By Mike Wallbank, Dec 13 2018 10:00PM


Luke Edwards is looking after the show this Sunday (16th December) while I take a weekend off.

I'll be back with a Christmas special on Sunday 23rd.


By Mike Wallbank, Dec 9 2018 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds Rockpile)

(1970) ... a Christmas # 1, not the slightest bit Christmassy, but a terrific performance, by any reckoning, well deserving of its five weeks at the top


Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (The Crystals)

(1963) ... one of the most enduring seasonal songs, which has been around since the 1930s - recorded by a vast array of artists, far too numerous to mention. This well known version is on producer Phil Spector's album, originally titled A Christmas Gift For You, featuring The Crystals, The Ronettes and Darlene Love



Please Don't Make Me Cry (UB40)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ a chart climber at exactly the same time that their # 1, Red Red Wine was on its way down


Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two sets of Seekers coming at you through your speakers ~ thankfully not at the same time...


A World Of Our Own (The Seekers)

(1965)... Top 3-er sandwiched between two #1s * ~ all within the same year when they clocked up a grand total of 58 weeks on the chart, (* I'll Never Find Another You & The Carnival Is Over)


I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (The New Seekers)

(1971-72) ... the 'next generation' matched the success of th'original group with two # 1s and a run of Top 10-ers. This, their first chart-topper, famously started out in a Coca Cola TV ad ~ that's the one with a large gathering of singers on a hillside ~ 'in perfect harmony'


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Step Into Christmas (Elton John)

(1973) ... still sounds as fresh, exciting and full of the joys of the festive season as it did the first time I heard it as a new release back in '73 . In any other year, it would more than likely have made it into the Top 10, at the very least, but had the misfortune to be up against formidable competition from Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody and Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. Elton's single was out first but never climbed any higher than # 24



Newsround Tameside: 35 years ago ~ 1983


2000 Miles (The Pretenders)

...... looking back wistfully to happier times gone by, lyrics which anyone who has ever been separated from their loved ones at Christmas can immediately relate to


Fields of Fire (Big Country)

... Scottish band who struck gold with their melodic, anthemic rock, infused with traditional Celtic folk music, using their guitars to recreate the sounds of bagpipes and fiddles


Only You (The Flying Pickets)

... 1983's a capella Christmas # 1 was an unlikely contender for the top spot ~ re-inventing a fairly recent Top 10-er for Yazoo (in '82). Replacing Alison Moyet's vocal and Vince Clarke's synth playing, The Pickets' combination of six different voices and a complete absence of any musical instruments took the song in a totally different direction


The Love Cats (The Cure)

... you could always count on The Cure to come up with something a little bit quirky and none more so than The Love Cats which was one of their best ever, up there as one of the catchiest and most radio

friendly songs of the year,


Move Over Darling (Tracey Ullman)

... staying true to the spirit of Doris Day's 1964 Top 10-er, with a guest appearance by Hank Marvin, stepping out from The Shadows (a phrase which I always knew would come in handy one of these

days), adding a dash of typically '60s twangy guitar


Long Hot Summer (The Style Council)

... just about as unseasonal as we could be at this time of year , even the recent, exceptional summer of 2018 already seems like a distant memory .... for Paul Weller, '83 was the start of a soulful new chapter with a new band, who hit the ground running with four hits in all before the year was out ~ of which Long Hot Summer achieved the highest chart position, a # 3


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SECOND HOUR


It's Gonna Be A Cold, Cold Christmas (Dana)

(1975) ... five years on from becoming Ireland's first ever Eurovision winner, Dana reached the Top 10 twice in '75 - this one followed PleaseTell Him That I Said Hello earlier in the year


That'll Be Christmas (Thea Gilmore)

(2009) ... with a mention for Jona Lewie, who gave us that much-loved seasonal classic Stop The Cavalry. Thea's wry observations of the impending festivities and life in general at this time of year deserved to reach a much wider audience


Semi Detached Suburban Mr James (Manfred Mann)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ when Mike D'Abo had recently taken over from Paul Jones as lead singer.


Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... instrumental versions of familiar festive favourites ~ fun from start to finish


Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (The Ventures)

(1965) ... tongue-in-cheek re-working of a seasonal favourite with an obviously Beatley /

Beatles-esque (?!) intro ~ 'borrowed' from the guitar riff on I Feel Fine..


Sleigh Ride (Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra)

(1967) ... a sparkling performance of one of those timeless tunes which are everywhere at this time of year, with or without vocals, wherever you go, as much a part of the festive season as mince pies and turkey. Sleigh Ride was written - and first recorded - by famous post-war American composer Leroy Anderson ~ in the middle of a heatwave. Ron Goodwin pulls out all the stops with my favourite version of the many I've heard and played on the radio over many years - it was originally on a budget priced EMI Studio 2 album, Christmas Wonderland


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Shine Silently (Nils Lofgren)

(1979)... is it just me, or can I hear just a slight hint of sleigh bells ~ a much played turntable hit

which failed to make the all important breakthrough on to the chart


Reflections: 52 years ago ~ 1966


River Deep Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner)

... long before she was finally free to live her own life and launch a solo career on her own terms,,

this was the first time the world at large heard the amazing voice of the one and only TT


Green Green Grass of Home (Tom Jones)

... the Christmas # 1 in 1966 ~ for the first time in four years The Beatles were not the toppermost of the poppermost for the festive season ~ they didn't even have a new single out. No doubt their latest album Revolver would have seen a renewed surge in sales in the run-up to Christmas - and afterwards in the rush to redeem those newly gifted record tokens. For No-One was hailed by critics and fans alike as one of Paul McCartney's best ever songs...


For No-One (The Beatles)

... a masterpiece in just under two minutes - in a typical touch of genius, producer George Martin hired the highly rated Alan Civil to play the French horn solo which adds that extra special something



Happy Jack (The Who)

.. the only song in chart history about a donkey on the Isle of Man


What Would I Be (Val Doonican)

...top songwriting team Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent gave the guy in the rocking chair his biggest hit,

peaking at # 2


You Keep Me Hanging On (The Supremes)

... Motown classic successfully revived 20 years later by Kim Wilde ~ one of her biggest ever hits (1986, # 2)


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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 2 2018 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


Dyna-Mite (Mud)

(1973) ... if you're a child of the '70s, this will take you back to Thursday nights watching Top of The Pops. At the time, it was Mud's biggest hit to date ~ climbing to # 4, but greater glories would follow soon enough, in '74. Their next single Tiger Feet was a surefire, gold plated No.1


It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring) (Love Unlimited)

(1975) .... song written in the '60s by their mentor Barry White, long before he was famous. Love Unlimited took it into the Top 20 in the UK, eight years after th'original single by Felice Taylor - also produced by Big Barry - had failed to break through Love Unlimited 's version can be found on several 'various artists' Christmas compilations, although it actually charted in February '75, long after the tinsel had been taken down



Shout To The Top (The Style Council)

... from the first of today's featured years, with keyboard player Mick Talbot providing one of the brightest, punchiest, best intros ever


Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... from two of the toppermost '60s groups


My Little Lady (The Tremeloes)

(1968)... fifth in a run of seven Top 10-ers following their earlier spell of success as 'Brian Poole and The Tremeloes'


You're Going To Lose That Girl (The Beatles)

(1965) ... straight in with John Lennon on lead vocal, one of the best known songs from Help! - the album and the film


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All Alone On Christmas (Darlene Love)

(1992) ... three decades on from belting out the seasonal classics, along with the likes of The Crystals and The Ronettes, for Phil Spector's Christmas album, way back in 1963, Darlene finally had a hit single in the UK Top 40. Very much in the same style as her '60s recordings, All Alone On Christmas, from the film soundtrack Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, saw her teaming up with members of The E

Street Band and The Miami Horns


Newsround Tameside: 34 years ago ~ 1984


I'm So Excited (The Pointer Sisters)

... a great year for them, with Automatic and Jump (For My Love) reaching # 2 and # 6 respectively.

