Close-up of electric keyboard

By Mike Wallbank, Jan 14 2018 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


Witch Queen of New Orleans (Redbone)

(1971) ... only UK hit for the native American band. Witch Queen made it to # 2 on our chart, 19 places

higher than their best placing in the US Hot 100. They were kept off the top spot here by Rod Stewart

who was into a five week run at # 1 with Maggie May. By a strange coincidence, Maggie is also the

title of a Redbone song, their unsuccessful follow-up single in the UK



Gimme Little Sign (Brenton Wood)

(1967-68) ... hitting those high notes, another one hit wonder from the US. The actual title, surprisingly, does not appear in the lyrics ~ the hook line in the chorus is 'Gimme some kind of sign, girl...'



Nothing Ever Happens (Del Amitri)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ one of those songs which immediately grabbed your attention, with its memorable lyrics. '... while Angry from Manchester writes to complain about all the repeats on TV...' has always been my own personal favourite, but to be fair, I was rather spoiled for choice



Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality


Tell Me When (The Applejacks)

(1964) ... biggest and best known of of their handful of hits. The group were mostly childhood friends from around Birmingham and Solihull who had been in the Scouts together ~ their sound was labelled 'Brumbeat' - the Midlands answer to Merseybeat. What made them really stand out from the crowd was their choice of bass player ~ Sheffield lass Megan Davies



Go Away Little Girl (Mark Wynter)

(1962) ... the second of two Top 10-ers for one of the UK's top pop stars of the early '60s. His heyday as a top teen heart-throb was fairly brief, but since then, he has had a successful career as an actor


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Pied Piper (Bob & Marcia)

(1971) ... reggae re-working * of an already well known song ~ a mid '60s hit for Crispian St Peters. It was Bob & Marcia's second UK chart success, a year after their best known, by far, Young, Gifted And Black. (* see also John Holt, second hour)



Sorrow (David Bowie)

(1973) ... Top 3 single from Pin Ups, his album of favourite songs by different artists. The Merseys' original peaked at # 4 in 1966



Newsround Tameside: 28 years ago ~ Winter 1990



In Private (Dusty Springfield)

... working with those Pet Shop Boys in the late '80s successfully revived Dusty's chart career, three decades after her debut as one of The Springfields



Shine On (The House of Love)

... new version of a song first released in '87 on the independent label Creation



More Than You Know (Martika)

... third of five hits between '89 and '91



Could Have Told You So (Halo James)

... much played song with an uplifting, anthemic chorus ~ hugely successful on the cusp of two decades in the UK and across Europe. Sadly, they never again scaled the same heights and went their separate ways a year or so later



Tears On My Pillow (Kylie Minogue)

... authentic-sounding '50s teen ballad ~ Little Anthony & The Imperials did th'original



Getting Away With It (Electronic)

... bringing together Johnny Marr, previously of The Smiths, and Bernard Sumner of New Order ~ with guest vocals by Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant



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SECOND HOUR


Help Me Make It Through The Night (John Holt)

(1974-75) ... as promised earlier * ~ taking a slow ballad by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and turning it into a mid-tempo, radio-friendly reggae hit destined for the Top 10. The song had previously been a hit in the UK, as a ballad, for Gladys Knight & The Pips ( # 11, 1972)

( * see Bob & Marcia, first hour)



She Means Nothing To Me (Phil Everly & Cliff Richard )

(1983) ... one of many one-off duets for Cliff and among the most successful chart-wise. Others include All I Ask of You, with Sarah Brightman (1986) and Whenever God Shines His Light, with Van Morrison (1989)



A Windmill In Old Amsterdam (Ronnie Hilton)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ much played on Children's Favourites, the long running radio show on the BBC Light Programme, which became Junior Choice, hosted by Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart on Radios 1 & 2. The story in a song, about a windmill over-run by mice, was the first single I ever owned, bought for me. when I was at a tender young age



Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals from the '50s, which are a complete contrast from each other


Reveille Rock (Johnny & The Hurricanes)

(1959)


Bad Penny Blues (Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band)

