Close-up of electric keyboard

By Mike Wallbank, Apr 15 2018 01:55PM


Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)

(1964)... classic Northern soul floor filler - th'original '60s version of the song that went on to be a #.1 for Soft Cell in the early '80s. Legend has it that Marc Almond and Dave Ball first came across Gloria's record on a jukebox when they were students at Leeds Polytechnic. Later, after teaming up as Soft Cell, they set about re-working Tainted Love for a new generation. The song was written in the early '60s by Ed Cobb who had started out singing in a very different style with a four piece vocal group in the '50s. One of their songs is on the playlist later...*

Killer Queen (Queen)

(1974) ... one of the all-time finest from Freddie and co ~ their second hit, very different in style and feel from the hard rock of theoir first release, Seven Seas of Rhye ~ almost a statement of intent that we could expect much more from Queen in the years to come

It's A Miracle (Culture Club)

... Top 10-er in the first of today's featured years. Fast forward to 2018, Culture Club have just announced that they'll be back on the road with a series of live dates in November

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... songs on first name terms from '60s one-hit wonders

Tracy (The Cuff Links)

(1969) ... only just qualifies as a '60s song, making the chart on the cusp of two decades

Simon Says (1910 Fruitgum Company)

(1968) ... memories of the ' all join in the actions!' game you may remember playing whenever you went to a children's party


Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

(1973, US, 1976, UK) ... a 'sleeper' in more ways than one ~ an American No.1 that had loads of airplay over here as well, surprisingly, though, it failed to make it on our chart first time around, but finally built up a head of a steam and got into the Top 10, three years down the track

Newsround Tameside: 34 years ago ~ 1984

Don't Tell Me (Blancmange)

... they were a duo for most of their chart career ~ singer Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe on keyboards ~ clocking up seven Top 40 hits in two years. Don't Tell Me is also on their second album Mange Tout ~ did they ask Del Boy to think of a title?!

Wishful Thinking (China Crisis)

... echoing Bernie Taupin's lyric for Elton John's Your Song ~ "I sat on the roof"... but unlike Elton, they didn't kick off the moss and a few other verses didn't make them quite cross. China Crisis preferred to use their elevated vantage point to "watch the day go by..."

When You Say You Love Somebody (Kool & The Gang)

... Top 10 follow-up to Joanna, their biggest ever hit (# 2) earlier in the year

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Wham!)

... first chart-topper for George Michael as a writer and as a performer ~ a surefire summertime smash

Sunglasses (Tracey Ullman)

... her fifth and final Top 30 hit at a time when she was also a rising star of TV comedy along with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield in Three of a Kind. After many highly successful years in the US, Tracey has recently returned to our screens with her own UK-based series for the BBC

Ain't Nobody (Rufus & Chaka Khan)

... American funk band with a lead singer who had a parallel solo career, but was now about to cut all ties and go it alone. Chaka went on to top the chart here later in '84 with I Feel For You



I Am A Rock (Simon & Garfunkel)

(1966) ..... one of the duo's earliest hits, from their second album Sounds of Silence

What Is Life (Olivia Newton John)

(1972)... how about this for a chain link connection... having played Olivia's hit If Not For You on last Sunday's show ~ a Bob Dylan song which had been covered by George Harrison on his triple album All Things Must Pass ~ here she is, a year on, doing her version of another track on the same album ~ this time, a Harrison original which was also the B side of his # 1 My Sweet Lord. Many fans said they always thought What Is Life deserved to be a hit in its own right, but ultimately, that honour was claimed by Olivia

Come On Let's Go (Tommy Steele)

... teaser track for our second featured year, a long, long time ago when Tommy was the UK's toppermost rock 'n' roll star. Come On Let's Go was revived in the late '80s by Los Lobos as the follow-up to their # 1 La Bamba

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two '60s instrumentals ~ titles dominated by the letter T ~ a Mexican mode of transport and a clock watching observation

Tijuana Taxi (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)

(1966) ... hot on the heels of the massively successful Spanish Flea

Time Is Tight (Booker T & The MGs)

(1969) ... keyboard player Booker T Jones and his fellow soul/R&B/funksters were the house band of the Stax record label ~ Time Is Tight, from their film soundtrack album UpTight, reached # 4 on the UK singles chart. For avid chart watchers, it became even more famous in the mid '70s as the music played each week by Radio 1's Johnnie Walker when he announced the new Top 30 on his lunchtime show