I'm So Excited just missed out on the Top 10, towards the end of the year

Skin Deep (The Stranglers)

.... lead single from the album Aural Sculpture, the shimmering Skin Deep saw The Stranglers return to the UK Top 20 after a disappointing spell of low placed chart entries


Listen To Your Father (Feargal Sharkey)

.... produced by Chas Smash, trumpet player with Madness ~ it's always sounded to me as though other members of the band may have been involved, as there is more than a slight hint of the familiar 'Nutty Boys' sound.


Do They Know It's Christmas (Band Aid)

... recorded and rush released in the space of a few days, the original all-star charity single went straight to # 1... the rest is history...



We All Stand Together (Humming Version) (Paul McCartney & The Finchley Frogettes)

... B side of Macca's seasonal smash with The Frog Chorus, expertly produced by his old friend and mentor from The Beatles era, George Martin. The song was written for the soundtrack of Paul's pet project, the cartoon film Rupert & The Frog Song


Invisible (Alison Moyet)

.... written by Lamont Dozier, of the legendary Motown songwriting team Holland–Dozier–Holland


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SECOND HOUR


Warm This Winter (Gabriella Cilmi)

(2008) ... keeping faith with th'original 1962 American hit by Connie Francis, which had the slightly elongated title I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter. One of Connie's best known hits here and in the States is coming up later



Little Saint Nick (The Beach Boys)

(1963) ... never a hit in the UK, but widely known from several of those Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time Ever collections. Next Thursday, incidentally, being the 6th of December, according to ancient tradition, is the feast day of Saint Nicholas (to give him his Sunday name!), th'original Santa Claus


Broken Hearted Melody (Sarah Vaughan)

.... cross-over pop hit from a highly respected jazz singer ~ teaser track for our second featured year, a long, long time ago


Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two timeless instrumentals bringing together very different styles of music


Elizabethan Reggae (Boris Gardiner)

(1970) .,..re-working a familiar light classical tune, Elizabethan Serenade. The composer Ronald Binge chose the title to reflect the post-war optimism of a "new Elizabethan Age" that began with the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in February 1952 (Source: Wikipedia). And yes, it's THE Boris Gardiner, who later re-emerged, as a singer rather than an instrumentalist, with a # 1 in 1986, I Want To Wake Up With You


Greensleeved (Jethro Tull)

(2003) ... folky prog rock in a laid-back lounge jazz style is how I'd describe many of the tracks on the highly recommended Jethro Tull Christmas Album ~ this centuries-old melody is no exception


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Que Sera Mi Vida (The Gibson Brothers)

(1979) ... top floor filler which leaped up the chart bang on cue for the Christmas party season


Reflections: 59 years ago ~ 1959


I Go Ape (Neil Sedaka)

... did much better here ( # 9) than in the US (# 42)


What You You Want (Adam Faith)

... the 1959 Christmas # 1, one of our shortest-ever chart-toppers, clocking in at just 1 minute 34 seconds


Little Donkey (The Beverley Sisters)

... a perennial favourite sung at many a school Nativity play.


I Got Stung (Elvis Presley)

... Elvis hardly pauses for breath in a fast and furious burst of energy which has the song all wrapped up in 1 min 40 seconds. It was one side of a double A side chart-topper, coupled contrastingly with the slow ballad One Night

Lipstick On My Collar (Connie Francis)

... highest chart position # 5 in America, # 3 here


Snow Coach (Russ Conway)

... suitably seasonal lyricless bonus from the piano man, who spent most of the year in the Top 20, with five hits in all, including two # 1s


Bad Boy (Marty Wilde)

... wrapping up the year with his fifth Top 10-er


Living Doll (Cliff Richard & The Drifters*)

... Cliff's first # 1 and the year's top selling single. He and Marty Wilde are the only artists we've featured from '59 who are still around and still performing ( * they were soon to become The Shadows to avoid any possible confusion with an American group who were unknown over here at that time)


