"Mama Can't Buy You Love"
The Thom Bell Sessions, 1979
A million-selling record that was only played on black radio. With "Philadelphia Freedom," "Bennie and the Jets" and then "Mama Can't Buy You Love," I had three Number One R&B records, which meant a huge deal to a white guy from Pinner. Producer Thom Bell was an idol of mine, and I was crazy about all that music from Philadelphia: Gamble and Huff, MFSB, the Three Degrees, the O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass – come on! That era was so great, totally brilliant stuff, never dated.