Ships In The Night (Be Bop Deluxe)

(1976) ... band from Wakefield who had been gigging for years on the pub rock circuit ~ sadly chart success was shortlived, The band split amid high hopes of solo success for charismatic front man and songwriter Bill Nelson, but sadly it wasn't to be

Reflections: 60 years ago ~ 1958

Stupid Cupid (Connie Francis)

... #1 hit written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka

The Story of My Life (Michael Holliday)

... British crooner whose singing style was often compared with Bing Crosby. The Story of My Life ~ originally a US hit for Marty Robbins ~ was one of the very first hit songs by long-time songwriting partners Burt Bacharach and Hal David... stand by for another....

Magic Moments (Perry Como)

... one of only two UK # 1s in his lengthy chart career - the other one being his 1953 debut Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes

Big Man (The Four Preps)

... one of the four was a certain Ed Cobb, who, years later, went on to write Tainted Love, today's show opener *

Born Too Late (The Poni-Tails)

... one and only hit for the American girl group

Think It Over (The Crickets)

... written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Norman Petty, ~ one of several hits sung by Buddy with The Crickets and released under the band name rather than his own

Fever (Peggy Lee)

... many different versions before and since, but she quickly made it her signature song

Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)

... from the most famous scene in the film of the name, it made history by becoming the first ever single in the UK to come straight in at No.1 on the chart, equalling its huge success in America a few months earlier



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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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

Wide Boy (Nik Kershaw)

... made the Top 10 in the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... loving thoughts, past, present and future

Bye Bye Love (The Everly Brothers)

(1957) ... Don and Phil's first time in the UK Top 10, beginning a long run of chart entries which would endure for the next eight years, with over 30 hits in all, including three # 1s

Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw)

(1965) ... second of her three chart-toppers


Run Run Run (Jo Jo Gunne)

(1972) ... 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. Well.... despite what we probably all assumed at the time, Jo Jo Gunne named themselves after an old Chuck Berry song, one which was completely unknown in the UK

Jimmy Mack (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)

(1967 & 1970) ... 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 reissue than on its first outing

Newsround Tameside: 33 years ago ~ 1985

The Belle of St Mark (Sheila E)

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

Be Near Me (ABC)

... Top 30 single from their third album How To Be A Zillionaire

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)

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!

That Ole Devil Called Love (Alison Moyet)

... dipping into the Billie Holliday songbook, bringing a timeless classic to a new generation of music lovers

Kiss Me (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 successes (# 4), followed a few months later by Icing On The Cake (# 14). Shortly afterwards, he 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



Wishin' and Hopin' (The Merseybeats)

(1964) ... poppy Burt Bacharach - Hal David song, also covered by Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick. Next up, completely by chance, another song title which links two words ending '-in'

Spinnin' and Spinnin' (Syreeta)

(1974) ... one of many songs which she wrote and recorded with Stevie Wonder - her ex-husband. Despite generous amounts of airplay, Spinnin' and Spinnin' stalled at # 49 in the UK

Lady Rose (Mungo Jerry

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ their third hit in a row following two # 1s, In The Summertime and Baby Jump. Lady Rose peaked at # 5

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two '60s instrumentals - these were the clues as to the titles ~ a colourfully named TV sci-fi

character and a particular time in a particular place

Captain Scarlet (Barry Gray Orchestra)

(1967) ... one of several theme tunes by the same composer for various Gerry Anderson creations, Thunderbirds being the most famous

Midnight In Moscow (Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen)



All About You (McFly)

(2005) ... we nip into the Noughties just occasionally on The Show That Time Forgot, usually for a song like this, which could easily be from a much earlier time zone

Last Night Was Made For Love (Billy Fury)

(1962) ... like the Everlys, played in the first hour, Billy had lots of hits spanning several years and two different decades, but none of them made it to # 1. This one got to # 4 and is up there as one of his biggest

Reflections: 47 years ago ~ 1971

Remember Me (Diana Ross)

... her second solo Top 10-er - its UK follow-up I'm Still Waiting went all the way to the top

It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr)

... the now Sir Ringo's first solo hit with some nifty guitar work from former bandmate George Harrison. Coming up ~ another ex-Beatle with a single on the chart around the same time ....