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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, Nov 25 2018 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


Matrimony (Gilbert O'Sullivan)

(1971) ... one of his best known and most popular songs, a guaranteed concert highlight, even now, after all these years, but amazingly, never a single in the UK. It first appeared on Gilbert's debut LP Himself and more recently has been a 'must include' track on various greatest hits compilations


Break Away (The Beach Boys)

(1969) ... UK Top 10-er ~ a much bigger hit here than iin the States, co-written by lead singer Brian Wilson and his dad Murry, using the pseudonym 'Reggie Dunbar'


Step Back In Time (Kylie Minogue)

... from the first of today's featured years, one of Kylie's final outings with the Stock Aitken Waterman Hit Factory, suitably nostalgic for this show ~ 'remember The O'Jays, remember the old days?...'

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two feelgood '60s songs giving a definite thumbs up, an unqualified seal of approval


I Like It (Gerry & The Pacemakers)

(1963) ... second of three No.1s all within the same year, with their first three singles ~ an achievement which would eventually be equalled just over 20 years later by fellow Liverpudlians, Frankie Goes To Hollywood


That's Nice (Neil Christian)

(1966) ... one hit wonder much played on the offshore pirate radio stations of that era. His backing group were The Crusaders ~ although, clearly, not the '70s jazz funk band of the same name (biggest hit - Street Life)


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Goodbye To Love (The Carpenters)

(1972) ... builds slowly with Karen's lovely, soothing voice leading into a brilliant fuzz guitar solo by session man Tony Peluso. His initial idea was for something much softer which he thought would better suit the Carpenters' established sound, but apparently Richard told him: "Play the melody for five bars and then burn it up! Soar off into the stratosphere! Go ahead! It'll be great!" (Source: Wikipedia)


Newsround Tameside: 28 years ago ~ 1990


Don't Worry (Kim Appleby)

... a first solo outing for Kim after losing her younger sister Mel to cancer at the tragically young age of 23. As Mel and Kim they had four Top 10 hits in the late '80s, including a # 1 with Respectable

What the World Is Waiting For (The Stone Roses)

... one side of a double A side, coupled with Fool's Gold which returned to the chart a year after reaching the Top 10 as the Madchester scene went 'large'


King Of The Road (The Proclaimers)

... twins Craig and Charlie Reid usually write and perform their own songs, their cover version of a classic '60s country chart-topper by Roger Miller being a rare exception, but slipping seamlessly into their repertoire


I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Robert Palmer with UB40)

... a one-off combining of talents, taking an old Bob Dylan song and creating a gently uplifting reggae ballad, similar in style to some of the slower songs in the group's own repertoire


A Little Time (The Beautiful South)

... just the one week at No.1 - the only chart topper of their long run of Top 40 singles and unusual in that Dave Hemingway is the male vocalist, rather than Paul Heaton, duetting with Briana Corrigan


Silly Games (Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay)

... playing silly games through the mists of time, a distinctly new version but with echoes of Janet's 1979 original


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SECOND HOUR


Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley)

(1967) ... Top 10 toe tapper with one of those attention grabbing intros demanding your immediate presence on the dancefloor


A Town Called Malice (The Jam)

(1982) ... with a terrific bass line and some nifty organ playing, one of the trio's biggest and best, topping the chart for three weeks. '82 was their best year for high chart placings with four Top 10-ers in all, including another # 1 with Beat Surrender, one last hurrah before calling it quits. Paul Weller would, of course, make a swift return the following year with The Style Council


Harmour Love (Syreeta)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ 'harm(our)onising nicely in the background is none other than Stevie Wonder, her long-time friend and music mentor, who also happened to be her ex-husband


Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two late '60s instrumentals ~ limbering (limbo-ing?!) up to the wicket and setting the scene for a famous spaghetti western


Soul Limbo (Booker T & The MGs)

(1968) ... known to cricket fans everywhere as the Test Match Special theme


The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro)

(1968) ... from the film of the same name ~ in a golden decade for instrumentals, it was one of the last to top the chart


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December Will Be Magic Again (Kate Bush)

(1980)... the closest you're going to get on this week's show to anything remotely Christmassy. True to the spirit of this seasonal song, we'll keep it in December!!



