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May 29, 2019

 

 

In 68, ‘Only One Woman’, on Polydor,

saw The Marbles, on a Top 5 roll.

And in 85, ‘Starting Again’, on MCA,

gave Second Image, a No.65 goal.

 

In 78, ‘Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad’, on Epic,

for Meat Loaf, reached the No.32 line.

And in 92, still on Epic, this single,

for Meat Loaf, now peaked at No.69.

 

In 73, ‘I’m Doing Fine Now’, on RCA,

for New York City – a Top 20, divine.

And in 84, ‘The Second Time’, on MCA,

took Kim Wilde up to No.29. 

 

In 67, ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’, on London,

took The Turtles up to No.4.

And in 79, ‘The Second Time Around’, on Solar,

gave Shalamar a No.45 score.

 

In 71, ‘Love The One You’re With’, on Atlantic,

peaked at No.37, for Stephen Stills.

And in 04, ‘Not For All The Love In The World’,

on Virgin, a Top 40, for Irish Group – The Thrills.

 

In 07, ‘Two Lovers’, on B Unique/Polydor,

climbed to No.34 for Twang.

And in 89, ‘You’re The One’, on RCA,

crept in at No.74, for Greek Duo – Bang.

 

In 95, ‘The Sunshine After The Rain’, on ffrreedom,

reached to No.4 for UK singer -Berri.

And in 98, ‘Falling In Love Again’, on Polydor,

peaked at No.8 for Eagle – Eye Cherry.

 

In 95,’One More Chance’, on Maverick,

climbed to No.11 for Madonna.

And in 70, ‘I’ll Go On Hoping’, on Columbia –

a Top 30, for Des O’Connor.

 

 

 

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In 71, ‘Hot Love’, on Fly,

gave T Rex, their first UK No.1.

And in 08, ‘Cold Shoulder’, on XL Recordings,

saw Adele, with a No.18, won.

 

In 80, ‘Too Hot’, on Mercury,

found Kool & The Gang at No.23.

And in 94, ‘Cold Cold Heart’, on Precious Organisation,

for Wet Wet Wet – a Top 20, was to be.

 

In 02, ‘Cold Light Of Day’, on Sony,

for Halo, reached No.49.

And in 08, ‘Hot N Cold’, on Virgin,

gave Katy Perry, a gold-selling, No.4, so fine.

 

In 05, ‘Cold Wind’, on Rough Trade,

reached No.52, for Arctic Fire.

And in 77, ‘So You Win Again’, on Rak label,

gave Hot Chocolate, a three week, No.1 flyer.

 

In 84, ‘Hot Water’, on Polydor,

took Level 42, to No.18.

And in 06, ‘No Way Back’/’Cold Day In The Sun’,

on RCA, for The Foo Fighters, at No.64, was seen.

 

In 92, ‘Cold Day In Hell’, on Virgin,

peaked at No.24, for Gary Moore.

And in 2002, ‘Hot In Herre’, on Universal,

gave Nelly, a US No.1 and UK No.4.

 

In 81, ‘Cold Love’, on Geffen,

gave Donna Summer a No.44 address.

And in 2010, ‘Hot’, on Beat,

at No.6, for Inna – her only UK success.

 

In 78, ‘Cold As Ice’, on Atlantic,

for Foreigner, reached No.24.

Followed by ‘Hot Blooded’, still in 78,

also on Atlantic, making a No.42, chart score.

 

In 90, ‘Cold Hearted’, on Virgin American –

for Paula Abdul, a US No.1 and UK No.46.

And in 94, ‘Hot Love Now’, on Polydor,

for Wonder Stuff, at No.19, ends this mix.

 

 

 

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May 19, 2019

 

 

 

In 70, ‘Cottonfields’, on Capitol,

for The Beach Boys, reached No.5.

And in 92,‘Walking On Broken Glass’, on RCA,

for Annie Lennox, at No.8, did arrive.

 

In 61, ‘Wooden Heart’, on RCA,

for Elvis Presley, was at No.1, for a six week run.

And in 67, ‘Traffic’, on Island label,

peaked at No.5 with ‘Paper Sun’.

 

In 72, ‘Little Piece Of Leather’, on London,

at No.27, for Donnie Elbert, made the grade.

And in 92, ‘Metal Mickey’, on Nude label,

at No.17 – the first Top 20, for Suede.

 

In 65, ‘Wooly Bully, on MGM,

for Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs, made No.11.

And in 73, Rubber Bullets, on UK label,

for 10CC, flew up to a No.1 heaven.

 

In 57, Water Water/Handful Of Songs, on Decca,

was at No.5, for Tommy Steele & The Steelmen.