Jack In The Box (Clodagh Rodgers)

... UK entry in the '71 Eurovision Song Contest ~it finished in 5th place and reached # 4 on the chart

Another Day (Paul McCartney)

... as promised, another 'flying solo' debut. All four Beatles made the chart in their own right during the first few months of 1971 ~ George's My Sweet Lord did best of all, five weeks at # 1, Another Day was a # 2, Ringo's It Don't Come Easy a # 4 and Power To The People by John & Yoko & the Plastic Ono Band reached # 7

Double Barrel (Dave & Ansil Collins)

... one of the quirkiest, least expected chart-toppers of that era, but also one of the coolest

If Not For You (Olivia Newton John)

... her first time on the chart - a Bob Dylan song, which George Harrison had recently covered on his triple album All Things Must Pass. Fair to say, I reckon, Olivia's version owes more to George's interpretation than Dylan's original



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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Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Diana Ross)

(1981) ... our Easter Sunday / April Fools Day starter ~ giving a fresh lease of life to a famous '50s hit by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers,

Run Baby Run (The Newbeats)

(1965 US, 1971, UK) .... Northern Soul favourite which finally became a big hit here, six years after its original US release. Bread and Butter (1964, # 15) was their only other chart placing this side of the pond

Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash)

... topped the chart as a reissue in the first of today's featured years ~ nearly a decade after its first entry in the Top 20

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... from the early '60s ~ by two singers who had a long wait for their next UK Top 10-er

You Got What It Takes (Marv Johnson)

(1960) ... his two major chart successes are book-ends of the decade. one right at the start, the other close to the end ~ it's coming up later, towards the end of the show *

Bless You (Tony Orlando)

(1961) ... after this one off hit in the UK, a decade would go by before he re-surfaced as lead singer with Dawn, who went on to have a string of hits in the early '70s, including two # 1s, Knock Three Times and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree


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...

Newsround Tameside: 27 years ago ~ 1991

GLAD (Good Lovin' and Devotion) (Kim Appleby)

... her second Top 10-er following on from the previous year's Don't Worry... but who's that doing the rapping?! Turns out it 's none other than Brinsley Forde, Aswad lead singer and, in a previous life, one of the kids who got on board in the early '70s TV show Here Come The Double Deckers. How about that for an unlikely chain-linked connection!

Beautiful Love (Julian Cope)

... 10 years on from Reward ~ his biggest hit with Teardrop Explodes

Can You Dig It (The Mock Turtles)

... surprisingly, the only chart hit for the lads from North Manchester ~ Middleton to be exact, although, to be fair, it did well twice over, returning in 2003 as a reissue

The Stonk (Hale and Pace & The Stonkers)

... 1991's official Comic Relief charity single. The B side was The Smile Song by the now very sadly missed Victoria Wood

Secret Love (The Bee Gees)

... the Gibb brothers had been conspicuous by their absence in chart land since 1987's # 1 You Win Again. Secret Love was the first of three Top 10-ers in the '90s , which made them one of only a handful of recording artists who have had hits in four different decades

It's Too Late (Quartz with Dina Carroll)

... Dina's chart debut, 20 years after Carole King's original version



And Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals)

(1963) ... US girl group's biggest hit in the UK reaching # 2, three places higher than their previous single, Da Doo Ron Ron. Fast forward 11 years, when the two songs were reissued on one single, Da Doo Ron, probably their best known song long term, was given top billing as the 'A ' side.

To France (Mike Oldfield with Maggie Reilly)

(1984) ... folky melodic rock which made the lower reaches of the chart but lacked the mass appeal of the previous year's Moonlight Shadow..