Reflections: 43 years ago ~ 1975


Golden Years (David Bowie)

... something new to follow up his first UK # 1 ~ the reissue of Space Oddity from six years previously. Six years! Bowie had packed so much into that time, with so many changes of style, it seemed more like a few decades had gone past, by the time he embraced soul and funk in the mid '70s with Young Americans, Fame and Golden Years


This Will Be (Natalie Cole)

... debut hit for the daughter of the late Nat King Cole, which made the US Top 10 and UK Top 40


Misty (Ray Stevens)

.... cheery country toe-tapper which started out as a slow ballad, as sung by Johnny Mathis in the late '50s (UK hit, 1960)


I Do I Do I Do (Abba)

... surprisingly stalled at #38... their next single SOS put them quickly back on track, soaring into the Top 10 and from then on, for the next five years, the classics just kept on coming


D-I-V-O-R-C-E (Billy Connolly)

... the year's unlikeliest chart topper, spoofing Tammy Wynette's tear-jerking ballad '75 was a vintage year for comic songs ~ Billy's chart success came hot on the heels of Jasper Carrott's Funky Moped, The Goodies' Funky Gibbon and Mike Harding's Rochdale Cowboy, to mention just three


There Goes My First Love (The Drifters)

... one of the biggest hits of their '70s regeneration, reaching # 3 in the UK


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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, Nov 18 2018 02:55PM

FIRST HOUR


They Don't Know (Tracey Ullman)

(1983) ... Top 10-er four years after th'original by Kirsty MacColl was a minor hit. Kirsty made a guest appearance on Tracey's version, singing backing vocals


You're My Best Friend (Queen)

(1976) ... unusually for a Queen single, a song written by somone other than Freddie Mercury. Bass player John Deacon claimed the rare honour with an out-and-out pop song, dedicated to his wife. You're My Best Friend was taken from the album A Night At The Opera, but could hardly have been more different to its most famous track ~ the epic Bohemian Rhapsody


Long Train Runnin' (The Doobie Brothers)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ the train was running approximately 20 years late, but finally arrived in the Top 10, having been a much played turntable hit back in the '70s


Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two '60s groups with singers who had top billing


I'm Telling You Now (Freddie & The Dreamers)

(1963) ... second of three Top 10-ers for the Manchester beat group fronted by Freddie, a one-time milkman from Crumpsall, famed for his horn-rimmed glasses who brought a touch of slapstick comedy to their performances by constantly leaping about and generally clowing around




I Could Easily Fall In Love With You (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)

(1964) ... up there as one of the best of their bright and breezy '60s hits ~ others in a similar vein include On The Beach and In the Country. The label on th'original 7 inch single reveals that this one was featured in the London Palladium panto Aladdin, in which Cliff and The Shads appeared alongside veteran comedian Arthur Askey (Hello Playmates!) who was Widow Twankey


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Art For Art's Sake (10cc)

(1975)... after topping the chart with an exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime kind of song - I'm Not In Love - where next for 10cc? How can you possibly follow such a classic track ~ another slow, haunting ballad, maybe? No way, their response was to do something completely different, uptempo and punchy. Art For Art's Sake was a foretaste of the band's fourth album How Dare You, released the following year


Newsround Tameside: 25 years ago ~ 1993


When I'm Good And Ready (Sybil)

... her other hits had tended to be versions of other people's songs - Don't Make Me Over (1989), Walk On By (1990) and The Love I Lost (early in '93, credited to West End featuring Sybil)


Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out (Freakpower]

... peaked at # 29 but after featuring in the Taxi-themed TV ad for Levi jeans, it returned as a much bigger hit in '95, reaching the Top 3. Freakpower were formed by bass player Norman Cook, previously of The Housemartins and Beats International and later to become much better known as Fatboy Slim

