Seven new 70s hits on East Coast Gold

Seven new 70s hits on East Coast Gold

Listen to East Coast Gold this week for fresh new music added to our 70s playlist.

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Each week, we add more brilliant classic hits to our music library. For the latest additions, check out what's 'new' on East Coast Gold this week. And not only will you get to dance to your favourite classics, but we also bring you facts about the songs and musicians concerned. 

Smokie - 'Lay Back in the Arms of Someone'

'Lay Back in the Arms of Someone' is a classic love song by Smokie from the album, 'Bright Lights & Back Alleys'. 

It was released in 1977.  

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Several artists have done a cover of the song, including Tanya Tucker, whose version was released in 1979. Other artists who released a cover include Rick Nelson, Savoy Brown, Christ Norman, and Randy Barlow. Barlow's cover made it onto the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. 

The song was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Patti Smith - 'Because The Night'

In 1978, the Pattie Smith Group rock band released the classic song, 'Because the Night'. 

It is a song about intimacy and inviting a lover to a night of bliss. 

The song was written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith and is the first single from the group.

It has been covered by Garbage and Screaming Females.

Squeeze - 'Cool for Cats'

'Cool for Cats' is a song that will resonate with many people who are trying to make it in life, but are struggling because of the many obstacles.  

The single is taken from the album with the same name. It was the second single to be released from the album. 

The song title was inspired by the first rock 'n roll UK TV series called, 'Cool for Cats', which ran from 1956 to 1961. It was also featured on a British TV commercial for milk.

The edited version of the song peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1979. 

The Doors - 'Love Her Madly' 

 In 1971, The Doors released their album 'L.A Woman' and from it came the classic hit,  'Love Her Madly'. 

Years later, in 2000, the song was covered by Bo Diddley. 

The original song by The Doors peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached number three in Canada.

In an interview with Fox News, band member Glenn Tillbrook explained the inspiration behind the song: "Originally it was written about the social circle we were moving in at the time, being young and being... we were almost entirely centered in our own little world. I remember hearing Chris sing those lyrics for the first time and thinking he's just nailed what our lives are about now. It's lovely to be able to look back on that and see how we were as youngsters." 

Steam - 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye'

There is nothing as painful as seeing someone you love in the arms of the wrong partner, and that's what this song is all about. It is a persuasion for a woman to kiss goodbye a man who mistreats her and to go and be with the one who truly loves her. 

The song is a title track of the album with the same name. It was released in 1969. 

Covers of the song were done by Bananarama, Crazy Frog, and The Nylons. 

Steely Dan - 'Rikkie Don't Lose That Number'

Steely Dan released the song 'Rikkie Don't Lose That Number' in 1744. It was taken from the album 'Pretzel Logic'. 

'Rikkie Don't Lose That Number' became Steely Dan's highest-charting single. It reached number four on the Hot 100 in 1974.

A cover of the song was released by Chuck Loeb in 2007. 

Wizzard - ' See My Baby Jive' 

In 1973, Wizzard released the album 'Wizzard Brew', which featured the hit single, 'See My Baby Jive'.

The song became a favourite amongst Wizzard fans and received massive air play. It topped several charts, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1973 and number one in the Irish IRMA chart. It was also number five n the German official singles chart. 

In 1996, Roy Wood did a cover of the song. 

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