By Mike Wallbank, Jun 16 2019 01:55PM


I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren)

(1973) ... American songwriter, musician and record producer influenced by British pop/rock of the late '60s ~ the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Move, The Who and The Yardbirds. I Saw The Light, instantly radio friendly, was his only hit here, highest position # 36

(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding)

(1968) ... scene-setting soul classic ~ sit back, close your eyes and imagine you're on a beach somewhere, soaking up the sun

Black Man Ray (China Crisis)

... made the Top 20 in the first of today's featured years, one of a run of hits by the band from Liverpool who are still together and doing a series of live dates over the next few months including Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday 12 July:

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... jolly Jacks of the '60s ~ one of them the name of a band, the other's in the title of the song

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

My Name Is Jack (Manfred Mann)

(1968) .. written by American record producer John Simon ~ his own version was included on the soundtrack of the film You Are What You Eat. The song is about residents of the " Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls", which was the nickname of a real hostel, the Kirkland Hotel, in San Francisco, where part of the movie was filmed (Source: Wikipedia)


Then Came You (Dionne Warwick & The Detroit Spinners)

(1974) ... a one-off coming together which made it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and the Top 30 here

The Man With The Child In His Eyes (Kate Bush)

(1978) .... follow up to her chart-topping debut Wuthering Heights, a song which Kate had written at the tender age of 13 and recorded with producer Dave Gilmour when she was 16 ~ three years before it finally saw the light of day on her first album The Kick Inside

Newsround Tameside: 34 years ago ~ 1985

Walls Come Tumbling Down! (The Style Council)

... some of their songs had quite a laid-back feel but this is one which moves along with a real sense of urgency ~ don't forget the exclamation mark in the title!

The Belle of St Mark (Sheila E)

... written by Prince, who was her long-time mentor

Icing On The Cake (Stephen Tin Tin Duffy)

... founder member of Duran Duran but left to go solo, before they signed with EMI and released their first single. Kiss Me was the first of his two chart hits (# 4), followed a few months later by Icing On The Cake (# 14). Shortly afterwards, Stephen teamed up as a trio with his brother Nick Duffy and Michael Weston in The Lilac Time, who had a few very minor hits / near misses in the late '80s

Look Mama (Howard Jones)

... second of three successful singles from his second album Dream Into Action ~ Things Can Only Get Better was the one before and Life In One Day the one which followed. Another track, the slow ballad No-One Is To Blame was re-recorded to give it a more radio friendly sound and became a hit the following year

Dancing In The Dark (Big Daddy)

... if there had been an award for the strangest, most creative cover version of the year - or even the decade - Big Daddy would have won hands down. Their single peaked at # 21, hot on the heels of Bruce Springsteen's original, which clocked up 16 weeks on the chart and is one of his biggest UK hits (# 4)

Rage To Love (Kim Wilde)

... keeping it in the family ~ co-written by her brother Ricky and dad Marty Wilde, one of our original homegrown rock n roll stars back in the '50s



The Price Of Love (The Everly Brothers)

(1965) ... after a mega-successful run of hits stretching as far back as 1957, this was the Everlys' final time in the UK Top 10. Peaking at # 2, The Price of Love came close to becoming their first chart-topper since Temptation four years earlier. Bryan Ferry later covered the song ~ it was the 'lead' track on an EP, with the somewhat less than inspired title Extended Play ( # 7, 1976)

Dance The Night Away (The Mavericks)

(1998) ....widely appealing, feelgood country pop rock~ with a bit of rockabilly for good measure... peaking at # 4 in the UK ~ a much bigger hit than it was in America

Brand New Key (Melanie)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ the gentle bicycling, roller skating original version of what later became a rumbustious, rustic sing-a-long ~ The Wurzels' Combine Harvester Song

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals from opposite ends of the '60s with super hero, sci-fi / spy connections

Shazam! (Duane Eddy)

(1960) ... Shazam! was the the magic word by which Billy Batson turned himself into the super hero Captain Marvel in the heyday of American comic books

Joe 90 (Barry Gray Orchestra)

(1968) ... theme from the then latest Gerry Anderson 'super-marionation' puppet adventure series, following the likes of Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons. Joe 90 was a nine-year schoolboy superspy.


