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Performances include an early 1970s Badfinger number and the BBC vaults provide classic rock 'n' roll heroes like Free, Status Quo, the Faces and Humble Pie.

Trawled from the depths of the BBC Archive and classic BBC shows of the day - Old Grey Whistle Test, Top of the Pops and Full House - a collection of performance gems from a totally rock 'n' roll early 1970s.

This was a golden era for British rock 'n' roll as everyone moved on from the whimsical 60s and looked around for something with a bit more oomph! In a pre-heavy metal world bands were experimenting with influences that dated back to 50s rock 'n' roll, whilst taking their groove from old-school rhythm and blues. It was also a time when men grew their hair long!

In a celebration of this era, we kick off with an early 1970s Badfinger number direct from the BBC library and continue the groove from the BBC vaults with classic rock 'n' roll heroes like Free, Status Quo, the Faces, Humble Pie and Mott the Hoople. Plus from deep within the BBC archives we dig out some rarities from the likes of Babe Ruth, Stone the Crows, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Man, Heavy Metal Kids and original rockers Thin Lizzy... to name but a few.

Sit back and enjoy a 60-minute non-stop ride of unadulterated Totally British 70s Rock 'n' Roll!

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 14 Sep 2019 02:30

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Badfinger

    Come And Get It

  • 00:04

    Free, The Free

    All Right Now (Single Version)

  • Faces

    Bad 'N' Ruin

  • Stone the Crows

    Big Jim Salter

  • Roy Young

    Wild Country Wine

  • Family

    In My Own Time

  • Humble Pie

    Honky Tonk Women

  • Babe Ruth

    Black Dog

  • David Bowie

    Queen Bitch

  • Man

    Ain't Their Fight

  • The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

    Faith Healer

  • Status Quo


  • Thin Lizzy

    The Rocker

  • Heavy Metal Kids

    Hanging On

  • The Pretty Things

    Singapore Silk Torpedo

  • Nazareth

    Silver Dollar Forger

  • Mott the Hoople

    The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll

  • 00:56

    Mott the Hoople

    The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll


Role Contributor
Producer Stephanie McWhinnie


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