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By Mike Wallbank, Jul 15 2018 01:55PM


Let Your Love Flow (The Bellamy Brothers)

(1976) ... bright 'n' breezy country cross-over, which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and made our Top 10 ~ one of the most played songs on the radio in a record breaking long hot summer when I was doing my A Levels!

Baby I Love You (The Ronettes)

(1963, US, 1964, UK) ... American girl group with th'original version of a song later successfully covered by male artists, both of whom reached # 8 on the UK singles chart. First there was Dave Edmunds (1973), followed by The Ramones (early 1980)

I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Nik Kershaw)

... Top 3 summertime smash as a reissue in the first of today's featured years ~ a few months previously, as his debut chart entry, it had stalled at # 47

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two '60s songs with a 'fine weather' feelgood connection

Good Day Sunshine (The Beatles)

(1966) ... Paul McCartney song ~ side two, track one on the Revolver album

Sunshine Girl (Herman's Hermits)

(1968).... seventh of ten Top 10-ers for the Manchester group who were second only to The Hollies as the region's most successful chart act during the '60s


Manchester (The Beautiful South)

(2006) ... from their 10th and final album Superbi ~ as a single it wasn't one of their biggest hits, languishing just outside the Top 40, but its inclusion as a Mancunian crowd pleaser was an absolute no-brainer for ex-Southers Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, when they played Castlefield Bowl earlier in the month, as part of this summer's Sounds of The City series. To be fair, their entire set list was nothing short of terrific, spanning 33 years from Paul's early successes with The Housemartins in the mid '80s, through The Beautiful South era and the pair's recent reinvention as a duo

Newsround Tameside: 34 years ago ~ 1984

Jump (For My Love) (The Pointer Sisters)

... the bit in brackets was a late addition to avoid confusion with the Van Halen song, which had been a hit earlier the same year

Like To Get To Know You Well (Howard Jones)

... Top 5 single released at the start of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles with a sleeve emblazoned with the words 'Dedicated to the original spirit of the Olympic Games.' The extended 'International Remix' included vocals sung in English, German and French (Source: Wikipedia)

Each And Everyone (Everything But The Girl)

... jazzy duo Ben Watt & Tracey Thorn with a cool, laid back sound hailed by some music critics as 'sophisti-pop' (!), a classification applied to several other artists around at the time including Carmel,

Sade, Matt Bianco and Swing Out Sister

Stuck On You (Trevor Walters)

... reached # 9 on the UK chart with his reggae version, just a few weeks after the Lionel Richie original peaked at # 12. A much older song which happens to share the same title is coming up in the second

hour.... *

Hole In My Shoe (neil)

... aka actor Nigel Planer ~ in character as Neil the hippy from The Young Ones, the anarchic BBC 2 comedy series, also starring Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson and Christopher Ryan. His comedy cover of the Traffic classic turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the summer, just missing out on a # 1 while the headline-grabbing Frankie Goes To Hollywood maintained their nine-week grip on the top spot with Two Tribes

What's Love Got To Do With It (Tina Turner)

... Top 3 here and her first and only # 1 in the US. Fast forward to 1993, the film based on the story of her life adopted the same title



Just For You (Alan Price)

(1978) ... gentle ballad which just missed out on the Top 40

Sweet Nothins (Brenda Lee)

... teaser track for our second featured year

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two contrasting '70s instrumentals

Percolator (Hot Butter)

(1972) ... unsuccessful follow-up to their worldwide hit Popcorn, in a very similar style ~ electronic pop played on a Moog synthesiser

A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band)

(1976) ... disco-tastic re-invention of the famous first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No:5. A year later, it featured on the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever


Substitute (The Who)

(1966 & 1976) ... one of their biggest hits, a Top 10-er twice over, with a 10-year gap in between

Lucky You (The Lightning Seeds)

(1994)... single from the album Jollification ~ the one with a picture of strawberries on the cover. Lucky You ~ if you've already got your tickets to go and see them at the Cotton Clouds Festival in Saddleworth, taking place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August ~ The Lightning Seeds will be kicking it all off on the Friday night – the full line up and online booking available on the website

Reflections: 58 years ago ~ 1960

When Will I Be Loved (The Everly Brothers)

... written by Phil Everly, # 4 here and # 8 in America. Linda Ronstadt covered the song in the mid '70s and did even better, reaching # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100

Let's Have A Party (Wanda Jackson)

... previously recorded by Elvis Presley for the 1957 film Loving You ... and now here's the man himself....

