getting to No. 8 in the U.S.

1973 the biggest U.S. single was Get It Together, but in the UK it was Skywriter which was a style of record that seemed to be pushing the Jackson away from the traditional style of song. No hits in the UK, but the U.S. pushed out five with Dancing Machine being the biggest and gave the group their second Grammy nomination too. In 1976 the group moved to CBS from Motown and had hits like Enjoy Yourself.

The songs were more funky such as the No.1 UK Show You The Way To Go which had an amazing video to go with the song. It was something never really seen before with the brothers falling through computerized back drops. The song was written by award winging writers Huff and Gamble. Smaller hits trickled in the charts in 1977.

1978 saw Blame It On The Boogie which had two versions going up and down the charts at the same time. The song had been written by English man Mick Jackson, who also released it at the same time as the Jackson Five. He put up a great fight, but the group beat him in the battle of the record charts.

1979 and Shake Your Body Down To The Ground came from the 1978 album Destiny and was written by Randy and Michael Jackson themselves, and also went silver in the UK. It was the last top twenty hit for the super group in the UK. The group had eight top twenty hits in the States in the 1970s. 



This upload features tracks from Cliff Richard, Art Garfunkel, The Police, Pink Floyd, Bee Gees and more.



UK Top 50 Singles Chart - 21 August 1976

21 August 1976 The long hot summer is at its peak with ladybirds everywhere and water shortages in a lot of places Meanwhile, in the charts, Hot Chocolate, the Bellamy Brothers, Gladys Knight, Cliff Richard, Acker Bilk, Tina Charles, Georghe Zamfir, Tommy Hunt, Barry White, ABBA and Rod Stewart entered the charts this week. Elton John and Kiki Dee were still topping the chart. Wings, Billie Jo Spears, Stylistics and Twiggy were climbing the chart. Plenty of disco with Jesse Green, the Bee Gees, the Fatback Band, KC & the Sunshine Band and Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band. There is also an Extended Play by Bryan Ferry, and many more classics from this very warm summer.

In the 1970s Sparks

Growing up in the early seventies there were numerous images sent to frighten us through the medium of television – the Autons on Doctor Who, the UFO episode when the Earth is invaded, Stuart Hall on It’s A Knockout and Sparks performing on TOTP. The first time I saw Sparks I wasn’t sure what I thought – the fast, falsetto singing coupled with a humourless piano player with a Hitler moustache were just too much for me to take in!
Sparks began under the name of Halfnelson when two sets of brothers, Ron & Russell Mael and Earle & Jim Mankey joined with Harley Feinstein in Montgomery, Alabama. Despite having their initial album produced by Todd Rundgren and an appearance on American Bandstand they only managed a local hit. The band’s manager decided that the name Halfnelson was at fault and rechristened them Sparks. While their re-released, and re-titled, LP failed to make any impact, the follow-up, “A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing”, began to make some waves in Europe. To support this, Sparks undertook a short tour of Europe and it was this that helped the Maels in their decision to move to London in order to achieve their musical ambitions.
So it was in 1973 that the Maels left the other members of the group, flew to Britain, recruited local musicians and began to record the classic LP “Kimono-My-House” for release in 1974 – Sparks had arrived!
It was at this point that they began to scare us, with Russell’s falsetto and Ron’s visage, through their TOTP appearances in support of “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us) and “Amateur Hour” (No. 2 and No. 7 hits respectively), a fact not lost on the music press where they were described by Sounds as having “the musical extravagance of Wizzard, the sophisticated feel of Roxy Music and the menacing power of the Third Reich”!
While they continued their assault on the charts during ’74 and ’75 (with “Something For The Girl With Everything” and “Looks, Looks, Looks” being my personal standouts) they also undertook sold out tours playing to their legions of hysterical fans.
With the oncoming approach of punk, a determination to make the charts back home and, if you believe the press, their dislike for the British weather the Maels moved back to the US in 1976. Their music however needed to change (I was going to say “evolve” but it didn’t need to get better just different) for the new market. It was this change that led to their re-emergence in the British charts in 1979 with the synth-pop of “The Number One Song In Heaven” and “Beat The Clock”.
While Sparks have only had a few minor chart hits since then (including an interesting version of “This Town……..” with Faith No More) they have continued to experiment, develop and record with each LP having some new nuggets of Mael mania hidden within them.
Over hits included- Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth and Something For The Girl With Everything and Get in the Swing.

Beat the Clock got ton No.10 in 1979.
Finally, I mentioned at the beginning how I was scared by the humourless piano player. The stern features were obviously just a front as any group that can release an LP with the title “Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins” must have some in built humour!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Top 40 UK Singles - 4 August 1979

The Boomtown Rats do not like Mondays. New entries from Diana Ross, Telex with their cover of Rock Around the Clock, The Olympic Runners, Showaddywaddy, Spyro Gyra, Earth Wind and Fire, and Sham 69. Also a double A side from ABBA was in this chart plus other classic disco, soul, pop, rock, new wave and reggae classics

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

In The 1970s Rose Royce

Coming from Los Angeles this disco soul group had a big bite of the 1970s chart action on both sides of the Atlantic. The group formed out of several backing groups. Eventually they were put in contact with Norman Whitfield. But, the group went through a number of name changes before Rose Royce.

Whitfield had been asked to do the soundtrack for a new film called Car Wash. The song went to No.1 in the States and No. 9 in the UK. The follow up single was also from the film and tells of a mans love for a woman who just does not pick up on his message. The song was called I Want To Get Next To You.

The group had one more top thirty hit in 1977 with Do Your Dance Part One. In 1978 a top three hit with a beautiful ballad song called Wishing On A Star written by Billie Rae Calvin and Norman Whitfield. The song is all about a woman hoping to get her man back. Same year a No. 16 hit with It Makes You Feel Like Dancin.