That Girl (The Noisettes)

2012) ... if you heard this playing in the background, you could be forgiven for thinking it might be

a re-make of an old '60s hit, but the clue is in the lyrics, the giveaway phrase confirming that it is a bona fide, original, 21st Century song ~ 'your blogs and your tweets'...

I'll Do Anything (Doris Troy)

(1965) ... classic northern soul track, much loved but never a hit

Reflections: 47 years ago ~ 1972

California Man (The Move)

... as one chapter was drawing to a close, another was already unfolding ~ the final single from The Move was a hugely enjoyable homage to '50s rock n'roll. After a memorable apparance on Top of The Pops, California Man quickly climbed the chart and made the Top 10. Band members Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan had been gradually evolving and expanding into the Electric Light Orchestra, although the Woodmeister would all too soon be moving on again, leaving ELO behind and launching Wizzard

Ventura Highway (America)

... much played over the years but only ever a minor hit in the UK, just a few months after making it into the Top 3 with Horse With No Name

All I Ever Need Is You (Sonny and Cher)

... their final hit together, previously recorded by Ray Charles

Run Run Run (Jo Jo Gunne)

... great idea for an up and coming band wanting to get noticed ~ pick a name that rhymes with your best song or write a song that rhymes with your name. Despite what we probably all assumed at the time, Jo Jo Gunne didn't go down that route. They named themselves after an old Chuck Berry song, one which was completely unknown in the UK

Journey (Duncan Browne)

...heartfelt lyrics, stunningly beautiful acoustic guitar, superb vocal - need I go on?! An exquisite, faultless performance from a singer songwriter who never received the recognition he deserved and sadly died from cancer, at the age of 46, in 1993. Journey was his one and only Top 30 single.

Beg Steal or Borrow (The New Seekers)

... one of our best ever Eurovision songs, finishing in second place in the contest, pipped at the post by Luxembourg ~ Vicky Leandros singing the winner, Après Toi, which she recorded in English as Come What May. Chart-wise, both songs made # 2 here in 'le Royaume Uni'



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

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

By Mike Wallbank, Jun 9 2019 01:55PM


Listen To The Music (The Doobie Brothers)

(1972, US, 1974, UK) ... plenty of airplay eventually paid off to make it a Top 30 hit here, second time


Message Understood (Sandie Shaw)

(1965) ... a Top 10-er, but one which has often been overlooked by radio station playlisters in favour of

some of her other hits, in particular the chart-topping Long Live Love and Always Something There To Remind Me

Breakfast In Bed (UB40 with Chrissie Hynde)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ three years after topping the chart with I Got You Babe, The Pretenders' singer made another guest appearance with the boys from Birmingham, this time with a song originally written for Dusty Springfield's 1969 album Dusty In Memphis

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... a fictitious American family with their own TV show and a successful British group who were mainstays of the Mersey Sound, even though they were mostly from Manchester

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (The Partridge Family)

(1972) ... the group whose TV series of the same name launched the hugely successful career of teen heart-throb David Cassidy. Their revival of Neil Sedaka's hit from the previous decade reached # 3 in the UK ~ their highest chart placing, a well chosen song which perfectly suited their style

From A Window (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)

(1964) ... a Lennon & McCartney song, like three of their previous hits, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Bad To Me and I'll Keep You Satisfied


If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) (The Staple Singers)

(1974) ... legendary soul-gospel group ~ Pop Staples and his daughters Cleotha, Yvonne and Mavis, with the second of two UK chart entries on the Stax label peaking at # 34. Now here's a thing ~ their family surname has an 's' on the end, but the group name doesn't

Get Away (Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames)

(1966) ... second of three #1 s in the mid '60s, with a gap of about 18 months from one to the next ~ Georgie had several other hits on the chart in between, but his hat-trick of chart-topping singles were the only ones which made the Top 10

