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By Mike Wallbank, Oct 21 2018 01:55PM


Storm In A Teacup (The Fortunes)

(1972) ... co-written by Lynsey de Paul ~ just a few months later she released her own version, which appeared as the B side of her debut hit, Sugar Me

Rush Hour (Jane Wiedlin)

... in the first of today's featured years, she was the second former member of The Go Gos enjoying solo success, hot on the heels of Belinda Carlisle

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... much bigger hits second time around

Wonderful World (Sam Cooke)

(1960, 1986) ... made it to # 2 as a reissue, after featuring in one of a series of TV ads for Levi 501 jeans. The first - and most famous, or maybe infamous ? - was the launderette scene with the hunk in the boxer shorts (actor/model Nick Kamen) getting his jeans washed to the sound of Marvin Gaye singing I Heard It Through The Grapevine, which also returned to the upper reaches of the chart, by way of a bonus

Saturday Night At The Movies (The Drifters)

(1965, 1972) ... one side of a classic double A side which got as high as # 3 in the UK in '72, sharing the spoils with another great song from '65, At The Club


Reach Out I'll Be There (The Four Tops)

(1966) ... one of Tamla Motown's all time greatest and first UK # 1 ~ the present day line up of Tops including founder member Duke Fakir will be touring here next month with their former Motown label-mates The Temptations and a group of brothers who grew up with their music and went on to enjoy chart success on both sides of the Atlantic during the '70s.,,,

Whodunit (Tavares)

(1977) ....... one of their four UK Top 10-ers ~ interview with Ralph Tavares coming up in the second hour ( * see also Get Ready - The Temptations)

Newsround Tameside: 30 years ago ~ 1988

Tears Run Rings (Marc Almond)

... an outstanding single which deserved to do much better than # 26. I would go so far as to say it was probably his finest hour since the heady heights that he had scaled a few years earlier with Soft Cell ~ the likes of Say Hello Wave Goodbye, Torch and best known of all, their # 1 re-imagining of the old Northern Soul classic Tainted Love

The Loco- Motion (Kylie Minogue)

... Stock Aitken Waterman re-mix of Kylie's debut single in Australia. A fun song which suited her style perfectly just as th'original had done for Little Eva back in the early '60s

Hit The Ground (The Darling Buds)

... a battle of the blondes was emerging on the indie music scene - girl singers with bands attracting a loyal and sizeable following around the country ~ the Buds main rivals were The Primitives and Transvision Vamp.

Stop! (Erasure)

... lead song on their end-of- year Crackers International EP, which reached # 2 following a highly successful few months with two Top 10 singles Ship of Fools and A Little Respect... as well as Chains of Love which stalled at # 11

Martha's Harbour (All About Eve)

... timelessly haunting, or hauntingly timeless(!) song which could be from almost any era of the past few decades

Radio Romance (Tiffany)

... fourth, last and lowest placed of her hits, which all charted within the same year. Tiffany had just turned 17 when Radio Romance reached a relatively lowly UK # 13. She has continued to record and perform live, including the all-star '80s Rewind at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, during the summer



She's In Love With You (Suzi Quatro)

(1979) ... just missed out on a Top 10 place ~ within months, Suzi made her final appearance in the Top 40 (Mama's Boy, 1980, # 34)

Everybody's Somebody's Fool (Connie Francis)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ a song which started out as a bluesy ballad may have been an unlikely choice for a country/pop singer but resulted in a worldwide hit. Full marks for the attention-grabbing intro played on an organ, which sounds like it's been borrowed from a social club concert night or a seaside end-of-the-pier show :-)

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals from different decades - they're both TV themes which have a name in the title

I Dream of Jeannie: Main Theme (Hugo Montenegro)

(1966) .... from an American sitcom starring Larry Hagman, long before he was JR in Dallas.