The last hit of 1978 would be a gold single and the highest UK hit they would have with Love Don't Live Here Anymore with lead singer Gwen Dicky producing a great sound.

1979 and the group had their last top twenty hit with Is It Love You're After.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 31 July 1971

The Top 50 Chart from 31 July 1971 T-Rex topped the chart. Reggae from the Pioneers, Dave & Ansel Collins and Greyhound, Soul from Jackson 5 and Diana Ross, Classic Rock from Atomic Rooster and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Elvis had a double A and Jim Reeves had a Triple A out this week plus many more classics and less heard songs from July 1971

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The greatest hits of 1975 featuring hits by Queen, Bay City Rollers, Glitter Band, Sweet, David Bowie, ABBA, David Essex, Hot Chocolate, John Lennon, Elton John, Tammy Wynette, Barry Manilow ... and many more! Follow us on Twitter: Join us on Facebook: If you like this show then please click FAVOURITE, REPOST and FOLLOW me

UK TOP 40 8-14 JULY 1979

This upload features tracks from McFadden And Whitehead, Bonnie Tyler, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Lene Lovich, Rickie Lee Jones and more.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sensational 70's

The Sensational Seventies Spectacular with the SAS taking you back to a time when life was simpler and the music was Better!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

UK TOP 40 8-14 JULY 1979

UK TOP 40 SINGLES CHART FOR W/E 14th JULY 1979 featuring hits from Tubeway Army, Donna Summer, Dollar, The Skids, Janet Kay, The Knack, Anita Ward, Quantum Jump, Edwin Starr, Thin Lizzy and more...

GREATEST HITS : 1976 vol 1

The greatest hits of 1976 (Volume 1) featuring hits by ABBA, Brotherhood of Man, Tavares, Boney M. Rod Stewart, Queen, Eric Carmen, John Miles, Leo Sayer, Donna Summer, Tina Charles, Bay City Rollers ... and many more!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

In the 1970s Deep Purple

Deep Purple

The groups from the UK started in 1968 and are best known for their album work, than the singles. Sixty albums later and the group had really made a stamp on music history. Eight of those albums were top twenty hits in the UK in the 1970s. This heavy rock band did have single hits too.
1970 gave them a No. 2 UK hit with Black Night which is said to have originated from a bass line in Ricky Nelson’s song called Summertime. The song had Ian Gillan on vocals who left the band in 1973. Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and later went on to join the group Rainbow.
The song had Roger Glover on bass and he left in 1973, but he also worked with Nazareth and Judas Priest. John Lord and Ian Paice were the other two members, and this was the highest charting single Deep Purple would have.

1971 saw the group have another top ten single with Strange Kind Of Woman from the album Fireball, the original title was Prostitute, and is said to be based on someone they all knew who has since died. Fireball became the next single.
1973 saw the big comeback hit with Smoke On The Water from the album Machine Head. The song is famous for the guitar work played on the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The song is based on a fire in Switzerland that the band witnessed. They actually saw the smoke on the water.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

In The 1970s ABBA 1976 to 1979

We continue the story of the super group Abba through the 1970s.In the first part we followed the group from 1970 to 1975. See the article here.

This was the year that they released their greatest hits. But of course it was only part one as so many more hits would pour into the UK charts over the next few years. 1976 saw a No.1 single from that greatest hit album called Fernando which had already been a best selling album in Switzerland by Anni Frid herself. Now she was singing it within a group. The lyrics were by manager Stig and was about love, but Bjorn changed the lyrics to be about two guys talking about a battle.


The best selling album produced  the next No.1 classic. A song that now feels the floor at all parties and weddings. It was originally calle Boogaloo but was changed to...Dancing Queen.
ABBA performed this song on June 18, 1976 at a televised tribute to Queen Silvia and King Gustaf XVI of Sweden, who were married the next day.

From the same album came the No. 3 hit Money Money Money and the same album produced their next No. 1 hit too in 1977. Not only was it a fantastic song but it was one of the best videos of the 1970s. The song was Knowing Me Knowing You. This came at a time when the group were undertaking major concerts throughout the world and the stress and strains of their marriages and relationships were under enormous stress.

This was another worldwide hit for the group and meant they were being called to  undertake impossible schedules of performances and TV shows.  Abba the Album produced yet another UK single No. 1 in 1977 called  The Name Of The Game . Same album and yet another No.1 with Take A Chance On Me in 1978. That same year the group scored No. 5 hit with a more disco style hit called Summer Night City. 

Now the group were having real problems between themselves and the lyrics of some of other songs were reflecting those problems. Enter 1979 and a new album called Voulez Vous which contained the No. 2 hit Chiquitita which means in Spanish little one.

The group went uptempo on the next hit called Does Your Mother Know. The next three singles of that year all got as high as No.3 in the British charts and ended the 70s domination of Abba.
Those three singles were Voulez Vous the title track from the album,. The second from the same album was Angel Eyes. Their final hit single of the 70s was a another high tempo style hit. Gimme Gimme A Man After Midnight.

GREATEST HITS : 1977 vol 1

The greatest hits of 1977 (Volume 1) featuring hits by Wings, ABBA, Boney M, David Soul. Leo Sayer, The Stranglers, Althea & Donna, Yvonne Eliman, Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate, Queen... and many more!

Friday, July 1, 2016

UK Top 40: 2nd July 1977

In the year that we were celebrating the Queen's Silver Jubilee, the one record in this week's chart that made any reference to old Liz was banned by the BBC - but never fear, you'll hear it in this chart, along with every other song in this Top 40 from 39 years ago. This week's chart contained no less than four double-A side singles, so with both sides of those there's a total of 44 songs in this show.