Newsround Tameside: 31 years ago ~ 1988

1-2-3 (Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine)

... one of their biggest hits and also one of the last to include the group name. Albums and singles from '89 onwards are credited to Gloria as a solo artist, even though MSM have continued to work with her, in the studio and in live performances

Don't Go (Hothouse Flowers)

... Irish band who got their lucky break when the video for Don't Go was watched by millions of viewers Europe-wide during the interval at the Eurovision Song Contest

She's Leaving Home (Billy Bragg & Cara Tivey)

... one side of a double A side charity single for Childline, which claimed the top spot for four weeks. She's Leaving Home shared the honours with another Beatles song, performed not by Billy and Cara but by a toppermost Scottish pop band of the late '80s ~ on the way very soon .... *

Wild World (Maxi Priest)

... a second reggae hit version of Cat Stevens' song, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Cliff, who took it into the Top 10 in 1970, soon after the original had its first airing on the album Tea For The Tillerman

With A Little Help From My Friends (Wet Wet Wet)

... back now to 1988's chart-topping charity single * by two completely contrasting music acts ~ this was the poppier and by far the most played of the two sides.. Both tracks were included on a Childline album involving several other artists re-creating songs from the Beatles' Sgt Pepper

Boys (Summertime Love) (Sabrina)

... Italian singer and glamour model who achieved instant fame right across Europe with this sizzling summer hit and its much-watched accompanying video ~ # 3 here and in Italy, # 1 in France and Switzerland, and Top 5 in several other countries



Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)

(1967) ... original upbeat version of the song re-invented three years later as a gospel-style anthem for another Motown legend ~ the newly solo Diana Ross (1970, US # 1, UK # 6). Marvin and Tammi's happy, carefree toe-tapper did well in the US but missed out completely this side of the pond

Answer Me (Barbara Dickson)

(1976) ... familiar old '50s song given a folky flavoured fresh lease of life in a different decade. Two different versions - by Frankie Laine and David Whitfield - had topped the chart way back in 1953 ~ both sang it as a slow ballad

Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (The Detroit Spinners)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ the group previously known in the UK as The Motown Spinners (It's A Shame, 1970, # 20 ) became The Detroit Spinners after moving from Motown to Atlantic Records. Could It Be... their first hit using the 'Detroit' name peaked at # 11 and was later successfully covered by David Grant & Jaki Graham who did even better (1985, # 5)

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two early '60s instrumentals with a dancing connection

African Waltz (Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra

(1961) ... fast forward a decade, his Tomorrow's World theme was known to millions who watched the BBC's weekly science show

Dance On (The Shadows)

(1962) ... also a hit, with added vocals, for Kathy Kirby


Someone Loves You Honey (Lutricia McNeal)

(1998) .... her second UK Top 10-er following on from Stranded, earlier the same year

Flying High (Morgan)

(2000) ... sounds as though it could have been made in the late '60s ~ reminds me of This Wheel's On Fire (Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity) with a nod to The Mamas & The Papas . It's from the only solo album to date by Morgan Nicholls ** ~ joining him on vocals is Rose Smith (** prolific musician who worked with Muse, Gorillaz, The Streets and Lily Allen )

Reflections: 46 years ago ~ 1973

Joybringer (Manfred Mann's Earth Band)

..... inspired by a much-loved classical melody, Jupiter - Bringer of Jollity from The Planets by English composer Gustav Holst. A recent BBC concert celebrated its centenary ~ presented by Professor Brian Cox who, in, a current series on BBC2 and iPlayer, has been giving a planet by planet guide to our solar system

Out Of The Question (Gilbert O Sullivan)

.... from his album Back To Front, an American Top 20 hit which was never a single in the UK

No More Mr Nice Guy (Alice Cooper)

.... continuing a strong run of hits by the 'Godfather of shock rock' ~ real name Vincent Furnier, who by all accounts, despite this song title, was, and is,. a really nice guy The lyrics came from the reactions of his mother's church group to his stage performances and the characters he played on stage (Source: Wikipedia)