And in 2000, ‘The Wicker Man’, on EMI,

for Iron Maiden, became their twelfth UK Top 10.

 

In 56, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, on HMV,

for Elvis Presley, at No.9 – his second UK hit, was to be.

And in 76, ‘Satin Sheets’, on Warner Brothers,

for The Bellamy Brothers, peaked at No.43.

 

In 97, ‘Plastic Dreams’, on R & S,

peaked at No.18, for Jaydee.

And in 99, Travis, on Independiente, found No.10,

with ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’.

 

In 85, ‘Material Girl’, on Sire,

for Madonna – a Top 3 gold seller.

And in 95, ‘Broken Stones’, on Go! Discs label –

a UK Top 20, for Paul Weller.

 

In 65, ‘Concrete & Clay’, on Decca,

saw Unit Four Plus Two, on the No.1 throne.

And in 89, ‘What The World Is Waiting For’/’Fools Gold’,

a No.8 for The Stone Roses, on Silvertone.

 

 

 

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May 11, 2019

 

 

In 75, ‘Sky High’, on Splash,

for Jigsaw, up to No.9, flew.

And in 81, ‘Up The Hill Backwards’, on RCA,

for David Bowie, peaked at No.32.

 

In 61, ‘Reach For The Stars’/’Climb Ev’ry Mountain’,

on Columbia, found Shirley Bassey with a No.1, sealed.

And in 71, ‘Move On Up’, on Buddah,

was a No.12 hit, for Curtis Mayfield.

 

In 70, ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’, on Tamla Motown,

for The Supremes, at No.6 was seen.

And in 86, ‘Higher Love’, on Island label,

for Steve Winwood, peaked at No.13.

 

In 01, ‘There You’ll Be’, on Warner Brothers,

reached the Top 3 for Faith Hill.

And again, in 08, returned to the charts –

this time with a Top 10, fitting the bill.

 

In 70, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, a UK No.6,

on Tamla Motown for Diana Ross.

And in 80, ‘Ride Like The Wind’, on Warner Brothers,

peaked at No.69 for Christopher Cross.

 

In 66, for The Alan Price Set, on Decca,

reaching No.11 was, ‘Hi Lili Hi Lo’.

And in 08, ‘Mountains’, on 14th Floor,

was a Top 5 for Biffy Clyro. 

 

In 76, ‘How High The Moon’, on MGM,

for Gloria Gaynor, reached No.33.

And in 78, ‘Sometimes When We Touch’, on 20th Century,

for Dan Hill, a No.13 entry, was to be.

 

In 67, ‘Up, Up And Away’, on Liberty,

for The Johnny Mann Singers, peaked at No.6.

And in 73, ‘Higher Ground’, on Tamla Motown,

for Stevie Wonder – a US No.1 and UK No.29, ends this mix.

 

 

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May 3, 2019

 

 

Level 42 had twenty three UK hit singles,

between 1980 and 89, on Polydor,

before switching labels to RCA,

where six more hits came between 91 and 94.

 

In 80, ‘Love Meeting Love’, their first hit,

at No.61, crept into view.

And in 81, ‘Love Games’ was at No.38, with

‘Turn It On’, at No.57, and ‘Starchild’ at No.47, too.

 

Two more hits came in 82, when

‘Are You Hearing (What I Hear)’, at No.49, was to be.

Followed by ‘Weave Your Spell’,

which peaked at No.43.

 

In 83, ‘The Chinese Way’, reached No.24,

and ‘Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind’, in at No.41, slid.

Next came ‘The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)’ – a Top 10,

and ending 83, making No.37, was ‘Micro Kid’

 

In 84, ‘Hot Water’ reached No.18,

and ‘The Chant Has Begun’, made No.41.

In 85, ‘Something About You’, a Top 10, at No.6,

and ending 85, ‘Leaving Me Now’, had a No.15 slot, won.

 

In 86, ‘Lessons In Love’, was in the Top 3,

and in 87, ‘Running In The Family’, made the Top 6.

Also, in 87, ‘To Be With You Again’, was a Top 10,

as was, ‘It’s Over’, with ‘Children Say’, a No.22 fix.

 

In 88, ‘Heaven In My Hands’, peaked at No.12,

and ‘Take A Look’, reached the No.32 line.

In 89, ‘Tracie’, was at No.25,

followed by, ‘Take Care Of Yourself’, at No.39.

 

In 91, now on RCA, ‘Guaranteed’, rose to No.17,

and ‘Overtime’, peaked at No.62.

And in 92, ‘My Father’s Shoes’, reached No.55,

and in 94, ‘Forever Now’, gained a Top 20 pew.

