It was 1972 I was living with my Girlfriend, now wife, in a bedsit on the Hill in Richmond, Surrey. I had bought a set of ear phones (my very first) the day before and was on the way home to try them, I could not wait.
When I got to my place, I saw my downstairs window open. Worse still was the main door and also my bedsit door were open. We had been robbed! It was one of the worse disasters I had faced in my young life. ALL MY RECORD COLLECTION was gone, my NEW EAR PHONES were gone, still in their unopened box. I was inconsolable. I could not speak, I could not eat, I could not even listen to music. They could have taken a kidney, they could have taken my gold (if I had any) but not my record collection, that's not fair. These guys knew how to hurt. I will say something however, in their defence. They had taste, as they left all my girlfriend's records behind.
It was about two weeks later and I was on the way to work and I dared to switch on my radio. It was as if a light had descended upon me, maybe this is what it is like when you go to heaven, I don't know? I just fell in love with this perfect piece of pop music, 'I Can See Clearly Now' by Johnny Nash. I made a quick detour to the nearest record shop and bought his current album of the same name, a superb album. I was back, I was again ready, ready for more music.
'I Can See Clearly Now' is what I would consider to be a perfect pop single, there are many around, can you name your perfect pop records? Here are a few to get you started : 'Get it on' by T. Rex. 'Dancing Queen' by Abba, 'The Sun ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' by The Walker Brothers, 'I'm a Believer' by the Monkeys. 'Good Vibrations' by the Beach Boys. The list is endless!
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