The Right Thing To Do (Carly Simon)

... Top 20 follow up to a much bigger hit at the start of the year, the much played, much discussed You're So Vain

The Prettiest Star (David Bowie)

... new version of a song which had fallen by the wayside as a single in 1970. Three years on, The Prettiest Star was dusted down and revamped for the Aladdin Sane album

Good Grief Christina (Chicory Tip)

... their third and final hit, a year after their first ~ Son of My Father, which was # 1 for three weeks



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

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

By Mike Wallbank, Jun 2 2019 01:55PM


I'm Doing Fine Now (New York City)

(1973)... their only significant success either side of the Atlantic (US # 17, UK # 20) ~ successfully revived in the '90s by The Pasadenas.

Little By Little (Dusty Springfield)

(1966) ... good ol' toe-tapper massively influenced by her love of American soul music and Motown in particular. Another Dusty hit in a different style is coming up later *

Sunday Girl (Blondie)

... second of two number # 1s for Debbie and co, in the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two famous quartets, with their first UK hits

Sherry (The Four Seasons)

(1962) ... the unmistakeable voice of Frankie Valli very much 'to the fore', you might say...

I Can't Help Myself (The Four Tops)

(1965) ... like many Motown classics of the mid '60s, it only made the lower reaches of the UK Top 30 first time out, but did much better as a reissue (1970, # 10)


Female Of The Species (Space)

(1996) .... the famous line about the female of the species being deadlier than the male is from a poem by Rudyard Kipling, written in 1911. As for the song, Wikipedia describes it as 'a funky, upbeat, Latin-flavoured number with feel-good-sounding vibes and vocals' and goes on to say that it 'borrows to some extent ... from The Walker Brothers' theme song for the 1967 film Deadlier Than The Male'. One of the more unusual '90s Britpop hits, it was adopted at that time by the Manchester based TV drama Cold Feet, and has continued to be played over the closing credits since the series returned to our screens a couple of years ago

Duel (Propaganda)

(1985) ...... biggest UK hit (# 21) by the German synth-pop combo who signed with Trevor Horn's ZTT label

Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel)

(1970) ... last minute addition to the playlist ~ successfully covered by Suggs in the '90s. Th'original was a US Top 10-er, much played in the UK from the album Bridge Over Troubled Water

Newsround Tameside / Reflections: 40 years ago ~ 1979

We Don't Talk Any More (Cliff Richard)

.... Cliff's first # 1 since Congratulations 11 years previously, successfully re-energised his chart career for the decade ahead

Time For Action (Secret Affair)

.... mod revival band with a fast and frantic Top 20 stomper, which reached # 13) . A year later they achieved similar success with My World # 16)

Kid (The Pretenders)

... their second single to make theTop 40 in the space of a few months, but greater glory would soon follow. with Brass In Pocket which was a new entry on the chart at the end of the year, but within a few weeks, went on to be one of the first # 1s of the '80s

H.A.P.P.Y Radio (Edwin Starr)

... former Motown singer enjoying a disco-tastic resurgence, a decade on from his previous successful phase in the late '60s

Up The Junction (Squeeze)

... their joint highest placed chart hit along with Cool For Cats ~ both made it to # 2 in '79

We Are Family (Sister Sledge)

... worldwide hit written by Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards ~ their first for another artist or group. The classic disco anthem with its opening line 'We Are Family, I got all my sisters with me' would inevitably become the group's signature song. In the US, Billboard magazine placed it at # 20 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time



The Best Part Of Breaking Up (The Ronettes)

(1964) ... US Top 40 hit which failed to register on our chart, co-written and produced by Phil Spector with that unmistakeable 'wall of sound'

Stop (The Spice Girls)

(1998) ... as they are back in the spotlight with their reunion tour which rolled into Manchester last week, I thought I'd play the one which for me was the best they ever did ~ even though, amazingly, it missed out on the top spot, living up to its name by bringing to a sudden halt the girls' unbroken run of six # 1 hits in less than two years. They didn't have too long to wait for their seventh chart-topper (Viva Forever) and two more would follow, making a grand total of nine

High In The Sky (Amen Corner)

... teaser track for our second featured year, from the Cardiff band who took their name from the Amen Corner, a regular Sunday night 'disc spin' (forerunner of the disco) in their home city.

