Alan Freeman's Pick of the Pops Take 3 on Capital Gold: December 1974by Simon Luckin
Gloria Gaynor, Pilot and Barry White.
By my calculation, you would have one further POTP Take 3 recording left to upload - is this the case?
Yes you're quite right. I have one more. It's a double and is a Christmas one. The years are 1965 and 1978. I will upload it very soon.
Indeed so, and they tended not to play Gadd's stuff so much the first time round because they were into a more sophisticated pop sound, with more priority to the likes of 10cc and Queen. But unlike the bona fide NME charts used earlier in POTP Take 3's run, these Top 12s were entirely made up, and tended to be based around the most frequently-played hits of their era, with songs that peaked outside the Top 12 but became radio favourites ("How Long", "Lyin' Eyes", "It's a Shame") moved up into them. In that respect it bore some resemblance to the pre-Spring 1978, wholly airplay-based Capital Countdown, also broadcast on Saturday mornings, which tended not to include number ones like "Whispering Grass". The song I mentioned would certainly have been one of the twelve biggest hits of December 1974, obviously it's chilling to hear now so they made the right decision for the wrong reasons. But it's not the only huge hit of the period they left out - "Lonely This Christmas" (which my mum used to think actually was Elvis) is also a conspicuous absentee.
Was wondering where "Oh Yes! You're Beautiful" would appear, and they seem to have anticipated modern sensibilities somewhat by leaving it out, at a time when his annual pre-Christmas tour was still this huge thing ...
Oh yes, I hadn't realised that. It could be a simple case of it being just outside the top 12 of course although Capital did have the habit of completely ignoring some records which were big hits on the official BBC chart.