(1956)


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Everybody Plays The Fool (The Main Ingredient)

(1972) ... US soulsters who had to wait another two years to make it on to our chart ~ Just Don't Want To Be Lonely, which peaked at # 27. Everybody Plays The Fool had a catchy, whistling hook-line, and was a much played turntable hit but failed to make the all-important breakthrough



Right Now (The Creatures)

(1983) ...a side venture for members of Siouxsie & The Banshees



Reflections: 53 years ago ~ 1965



Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (The Animals)

... written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus for jazz pianist and singer Nina Simone, who recorded it in '64



Ferry Cross The Mersey (Gerry & The Pacemakers)

... written by Gerry as the theme song for their film of the same name, but destined to become a much-loved anthem of Liverpool pride



Come See About Me (The Supremes)

... follow-up to the chart-topping Baby Love, highest position # 27



Long After Tonight Is All Over (Jimmy Radcliffe)

... just two weeks on the chart, peaking at # 40, but gained a new following in the early '70s as a perfect end of the night 'slowie' on the Northern Soul scene



Girl Don't Come (Sandie Shaw)

... Top 3 single at the start of '65, four more hits would follow by the end of the year



The Game of Love (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)

... second of their two Top 10-ers before lead singer and group went their separate ways



I'll Never Find Another You (The Seekers)

... chart-topping UK debut for the Australian group which they quickly followed up with A World Of Own (# 3) before returning with another # 1 a few months later ~ The Carnival Is Over



Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames)

... another group reaching the top spot at the first attempt, early in the year,



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SHOW THEME:

Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979)













By Mike Wallbank, Jan 7 2018 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


Cool Out Tonight (David Essex)

(1977) ... surprisingly, only got as high as # 23, midway through an impressive run of 17 Top 40 hits, including two # 1s, in a 10-year span from 1973-83



As Tears Go By (Marianne Faithfull)

(1964) ... written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, together with Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' manager




Homely Girl (UB40)

,,, from the first of today's featured years ~ the old Chi Lites song re-worked in that familiar UB40 style. They were one of the era's most prolific chart acts, with at least one hit every year during the '80s and well on into the '90s



Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

.. two '60s songs with titles and lyrics that can best be described as complete nonsense ~ but in the nicest possible way...



Who Put The Bomp (The Viscounts)

(1961)


Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann)

(1964)


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Jeanette (The Beat)

(1982) ... a lively, ska-tastic sound as you would expect, moving along at a typically brisk pace with an accordion adding an extra twist. Not one of their biggest hits, climbing no higher than #45, but the perfect one to play for ... Jeanette ~ a loyal Sunday afternoon listener, celebrating a 'significant' birthday (ending in a '0' !). More ska ~ of a kind coming soon * ...



Shoorah Shoorah (Betty Wright)

(1975) ... American soul and R&B singer who had a couple of Top 30 hits in the UK ~ Where Is The Love was the other one, which charted the same year. Her biggest US single Clean Up Woman three years previously, was a turntable hit here



Newsround Tameside: 29 years ago ~ 1989



She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)

... first of two Top 10-ers in a row ~ Good Thing was the successful follow-up



I'm On My Way (The Proclaimers)

... third and final single lifted from the album Sunshine on Leith



I Want That Man (Deborah Harry)

... having been the poster girl lead singer with Blondie, one of the biggest bands at the start of the '80s, Debbie / Deborah had a flying solo Top 20 entry to end the decade



Street Tuff (Rebel MC / Double Trouble)

... toe-tapping dance hip-house with a ska beat ~ an interesting fusion of styles. Apparently, that punchy bass line was 'borrowed' from a vintage reggae track by The Maytals ( * see also The Beat, played earlier)



Golden Green (The Wonder Stuff)

... greater success would follow two years later ~ with Size of A Cow (# 5) and Dizzy (with Vic Reeves, # 1)



Eternal Flame (The Bangles)

.., one of the biggest love songs of the '80s ~ four weeks at # 1 and ranked third in the year's best sellers chart