Stuck On You (Elvis Presley)

... picking up a thread of thought from our 1984 time travelling earlier on, a completely different song * with the same title, pre-dating Lionel Richie and Trevor Walters by very nearly a quarter of a centiury

Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd & The Pirates)

... not, as many people thought, American ~ they were English, through and through, a rock 'n'roll band with a fondness for theatrics and dressing up - as pirates, what else?! Shakin' All Over topped the chart , one of the stand-out songs of the year and was by far their finest hour, with a compelling vocal and brilliant guitar riff which hooks you in from the start

Good Timin' (Jimmy Jones)

... second of two # 1 hits during the year, following on from Handy Man. Between them, they notched up a total of 39 weeks on the chart. After such an impressive start, Jimbo failed to recapture the top spot, and never darkened the doors of the Top 20 again

Theme From A Summer Place (Percy Faith)

... lyricless bonus ~ one of the biggest and best instrumental hits ever! In in more recent times, it would probably have earned the accolade of the ultimate 'chill-out' tune

Robot Man (Connie Francis)

... one side of a double A side ~ Mama was on the other ~ one of her highest placed hits this side of the pond

Three Steps To Heaven (Eddie Cochran)

... posthumous UK # 1, just a few weeks after he died in a car crash, aged just 21



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979

By Mike Wallbank, Jul 8 2018 01:55PM


When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman (Dr Hook)

(1979)... US Top 10-er which topped the UK chart for three weeks ~ their biggest hit this side of the pond. The two best known members of the band, Dennis Locorriere and Ray Sawyer (the guy with the eye patch) have continued to tour in recent years

Looks Looks Looks (Sparks)

(1975) ... you never know what surprises lie in wait on this show ~ we always try to include one or two which are just a bit different and Sparks are fun from start to finish, sounding like a reincarnation of the '40s singing trio The Andrews Sisters

Be With You (The Bangles)

... upbeat follow up to their chart-topping slowie Eternal Flame, in the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... involving a big outdoor event - many towns and villages have one... and somewhere you might take the kids for a day out

Don't Stop The Carnival (Alan Price Set)

(1968) .. the last of his mid '60s hits with 'The Set', although further chart success would follow in the '70s, duetting with Georgie Fame (Rosetta, 1971, # 11) and solo (The Jarrow Song, 1974, # 6)

Going To The Zoo (Julie Felix)

(1969)... a familiar face on TV in the late 60s ~ American-born, British-based singer songwriter with her version of the song by Tom Paxton which made her a firm favourite with younger viewers of that era. Julie recently turned 80 and is still performing, including, over the next few months, guest appearances at various folk festivals up and down the country


You Can Make Me Dance (The Faces / Rod Stewart)

(1974)... one of the highspots of Rod's parallel role as lead singer of The Faces, which, running alongside his increasingly successful solo career had caused inevitable tensions and was, by now, drawing to a close. It speaks volumes that this, their fourth and final hit, gave him star billing for the first time. Previous releases - singles and albums - were credited simply to The Faces. The full title, as printed on the label of the original single on the Warner Brothers label, has to be a contender for the longest ever ~ You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings). In the words of Eric Morecambe: "there's no answer to that!!!"

Newsround Tameside: 29 years ago ~ 1989

Americanos (Holly Johnson)

... second of two consecutive solo hits peaking at # 4 within the space of a few months for the former Frankie Goes To Hollywood front man

Days (Kirsty MacColl)

... classy cover version of the Ray Davies song, which had been a late '60s hit for The Kinks. It was the only non-original on Kirsty's album Kite, but she still made it sound like one of her own. The single reached # 12 ~ the same highest position achieved by The Kinks two decades before

My Brave Face (Paul McCartney)

... one of a handful of songs written by Macca and a certain Declan McManus, aka Elvis Costello. This instantly likeable single and trailblazer for the McCartney album Flowers In The Dirt was like a blast from Paul's musical past ~ very 'Beatley'!

