My Top 10 #7 Graham Parker – SOUL SHOES

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As it’s a major milestone for me on Friday April 20th I thought I’d do a sort of Top 10 of songs that have influenced me over that 60 years; or 55 years in musical terms!
As regular readers will know I have very eclectic taste which probably started in my childhood as the youngest of four brothers in the 1960’s.
Me? Born in 58 I was a child of the 70’s starting with T Rex and Slade singles which begat ‘Big Boys Music’ with the Faces, Rory Gallagher and the Rolling Stones (which was actually a thread for all three younger siblings).
When you get to #1 on Friday you will realise that there are well over 100 other songs that have influenced me at one time or another but these 10 really are cornerstones to what you read on the Rocking Magpie on a daily basis.
So; here goes with #7

Graham Parker and the Rumour – Soul Shoes.
I can’t remember where I first heard this song…..John Peel? But it blew me away and I eventually bought Howlin Wind from Oz Records in Newcastle. A couple of years later both the future Mrs Magpie and my best mate Malcolm bought me STICK TO ME for Christmas.
The Pink Parker was one of the very few pieces of vinyl I kept when I sold my collection years ago…..and I once paid £25 for the Live at Marble Arch bootleg, when a normal LP cost about £5.

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