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SECOND HOUR



Keep The Customer Satisfied (Simon & Garfunkel)

(1970) ... B side of their chart-topping classic Bridge Over Troubled Water, also much played as a track from the album of the same name



To Love Somebody (The Bee Gees)

(1967) ... one of their earliest hits, which reached the dizzy heights of the Top 10 in Australia and Canada, peaked at # 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US but floundered at # 41 here. Hard to believe that such a well known song, destined to be covered by many other artists over the years from Nina Simone to Jimmy Somerville, Rod Stewart to Michael Bublé, had so little impact on the chart first time out. As with most Bee Gees hits, the writing credit is shared by Barry and Robin Gibb . Barry - now Sir Barry, following his knighthood in the New Year Honours announced last week, has said in interviews in recent years that To Love Somebody has always been one of his favourites of all the many songs they wrote together from the '60s through to the '00s. Another Star(r!) who has just been made a Sir is coming up later ** ...



The Poacher (Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance)

... teaser track for our second featured year - The Faces' bass player stepping out with the second of two hits with his own band



Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... chart-topping instrumentals from different decades, one home-grown, one from across the Atlantic



Diamonds (Jet Harris & Tony Meehan)

(1963) ... UK # 1 for the ex-Shadows guitar & drums duo



The Happy Organ (Dave 'Baby' Cortez)

(1959) ... US # 1 which missed out completely over here. Keyboards player Cortez also wrote and recorded the original version of Rinky Dink, which became the theme tune of ITV's regular Saturday afternoon bout of Professional Wrestling and was also the show theme of Radio Caroline DJ Tom Lodge


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There She Goes (Sixpence None The Richer)

(1999) ... th'original by Liverpool group The La's had been a minor hit in the late '80s, but finally made the Top 20 as a reissue in 1990. Sixpence None The Richer gave it a much gentler, stripped back acoustic feel



It Started All Over Again (Brenda Lee)

(1962) ... after three years, Little Miss Dynamite was still clocking up hit after hit



Reflections: 44 years ago ~ 1974



Juke Box Jive (The Rubettes)

... having topped the chart earlier in the year with Sugar Baby Love, this one was their second biggest success, peaking at # 3



Mr Soft (Cockney Rebel)

... second and final Top 10-er for th'original band before re-emerging the following year with a new line-up as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and a much poppier chart-topping single Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)



Born With A Smile On My Face (Stephanie de Sykes & Rain)

... Top 3 song first heard in an episode of ITV teatime soap Crossroads in which Stephanie played, errr,... a pop star staying at the motel. The storyline, like the song, proved so successful that the series scriptwriters recycled the idea in the early '80s with singer Kate Robbins - a cousin of Paul McCartney and the sister of comedian and Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins. Her single More Than In Love - credited to Kate Robbins & Beyond - made it to # 2, the same as Stephanie



Until You Come Back To Me (Aretha Franklin)

... The Queen of Soul with a song which Stevie Wonder had written with Morris Broadnax and Clarence Paul in the late '60s. Stevie's own version finally saw the light of day three years after Aretha's on his 1977 anthology album Looking Back



Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Bryan Ferry)

... written in 1933 by American composer Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto Harbach. The best known version was by The Platters (UK # 1, 1959)



You're Sixteen (Ringo Starr)

... newly knighted Sir Ringo (** see also Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, played earlier in the hour)

Making a guest appearance on this one is his old pal Paul McCartney, playing the kazoo and doing a bit of singing too



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SHOW THEME:

Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979






By Mike Wallbank, Dec 31 2017 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


Are You Ready To Rock? (Wizzard)

(1974-75) ... never a dull moment with Roy Wood and co ~ only he could come up with the idea of adding bagpipes to a swingin' rock n'roll song in the style of those Bill Haley & The Comets '50s classics Rock Around The Clock and Shake, Rattle And Roll



Tired Of Waiting For You (The Kinks)

(1965) ... one or the earliest in their long run of hits written by frontman Ray Davies



Mercy Mercy Me / I Want You (Robert Palmer)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ a medley of two songs previously recorded by Marvin Gaye in a previous decade



Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... '60s hits from famous Manchester groups with 'Graham and Eric' connections


No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits)

(1966) ... written by Graham Gouldman, prolific supplier of hit songs for other artists, who stepped into the spotlight in the '70s as one of 10cc *


A Groovy Kind of Love (The Mindbenders)

(1966) ... the lead singer on this short-but-sweet mid '60s classic was another future member of 10cc ~ Eric Stewart, who grew up in Droylsden / East Manchester.