Windmills of Your Mind (Noel Harrison)

.... teaser track for our second featured year, from the film The Thomas Crown Affair. French composer Michel Legrand wrote the music inspired by Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante (second movement). Alan and Marilyn Bergman supplied the English lyrics

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two '70s instrumentals with TV and radio connections

Music Box Dancer (Frank Mills)

(1978) ... Canadian piano player with a worldwide hit ~ much played in the UK but never charted, despite being chosen as the BBC's theme music for the '78 World Cup in Argentina

At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal (Brass Incorporated)

(1970) ... one of the best theme tunes - ever!!! Not 'arf, pop-pickers! For listeners of a certain vintage, impossible to hear without thinking of Alan 'Fluff' Freeman who chose it as his signature tune for Pick of The Pops, the Sunday teatime countdown of the Top 20, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 & Radio 2. This version is a re-working of th'original by Brian Fahey & His Orchestra, which Fluff had adopted several years previously during the '60s


Eagle (Abba)

(1977)... epic opening track on side one of their fifth LP, Abba The Album. Songwriters Benny and Bjorn were inspired by the much-loved short story Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, published a few years earlier. The title was also seen as a tribute to The Eagles, who were much admired at the time by the writers

Reflections: 49 years ago ~ 1969

Get Back (The Beatles with Billy Preston)

... the only single credited to The Fab Four 'plus one'. Get Back was famously one of the songs played by The Beatles in their last ever live performance, on the roof of the Apple Records building in London, on 30 January '69

Cupid (Johnny Nash)

... rock steady reggae version of the 1961 Sam Cooke song which peaked one place higher than th'original. The Detroit Spinners did best of all in 1980, with the medley Cupid - I've Loved You For A Long Time (# 4)

I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose (Marv Johnson)

... nine years after his only other UK Top 10-er, played in the first hour, * this was one of a run of memorable Motown songs which made the UK chart around the same time and were later included on

the shiny silver-sleeved compilation LP, Motown Chartbusters Volume Three

( ** See also: I Guess I'll Always Love You, later)

Games People Play (Joe South)

... only UK hit for the American singer-songwriter who also wrote Lynn Anderson's hugely successful country pop crossover Rose Garden (1971, UK # 3) and Hush, which Deep Purple covered, a standout track on their 1968 debut album Shades of Deep Purple. Hush finally became a hit in 1997 when Kula

Shaker took it to # 2

Boom Bang A Bang (Lulu)

... in the year when she married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Lulu also turned 20 and sang for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. She ended up as the joint winner ~ with three other countries ~ Spain (the host nation), France and The Netherlands

I Guess I'll Always Love You (The Isley Brothers) **

... more Motown magic in a golden era for both group and label



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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Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)

(1967, original release, 1970, UK # 1) .... classic song, great lyrics, fabulous production ~ one of Motown's finest

Bend Me Shape Me (Amen Corner)

(1968) ... the toppermost '60s group from Wales ~ lead singer Andy Fairweather Low went on to have solo success in the '70s ~ the unforgettably titled Wide Eyed And Legless was his biggest hit

Where Is The Love (Mica Paris & Will Downing)

... from the first of today's featured years, reviving a song that had previously been a hit for a different duo in a different decade ~ Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway ( # 29, 1972)

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... two of the biggest hits produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin... with artists other

than The Fab Four

How Do You Do It (Gerry & The Pacemakers)

(1963) ... first of their three # 1 hits, all within a few months of each other... George Martin immediately recognised the chart-topping potential of How Do You Do It, written by Mitch Murray ~ even though The Beatles famously turned it down, insisting that their future singles should be their own Lennon & McCartney originals

Right Said Fred (Bernard Cribbins)

(1962) ... always guaranteed to raise a smile, one of the many novelty and comedy songs produced by George Martin with various artists during the '50s and early '60s


Let's Stay Together (Al Green)

(1971) ... soul classic successfully covered by Tina Turner in the '80s

Snowbird (Anne Murray)

(1970) ... bright n' breezy song, much played on the radio at the time, had a long run on the chart, but never got any higher than # 23

Newsround Tameside: 29 years ago ~ 1989

Celebrate The World (Womack & Womack)

... probably the least played of their three Top 20 hits during the '80s

You Got It (Roy Orbison) ... posthumous Top 3 hit for the 'Big O', produced by his Travelling Wilburys bandmates Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, who also played on the track and sang backing vocals

Help! (Bananarama / Lananeeneenoonoo)

... Comic Relief charity single released ahead of the second Red Nose Day in March '89. Lananeeneenoonoo?! You'll know them better as...French & Saunders. As with all the Bananarama hits in this late '80s era, Help! was a Stock Aitken Waterman production

The Mayor of Simpleton (XTC)