While we're on the subject of songs which were more successful second time around... *


All That She Wants (Ace of Base)

... destined to become the third most successful Swedish group of all time, behind Roxette (2nd)...and Abba (1st) ~ no surprises there, then


Young At Heart (The Bluebells) *

... proving yet again how we record buyers could sometimes be swayed by the music we heard in those ad breaks... as a long disbanded Scottish indie band reached # 1 with a song which had already been a Top 10-er back in '84. Its even greater success nine years later came courtesy of Volkswagen, or, more to the point, the advertising agency which hit upon Young At Heart as the perfect song for their campaign. The Bluebells were persuaded to re-convene, albeit for a limited period only, to appear on Top of The Pops


It Keep Rainin' (Tears From My Eyes) (Bitty McLean)

... reggae singer from Birmingham with the first and biggest of a handful of hits


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SECOND HOUR


Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Freddy Cannon)

(1959-60) ... apparently this was the first record in the modern rock & pop era to feature a full brass section. As for the song, it was already a golden oldie from as far back as the 1920s.


I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (Richard & Linda Thompson)

(1974) ... folk duo with a potential crossover hit, complete with brass band, which picked up plenty of airplay but failed to break through on to the chart


You're All I Need To Get By (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ a slow love song which was more soulful and gospel-oriented than the usual Motown sound


Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals which were the theme tunes of two of the most famous breakfast radio DJs ever, from the late '60s into the '70s


Beefeaters (John Dankworth & His Orchestra)

(1964) ... the music which Tony Blackburn played at the start of his show for many years, firstly on

the offshore stations Radio Caroline and Radio London and then on the BBC, launching 'the exciting new sound of Radio One' in 1967


The Kid (Andre Brasseur)

(1968, US, 1970, UK) ,,,, Noel Edmonds' theme tune in his early Radio 1 days... he's suddenly back in the spotlight as apparently he's going to be 'parachuted' into the jungle for the new series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here - the reality show whose first winner was... the aforementioned Tony Blackburn, crowned King of the Jungle in 2002


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Conga (Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine)

(1985) ... one of their best uptempo songs, a US Top 10-er but only a minor hit in the UK. It positively fizzes into life from the very first second with a real sense of urgency and finishes with a similarly dramatic flurry. Conga re-appeared as the B side of Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice), a hit in '89. You might have seen Gloria guesting on BBC1's The One Show - and singing on last night's Strictly Come Dancing, live from Blackpool Tower Ballroom


Reflections: 50 years ago ~ 1968


Rainbow Valley (Love Affair)

... smash hit instant follow up to the chart-topping Everlasting Love


If I Were A Carpenter (The Four Tops)

... heading our way this week, with fellow Motown veterans The Temptations and those young '70s whippersnappersTavares ~ as featured recently on the show . Their arena tour of the UK arrives in Manchester on Tuesday (20th). If I Were A Carpenter was a UK Top 10-er for the Tops ~ an interesting choice for a soul/R&B group, given that it was written by folk singer Tim Hardin and had previously been recorded, each in their own style, by such diverse talents as Bobby Darin and Joan Baez. A version by Johnny Cash would follow a couple of years later


Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Mama Cass)

... an old, old song, dating back to 1931 - recorded by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Doris Day


This Wheel's On Fire (Julie Driscoll with the Brian Auger Trinity)

... a jewel in the crown of psychedelic '60s pop ~. it was their only chart success but gained a new lease of life in the '90s when Julie recorded a new version with comedian Ade Edmondson as the theme of the BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous


Baby Come Back (The Equals)

.... three weeks as the nation's # 1 ~ fast forward more than a decade, lead singer Eddy Grant went on to enjoy success as a solo artist in the early '80s, returning to the top with I Don't Wanna Dance


Lovin' Things (Marmalade)

... first time on the chart for the Scottish group whose run of hits would continue into the mid '70s - next up after Lovin'Things was their only # 1 ~ their cover of The Beatles' Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da


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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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