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The Kinks.

Something Better Beginning.

The hugely influential, and, if anything, also hugely underrated Kinks, featuring the brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

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Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Desert Kisses.

Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees created some of the most mesmerizing music of their era. Generally described as Post-punk or Goth, they really defied such categorizations. Either that, or they *defined* them. But, let’s not argue. The “Revolver” video is from the Peter Cook show of the same name; the tune is Hong Kong Garden.

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AC/DC, and Bon Scott.

AC/DC has had a long reign, with many great moments. But, at their very best, they had perhaps the most charismatic front man/lead singer ever: Mr. Bon Scott.

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John Prine.

That’s The Way That The World Goes ‘Round.
Please Don’t Bury Me.
Sweet Revenge.

We lost legendary singer-songwriter John Prine yesterday. This represents just a few personal favorites from the composers vast catalogue of memorable songs. He will be sorely missed.

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Donovan.

Colours.
Season of the Witch.
Sunshine Superman.
Hurdy Gurdy Man.
Cecilia of the Seals.

Mr. Donovan Leitch, the Scottish singer/songwriter, was right in the thick of it during the heyday of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the like. And he penned and performed some of the most sublime, memorable compositions of that, or any era.

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Jackie Wilson: Higher and Higher.

The great Jackie Wilson gives two electric performances of Higher and Higher, circa 1974. His mindboggling gifts are on full display throughout; it’s as if time/space were suspended.

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Vocalists of Note: Goddess Division.

I Think It’s Going To Rain Today: Peggy Lee.
Don’t Explain.
All About Ronnie: Chris Connor.
Spring is Here.
Dusty Springfield: The Windmills of Your Mind.
Breakfast in Bed.

We have here a modest collection of three of the most brilliant, gifted vocalists ever: Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, and Dusty Springfield. All videos are live performances.

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The One {Approx.} Hit Wonders: 1970s, vol II.

A number of further One {approx.} Hitters from the 1970s. I cannot emphasize enough that some artists represented herein are responsible for more than 1 “hit”, somewhere in the world. Right. So, we’ve got The Blues Image, Ocean, Norman Greenbaum, The Sanford-Townsend Band, Wild Cherry, Climax, and Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, this time around. Enjoy.

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The One Hit Wonders: The 70s.

Lee Michaels: Do You Know What I Mean.
Daddy Dewdrop: Chick-a-Boom.
King Harvest: Dancing in the Moonlight.

A soupçon of personal favorites, from a decade rich in great material. In order, we have: Edison Lighthouse, Pilot, Lee Michaels, Zager and Evans, Daddy Dewdrop, The Fortunes, The Ides of March, King Harvest, Hurricane Smith, Clint Holmes, Jigsaw, Walter Egan, John Stewart, Looking Glass, Tee Set, and JD Souther.

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Pilot: Magic!

The Scottish band Pilot emerged in 1974 with {arguably…} the greatest pop single ever recorded. Written by lead vocalist David Paton, and produced by Alan Parsons {with whom Paton and two other members were to later join forces}, “Magic” became a monster hit for the group. The first and last videos are live; the 2nd is lip-synched, to the studio version of the song.