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Rock of Ages.

Byline: Andrew Greenhalgh

Rock of Ages No. 1 singles from this week, with Andrew Greenhalgh 1977 David Soul, Don''t Give Up On Us MOST music journalists will tell you that 1977 means one thing in British music: Punk.

But a look at the number one singles tells a different story, the first five chart-toppers of the year coming from Abba, Manhattan Transfer, Leo Sayer, Julie Covington and American singer-turned-actor-turned singer again David Soul.

Never mind Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer et al, in 1977 Soul was one of the biggest names in the country.

He had a leading role - as Detective Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson - in Starsky and Hutch, one of the biggest TV shows of the era.

And with Don't Give Up On Us, he was enjoying his first of two British number ones, ahead of Silver Lady, which spent three weeks atop the charts in October.

Soul (real name David Solberg) had originally ended a promising baseball career to pursue a life in music, before gaining success as an actor.

Don't Give Up... was the first single to be taken from his second solo album, the peculiarly named Playing to an Audience of One, and spent four weeks at the summit before being succeeded by Covington's Don't Cry for Me Argentina.

He re-recorded the song in 2006, after hearing a version by Owen Wilson, who played Hutch in the 2004 film remake of the TV series.

1991 The KLF, 3am Eternal (1991) WHERE to begin with The KLF? The record books will tell you that 3am Eternal was the duo's only British number one, but they had in fact scaled the peaks of the fab 40 in 1988.

That time, though, it was under the name of The Timelords, with Doctorin' the Tardis, which combined the Doctor Who theme music, The Sweet's Blockbuster and Gary Glitter''s Rock and Roll (Part Two) to chart-busting effect.

The Timelords and The KLF were two men: Liverpool legend Bill Drummond - former Echo and the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes manager and founder member of Big in Japan - and Jimmy Cauty.

Before becoming the Timelords, they achieved notoriety as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (or the JAMMs), but it is as the KLF that they are destined to be remembered.

3am Eternal was the second in a series of 'Stadium House' singles - preceded by What Time is Love? and followed by Last Train to Trancentral - and was also the song the band chose to announce their retirement the following year.

After being invited to play at the 1992 Brits, they teamed up with Extreme Noise Terror and performed it in a new hardcore thrash arrangement at the music industry shindig, with Drummond firing blanks from an automatic weapon over the heads of the crowd. What a way to go.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2012
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