Hot Hits

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Following the positive reaction I had to my Top Of The Pops blog post I thought I would follow it up with this.

The Hot Hits series ran for just 3 years and covered 20 albums.

Released on the Music For Pleasure (MFP) label, they featured a selection of popular tracks of the time performed by session artists. MFP had a motto, “Can you tell the difference between these and the original sounds?” You could of course tell the difference, but they sold well so did it really matter? Rumours suggest that Elton John, Larry Adler, Tina Charles, Big Jim Sullivan and even David Bowie appeared as session singers and musicians.

I am in no way suggesting these album covers are bad although they could be considered sexist by today’s standards. They were of their time and featured semi clad ladies with a clear sporting theme running through them from issue 6 onwards.

Hot Hits – July 1970
In The Summertime – originally by Mungo Jerry
Something – originally by Shirley Bassey
Neanderthal Man – originally by Hotlegs
Up Around The Bend – originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Groovin’ With Mr Bloe – originally by Mr Bloe
I Will Survive – originally by Arrival
Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha – originally by Cliff Richard
Lady D’Arbanville – originally by Cat Stevens
Lola – originally by The Kinks
Vehicle – originally by The Ides Of March
Love Of The Common People – originally by Nicky Thomas
Sally – originally by Gerry Monroe

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Hot Hits 2 – September 1970
Montego Bay – originally by Bobby Bloom
It’s So Easy – originally by Andy Williams
Paranoid – originally by Black Sabbath
Band Of Gold – originally by Freda Payne
Gasoline Alley Bred – originally by The Hollies
Which Way You Goin’ Billy – originally by The Poppy Family
Wild World – originally by Jimmy Cliff
Sweetheart – originally by Engelbert Humperdinck
Long As I Can See The Light – originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Love Is Life – originally by Hot Chocolate
Don’t Play That Song – originally by Aretha Franklin
You Can Get It If You Really Want – originally by Desmond Dekker

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Hot Hits 3 – November 1970
Woodstock – originally by Matthews Southern Comfort
Patches – originally by Clarence Carter
Snowbird – originally by Anne Murray
It’s Wonderful (To Be Loved By You) – originally by Jimmy Ruffin
New World In The Morning – originally by Roger Whittaker
Indian Reservation – originally by Don Fardon
War – originally by Edwin Starr
San Bernadino – originally by Christie
We’ve Only Just Begun – originally by The Carpenters
The Witch – originally by The Rattles
Think About Your Children – originally by Mary Hopkin
Ruby Tuesday – originally by Melanie

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Hot Hits 4 – February 1971
My Sweet Lord – originally by George Harrison
The Resurrection Shuffle – originally by Ashton Gardner & Dyke
Rose Garden – originally by Lynn Anderson
Las Vegas – originally by Tony Christie
Stoney End – originally by Barbra Streisand
Who Put The Lights Out – originally by Dana
Sweet Caroline – originally by Neil Diamond
(Where Do I Begin) Love Story – originally by Henry Mancini
Chestnut Mare – originally by The Byrds
It’s Impossible – originally by Perry Como
Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham – originally by The Tremeloes
Why – originally by Roger Whittaker

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Hot Hits 5 – April 1971
Knock Three Times – originally by Dawn
Jig A Jig – originally by East Of Eden
Remember Me – originally by Diana Ross
Double Barrel – originally by Dave & Ansil Collins
Mozart 40 – originally by Waldo De Los Rios
Malt And Barley Blues – originally by McGuinness Flint
I Am… I Said – originally by Neil Diamond
Brown Sugar – originally by The Rolling Stones
Something Old Something New – originally by The Fantastics
It Don’t Come Easy – originally by Ringo Starr
Rosetta – originally by Fame & Price Together
Joy To The World – originally by Three Dog Night

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Hot Hits 6 – July 1971
Zoo De Zoo Zong – originally by Twiggy
River Deep Mountain High – originally by The Supremes & The Four Tops
Banner Man – originally by Blue Mink
Me And You And A Dog Named Boo – originally by Lobo
When You Are A King – originally by White Plains
Pied Piper – originally by Bob & Marcia
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – originally by Middle Of The Road
Tom Tom Turnaround – originally by New World
Don’t Let It Die – originally by Hurricane Smith
Black And White – originally by Greyhound
Monkey Spanner – originally by Dave & Ansil Collins
Co-Co – originally by The Sweet

This reached number 1 in the UK album charts. The only Hot Hits album to do so.