Blue Peter (Mike Oldfield)

(1979-80) ... the much loved kids show famous for John Noakes, Shep the dog and sticky back plastic, had been on our screens for just over 20 years when the BBC decided the iconic theme tune - originally known as Barnacle Bill - should be given a makeover for the impending new decade. Mike Oldfield, having had previous chart success with quirky instrumentals **, rose magnificently to the challenge with each stage of the re-arranging and recording process being captured on camera and shown on the programme. The revamped theme was released as a single and made the Top 20. Fast forward to now in 2018, Blue Peter continues to reinvent itself, having survived huge changes in young people's lifestyles and viewing habits. These days it can be seen on the CBBC channel - last Tuesday was exactly 60 years to the day since the very first edition was shown on 16 October 1958

( ** including Portsmouth, played last Sunday)


SPECIAL FEATURE ~ Together Again, Once More Time: The Four Tops, The Temptations and special guests Tavares ~ telephone interview with Ralph Tavares, in Massachusetts ***

Get Ready (The Temptations)

(1969).... between the mid '60s to the mid '80s, the 'Temps' only ever had three UK Top 10-ers, although they had many more which made the Top 40.... that is, until 1992... when the reissue of My Girl, coinciding with the film of the same name, peaked at # 2, eclipsing everything else which had gone before... The group including original member Otis Williams will be appearing with The Four Tops and Tavares next month in Manchester and UK-wide

It Only Takes A Minute (Tavares)

(1975) ... th'original US hit which missed out over here but was a Top 10-er the following year for One Hundred Ton And A Feather, one of the many aliases of Jonathan King. Fast forward to the early '90s, it proved the perfect vehicle for the then up-and-coming Manchester boy band Take T


Reflections: 58 years ago ~ 1960

Cradle Of Love (Johnny Preston)

... # 2 follow-up to a # 1 ~ Running Bear, earlier the same year

Be Mine (Lance Fortune)

... singer from Birkenhead discovered by impresario Larry Parnes, who managed several star names ~ including Tommy Steele and Billy Fury

Sixteen Reasons (Connie Stevens)

... singer and song destined in rhyme for each other ~ her one and only chart appearance here and by far her greatest success in the US (# 9 and # 3 respectively)

Lucille (The Everly Brothers)

... Don & Phil covering a Little Richard hit from three years earlier

Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be (Max Bygraves)

... written by Lionel Bart, perhaps best known for his stage musicals, ~ including, most famously, Oliver! which had its London premiere in the same year

A Mess of Blues (Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires)

... the flip side The Girl Of My Best Friend - which became a hit in its own right as a reissue (1976, # 9) - is given double A side status in some chart listings



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

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

*** Together Again, Once More Time: The Four Tops, The Temptations and special guests Tavares, UK Arena Tour 2018, including Manchester Arena, Tuesday 20 November

24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991

By Mike Wallbank, Oct 14 2018 01:55PM


Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder)

(1970) ... a surprise package arrived, all nicely gift wrapped ~ the hook line which became the title of the song was apparently suggested by Stevie's mum

Rudi's In Love (Locomotive)

(1968) ... one hit wonder band with a rock-steady ska sound which they would leave behind within a year or two, switching to prog rock. I suspect it may have inspired some of the bands who emerged from the 2-Tone ska boom of the late '70s / early '80s (see also Bad Manners, later in the hour * )

Runaway Boys (The Stray Cats)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ first of a handful of hits by the band who made rockabilly cool again. Lead singer Brian Setzer, his bright blond hair topped by a quiff, played no small part in getting them noticed, with a memorable first appearance on Top of the Pops virtually guaranteeing a place in the Top 10

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... and a dancing connection ~ involving an evergreen star who has his birthday today and an old, old song which inspired the headline of the week

Do You Wanna Dance (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)

(1962) ... Happy Birthday to Sir Cliff, 78 today, currently on his first tour in quite a while and with a new album and single. Do You Wanna Dance - previously a late '50s US hit for Bobby Freeman - was one half of a double A side for Cliff & The Shads, sharing the spoils with I'm Looking Out The Window. Another of their hits on the way early in the second hour...