... very under-rated band whose chart positions never did them justice. Jangly guitar-based, tuneful English pop was always their speciality. 'The Mayor' could only manage a mere four weeks on the chart with a highest position of # 45

The Beat(en) Generation (The The)

... one of the strangest group names ever to grace the Top 20. The The had an ever-changing line-up,

with several well known names making one-off or occasional guest apperances

I'd Rather Jack (The Reynolds Girls)

... Liverpool sisters Linda and Aisling with their one and and only hit, produced by the aforementioned Stock Aitken Waterman 'Hit Factory', with very tongue-in-cheek lyrics taking a swipe at long established, ageing artists and bands like Feetwood Mac dominating the airwaves



He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (The Velvelettes)

(1965) ... th'original US version of the song successfully covered here in the early '80s by Bananarama & Fun Boy Three

Answer Me (Barbara Dickson)

(1976) ... familiar old '50s song given a 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

Grey Seal (Elton John)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ never a single, but a much played track on the double album Goodbye Yellow Road First of two celebrating Elton's 50+ years of songwriting with Bernie Taupin. Another one later... *

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


Starlight Starbright (Maureen Evans)

(1962-63) ... B side of her biggest hit, Like I Do, which peaked at # 3 ~ definitely deserved to be an 'A'

This Kiss (Faith Hill)

(1998) ... hugely successful country cross-over, US, UK and worldwide

Reflections: 45 years ago ~ 1973

Reelin' In The Years (Steely Dan)

... another of those 'turntable hits', often heard on the radio, widely known and admired for its well crafted guitar solo but amazingly, never a hit in the UK

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

... unusually, for a song credited to a solo artist, the first voice you hear ... is not him! It's Jim Gilstrap ~ who had his own hit with Swing Your Daddy a couple of years later. Next to step up to the mic is Lani Groves and then, finally, Stevie himself

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

Daniel (Elton John)

... second of two as promised earlier.* 1973 was, beyond doubt, one of the most prolific of Elton and Bernie's enduring partnership. Daniel remains one of the best loved of all their songs ~ as a

Top 5 single (# 2 in the US) and as a track on the album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

(* see also Grey Seal, earlier in the hour)

The Prettiest Star (David Bowie)

... from the album Aladdin Sane, one of the year's most eagerly awaited releases, although this one was a new version of a song that he had written a few years earlier and released as a single which fell by the wayside in 1970. Bowie had had a Top 5 hit with Space Oddity in '69, but for the next three years, a successful follow-up single proved elusive

Get Down (Gilbert O Sullivan)

... many songs over the years about 'getting down' on the dance floor ~ not this one, tho' ~ who else but Gilbert could have had a # 1 hit about telling your dog to get down off the settee, the table or whatever?!



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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Let's Dance (Chris Montez)

(1962 & 1972) ... Top 10-er twice-over with that pounding drum beat and distinctive organ sound

Loves Me Like A Rock (Paul Simon)

(1973) ... a much played single taken from the album There Goes Rhymin' Simon

Star (Kiki Dee)

... from the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality

... male duets on first name terms

Nobody I Know (Peter & Gordon)

(1964) ... hot on the heels of their # 1 A World Without Love, the duo enjoyed another Top 3 hit written for them by Lennon & McCartney, over and above their ever-growing volume of work with The Beatles

Lovers Of The World Unite (David & Jonathan)

(1966) ... they were really Roger & Roger - Cook and Greenaway, who penned many a smash hit for the likes of The Fortunes and Blue Mink, to mention but two, well into the '70s


Love And Affection (Joan Armatrading)

(1976) ... grabs your attention with its unforgettable opening line/ The feisty, heartfelt vocal and superb production drive the song on into a soaring final chorus. Joan will be back on the road with a series of concerts later in the year including Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 30 September and Buxton Opera House on 11 October:

Newsround Tameside: 37 years ago ~ 1981

Hi di Hi (Holiday Rock) (Paul Shane and The Yellow Coats)

... theme song from the top BBC sitcom ~ sung by one of the stars of the show whom played holiday camp compere and resident comic Ted Bovis

Making Your Mind Up (Bucks Fizz)

... one of our best ever Eurovision songs ~ a top performance by the four Fizzers with a famously cheeky, surprise twist ensured victory for the UK in Dublin..