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Mirrors (Sally Oldfield)

(1978-79) ... a lovely song that wafts over you, like a gentle breeze. If it had only just been released, it would probably be critically acclaimed as perfect music to chill out to. Sally's younger brother is the multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Oldfield



So Good To Be Back Home Again (The Tourists)

(1979-80) ... featuring Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox ~ before they were Eurythmics.



Newsround Tameside: 26 years ago ~ 1991


There's No Other Way (Blur)

... first time on the chart, three years ahead of the '90s Britpop boom and their era-defining Parklife album



Winter (Love and Money)

... soulful ballad which picked up plenty of airplay, but was only a minor hit



Monsters And Angels (Voice Of The Beehive)

... mostly remembered for 1988's Top 20 entry Don't Call Me Baby, ~ Monsters and Angels achieved a highest position of # 17, close to equalling their previous # 15 peak of success



Summer Rain (Belinda Carlisle)

... 9th in an impressive chart run of 19 Top 40 hits spanning 10 years, from 1987-97



Cold Cold Heart (Midge Ure)

... single with a whistle and drum Celtic feel which came even more to the fore on his 1996 album, Breathe



The One And Only (Chesney Hawkes)

... written by mid '80s hitmaker Nik Kershaw ~ one of the year's best selling and most played singles, five weeks at # 1



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SECOND HOUR


The Night (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons)

(1972 & '75) ... a much played single in the northern soul clubs, re-issued due to popular demand and finally made the Top 10 three years after it had first been released. More than that, though, its success in '75 was a turning point in the group's fortunes ~ their first big hit in the UK since their '60s heyday, the best part of 10 years previously. Within a year, they had added three more hits to their tally of Top 10-ers, including, most famously, December '63 (Oh What A Night), a UK # 1 in 1976


See The Day (Dee C Lee)

(1985) ... no stranger to chart-land, having been a backing singer with Wham! and The Style Council. The combination a strong, uplifting song - which she wrote herself - sung with such conviction earned her great acclaim and a well deserved success as a solo artist. The single got as high as # 3 on the chart, but surprisingly, it was her only major hit


I Remember You (Frank Ifield)

... teaser track for our second featured year, which topped the chart for seven weeks. His follow-up also made it to # 1 later that same year ~ it's coming up later



Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... quirky, one-hit wonder '70s instrumentals with titles which are strangely similar to the artists' names


Pepper Box (The Peppers)

(1974)


Groovin' With Mr Bloe (Mr Bloe)

(1970)


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Half A Minute (Matt Bianco)

(1984) ... there was no Matt - it's just the made-up name of the band who had a handful of hits in a style best described as Latin flavoured jazz pop



My Mind's Eye (The Small Faces)

(1966) ... fourth in their run of seven Top 10-ers through the middle years of the decade



Reflections: 55 years ago ~ 1962


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka)

... one of his best known songs, successfully covered 10 years later by The Partridge Family ( # 3, 1972)



I'm Just A Baby (Louise Cordet)

... Top 20 hit for the singer who is a god-daughter of Prince Philip



Little Sister (Elvis Presley)

... double A side with (Marie''s The Name) His Latest Flame



Goodbye Cruel World (James Darren)

... Top 3 hit in the US, # 28 here. According to Wikipedia, it's about a man left brokenhearted by a 'mean fickle woman' who decides to join the circus. He doesn't mind being shot out of a cannon, and plans to tell the world that she 'made a crying clown' out of him.