Let's Face The Music And Dance (Nat King Cole)

(1964) ... a much-covered Irving Berlin song, dating back to the 1930s - 'face the music and dance' was the headline of the week, after the latest shenanigans on Strictly Come Dancing - ' THAT' kiss... need I say more?! The message in the song ~ what's done is done, face the music and dance - or to put it another way, " for goodness sake, just get on with the show!!"


Love Is You (Carol Williams)

(1976) ... club classic, big in the discos, but never graced the chart in its original. form. Fast forward to 2000, Love Is You was sampled on a much-played dance-pop song which went on to top the chart - it's coming up later... **

Newsround Tameside: 38 years ago ~ 1980

Special Brew (Bad Manners) *

... a vintage year for ska and 2-Tone Bad Manners, led by larger-than-life Buster Bloodvessel were among the front runners, along with the likes of The Selecter, The Specials and also Madness ***

Gotta Pull Myself Together (The Nolans)

... third of seven Top 20 singles ~ peaking at # 9, this was one of the highest placed,

Me Myself I (Joan Armatrading)

... she had steadily built up a following during the '70s as a singer-songwriter, but with just the one big hit to her name, Love And Affection. After a four-year wait, that was finally about to change...

Over You (Roxy Music)

... one of their most prolific years chart-wise, with the album Flesh and Blood yielding a hat-trick of hit singles ~ this was the first of them

Embarrassment (Madness) ***

... The Nutty Boys proving they could do 'serious', in stark contrast to the schoolboy mischief-making which had inspired their biggest hit to date, Baggy Trousers. Mostly by Lee Thompson, the lyrics this time told of 'the unfolding turmoil surrounding a teenage pregnancy. The girl's rejection by her family, and the shame they felt, was reflected in the song'

(Source: Wikipedia

Jump To The Beat (Stacy Lattisaw)

... one of a long run of successes in the US, especially on the R&B chart, but her one and only major hit in the UK



Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress (The Hollies)

(1972) ... stalled at a lowly # 32 in the UK, probably because it didn't have the usual trademark Hollies harmonies. Allan Clarke is the lone vocalist on a song with a superb bluesy guitar riff inspired by the American 'swamp rock' of Creedence Clearwater Revival and ther ilk. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, it became one of The Hollies' biggest ever hits in the US, peaking at # 2, held off the top spot by a fellow export from this side of the pond - Gilbert O'Sullivan who spent six weeks in all at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Say What You Want (Texas)

(1997)... the highest placed hit to date for the Glasgow band, peaking at # 4, in a chart career which has spanned the decades from their first in '89 (I Don't Want A Lover) to their most recent in 2006 (Sleep). Hopefully, there is still more to come from Sharleen Spiteri & co.

Don't Talk To Him (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)

... teaser track for our second featured year and the second Cliff song on our playlist, today being his 78th birthday. Don't Talk To Him is one of only a very few songs in his career for which he can claim a writing credit (jointly with Shadows guitarist Bruce Welch)

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals with a place name connection ~ they've both got a coastal town in the title

Portsmouth (Mike Oldfield)

(1976-77) ... multi instrumentalist best known for the album Tubular Bells with his take on a traditional English folk dance tune, which can be traced back to the early 18th Century. Leslie Penning joins him to play the recorder, as he did on the previous year's festive Top 5-er In Dulci Jubilo (the Christmas carol Good Christian Men Rejoice). Portsmouth did even better, finishing one place higher (# 3). Mike himself plays everything else ~ acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, ARP string synthesiser, tambourine, kettle drum and bodhran (Irish drum) Oldfield and Penning are jointly credited with the stomping of feet as the tune builds up to a sudden end

The Blackpool Bounce (Phil Kelsall)

(1979) ... playing the mighy Wurlitzer organ at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, from an album of the same name which sold by the truck-load on vinyl and cassette as a holiday souvenir.


Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) (Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis Bextor) **

(2000) ... much played chart-topping single, just into the new millennium which sampled Love is You, a discotastic '70s forgotten gem by Carol Williams, as heard in our first hour. Sophie has gone on to lasting success in her own right and has recently recorded a straightforward cover of Love is You for her latest album

Reflections: 55 years ago ~ 1963

All My Loving (The Beatles)

..... ,bright, breezy and upbeat All My Loving was an instantly catchy, feelgood song which amazingly was never a single. One of the most popular songs on the Fab Four's eagerly awaited second album With The Beatles, released towards the end of November, it was also on the set list for their autumn tour including a never to be forgotten Manchester date at the then ABC Apollo, Ardwick. Even at this early stage of their creative partnership, John Lennon and Paul McCartney between them had already written more than enough songs than would ever be needed as A sides and B sides of singles and album tracks. They could easily afford to give a few away to be covered by other artists, including...

I'll Keep You Satisfied (Billy J Kramer with The Dakotas)

... completing a hat-trick of Top 5 hits in the space of just a few months, all of them written by John Lennon, although credited on the label to Lennon & McCartney. First of the three was Do You Want To Know A Secret which The Beatles had already included on their debut album Please Please Me, but the next two Bad To Me (# 1) and I'll Keep You Satisfied (# 4) were songs which John wrote specially with Billy J in mind. We're not done yet with The Dakotas. or L & Mc songs covered by other artists.... but hold that thought...

Dance On (Kathy Kirby)

... vocal version of The Shadows' # 1 from the previous year. Her best known hit was the big ballad Secret Love, which became her next single,

(You're The) Devil In Disguise (Elvis Presley)

... British pop was riding the crest of a wave – with a plethora of Liverpool and Manchester groups about to follow in the Fab Four's footsteps. For the time being, tho' there was still room for the 'old guard' especially Elvis - who was the only non-British artist to take the No.1 spot in the UK during '63, and for just one solitary week

I Wanna Be Your Man (The Rolling Stones)

... as promised, another Lennon & McCartney song which gave the Stones their second chart hit and the first to make the Top 20 The Beatles' own version, with Ringo on lead vocal, appeared on the album With The Beatles

The Cruel Sea (The Dakotas)

... lyricless bonus ~ a Top 20 instrumental hit for Billy J's band, who hailed from Manchester rather than Liverpool as you would expect

Tell Him (Billie Davis)

..... instantly catchy song revived a dozen years later by '70s glam rock/pop band Hello. Fast forward to 1997, the duo Quentin & Ash - Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash - aka the two girlfriends in TV's Men Behaving Badly - also made the chart with a version in similar style to Billie Davis

Just Like Eddie (Heinz)

... dedicated to the late Eddie Cochran. Singer Heinz had previously been one of the successful instrumental combo The Tornados ~ their mentor Joe Meek also produced and engineered Heinz's one and only solo single to make the Top 10



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979

By Mike Wallbank, Oct 7 2018 01:55PM


Nowhere To Run (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)

(1965) ... one of the early Motown hits from the US to break through on to the UK chart. Martha was listed by her first name only on this and other early Vandellas singles

Jealous Mind (Alvin Stardust)

(1974)... the only # 1 for the artist formerly known as as Shane Fenton, whose star shone much more brightly second time around

Twist And Shout (Deacon Blue)

... not the famous '60s classic but a totally different song which made the Top 10 in comparatively recent times, in the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... neither yes or no, but a distinct possibility....

Maybe Baby (The Crickets)

(1957, US, 1958, UK) ... written by lead singer Buddy Holly and producer Norman Petty

Maybe I Know (Lesley Gore)

(1964) ... her second - and final - UK hit, a year after her first and biggest success, It's My Party


All Around My Hat (Steeleye Span)

(1975).... folk rock legends who pitched themselves well and truly into the pop mainstream when they drafted in Mike Batt to produce their latest long player. The Womblemeister worked his magic and hey presto - All Around My Hat, the single and album of the same name, both made the Top 10. Another hat song from an earlier time zone is coming up later * ~ a thread of thought running through the show to coincide with an event happening in our area...