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two very energetic, early '80s instrumentals

Can Can (Bad Manners)

(1981) ... Ooh-la-la ska! The mighty Buster Bloodvessel and co sound like they're having a whale of a time making a famous old tune sound just like one of their own

Cacharpaya (Incantation)

(1982) ... featuring the traditional pan pipes sound of the Andes, in South America


Rocket Man (Elton John)

(1972)... after all this time, the best part of 50 years and hundreds of songs later, Rocket Man still rates as one of Elton and Bernie's finest. Far and away the biggest chart hit of the early years of their writing partnership in the UK, peaking at # 2, it was only denied the top spot by the totally unexpected surge of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with their drums and bagpipes version of Amazing Grace, which stayed at # 1 for five weeks. Fast forward to now in 2019, it was an obvious choice of title for the film everyone is talking about, about Elton's colourful, chaotic life in those breakthrough early years of his career

We Are Detective (Thompson Twins)

(1983) .... quirky third single taken from their third studio album, Quick Step and Side Kick ~ their second to make the Top 10

From Me To You (The Beatles)

(1963) ... late addition to the playlist ~ the Fab Four's third hit single and first # 1, clocking in at just under two minutes

Reflections: 51 years ago ~ 1968

Young Girl (Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett)

.... cheery chart-topper which was quickly followed by another sizeable hit ~ Lady Willpower (# 5). We tend to think of the group as 'Gary Puckett & The Union Gap" ~ in fact, the lead singer only achieved top billing when Young Girl was successfully reissued six years later (1974, # 6)

Step Inside Love (Cilla Black)

... theme song for her first TV series on BBC1 ('Cilla' ). Step Inside Love was written specially for her by Paul McCartney and produced by George Martin

I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten (Dusty Springfield) *

... her second appearance on today's show, this time with a powerful, slow-building ballad which grabs your attention from the start with its dramatic piano introduction.

Fire Brigade (The Move)

... lyrically and musically, one of Roy Wood's greatest songs ~ moving along at a brisk pace, always plenty going on, fun from start to finish, all within a time frame of just 2 minutes 20 seconds

Angel In The Morning (PP Arnold)

... second hit for the American soul singer born Patricia Ann Cole, a year after the more successful and better known The First Cut Is The Deepest

Help Yourself (Tom Jones)

... 26 weeks on the chart, with a highest position of # 5 ~ one of the big '60s hits which made the future Sir Tom a household name ~ other contenders might include The Green Green Grass of Home, or perhaps most likely of all, his '65 chart debut It's Not Unusual



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979

By Mike Wallbank, May 26 2019 01:55PM


Five Get Over Excited (The Housemartins)

(1987) ... the first of three singles from their album The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death, recorded in Stockport, not at the legendary Strawberry * but at Yellow Two studios nearby

(* a connection which The Smiths - coming up later in the hour - could claim)

You On My Mind (Swing Out Sister)

(1989) ... much played on the radio, but not one of their biggest hits, peaking at # 28. Swing Out Sister's style of music had previously been described as cool, sophisti-pop ~ You On My Mind, lead single from their second album Kaleidoscope World, had a retro '60s feel, taking the sophistication to a new level

Passengers (Elton John)

(1984) ... stands out in Elton's vast back catalogue as different to almost anything else he has ever done. It's based on a South African folk tune which Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin adapted and unusually, Davey Johnstone, long time guitarist with the Elton John Band, also shares the writing credits along with Phineas Mkhize who recorded the original song 'Isonto Lezayone' in 1963. Passengers borrows the whistle riff and chorus melody from Mkhize's version (Source: Wikipedia)

9 to 5 (Morning Train) (Sheena Easton)