VACATION (Connie Francis)

... a summer holiday smash hit, spelling out the title to good effect



Wonderful Land (The Shadows)

... lyricless bonus ~ one of the biggest instrumental hits ever, # 1 for eight weeks



Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield)

... his second chart-topper in a row ** ~ an old, old song, dating back to 1922, recorded by many different artists over the years, including, in the '50s, Hank Williams ( ** following on from I Remember You, played earlier this hour)



Things (Bobby Darin)

... Top 3 on both sides of the pond for one of pop's first singer-songwriters



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SHOW THEME:

Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979)



* The exhibition celebrating the story of 10cc and the legendary Strawberry Studios continues at Stockport Museum until 29 January

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/strawberry-studios-i-am-in-love















By Mike Wallbank, Dec 26 2017 10:55AM

A one hour show broadcast 10am-11am on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26/12/2017



It's A Marshmallow World (Darlene Love)

(1963) ... a snow scene in a song, from the album A Christmas Gift For You, produced by Phil Spector and featuring his roster of artists. The best known in the UK were girl groups The Crystals and The Ronettes, who had enjoyed a handful of chart successes between them


Honey Sweet (Blossoms)

(2016) ... bang up to date with a band who have been much talked about over the past two years and especially in our part of the world. After all, it's not every day that an old school real ale pub in Stockport lends its name to a talented young band destined for the top. Honey Sweet is on their highly rated debut album ~ the follow-up is eagerly awaited


Good King Wenceslas (The Roches)

(1990) ... three sisters from the US state of New Jersey who had previously worked with Paul Simon


Walk Out To Winter (Aztec Camera)

(1983) ... a minor hit which reached a lowly # 64, their first time on the chart ~ but could possibly have fared much better if it had actually been released in winter ~ rather than late spring - early summer


Hoots Mon (Lord Rockingham's XI)

(1958) ... fab tune, fun from start to finish and still sounds as fresh as ever, several decades later.


Grab Life (Jerry Williams)

(2017) .. one for the future ~ 21-year-old indie pop singer-songwriter from Portsmouth, who draws inspiration from her life growing up and the everyday lives of people around her. Credit where credit is due – I first heard her a few weeks back when Rob Crossland played Grab Life as a One to Watch on The Hit 20 show (Tameside Radio, Saturday 3pm) *


Far Far Away (Slade)

(1974) ... peaked at # 2 ~ the year after they struck gold with Merry Christmas Everybody, the gift that just keeps on giving


What Christmas Means To Me (Stevie Wonder)

(1967) ... perennially popular festive toe tapper, often heard on the radio, but never a hit


Red Sun (Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie)

(2017) ... 40 years on from Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album, new music from two of the band's long serving stalwarts. The instantly appealing Red Sun creates a lovely, warm glow of nostalgia, a reminder of Mac's golden era of the '70s and '80s


Here We Come A Wassailing (Kate Rusby)

(2008) ... from her Christmas album Sweet Bells ~ a centuries-old folk song about going out singing carols and generally spreading good cheer during this season of goodwill to all. It's a tradition which has all but disappeared in many places, but it's one which Kate can clearly recall from her own childhood in a South Yorkshire village not far from Barnsley. The words sung hark back to days of old, when Christmas celebrations began on 25th December, not before, and continued into the New Year


You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties (Jona Lewie)

(1980) ... his previous hit, just before the one which he's most famous for, the similarly quirky Stop The Cavalry, much played in the run-up to Christmas


We Five Kings (Jethro Tull)

(2003) ... 'Absolutely Lyricless' in the best tradition of our regular Sunday afternoon instrumental break. It's a track from the Jethro Tull Christmas album with trademark flute playing from Ian Anderson, but taking Tull into the previously uncharted territory of lounge jazz


I Feel Fine (The Beatles)

(1964) ... second festive chart=topper from the Fab Four, following the previous year's I Want To Hold Your Hand. They made it three in a row in '65 with the double A side We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper, before making a grand total of four Christmas #1s in five years with '67's Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus


Little Town (Cliff Richard)

(1982) ... staying true to the original words of the much loved traditional Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem, with a sparkling new tune. Little Town was Cliff's first Christmas hit about Christmas, six years before Mistletoe and Wine



