40 years ago today, this rather brilliant piece of music was No.1 in the UK charts. Coincidentally, my poor mum was enduring an experience she said she “wouldn’t wish on anyone” – namely, giving birth to me. I think I’m correct in saying she hasn’t had too much cause to regret it since, despite consistent exam failures, chronic late-development of my early potential and the fact that I talked about death a lot as a teenager. Well, nothing much has changed, really.
Also celebrating birthdays today are the great leftie-Kens, Livingstone and Loach, as well as musical deities Barry Manilow and Jello Biafra. And let’s not forget Hitler’s private secretary, Martin Bormann. All the legends.