Newsround Tameside: 27 years ago ~ 1991

Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy (Sonia)

... continuing her successful run of singles with the Stock Aitken Waterman Hit Factory, covering an old '60s toe-tapper by The Tams which made our chart in 1970

My Town (Glass Tiger)

... Canadian band with a special one-off guest appearance by none other than... Rod Stewart. With its hale and hearty chorus, My Town has a very similar feel to some of Rod's own greatest hits, Sailing, Every Beat of My Heart and Rhythm of My Heart spring to mind

I Think I Love You (Voice Of The Beehive)

... 20 years on from th'original by David Cassidy and co, otherwise known as The Partridge Family,

Baby's Coming Back (Jellyfish)

... American power pop band peaked at # 51 with a song which proved a perfect fit for one of the UK's toppermost 21st Century pop combos ~ McFly (# 1, 2007)

More To Life (Cliff Richard)

... theme song for a shortlived BBC Sunday night drama series ~ involving horse racing... does anyone remember Trainer??! More To Life was co-written by prolific theme tunesmith Simon May (EastEnders, Howard's Way... etc) and Mike Read, best known for presenting the Radio 1 breakfast show for five years during the '80s who currently has a show on the oldies station United DJs Radio

Something's Got Me Started (Simply Red)

... first of four singles from Stars, set to become one of the biggest albums of the decade - Denton's most famous musical son Mick Hucknall really hitting the heights with some of his best ever songs



Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh) (Jimmy The Hoover)

(1983) ... one hit wonder group with a much-played summertime hit

Hats Off To Larry (Del Shannon) *

(1961)... a strong follow-up to the # 1 Runaway and a dead cert for the Top 10

Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie & the Banshees)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ first of many chart hits for Siouxsie Sue & co, but one of only two to scale the dizzy heights of the Top 10.

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... from big band swing to the sound of Tijuana, two instrumentals from the '60s which are a complete contrast from each other

Must Be Madison (Joe Loss & His Orchestra)

(1962) ... his long career as a big band/dance band leader had begun way back in the '30s ~ 13 weeks on the chart, but peaked at # 20

Mexican Shuffle (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)

(1964) ... renowned for their 'sunshine' sound, of which this is a fairly typical example - it sounds instantly familiar, although it was never a hit in the UK


Who Is The Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

(1972) ........ novelty single based on the original Doctor Who theme music with lyrics spoken by the actor who, at the time, was the third Doctor. Never a hit - but was much requested on the BBC radio show Junior Choice hosted by Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart. Fast forward to now, the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker will make HER debut tonight!!! Could we ever have imagined that happening back in the Pertwee era, or even as recently as 2005 when the modern 'rebooted' era began with Christopher Eccleston??!

You Just May Be The One (The Monkees)

(1967 ... written by, and featuring on lead vocals, future country music singer-songwriter Mike Nesmith ~ serious thinking Monkee with woolly hat in the TV series watched by millions. Although not released as a single, it is fondly remembered from the series and has been included on various 'greatest hits' and 'best of' albums

Reflections: 40 years ago ~ 1978

The Boy From New York City (Darts)

... Rita Ray, the only woman in their line-up of nine, features prominently on this, the third in a run of six Top 10-ers. American girl group The Ad Libs had sung it first time out in the '60s

Giving Up Giving In (The Three Degrees)

... their first in three years to make the Top 20 kickstarting a revival in fortunes ~ three Top 10-ers would follow in '79. After changes of lineup over the years, the Degrees are still performing - you can catch them at Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday 19 October: **

Darlin' (Frankie Miller)

... Glasgow rocker who later threw all his energies into songwriting for the likes of Rod Stewart, Bonnie

Tyler and Joe Cocker, to mention just three. Darlin' was his biggest hit as a performer, peaking at # 6

Picture This (Blondie)

... in just a few short months they had made a huge impact ~ after debuting with Denis early on in the year, the hits just kept on coming

What A Waste (Ian Dury & The Blockheads)

... first time on the singles chart for the much-missed master of word play, renowned for tongue-firmly-in-cheek rhymes and wry observations of life. The Blockheads - led by Ian's best friend and 'minder' Derek Hussey - continue to celebrate his legacy with live dates around the country

I Wonder Why (Showaddywaddy)

... originally a 1958 US hit for Dion & The Belmonts, best known over here for Runaround Sue



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

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

** The Three Degrees live at Holmfirth Picturedrome, Friday 19 October:

By Mike Wallbank, Sep 30 2018 01:55PM


Beautiful Day (U2)

(2000) ... a special opening sequence for today's show to celebrate our 11th birthday. Beautiful Day was the first song played on Tameside Radio, on this day, and at the exact same time, when the station was officially launched just after 1pm on 30 September 2007.

