40. LOU CHRISTIE: I'm Gonna Make You Mine/ I'm Gonna Get Married (1969)
Lou's bubblegum smash was the perfect accompaniment to days bunked off school in the corner cafe. The falsetto washed the tea down, the harpsichord and bicycle bell percussion sound-tracked the daydreams. The A-side was penned by Tony Romeo, then of The Trout, later to rackup hits with The Partridge Family. The flip was written by Christie and his gypsy queen sidekick, Twyla Herbert. At a gig in Birmingham two years later, Lou met Miss UK, Frances Winfield, and duly popped the question.
Availability: Gonna Make You Mine Camden CD
39. RAINBOW: Since You've Been Gone/ Bad Girls (1979)
Richie Blackmore's decision to take Rainbow on a poppier road after the 1978 departure of Ronnie James Dio was cemented by the addition of vocalist Graham Bonnett and Blackmore's old Deep Purple sparring partner, Roger Glover, on bass. Plus this choice of a Russ Ballard-written song, previously a minor US hit by Head East. With its high-Blackmore solo, its key change after Bonnett's incredible "uh" two minutes, 15 seconds in, and its sing-song finale, this gave the group their first UK Top Ten single, reaching Number 6  in September 1979.
Availability: Various: Music Of The Year 1979 Spectrum CD


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