Pink Sunshine (Fuzzbox)

... biggest chart success for the band whose name had been trimmed down to more manageable proportions from what it once was ~ We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It

The Second Summer Of Love (Danny Wilson)

... if ever anyone tries to persuade you that (a) Danny Wilson was a solo chart star of the late '80s and (b) Mary's Prayer was 'his' only hit... they need to hear this follow-up and be aware that both songs were by a trio from Scotland, none of whom was called Danny or Wilson

A New Flame (Simply Red)

... title track of their third album and also a Top 20 single



Colour My World (Petula Clark)

(1966) ... her singles were usually best sellers in the mid '60s, but amazingly, this airplay favourite was only ever a turntable hit. Chart-wise, it flopped completely

It's All Over Now (The Rolling Stones)

(1964).... cover version of a song written by American R&B/soul singer Bobby Womack for his own family group The Valentinos. The Stones made it their own with an outstanding peformance and were rewarded with their first # 1

It's A Sad Old Kinda Movie (Pickettywitch)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ the middle one of their three hits all within that same year.

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals with a 'wheel of fortune' connection

Roulette (Russ Conway)

(1959) ... second of his two chart-topping piano tunes within a few months of each other ~ follow-up to

Side Saddle

Casino Royale (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)

(1967) ... from the film of the same name ~ 14 weeks on the chart, but never got any higher than # 27


Skank For England (DILE)

(2010) ... after yesterday's heroics against Sweden, this recently re-discovered grassroots classic definitely deserves another airing to cheer on the first England team since 1990 to reach the World Cup semi finals. As mentioned on the show a couple of weeks ago, DILE are a top local ska band from our area, superbly led by Tameside Radio's inimitable Dennis Matthews, no less

Reflections: 48 years ago ~ 1970

Love Is Life (Hot Chocolate)

... debut hit for Errol Brown and co, but who would have thought they would go on to have at least one song on the chart every year until the end of the decade, an incredible run of success which continued through until the mid '80s

Up The Ladder To The Roof (The Supremes)

.. their first single with Jean Terrell as lead singer after Diana Ross left to go solo, their first Top 10-er for three years and the first of several over the next three years

You Can Get It If You Really Want (Desmond Dekker)

... boom time for reggae- pop crossover artists ~ of which the Dekkermeister was one of the most successful. You Can Get It..., a rock-steady Jimmy Cliff song, was his third big hit in just over a year

Farewell Is A Lonely Sound (Jimmy Ruffin)

... the first of his three UK Top 10-ers during the year ~ the others were I'll Say Forever My Love and

and It's Wonderful

Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)

... a Top 20 hit in her own right, just a few months after Judy Collins took Joni's song Both Sides Now to similar heights

Cotton Fields (The Beach Boys)

... their final UK Top 10-er for almost a decade, before returning with Lady Lynda (1979, # 6)



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979

By Mike Wallbank, Jul 1 2018 01:55PM


I Don't Wanna Dance (Eddy Grant)

(1982) ... flying solo, almost a decade and half after his previous UK chart-topper as lead singer of The Equals ~ Baby Come Back

He's A Rebel (The Crystals)

(1962-63) ... written by Gene Pitney, before he was famous

Long Train Running (Bananarama)

... one of their final chart hits, peaking at # 30 in the first of today's featured years. The Doobie Brothers' original missed out completely in the UK, when it first came out in the '70s, despite plenty of airplay , but finally made the Top 10 as a reissue a couple of years after Bananarama's version

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... bright n' breezy, summertime songs

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer (Nat King Cole)

(1963) ... summer hits often have a fairly short lifespan, but here's one which survived longer than most ~ no fewer than 30 weeks on the US Billboard chart, more than two and a half times longer than the official 12-week, three-month summer

Summertime Summertime (Hobby Horse)

(1972) ... Mary Hopkin - hits including Those Were The Days, Goodbye and Temma Harbour - was by far the best known member of this trio, reviving a late '50s-early '60s US hit by The Jamies. Hobby Horse didn't register on the chart here, but they made the Top 10 in Holland.