(1980) ... Scottish singer who shot to stardom both sides of the Atlantic after appearing on Esther Rantzen's show The Big Time

DANIEL TAKES A TRAIN ~ 80s' band who were finally 'discovered' after 30 years and released their debut album ~ Mike in conversation with Paul Baker, the lead singer, then and now (Part 1)

One Last Dream (Daniel Takes A Train)

(2008) ... a very likeable single which, at the time, was their last shot at stardom. It all seemed very promising ~ with plenty of airplay on stations up and down the country, including Tameside Radio - there were hopeful signs that it might, just might, become a hit. Sadly, in the final reckoning, it fell by the wayside. The end of the dream, so it seemed... or was it??!

Speak Like A Child (The Style Council)

(1983) ... their debut single ~ one of three significant songs or bands from Daniel Takes A Train's '80s past, referenced in the title of their new album Style, Charm and Commotion **

This Charming Man (The Smiths) **

(1983) ... unlike The Housemartins * they recorded at the original Strawberry Studios, Stockport ~ a demo cassette of This Charming Man has featured in an exhibition of Strawberry memorabilia at Stockport Museum

Shy Boy (Bananarama)

(1982) ... after making their first chart appearance under the collective banner 'Fun Boy Three and Bananarama' (It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way That You Do It) followed by the return fixture as 'Bananarama with Fun Boy Three' (Really Saying Something), this was the hit which finally gave them exclusive billing ~ the first of many, as it turned out...

Lost Weekend (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions) **

(1985) ... highest placed of three Top 30 singles (# 17) for the Buxton-born singer-songwriter and his band

Let's Hear It For The Boy (Deniece Williams)

(1984) ... from Footloose, one of the year's must-see films, with a soundtrack of hit songs. Let's Hear It peaked at # 2 as a single, in joint highest place with Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For A Hero which made the chart the following year, beating Footloose, the title song by Kenny Loggins (# 6)



Start (The Jam)

(1980)... second of their two #1s that year, Going Underground was the one which came before. Two more chart-toppers would follow ~ Town Called Malice and Beat Surrender, both in '82, before The Jam went their separate ways and Paul Weller formed The Style Council ( see first hour ~ Speak Like A Child)

Money Too Tight To Mention (Simply Red)

(1985) ...... memorable Top 10 debut for Denton's Mick Hucknall. The song had originally been a US hit three years earlier for The Valentine Brothers

You've Got To Choose (The Darling Buds)

(1989) ... indie band with a girl singer - there were a few of those releasing singles and gigging up and down the country in '88-'89. The best known, breaking through on to the chart along with the Buds were Transvision Vamp and The Primitives. This one picked up plenty if airplay and deserved to do much better than # 45

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... instrumentals which were Top 10-ers in the same year

Can Can (Bad Manners) #

(1981) (# unfortunately, this one didn't make it onto the playlist for this week's show as I had hoped. .. rest assured, we'll have a blast of Bad Manners on a future show)

Return of The Los Palmas 7 (Madness)

(1981) ... fun from start to finish ~ the Nutty Boys in their heyday, a '7' in more than just the title, # 7 was its highest chart position and it was also their seventh hit in a row, with plenty more still to come


DANIEL TAKES A TRAIN ~ 80s' band who were finally 'discovered' after 30 years and released their debut album ~ Mike in conversation with Paul Baker, the lead singer, then and now (Part 2)

Is This Love (Alison Moyet)

(1986) ... Top 3 single which was one of her biggest ever ~ Daniel Takes A Train remember meeting Alison when, as an unknown, unsigned band, they infamously hit the headlines by gatecrashing The Brit Awards. The chance to mix and mingle with the top stars of that era and the music industry's movers and shakers made it an unforgettable night ~ but ultimately, it was all to no avail, unfortunately

Thank You (Pale Fountains)

(1982)... the Liverpool music scene in the early '80s was the liveliest it had been since the '60s ~ Pale Fountains were among several the bands leading this renaissance ~ others included Echo & The Bunnymen and Wah! (later The Mighty Wah!)

