12 July 1976 – Star Horoscope Show
on Radio Luxembourg 208 –
Glam-rock Star Mick Tucker (The Sweet) :
For nearly a quarter century, Mick Tucker’s powerful
swing and blazing chops fueled the British glam band Sweet.
Tucker cofounded the group in 1968 and steered it through a
series of irreverent, hugely popular hits on both sides of the Atlantic,
including “Fox on the Run,” The Ballroom Blitz,” “Little Willy,” and “Love Is Like Oxygen.”
Although Sweet is best remembered for its tight pop craft and glittery image,
the musical virtuosity exhibited by the group members live and on record is
heralded by serious rock fans and fellow musicians alike.
Tucker’s style betrays the influence of traditional big band, R&B, and early rock ‘n’ roll,
while giving a glimpse of where hard rock, punk, and heavy metal would head in the future.
When Tucker passed away on February 14, 2002, at the age of fifty-four,
after a battle with leukemia, many felt that British rock had lost one of its very best drummers.
Author: Hicks, Alex
Date published: October 1, 2012