Breakaway (Gallagher & Lyle)

(1976) ... the album of the same name had yielded two Top 10 singles ~ I Want To Stay With You and Heart On My Sleeve.(both reached # 6). Breakaway was less successful as the next single, just about making it into the Top 40 (# 35 ). All three - like the rest of the album - were written by the duo themselves. Art Garfunkel had already recorded a version of Breakaway the year before... which was also the title track of an album

Newsround Tameside: 27 years ago ~ 1991

Every Heartbeat (Amy Grant)

... ' 91 proved to be a landmark year for Amy, who grew up; in Nashville and had made her name writing and performing contemporary Christian songs ~ having reached the dizzy heights of # 2 with her first pop crossover Baby Baby, this one followed hot on its heels to make it two hits in a row

The Other Side Of Summer (Elvis Costello)

... radio friendly single which just missed out on the Top 40

Rock The Casbah (The Clash)

... second time around for this 1982 classic, following on from a previous reissue ~ Should I Stay or Should I Go, which had recently topped the chart

The Size Of A Cow (The Wonder Stuff)

... their first time in the Top 10 after several lower placed chart entries

Walking Down Madison (Kirsty MacColl)

... Kirsty added the lyrics to a new song sent to her as a demo by 'Johnny Marr, just a week after The Smiths split up. Featuring a rap by Manchester DJ Aniff Akinola, it had a noticeably different feel compared with most of her previous work

Happy Together (Jason Donovan)

... chartwise, proved just as popular as th' original, in numbers slightly more so, reaching # 10, two places higher than The Turtles had managed back in '67



Keep Searchin' (I'll Follow The Sun) (Del Shannon)

(1965)... four years and a string of hits after debuting with Runaway (1961, # 1), this turned out to be his last major hit

Heartbreaker (Dionne Warwick)

(1982) ... one of an impressive list of hit songs written by Bee Gees Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb

which were successful for other artists

Rock A Doodle Doo (Linda Lewis)

... teaser track for our second featured year, first time on the chart for the Essex-born singer showcasing her amazing vocal range from deep and soulful to a much higher pitch which comes across as youthful and vibrant

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... on the march with two contrasting '60s instrumentals

March Of The Siamese Children (Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen)

(1962) ,,, instantly familiar tune from the film and stage musical The King And I

March of The Mods (Joe Loss & His Orchestra)

(1964) ... two years on from the Twist, another '60s dance craze


Frankie (Sister Sledge)

(1985) ... a move away from their usual disco/soul/funk to a much poppier sound gave the sisters their biggest ever UK hit and only # 1.. You can see them at Cotton Clouds Festival in Saddleworth on 18 August. (scroll down to the end of the show for the official poster)

Reflections: 45 years ago ~ 1973

Pyjamarama (Roxy Music)

... UK Top 10 -er released as a trailblazer for their second album For Your Pleasure, although it wasn't actually on the LP. Do The Strand, side one track one, became an instant favourite with the fans and seemed an obvious single ~ successfully filling that role in America and Europe, but, surprisingly, not in the UK, or at least not until five years later

Summer The First Time (Bobby Goldsboro)

... "was a hot afternoon, last day of June and the sun was a demon..." the scene setting opening line in a sizzling tale of passion, where that certain spark is lit from a split-second instant attraction. One for the grown-ups! A much bigger hit here (# 9) than it was in the US (# 21)

Step Into A Dream (White Plains)

... it grew into a fully-formed hit single after featuring in a TV ad for Butlins' holiday centres. One of those frothy, poppy songs which gets into your head and stays there, like it or not!

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

Take Me Home Country Roads (Olivia Newton John)

... co-written by John Denver, who had th'original US hit

Live And Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings)

... theme song from the latest James Bond film showing in local cinemas in the summer of '73 ~ Roger Moore's first appearance as 007



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 24 2018 10:44PM

No featured years this week, just a miscellanous selection of summertime classics and feelgood songs old and not so old ~ Carnival day sunshine on your radio...


