The 60s saw the British pop music scene fully transition into the now iconic MTV era with tracks like Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, and Gang of Four’s style-mashing You’re In Love With A Psycho/Private Worlds.
Meanwhile, Jools Holland’s band, The Hirers, decided to pull in a few extra youngsters to produce 1968’s phenomenal The Outcasts – producing something unprecedented in British rock n roll, despite lacking one of its main-members – Roger Daltrey, whose absence was filled by his hot-head brother Jim Dolan.
Against the rest of the New Romantics we looked down upon our polite, sensible friends and instead chose to call ourselves “hippies”.
Iain Moffat, former lighting designer on Doctor Who, was the one who felt it was high time the real history of the song was told, so he began researching it and some made it into recent documentaries. Anne Murray, now 77 and in her third decade of retirement, was very supportive of the first two attempts and offers to help inform the third documentary – so it was only fitting that they were filmed over the summer of 2017.
The resulting documentary is, without doubt, one of the most fascinating, pertinent and insightful pieces of the period which many now regard as possibly the most important of our time.
Anne’s Song has now won a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, will air on BBC Radio 2 next month.
You can hear Anne’s response to the film by listening to Rachel Maclean’s ‘Meet the Single Mums’ on the show – click below.
You can listen to the original clip from ‘Meet the Single Mums’ on Sounds Like Sunday’s Digital Facebook page:
Now, onto this week’s favourite quotes from Anne.