In the seventies we listened to our Transistor radios, wore Trouser suits, loved T-Rex and never missed Top of the Pops on Television.
Transistor Radios or "trannies" as we called them were small enough to fit inside your school bag. They were little plastic boxes with a leather cover over them. Wheels at each side turned the volume on and moved it to different radio stations. We had an earpiece connected with a wire in place of the headphones we have today. I would listen to the crackly radio Luxembourg under the blankets (no duvets) at night with the earpiece in so my mum couldn't hear. we shared the tranny with friends at lunchtime to hear the top ten as it was so important to us to find out.
We used Typewriters if we wanted our letters to look professional. I had a child's Petite typewriter which I loved using. To have more than one copy of what you had typed you had to put carbon paper between two sheets of paper and feed them into the typewriter we had no photocopiers. Real typewriters were very big and heavy and although they were called portable they weren't really practical for transporting.
Trouser suits were very popular. Some were a pair of trousers and a jacket just like a suit but they were mainly trousers and a tunic length top that matched. I remember having a few different ones and so did my mum so it wasn't just a style for young people.
At first we had a shared phone line, called in Glasgow "the Pairty Line. " It was so annoying when you lifted the phone to make a call and you could hear someone using it, good for listen into conversations, not that I would have ever done anything like that.
Top of the Pops was a chart show on television. It started in 1964 and was shown right through until 2005.
Jimmy Saville, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, David Jacobs were all hosts of the show, being disc jockeys on radio one they knew all there was to know about pop music.
Usually the group who's record had reached number one was live in the studio but you had to wait until the end of the show to see them.
Pans people were the dance group who acted out the song they danced to wearing short dresses and the style of the day. We watched the audience dancing and wondered how they managed to get tickets so such a popular show. Top of the pops re runs are still shown weekly today and it 's fun to relive memories again and to show the younger ones how we did it back then.
My parents had a black and white television until about 1975. Colour TVs were very expensive and looked upon as a luxury. Dad bought a coloured perspex screen which was placed on front of the TV screen and made it look like colour. We thought it was wonderful and just as good as the expensive colour sets,we didn't realise how wrong we were until we eventually purchased a colour set.
Tyrannosaurus Rex or T -Rex as they became known, with lead singer Marc Bolan was another of my favourite groups. Marc Bolan formed the group in 1967 and I was surprised to learn that their first four albums were folk music.
Their first pop single "Ride a White Swan" went to number two in the UK charts.
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The words to most of their songs didn't really make sense but we sang about riding white songs and being a jeepster for your love whether we understood them or otherwise.
Marc had a very flamboyant and feminine look about him and was part of the Glam Rock scene along with David Bowie, wearing high platform shoes and outrageous clothes and sparkly eyeshadow, which is said to have started by a mistake as the make up girl spilt it on him before he took to the stage.
His pictures adorned my bedroom walls and my friend Louise and I would talk about how beautiful he was.
Sadly in 1977 Marc crashed his car into a tree and both him and his girlfriend Gloria Jones were killed. We were all devastated, he was only twenty nine years old, so young and so talented.
The group broke up after Marc died, four years later another two members had met untimely deaths and in 2003 the fourth member Mickey Finn died too.
Marc Bolan and T-Rex are on my ipod and I still listen to them, they won't be forgotten.
Rosalind Adams is writing about the fifties and sixties for the a to z challenge, pop over to writing in the Rain to read what her "T" memories are.