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Hot Hits 7 – September 1971
Freedom Come Freedom Go – originally by The Fortunes
Reason To Believe – originally by Rod Stewart
Did You Ever – originally by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Nathan Jones – originally by The Supremes
Cousin Norman – originally by Marmalade
Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum – originally by Middle Of The Road
Tap Turns On The Water – originally by CCS
Maggie May – originally by Rod Stewart
I Believe (In Love) – originally by Hot Chocolate
For All We Know – originally by Shirley Bassey
Back Street Luv – originally by Curved Air
You’ve Got A Friend – originally by James Taylor

For those wondering, the pictures were taken at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC

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Hot Hits – 8 – November 1971
Surrender – originally by Diana Ross
Johnny Reggae – originally by The Piglets
Look Around – originally by Vince Hill
Jeepster – originally by T Rex
Banks Of The Ohio – originally by Olivia Newton-John
Tired Of Being Alone – originally by Al Green
Till – originally by Tom Jones
Gypsies Tramps And Thieves – originally by Cher
Coz I Luv You – originally by Slade
I Will Return – originally by Springwater
Brandy – originally by Scott English
Run Baby Run – originally by The Newbeats

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Hot Hits – 9 – January 1972
Theme From Shaft – originally by Isaac Hayes
Morning Has Broken – originally by Cat Stevens
I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing – originally by The New Seekers
Sleepy Shores – originally by The Johnny Pearson Orchestra
Brand New Key – originally by Melanie
Soley Soley – originally by Middle Of The Road
I Just Can’t Help Believing – originally by Elvis Presley
Morning – originally by Val Doonican
Theme From The Onedin Line – originally by The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Mother Of Mine – originally by Neil Reid
Softly Whispering I Love You – originally by The Congregation
Kara Kara – originally by New World

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Hot Hits – 10 – March 1972
Jesus – originally by Cliff Richard
Day By Day – originally by Holly Sherwood
Storm In A Teacup – originally by The Fortunes
Without You – originally by Nilsson
Got To Be There – originally by Michael Jackson
American Pie – originally by Don McLean
Look Wot You Dun – originally by Slade
Mother And Child Reunion – originally by Paul Simon
All I Ever Need Is You – originally by Sonny & Cher
Say You Don’t Mind – originally by Colin Blunstone
Day After Day – originally by Badfinger
Beg Steal Or Borrow – originally by The New Seekers

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Hot Hits – 11 – May 1972
The Young New Mexican Puppeteer – originally by Tom Jones
Sweet Talkin’ Guy – originally by The Chiffons
A Thing Called Love – originally by Johnny Cash & The Evangel Temple Choir
Radancer – originally by Marmalade
Come What May – originally by Vicky Leandros
Stir It Up – originally by Johnny Nash
Crying Laughing Loving Lying – originally by Labi Siffre
Back Off Boogaloo – originally by Ringo Starr
Heart Of Gold – originally by Neil Young
I Am What I Am – originally by Greyhound
Amazing Grace – originally by The Pipes & Drums & Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Debora – originally by Tyrannosaurus Rex

Yes, that is Caroline Munroe

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Hot Hits – 12 – July 1972
Song Sung Blue – originally by Neil Diamond
Rockin’ Robin – originally by Michael Jackson
Sister Jane – originally by New World
Take Me Bak ‘Ome – originally by Slade
An American Trilogy – originally by Elvis Presley
Little Willy – originally by The Sweet
Vincent – originally by Don McLean
Rock And Roll (Parts 1 And 2) – originally by Gary Glitter
Circles – originally by The New Seekers
Mary Had A Little Lamb – originally by Wings
Little Bit Of Love – originally by Free
Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day – originally by Gilbert O’Sullivan

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Hot Hits – 13 – August 1972
Automatically Sunshine – originally by The Supremes
Where Is The Love – originally by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Popcorn – originally by Hot Butter
Silver Machine – originally by Hawkwind
My Guy – originally by Mary Wells
School’s Out – originally by Alice Cooper
Seaside Shuffle – originally by Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
The Loco-Motion – originally by Little Eva
The Slider – originally by T Rex
10538 Overture – originally by The Electric Light Orchestra
Samson And Delilah – originally by Middle Of The Road
You Wear It Well – originally by Rod Stewart

