leejohnson's current selection is:
My Friend Jack
by The Smoke
(Rewind to 1966)

From the "Rockasteria" blog:

The story of 'The Smoke' began back in 1965 in Yorkshire [England] when millionaire and entrepreneur Alan Brush discovered a local 'mod'/'beat' band called 'The Shots' supporting P J Proby. Brush was looking to get into the music business and so approached the band - Geoff Gill, drums; Malcom Luker, guitar; Mick Rowley, vocals; John 'Zeke' Lund, bass; and Phil Peacock, guitar - with a view to management.

The band accepted, and Brush secured them a deal with 'Columbia Records' who released the single "Keep Hold Of What You've Got" in October 1965. However, with the single failing to take off, Brush's interest waned, Peacock left, and the remaining four members were left to consider their future. Presenting their newer more psychedelic 'demos' to producer Monty Babson, the band changed their name to 'The Smoke' and released the "My Friend Jack" single in February 1965.

With the single climbing the charts in the UK (eventually reaching No. 45 [on its re-release in 1966]), the record promptly became banned by the national radio stations because of the line "my friend jack eats sugar lumps" which they felt was a reference to the taking of LSD! Nonetheless, the "underground" press and radio picked up on the song and it became a massive hit throughout Europe and in particular Germany, where it reached No. 2 and stayed in the charts for sixteen weeks.

Indeed it was on the European mainland that 'The Smoke' became successful, so much so that their one official LP "It's Smoke Time" was released in Germany only. The follow up single, "If The Weather's Sunny", wasn't a hit however, and the band left 'Columbia' shortly after it's release in August 1967. By this time 'The Smoke' had become managed by Chris Blackwell, owner of 'Island Records', and so it was to that label that they signed. [ Read more at: http://rockasteria.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/smoke-its-smoke-time-1967-uk-fabulous.html ]

The group never recreated the limited impact of this single, despite later trying to jump on the 'glam rock' bandwagon with the derivative "Sugar Man" much later in 1972.
https://www.discogs.com/Smoke-My-Friend-Jack/release/1380455
1966 - Columbia - United Kingdom - Original release year 1965; also some claims that it was issued in 1967.
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Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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