Could It Be Forever (David Cassidy)

(1972) ... a Top 3 spot was a dead cert for the Partridge Family actor-singer who would rival Donny Osmond as the era's top teen idol, here making his eagerly awaited debut as a solo artist

Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud) (The Beautiful South)

.... from the first of today's featured years ~ Jacqui Abbott - who had recently replaced Briana Corrigan - shares lead vocal with Paul Heaton. It was the start of an enduring partnership which continued for the next four BS albums. In recent years, since the band called it a day, Paul and Jacqui have been recording and playing live as a duo

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... with a 'dream on - 'in your dreams!' connection

Dreamboat (Alma Cogan)

(1955)... having recently played In the Middle Of The House (with railroad running through it), here's another of Alma's best known songs from the same decade

Dreamin' (Johnny Burnette)

(1960) ... his other big hit was You're Sixteen, successfully covered by Ringo Starr in the '70s


Ain't No Pleasing You (Chas and Dave)

(1982) ... first of two* remembering Chas Hodges who died last weekend aged 74. A campaign has been launched on social media to try to get this, their highest placed chart hit (#2 in '82) to # 1 in 2018, by way of a tribute

Newsround Tameside: 24 years ago ~ 1994

Right Beside You (Sophie B Hawkins)

... American singer-songwriter, musician, and painter with her biggest UK hit. The 'B' stands for 'Ballantine'

Meet The Flintstones (The BC52s)

... the '60s TV theme updated for the big screen version, with vocals by The B52s as they were usually known when not singing about a 'modern stone age famil-ee' from the 'BC' era

Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)

... classic EJ ballad, music by the man himself and lyrics by Tim Rice, from the soundtrack of Disney's The Lion King

Sweetness (Michelle Gayle)

... previously one of the cast of Grange Hill and EastEnders, Michelle made her mark on the charts with a succession of soulful singles in the mid '90s. Sweetness was the most successful (# 4)

Doop (Doop)

,,, lyricless bonus ahead of our regular instrumental break ~ a novelty one hit wonder from Holland which made it to # 1 here and the Top 10 in several other countries including the US . Doop - the tune - was a reinvention of the 1920s' Charleston with a pounding dance beat

Love Is All Around (Wet Wet Wet)

... and finally, from '94, another film song ~ they didn't come any bigger than this 15-week chart-topper from Four Weddings And A Funeral



Autumn Almanac (The Kinks)

(1967) ... one of the biggest and best of their mid '60s golden era with its sing-a-long-a music hall melody and Ray Davies' brilliantly creative, whimsical word play, from a crawly caterpillar to buttered currant buns and a 'breeze blowing leaves of a musty coloured yellow'

Come On Home (Everything But The Girl)

(1986) ... Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn just missed out on a Top 40 place with this 'big wall of sound' ballad which starts off slow, building up to a soaring chorus

Chuck E's In Love (Rickie Lee Jones)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ her only UK hit. Rickie has alternated between rock, R&B, pop, soul and jazz (Source: Wikipedia)

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instantly familiar instrumentals which were first heard as radio themes as long ago as the 1940s

Coronation Scot (Sidney Torch)

... .harking back to the golden age of steam with its unmistakable 'railway rhythm' Coronation Scot was the theme tune of the wartime detective series Paul Temple, in the days of 'steam radio.'!