Water On Glass (Kim Wilde)

... hit number three in an outstanding debut year of chart success, following on from Chequered Love and the one that launched her career, The Kids In America. Kim's latest tour starts at the end of this month and includes Buxton Opera House on 20 April and the Lowry, Salford Quays on 30 April:

Chariots of Fire (Vangelis)

... Oscar winning theme music from a mega successful British film about two athletes striving for glory in the 1924 Olympics

This Ole House (Shakin' Stevens)

... first of four '80s chart-toppers for Shaky who went on to have more hits than anyone else. running from one end of the decade to the other. This Ole House had previously been a # 1 for Rosemary Clooney way back in 1954

Ant Music (Adam & The Ants)

... 1981 was also the year of the 'dandy highwayman' bringing a dash of glamour to the chart at the dawning of the video age

You Might Need Somebody (Randy Crawford)

... US jazz and R&B singer whose greatest success has been this side of the Atlantic



Town Without Pity (Eddi Reader)

(1996) ... second of two solo hits ~ a few years on from her greatest success, as lead singer with Fairground Attraction (Perfect ~ # 1, 1988). Town Without Pity was an old Gene Pitney song, from the film of the same name in the early '60s. Concert dates coming up ~ 30 April at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 1 May at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester:

Crackerbox Palace (George Harrison)

(1977) .. top song from his '76 album. Thirty Three & 1/3. As a single, it was never a hit in the UK, but made it to # 19 in the US Hot 100

Don't Treat Me Like A Child (Helen Shapiro)

... teaser track for our second featured year ~ her chart debut at the tender age of 14. Within a few months, Helen would have two # 1 singles to her name, You Don't Know and Walkin' Back To Happiness

Cheery Tunes ~ Absolutely Lyricless

... two instrumentals which were among the top TV themes of their time

Galloping Home (London String Chorale)

(1973-74) ... if you or your children were growing up in the early to mid '70s, you'll instantly recognise this as the theme of ITV's popular Sunday tea-time series, The Adventures of Black Beauty. It was released as a single and made it to # 31 on the chart in '74

Hawaii Five-O (Geoff Love & His Orchestra)

(1972) ... another of those all-time great TV themes - this version is from an old vinyl LP* on the budget-priced Music for Pleasure label (* Your Top TV Themes, which cost 12 (or 13)-year-old me 69p (13 shillings and 11 pence! ). Th'original recording for the TV series was by The Ventures ~ a US Top 10 hit and title track of an album released in 1969, the year after the series first aired in the States


Ooh La La (Rod Stewart)

(1998) ... revisiting the early '70s when he had a parallel career as The Faces' lead singer. Ooh La La - title track of the band's 1973 album - was written by the band's two Ronnies ~ Lane and Wood and it was Ronnie Wood who sang lead vocal rather than Rod. Ronnie Lane also recorded a version with Slim Chance, the band he formed after leaving The Faces in '74

Reflections: 57 years ago ~ 1961

Gee Whiz It's You (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)

... with a wonderfully old fashioned title, a hit song which has been all but forgotten in recent years

More Than I Can Say (Bobby Vee)

.... one of five Top 10-ers during the year

Baby Sittin' Boogie (Buzz Clifford)

... novelty song with authentic sound effects

My Friend The Sea (Petula Clark)

... Top 10 song which completed her hat-trick of hits in '61, hot on the heels of Sailor (# 1) and Romeo ( # 3)

Well I Ask You (Eden Kane)

... # 1 for the singer whose real name was Richard Sarstedt, elder brother of future chart-topper Peter (Where Do You Go To My Lovely, # 1, 1969) and Robin ( My Resistance Is Low, Top 10, 1976)

Let There Be Drums (Sandy Nelson)

... lyricless bonus ~ one of the most memorable instrumental tunes to make the chart in any era. Let There Be Drums has featured in TV shows and films far too numerous to mention, a classic which has really stood the test of time.

Baby It's You (The Shirelles)

... American girl group who could count The Beatles among their many fans this side of the Atlantic. Two years later, the Fab Four went on to record two Shirelles songs ** for their debut album Please Please Me ( ** Baby It's You and Girls )

Runaway (Del Shannon)

... co-written with electric keyboard player Max Crook who created its distinctive sound ~ #1 here and in Americaq



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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