Let's Stick Together (Bryan Ferry)

(1976) ... the video famously featured Jerry Hall, his 'other half' at the time

Good Tradition (Tanita Tikaram)

(1988) ... the first, best known and biggest by far of her brief run of hits

I Only Want To Be With You (Dusty Springfield)

(1963) ... Dusty's career launching debut as a solo singer having previously been part of the family group The Springfields ~ The Corrs of their day. One of those familiar old songs which I can own up to knowing most, if not all, the words to ~ I Only Want To Be With You has been covered many times by different artists including The Bay City Rollers and The Tourists, both in the late '70s

Three Lions (Baddiel & Skinner with The Lightning Seeds)

(1996) ... first of three modern football anthems on today's show while England were playing Panama in their second World Cup group game in Russia

Don't Matter Now (George Ezra)

(2017) ... ultra talented, massively popular young singer songwriter who recently released his second album Staying at Tamara's

In The Country (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)

(1966) ... one of the very best of their many hits together during the magical era of the mid '60s

Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)

(1985)... hands up if this one takes you back to Radio 1's summer Roadshow hosted by the likes of Gary Davies and Mike Read

Skank for England (DILE)

(2010) ... second of our World Cup selection ~ a little known ska classic by toppermost Tameside band DILE, who recently supported The Beat , live at Holmfirth Picturedrome ~ featuring the one, the only, our very own Dennis Matthews. The video was filmed live at Ewen Fields, the home of Hyde United, with a special guest appearance by match commentator Mike Pav aka Charlie Bunyan:

Don't Try To Stop It (Roman Holliday)

(1983) ... three minutes of pure pop with a ridiculously catchy chorus and relentless rockabilly beat

Waterloo (Abba)

(1974) ... Eurovision winner from a then unknown group who went on to become one of the decade's most enduring successes

Blown Rose (Blossoms)

(2016) ... Stockport's finest with a much played single from their self titled first album

Feels (Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)

(2017) ... when typing the names of many of today's chart acts, you just hope you haven't forgotten anyone.


Summertime City (Mike Batt & New Edition)

(1975) ... his only Top 10-er as a solo artist ~ or to put it another way, not dressed in a furry Womble costume

Dancing In The Street (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)

(1969) ... up there as one of the greatest floor filling Motown toe tappers

Make Your Own Kind Of Music (Paloma Faith)

(2018) ... uplifting, anthemic song, great to see it finally becoming a hit nearly 50 years after th'original by Mama Cass missed out on the chart

World In Motion (Englandneworder)

(1990) ... no way we could get through the show without playing this one, on the day when England beat Panama 6-1 to go through to the next round of the 2018 World Cup

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (Frank Wilson)

(1965)... a Northern soul all-time fave, but never a hit

Locomotion (OMD)

(1984) ... one of their highest ever chart placings (# 5) in a run of 17 hits from the early '80s to the mid '90s

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... Sunday afternoon just wouldn't be Sunday afternoon without our instrumental break

The Crunch (The Rah Band)


Can Can (Bad Manners)



Bills (Lunchmoney Lewis)

(2015) ... he's an American rapper who defied traditional music boundaries to create a mass appeal, radio friendly hit song

Summerlove Sensation (Bay City Rollers)

(1974) ... thanks to Wikipedia, I've just found out that this Top 3-er for the tartan-clad BCRs was later re-worked into French as Petit Rainbow, sung by Sylvie Vartan, a # 1 in France in 1977

I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)

(1963) ... here's another song which was translated into a different language. In '63, the Fab Four themselves recorded a German version of their latest chart-topper Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand

You Can Do Magic (Limmie & The Family Cookin')

(1973) ... Top 3 summertime smash



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 22 2018 03:27PM

The sun is shining and I'm back with a special Show That Time Forgot this weekend. Join me if you can, from 1pm on Sunday when our Outside Broadcast team will be bringing us all the atmosphere of Carnival day in Stalybridge.

Mike Wallbank

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