In Party Mood (West End Celebrity Orchestra)

.... theme tune of the long running daily record request programme Housewives' Choice

Another famous radio show was broadcasting live from Mossley, 70 years ago this week... the poster seen here is on display at Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre **


Hush (Joe South)

(1968) ... after stepping back to a more genteel age with our instrumental break, in the words of Monty Python, now for something completely different ~ covered by up and coming heavy rock band Deep Purple for their debut album, but it was Joe South who wrote the song and made it a hit in the US. Hush finally made the chart over here in 1997, when Kula Shaker took it to # 2

Reflections: 39 years ago ~ 1979

Kid (The Pretenders)

... their second time in the Top 40 in the space of a few months, but greater glory would soon follow. with Brass In Pocket ( # 1, 1980)

Gertcha (Chas and Dave)

... second of two today, as promised * Gertcha was their first single to make the Top 20, creating a kind of music they called 'rockney' (short for 'rock-cockney'), which combined "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock n'roll" (Source: Wikipedia)

Accidents Will Happen (Elvis Costello & The Attractions)

... follow up to the # 2 hit Oliver's Army , but much less successful despite its highly acclaimed animation video

One Way Ticket (Eruption)

... proving beyond all doubt that the most unlikely song can be re-invented as a dance floor anthem ~ in this instance, a song which started out way back in 1959 as a Neil Sedaka B side

The Prince (Madness)

... debut hit for those Nutty Boys, gearing up to be one of the biggest bands of the '80s. Dedicated to Jamaican ska legend Prince Buster, whose music inspired them to start making their own

They chose the name Madness from one of his one songs

Sunday Girl (Blondie)

... their second # 1 in a row, following Heart of Glass which topped the chart earlier in the year



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

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

** Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre, at Emmaus Mossley (OL5 9AH):

By Mike Wallbank, Sep 23 2018 01:55PM


Queen of Clubs (KC & The Sunshine Band)

(1974)... first in a run of dance pop / funk hit singles which continued well on into the '80s, culminating with the chart-topping Give It Up ('83)

Yesterday Has Gone (Cupid's Inspiration)

(1968)... in recent years, there have been two different versions of the same band doing the rounds on the nostalgia circuit ~ maybe they could get together and play a medley of their greatest hit ~ this being their one and only time in the Top 10

There's A Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis (Kirsty MacColl)

... from the first of today's featured years ~ Kirsty's first time on the chart

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two groups successful in the '60s with a cultural connection ~ taking their names from one of classical music's most famous works and a classic novel that is currently a TV series

Walk Like A Man (The Four Seasons)

(1963) ... another from Frankie Valli & co, from a different decade, in the second hour of the show with news of a 'Jersey Boys' tribute night coming soon to Denton....

Early In The Morning (Vanity Fare)

(1969) ... hit-makers from Kent, who chose to be 'Fare' rather than 'Fair' ~ as in Vanity Fair, ITV's latest Sunday night period drama. From one change of spelling to another...


Walking In Rhythm (The Blackbyrds)

(1975) ... the 'y' instead of 'i' in their name was a tribute to the legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd

Newsround Tameside: 37 years ago ~ 1981

Is That Love (Squeeze)

... a punchier and pacier two and a half minutes you would be hard pressed to find ~ one of those songs with an immediate impact but not the massive hit you might have imagined, #35 was its highest placing

Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Gos)

... two years before Fun Boy Three took it into the Top 10, the US original made the lower reaches of our chart. Two of The Go-Gos would go on to achieve solo success by the end of the decade. Jane Wiedlin made the UK Top 20 with Rush Hour (1988), the same year that Belinda Carlisle clocked up the first in a flurry of hits with the # 1, Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Hooked On Classics (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Louis Clark)

... bits of hits pop medleys came thick and fast in '81-'82, following th'original Stars On 45 by Starsound but the RPO's rip-roaring five minute feast of classical music's most famous hook lines took the idea to a whole new level. (* Scroll down to the end of this track list for details!) The single was a huge success, equalling Starsound's # 2 chart placing and inspiring a series of albums. The medley format had surely been milked for all it was worth, or so you would have thought, but no-one could have foreseen the phenomenal success at the end of the decade of Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers. Their first three singles were # 1s, one after another, in the last six months of 1989, with four more hits following in 1990-91. An instrumental from their house band is coming up later **

Stand And Deliver (Adam & The Ants)