The Only Way Is Up (Yazz & The Plastic Population)

(1988) ... uplifting, feelgood anthem destined to be a summertime smash, five weeks at # 1 and the year's second best selling single, pipped at the post by a late comer ~ Cliff's Christmas # 1, Mistletoe and Wine

I Don't Want This Love To Last Forever (Daniel Takes A Train)

(2018)... a genuine '80s song, previously unreleased, but now remastered and available as a single to download, from their 'long awaited' (you can say that again!) first album Style, Charm and Commotion

Got My Mind Set On You (George Harrison)

(1987) ... amazingly, it had been 14 years since George had made the Top 10 but in '87 he was back with a vengeance. Re-working an early '60s US hit for James Ray proved to be one of the highpoints of his solo career, peaking at # 2 , second only to his 1971 chart-topper My Sweet Lord

Manic Monday (The Bangles)

(1986) ... debut hit for one of the best girl bands ever, written incognito by Prince using the name 'Christopher'



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979

DANIEL TAKES A TRAIN ~ latest news and updates



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By Mike Wallbank, May 19 2019 01:55PM


Love Shine A Light (Katrina & The Waves)

(1997) .... one of our best ever Eurovision songs, a runaway winner streets ahead of the rest and deservedly so, brilliantly performed by Katrina and the rest of the band. Many of us said at the time that it would take some beating... more than two decades on, it's a view that (sadly!) still holds true, since then the UK has never come close to matching Love Shine A Light, written by The Waves' guitarist Kimberly Rew ~ the same guy who was also responsible for their 1985 Top 10-er Walking On Sunshine

Move Over Darling (Doris Day)

(1964) ... first of two * today as a modest tribute to one of Hollywood's greatest ever shining stars who has died, aged 97

Mirror Man (The Human League)

... having previously topped the chart with Don't You Want Me, they came close to matching it with Mirror Man, a # 2 in the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two great British rock n'rollers who are still rocking on, proving that age is just a number

A Teenager In Love (Marty Wilde)

(1959) ... Kim's dad who recently reached the big Eight-O, currently out on tour with The Sold Gold Rock n'Roll Show coming to Buxton Opera House, on Saturday 1st June:

A Picture of You (Joe Brown)

(1962) ....a mere youngster of 78 ~ his birthday was during the past week. His next live dates are in the autumn


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

Satisfaction Guaranteed (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)

(1974) ... soul funk from the start of the disco era by one of the most successful acts signed to the Philadelphia International label, featuring the amazing lead vocal of Teddy Pendergrass

Five Colours In Her Hair (McFly)

(2004) ... power pop-rock by boy bands who could really play had a bit of an upsurge in the early Noughties. Five Colours with its fast, frenetic beat and cheeky, laddish lyrics was the chart debut and first of seven # 1s to date for the four lads who got their big break touring with Busted, a band with whom they would often be compared

Newsround Tameside: 37 years ago ~ 1982

Don't Go (Yazoo)

... the middle one in a hat-trick of Top 3 hits - the other two were Only You, earlier in '82 and Nobody's Diary in '83. Their careers soared onwards and upwards after they went their separate ways - singer Alison Moyet went on to be a successful solo artist , while keyboard player Vince Clarke became the creative force in Erasure , alongside Andy Bell

Time (Clock of The Heart) (Culture Club)

... Boy George and co at their brilliant best, a # 3 follow up to their chart-topping debut Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Goody Two Shoes (Adam Ant)

... after a terrific run of chart success with Adam & The Ants over the previous year or two, the leader of the Ants was now flying solo but still managed to notch up another # 1

It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It (Fun Boy Three & Bananarama)

... two groups who teamed up again, in the same year with the reverse billing Bananarama & Fun Boy Three ~ Really Saying Something followed It Ain't What You Do... into the Top 5

Happy Talk (Captain Sensible)

... chart surprise - or should that be 'shock' ?! - of the year ~ legend of punk rock, founder member

of The Damned covers one of the best known show songs from the musical South Pacific and basks in

two weeks of tongue-in-cheek splendour as the nation's # 1. You just couldn't make it up...

