29: Sylvia’s Mother – Dr Hook and The Medicine show

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Entered Top 40s: 1 June 1972
Entry Point: 35
Highest Chart: 1
Weeks In: 12
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They were part of the sound of the 1970’s, particularly here in Australia, where they regularly toured and appeared on television. This was their first hit in this country and was part of that gentle country rock that became popular during the first few years of the ’70’s

Featuring outstanding harmonies between lead singers Dennis Lecorriere and Ray Sawyer, the song tells the sad story of Sylvia’s ex-boyfriend trying to have one last conversation with her – but Mrs Avery is having none of it and the operator is putting the hard word on him for some extra money to extend the call. In the end, he misses out and needs to rely on Sylvia’s mum to pass on the message – I sometimes wonder whether she did …