After breakfast this morning I made a quick iPod playlist of 70 tracks, a bit random but all songs I love, almost all of them from the 50s, 60s and 70s which was deliberate. No real surprises I don't suppose, and more recent songs can wait for another day. I could have done 700, of course, but that would have taken too long and I didn’t want to waste time while the sun was out. Either way I’ve probably missed some favourites and I made a rule to limit the number of songs to one per artist. (I broke that rule, but only with Beatles, Who, Bowie and Dylan.) Then I got in my car and headed south, to Lancing, and walked along the beach towards Brighton with these songs playing in my head. The weather was wonderful, warm, all blue skies and fluffy clouds, and the beach was largely deserted. I knew which song on the playlist was number 35, so after that played (and by an odd coincidence it was Dusty singing ‘Goin’ Back’) I walked back to Lancing, had a coffee in the Perch café and then drove home.
            Music has been a constant in my life since I was nine or ten, so it seemed only right to spend the first part of this day with songs I've grown up with. It took just over four hours and here’s what I listened to…
Mystery Train – Elvis
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry LL
Tutti Frutti – Little R
Rave On – Buddy H
Summertime Blues – Eddie C
Claudette – Everlys
Only The Lonely – Roy O
You Need Love – Muddy W
Hellhound On My Tail – Robert J
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck B
Long Tall Sally – Beatles
Satisfaction – Stones
Rising Sun – Animals
Respect – Aretha F
Sweet Soul Music – A Conley
Slippin’ & Slidin’ – Band (live)
Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys
Waterloo Sunset – Kinks
Hello Mary Lou – R Nelson
Here Comes The Night – Van M
Substitute – Who
Who Do You Love – Bo D
Mr Tambourine Man – Dylan
Shakin’ All Over – J Kidd & Pirates
I Fought The Law – Bobby Fuller 4
Move It – Cliff R
Time Is Tight – BT & MGs
Bells of Rhymney – Byrds
Stop In The Name of Love – Supremes
Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey R & Miracles
Walk Away Renee – Four Tops
My Girl – Temptations
Midnight Hour – Wilson P
Ecstasy of Gold – Ennio M
Goin’ Back – Dusty S
I Want You – Dylan
4 + 20 – CSN&Y
Don’t Let Me Down – Beatles
I Can’t Let Maggie Go – Honeybus
I Can Hear The Grass Grow – Move
Save The Last Dance For Me – Drifters
Be My Baby – Ronettes
Gasoline Alley – Rod Stewart
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
When You Walk In The Room – Agnetha F
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Al Green
River Man – Nick Drake
See Emily Play – P Floyd
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam & Dave
Who’ll Stop The Rain – CCR
Winner Takes It All – Abba
Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry N
If Paradise Is Half As Nice – Amen Corner
All Right Now – Free
Starman – Bowie
Chimes Of Freedom (live) – Bruce S
Me & Bobby McGhee – Janis J
Rock’n’Roll – Led Zep
Europa Endlos – Kraftwerk
Heroes – Bowie
I Can See For Miles - Who
Dixie Chicken – Little F
There She Goes – The La’s
Like A Hurricane – Neil Young
Baby Blue – Badfinger
Hello In There – John Prine
Highway Man – Albert Lee & HH
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
Dreaming – Blondie
Elvis Presley Blues – Gillian Welch


  1. The La's - There She Goes was released in 1990, so almost a 50's, 60's and 70's playlist.

    1. I know, same with Gillian Welch but who cares?

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