... this was their big year, with no fewer than four hit songs making the Top 3, including two # 1s, ~ Stand And Deliver was the first, followed a few months later by Prince Charming. The video age had well and truly arrived and Adam & the Ants were centre stage, In the video for Stand And Deliver, Adam appeared as the swashbuckling, dashing, dandy highwayman with a white stripe across his face. If you were looking for something really cool to wear for a fancy dress party, or maybe you were taking part in the local carnival, that was THE look to go for

For Your Eyes Only (Sheena Easton)

... joining that elite roster of artists called upon to sing the theme song for a James Bond film

It's My Party (Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin)

... a clear winner in the race to be 1981's quirkiest chart topper, re-working Lesley Gore's poptastic '60s smash



Who Loves You (The Four Seasons)

(1975) ... picking up on a thread of thought from the first hour... Who Loves You was the Seasons' first new song in 10 years to make the UK Top 10 with further successes to follow including their biggest ever, December '63 (Oh What A Night) which shot to the very top (1976, # 1). Tribute act The Four Vallis will be appearing at Denton St Lawrence Cricket Club on Friday 12 October ~ it's a concert raising funds for Denton Town Twinning Association...

Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw)

(1964) ... worldwide hit, supplied by songwriting royalty, Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Cousin Norman (Marmalade)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ they somehow managed to make each of their singles sound different to those which had gone before. Cousin Norman was the seventh of nine Top 10-ers

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals from different time zone ~ titles beginning with the letter 'P'

Perfidia (The Ventures)

(1960) ... by then, it was an instantly familiar tune, dating back to the Glenn Miller big band sound of the '40s, written by Mexican composer Alberto Dominguez

Pretty Blue Eyes (John Anderson Big Band) **

(1989) ... they were the 'house band' on several mega-selling medleys by Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers. Pretty Blue Eyes was the B side of JB's second # 1, That's What I Like ~ the one which

included the Hawaii Five-O theme tune


Here's Where The Story Ends (Tin Tin Out featuring Shelley Nelson)

(1998)'original was a turntable hit eight years earlier for The Sundays. The Tin Tin Out version earned the writers a 1999 Ivor Novello Award for "Best Contemporary Song"

Reflections: 47 years ago ~ 1971

I Don't Blame You At All (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)

... Motown hit which seems to have been largely forgotten, even though it did well chart-wise (# 11)

Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight) (Cilla Black)

... the song which took over from Step Inside Love as the opening theme of her BBC telly show ~ and went on to be a Top 3 hit

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Joan Baez)

.... a rare UK appearance for the respected American folk singer-songwriter

Monkey Spanner (Dave & Ansel Collins)

... almost but not quite a lyricless bonus, a reggae tune which is mostly instrumental but with seemingly random words spoken throughout, in a similar style to Double Barrel, which had been

their recent # 1

Life Is A Long Song (Jethro Tull)

... considering they were mainly known as an albums band, JT clocked up a fair few hits on the singles chart in the late '60s and early '70s but the beautifully crafted Life Is A Long Song turned out to be their last for five years

Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum (Middle of The Road)

... follow-up to their chart-topping Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep



Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)

written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti

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

* HOOKED ON CLASSICS - includes the most famous bits of...

Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor Op 23 / Tchaikovsky

Flight of the Bumblebee / Rimsky-Korsakov

Symphony no. 40 in G minor / Mozart

Rhapsody in Blue / Gershwin

Karelia Suite Op 11 / Sibelius

Symphony no. 5 in C minor Op 67 / Beethoven

Toccata in D minor / J.S. Bach

Serenade no. 13 in G major - 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' / Mozart

Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op 125 / Beethoven

Overture to William Tell / Rossini

Voi che sapete (aria), Le nozze di Figaro / Mozart

Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture / Tchaikovsky

Trumpet Voluntary / Clarke (the listed title is a common misconception; the correct title is "Prince of Denmark's March")

Hallelujah Chorus / Handel

Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16 / Grieg

March of the Toreadors / Bizet

1812 Overture /Tchaikovsky

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