Mickey (Toni Basil)

... worldwide hit, # 1 in America, # 2 here



Cruel To Be Kind (Nick Lowe)

(1979) ... # 12 was its highest chart position, and not just in the UK. It reached the same peak in the United States, Canada, Australia & New Zealand!

The Deadwood Stage (Doris Day)

(1953) .... otherwise known as Whip Crack Away! ~ the second of two as promised earlier *, a real fire-cracker of a song, from the opening sequence of one of her best loved films, Calamity Jane

I've Been A Bad, Bad Boy (Paul Jones)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ second of two solo hits for the one-time Manfred Mann frontman

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals spanning the decades with multi-national connections...

Maple Leaf Rag (Keith Emerson with the London Philharmonic Orchestra)

(1977) ... tune which takes its name from Canada's national emblem, included on the Emerson, Lake and Palmer album Works Volume 2. Ragtime piano meister Scott Joplin ~ probably best known for The Entertainer (aka The Sting film theme) wrote the tune back in 1899

Guaglione (Perez 'Prez' Prado)

(1958 & 1995) ... the Cuban bandleader recorded the best known version of a tune which had its origins in Naples Second time around, it leaped to # 2 in the UK after featuring in the Guinness TV ads


Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five)

(1963) ... classic '60s stomper which has taken on a whole new meaning over the past couple of years as an anthem of admiration for the man who has just been crowned football's Manager of the Season, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola who has led the club to unprecedented success

Loving You (Minnie Riperton)

(1975) ... at time of year it's great to be able to open your windows and let the fresh air in ~ likewise this much played UK # 2 hit (US # 1) which wafts over you like a gentle breeze with a backdrop of birdsong, nicely relaxed and chilled out ~ the only UK hit for the singer who, sadly, within a year of its success was diagnosed with breast cancer and died in 1979, at the tragically young age of 31

Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) (Lou Bega)

(1999) ... one of the biggest hits worldwide in the run-up to the Millennium, # 1 across Europe including the UK and his own country, Germany, also in Australia where it was '99's best selling single. A relentlessly cheery tune which everyone seemed to be humming, inspiring a child-friendly cover version by CBeebies' very own Bob The Builder which topped the chart two years later. Fans of The Royle Family will remember the famous scene where Jim and Twiggy are stripping wallpaper in time to the Lou Bega single which happens to be playing on the radio

Reflections: 52 years ago ~ 1967

Matthew And Son (Cat Stevens)

... title track of his debut album and a mega-successful single ~ a song written by Cat around the same time became a big hit for one of the toppermost groups of the time - coming up shortly ** ..

Jimmy Mack (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)

... instantly catchy, familiar Motown toe tapper ~ surprisingly, it only got as high as # 21 in the UK ~ first AND second time around, faring no better as a 1970 reissue than on its first outing

The Days of Pearly Spencer (David McWilliam)

... much played on the offshire pirate radio station Radio Caroline but never a chart hit until Marc Almond covered it in the early '90s. According to Wikipedia on t'internet, it's a song about a homeless man McWilliams had encountered in his native Northern Ireland, featuring "a sweeping orchestral arrangement and a chorus sung as if through a megaphone. This low-tech effect was actually achieved by recording the vocals from a phone box near the studio!"

Here Comes My Baby (The Tremeloes) **

... here it is, that other big hit written by Cat Stevens - his own version remained as an album track but The Tremeloes made it an instant success as a single in the Top 10

Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw)

... having started the show with the UK's most recent Eurovision winner, this is the one which earned us our first ever victory ~ a marching tune which brass bands in our part of the world were quick to add to their repertoire

I'm A Believer (The Monkees)

... written by a then up-and-coming songwriter Neil Diamond ~ the biggest of the group's impressive run of hits most of which followed one after another within the space of a few short months. On that rapidly growing list was another Diamond song ~ A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You



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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