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Hot Hits – 14 – September 1972
Children Of The Revolution – originally by T Rex
Mouldy Old Dough – originally by Lieutenant Pigeon
Goodbye To Love – originally by The Carpenters
Backstabbers – originally by The O’Jays
Too Young – originally by Donny Osmond
Donna – originally by 10CC
Burning Love – originally by Elvis Presley
You’re A Lady – originally by Peter Skellern
Wig-Wam Bam – originally by The Sweet
The Guitar Man – originally by Bread
I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Til I Saw You Rock ‘N’ Roll) – originally by Gary Glitter
How Can I Be Sure – originally by David Cassidy

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Hot Hits – 15 – December 1972
Getting A Drag – originally by Lynsey De Paul
Rock Me Baby – originally by David Cassidy
Crazy Horses – originally by The Osmonds
Angel – originally by Rod Stewart
I’m Stone In Love With You – originally by The Stylistics
Gudbuy T’Jane – originally by Slade
What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me) – originally by Rod Stewart
Crocodile Rock – originally by Elton John
Why – originally by Donny Osmond
I Don’t Believe In Miracles – originally by Colin Blunstone
Lookin’ Through The Windows – originally by The Jackson 5
Stay With Me – originally by Blue Mink

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Hot Hits – 16 – January 1973
Blockbuster – originally by The Sweet
You’re So Vain – originally by Carly Simon
Always On My Mind – originally by Elvis Presley
Relay – originally by The Who
Dreidel – originally by Don McLean
The Jean Genie – originally by David Bowie
Me And Mrs Jones – originally by Billy Paul
C Moon – originally by Wings
Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – originally by The Temptations
Ball Park Incident – originally by Wizzard
Roll Over Beethoven – originally by The Electric Light Orchestra
Wishing Well – originally by Free

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Hot Hits – 17 – March 1973
Cum On Feel The Noize – originally by Slade
Killing Me Softly With His Song – originally by Roberta Flack
Power To All Our Friends – originally by Cliff Richard
Feel The Need In Me – originally by The Detroit Emeralds
Pinball Wizard – See Me Feel Me (medley) – originally by The New Seekers
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree – originally by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
By The Devil (I Was Tempted) – originally by Blue Mink
Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse – originally by Jimmy Helms
The Twelfth Of Never – originally by Donny Osmond
20th Century Boy – originally by T Rex
Doctor My Eyes – originally by The Jackson 5
Never Never Never – originally by Shirley Bassey

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Hot Hits – 18 – May 1973
Hell Raiser – originally by The Sweet
Brother Louie – originally by Hot Chocolate
No More Mr Nice Guy – originally by Alice Cooper
Giving It All Away – originally by Roger Daltrey
See My Baby Jive – originally by Wizzard
Drive-In Saturday – originally by David Bowie
Broken Down Angel – originally by Nazareth
You Want It You Got It – originally by The Detroit Emeralds
And I Love You So – originally by Perry Como
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) – originally by Deodato
One And One Is One – originally by Medicine Head
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – originally by The Detroit Spinners

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Hot Hits – 19 – June 1973
Can You Do It – originally by Geordie
Hallelujah Day – originally by The Jackson 5
Stuck In The Middle With You – originally by Stealer’s Wheel
Honaloochie Boogie – originally by Mott The Hoople
Standing On The Inside – originally by Neil Sedaka
The Groover – originally by T Rex
Snoopy vs The Red Baron – originally by The Hotshots
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) – originally by George Harrison
Welcome Home – originally by Peters & Lee
Sweet Illusion – originally by Junior Campbell
Take Me To The Mardi Gras – originally by Paul Simon
Live And Let Die – originally by Wings

The model is former page 3 girl Jilly Johnson. 

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Hot Hits – 20 – August 1973
Yesterday Once More – originally by The Carpenters
(Dancing) On A Saturday Night – originally by Barry Blue
Touch Me In The Morning – originally by Diana Ross
Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose – originally by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
You Can Do Magic – originally by Limmie & The Family Cookin
Smarty Pants – originally by First Choice
I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am) – originally by Gary Glitter
48 Crash – originally by Suzi Quatro
Rising Sun – originally by Medicine Head
Bad Bad Boy – originally by Nazareth
All Right Now – originally by Free
Alright Alright Alright – originally by Mungo Jerry

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