This week the BBC Top of the Pops TV show was introduced by Noel Edmonds and featured Hot chocolate, Abba, Paul Nicholas, 10ss, Linda Lewis, Bay City Rollers, Four Seasons, Sheer Elegance and Eric Carman.
This group only had two top twenty hits. Girls Girls Girls being the second hit for founding group members Georg Kajanus and Phil Pickett. Phil went on to win two Ivor Nevello Music Awards and wrote Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon.
Muaammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi , who was born in 1942,was a name that not many people really knew, but from this year onwards his name would dominate the world’s news right through to now.
The name of course became synonymous with that of a tyrant for the next fifty years.
After getting military training in the UK, he was already planning a way to take over his country of Libya from the Prime Minister King Ildris, whilst Ildris was in Turkey. This he and the military did in in 1969, when Gaddafi was only 27. He was already now having unofficial control of the country.
He had little love for the west, and was happy if people purchased guns to fight the west, in fact Libya in 1970 had a thriving Italian community, they disappeared very quickly as most westerns did. This was in part because Gaddafi became chairman of an organisation called the Revolutionary Command Council and expelled all the Italians.
On January 28th of 1970, now aged 28, Gaddafi moved into the front line of politics, by taking over as the Libyan premier and installing four out twelve ministers from his from his council. It must be remembered that Gaddafi 1969 coup was bloodless, and now he had worked his way to premier almost unchallenged.
He himself managed to stop a coup against him in the closing days of 1969, and he was now going to ensure that everyone knew who was in charge of the new Libya It was him, still wearing his army uniforms and also he wore dark glasses, that became a trademark of his for many years.
In 1970 business and power in Libya, if you were not Libyan then you were forced out of any important position, and Gaddafi instigated a system where small businesses stayed in control of their owners, larger ones became the property or became controlled by the state.
But Gaddafi still needed the British former colonisers, as he needed weapons and tanks, and this he got from the British and other sources for many future years. Gaddafi knew the power of having weapons in that area, and he maintained a very high profile with his army and the fire power it had.
Oil of course was a key element in the power and the economy of Libya, and in 1970 nit was the fourth largest oil producer in the world, and despite Gaddafi pushing down the free economy when he took over, the oil kept flowing and he knew that would give him the power to stay in position and to make sure the west knew that he had the power to affect oil flow.
Libya through the decades of Gaddafi rule has always been linked to providing arms to other governments and organisations, and with his power to buy from the US and Europe he was in a very good place to sell on to other Arab countries for political favours and control.
Gaddafi really believed in the unification of the Arab Sates and was a close friend to President Nasser Hussein of Egypt who was killed in September this year. At that time Gaddafi took up the mantle of Hussein and his version of Pan Arabism , which was a loose liaison between the Arab countries , especially Egypt Syria and Libya.
The music of the 70s continues now as we look at the BBC chart from 10th January 1970.
If I Thought you You’d Change Your Mind by Cilla Black.
Our Cilla was born Priscilla White in 1943, and has been one of the country’s biggest stars throughout the 60s ,70s, 80s and 90s .In the 70s she had her own TV show called “Cilla” on the BBC, and up until 1973 she was produced by non other than the Beatles manager George Martin.
I am one of those baby boomer's, who had the pleasure, and the FUN to grow up in the amazing 1970s. The 70s music was so diverse, and the charts were for everyone from 8 to 80. That was when POP was fun, and the top forty really meant something as it was a shared experience.
I have tried in this site to bring back the memories of the 70s, not just the pure pop, but also the heavy guys like Floyd and Black Sabbath.
Everything had a place in the music of the 70s, and everything has a memory for one of us 1970s boomers.
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70s Artist Mud
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