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* ONE TO WATCH FOR 2018 ~ JERRY WILLIAMS

https://hotvox.co.uk/artists/jerry-williams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bUXRHrVkk



By Mike Wallbank, Dec 17 2017 02:55PM

A SEASONAL STEP BACK IN TIME... CHRISTMAS 1977

featuring the complete UK Top 20 singles chart of Christmas week, exactly 40 years ago


Special thanks to Rob Crossland, for the chart rundown and recaps during the show ~ Rob can usually be heard presenting the present-day Hit 20 on Tameside Radio on Saturday afternoon.


It's the last Show That Time Forgot before Christmas, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you all ~

listeners to the show and readers of this companion 'playlist blog' a very Happy Christmas!


I'll be back with a one-hour show on Boxing Day morning 10am-11am ~ hope you can join me then.


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Christmas 1977


FIRST HOUR


Jammin' (Bob Marley & The Wailers)

... starting with a chart climber just outside the Top 20



Who Pays The Ferryman (Yanis Markopoulos) *

... and here's another climber ~ 1977 had been a big year for instrumental hits and the theme tune of a currently popular TV series would continue the trend for a few more weeks at least into 1978 * Two more lyricless tracks are in the Top 20 itself *



[20] Turn To Stone (ELO)


[19] Dance Dance Dance (Chic)


[18] Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (Crystal Gayle)



[17] Let's Have A Quiet Night In (David Soul)

... another hit for 'Hutch' at the end of an amazing year ~ two UK # 1s with Silver Lady and Don't Give Up On Us - which was also '77's best selling single, as well as continued success on Saturday night TV with one of the most avidly watched series of that era ~ Starsky & Hutch



[16] Mary of The Fourth Form (The Boomtown Rats)


[15] Watching The Detectives (Elvis Costello)


[14] My Way (Elvis Presley)


[13] Love of My Life (The Dooleys)


[12] Dancing Party (Showwaddywaddy)



Knowing Me Knowing You (Abba)

... a # 1 single earlier in the year, also a track on the year's top selling album, Arrival

Arrival (Abba)

... time permitting before the 2 o'clok news, a brief reminder of the album's lyricless 'instrumental with voices' title track


SECOND HOUR



[11] Belfast (Boney M)


[10] Put Your Love In Me (Hot Chocolate)



[ 9] Egyptian Reggae (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers) *

... an unlikely combining of different cultures and music traditions gave us one of the most memorable lyricless hits ever



[ 8] Daddy Cool / The Girl Can't Help It (Darts)


[ 7] It's A Heartache (Bonnie Tyler)


[ 6] Love's Unkind (Donna Summer)



Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac)

... single from a classic '77 album ~ Rumours



[ 5] White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

... as far as seasonal songs go, this one is the daddy of them 'all, dating back to 1942, sung by Bing in the film Holiday Inn. By 1977, White Christmas was one of the all-time most 'covered' songs but, surprisingly, th'original recording had never before been a hit single



[ 4] I Will (Ruby Winters)


[ 3] How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees)



[ 2] The Floral Dance (Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band) *

... one of the biggest instrumental hits of the '70s, thanks to Terry Wogan playing it constantly on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show. His loyal listeners loved his sing-a-longs to one of the Cheeriest Cheery Tunes ever ~ so much so that it was only a matter of time before Terry was persuaded to record his own version which also made the chart, peaking at # 21 in early '78



[ 1] Mull of Kintyre (Wings)

... after changes in personnel, Wings, were by now, essentially a trio ~ Paul & Linda McCartney and Denny Laine ~ Mull of Kintyre was the pinnacle of their success, nine weeks at # 1, continuing through until February, a double A side with the completely contrasting rock track Girls' School. It was also the first single to overtake the previous UK best seller ~ The Beatles' She Loves You which had held the title since 1963 ~ bonus points for spotting the McCartney connection!! Mull of Kintyre would eventually hand over the crown to Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas in '84


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SHOW THEME:

Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979)













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