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The top ten dubious songs of the Jimmy Savile era

by | 8th, October 2012

NOW that the dam has burst, and Sir Jimmy Savile stands exposed, the revelations about him and his fellow DJs confirm what many have known for years: that the pop music business of the fifties, sixties and seventies was a world in which middle-aged men surrounded themselves with young girls and boys and indulged themselves with impunity.

And the musical clues weren’t always subtle either. So as our contribution to the great debate, ladies and gentlemen/guys and gals, we present the top ten dubious songs of the Savile era…

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Sonny Boy Williamson (1937)

First recorded before the war, covered later by the legendary electric bluesmen, then later still by the bands of the mid-sixties British “blues boom” of the mid-sixties. This would be the template for all that followed.

Little Child – The Beatles (1963)

“Baby” and “child” were part of the rock’n’roll lexicon from the get-go, but this title nevertheless remains uniquely peculiar.

Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (1968)

This chart-topping Top of the Pops favourite is highly unusual, in that it actually questions the idea of “going too far”, and concludes that it might not be such a great idea after all…

Stray Cat Blues – The Rolling Stones (1968)

The 15-year-old subject of this sordid tail would later be adjusted to 16 for live performances

Vagabond Virgin – Traffic (1968)

“You were barely thirteen, so fresh on the scene…”

Born Late ’58 Mott the Hoople (1974)

“Detonator, jail-baiter,” proclaims Overend Watts. Take the title

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