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Roy Wood

Our Roy was actually called Ulysses Adrian Wood who was instrumental in groups like ELO, The Move, and Wizzard. But this Birmingham man had a solo career too. I bet most of you forget about that, or was that just me?

In 1973 he had a No. 18 hit with Dear Elaine. But the bigger hit of that year was the beautiful Forever getting as high as No. 8.

I saw my brand new baby, walk out the door
And If I ever change her, just couldn’t take any more
And I wonder who she’ll be, if she’ll put the hurt on me, Forever, Forever.

1974 another top twenty hit with Going’ Down The Road. I have absolutely no recollection of this one at all. His last solo single I do now remember and it was called Oh What A Shame.

He also released several solo albums. His 1973 album Boulders was an almost entirely solo effort, right down to the sleeve artwork. So Roy had now proven that he could write, sing, paint and he even played all these instruments. So on his next album Mustard Roy did just that and he almost played everything that you hear on the album. Mustard was released in75 and included contributions by Phil Everly and Annie Haslam.

Instruments played by Roy on his various albums included guitar, bass guitar, cello, flute, sitar, saxophones, clarinet, recorder, oboe, bassoon, drums, double bass and keyboards. No wonder this guy was a huge part of our lives in the 60s and 70s.

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