 

Also in 94, came ‘All Over You’,

still on RCA, climbing to No.26.

And ‘Love In A Peaceful World’, made No 31,

also in 94, nicely ending this mix.

 

RIP –  Rowland ‘Boon’ Gould   1955 -2019

( A founder member of Level 42, from 1980 until 87)

Thank You for the music.

 

 

written by Harriet Blackbury.

 

 

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April 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

In 94, ‘Whiggle In Line’, on Flying South,

for Black Duck, peaked at No.33.

And in 2000, Italian Duo -Black Legend, on Eternal,

was at No.1 with ‘You See The Trouble With Me’.

 

In 67, ‘See Emily Play’, on Columbia,

peaked at No.6, for Pink Floyd.

And in 70, for Black Sabbath, on Vertigo,

reaching No. 4, was ‘Paranoid’.

 

In 80, ‘Amigo’, on Ensign,

rose to No.9, for Black Slate.

And in 01, ‘Mr DJ’, on Independiente,

for Blackout, made a Top 20, date.

 

In 75, ‘Walking In Rhythm’, on Fantasy,

for The Blackbyrds, at No.23, on view.

And in 02, ‘Get The Party Started’,

on Arista, for P!nk, reached No.2.

 

In 70, Deep Purple, on Harvest,

reached No.2 with ‘Black Night’.

And in 89, ‘Pink Sunshine’, found Fuzzbox,

at No.14, shining bright.

 

In 94, Black Machine, on London,

had a No.17, with ‘How Gee’.

And in 97, Blackstreet, on Interscope,

peaked at No.6, with ‘Don’t Leave Me’.

 

In 68, ‘Lily The Pink’, on Parlophone,

for Scaffold, spent four weeks at No.1 in the charts.

And in 09, ‘Boom Boom Pow’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’,

for The Black Eyed Peas – US & UK No.1’s, winning hearts.

 

In 72, ‘Standing In The Road’, on Jam,

a Top 4 for UK male group – Blackfoot Sue.

And in 98, Italian group – Black Connection,

saw ‘Give Me Rhythm’, on Xtravaganza, reach No.32.

 

In 68, ‘Black Magic Woman’ on Blue Horizon,

made No.37, for Fleetwood Mac.

And in 77, La Belle Epoque on Harvest,

peaked at No.2 with ‘Black Is Black’.

 

In 92, ‘Remedy’, on Def American,

hit No.24, for The Black Crowes.

And in 82, ‘Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White’, on Wea,

by Modern Romance featuring John Du Prez, up to No.15, rose.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 21, 2019

 

 

In 64, The Applejacks, on Decca,

had a Top 7 with ‘Tell Me When’,

And in 65, The Fortunes, also on Decca,

had a Top 4 with ‘Here It Comes Again’.

 

In 65, ‘Everybody Knows’, on Columbia,

peaked at No.37, for The Dave Clark Five.

Also in 65, ‘It’s Not Unusual’, on Decca,

for Tom Jones, at No.1 did arrive.

 

Again in 65, ‘Leave A Little Love’, on Decca,

took Lulu to No.8 in the charts.

And in 67, ‘The Last Waltz’, also on Decca,

found Engelbert Humperdinck, at No.1, winning hearts.

 

Also in 67, ‘I’m Coming Home’, on Decca,

for Tom Jones, made a No.2 rush.

And in 67, Herman’s Hermits, on Columbia,

reached No.7 with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’.

 

In 68, Petula Clark, had a Top 50,

with ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, on Pye.

And in 68, Tom Jones on Decca,

saw ‘Delilah’, up to No.2, fly.

 

Also in 68, ‘Les Bicyclettes De Belsize’, on Decca,

for Engelbert Humperdinck, found a Top 5 trend.

And in 68, Des O’Connor, on Columbia,

had a No.1 with ‘I Pretend’.

 

In 69, ‘Winter World Of Love’, on Decca,

peaked at No.7 for Engelbert Humperdinck.

And in 70, ‘Daughter Of Darkness’, also on Decca,

for Tom Jones, made a Top 5 link.

 

Thank you for the unforgetable words and music.

RIP    Les Reed   1935 – 2019.

 

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury.

 

 

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April 15, 2019

 

 

In 82, ‘Starmaker’, on RCA,

gave Kid’s from Fame, a gold selling Top 3.

And in 06, ‘Starlight’, on Helium,

for Muse, a No.13, was to be.

 

In 72, ‘Starman’, on RCA,

gave David Bowie his second Top 10 place.

 And in 84, ‘Lucky Star’, on Sire,

for Madonna, at No.14, in the chart race.

 

In 78, ‘Lucky Stars’ on Lifesong,

for Dean Friedman, peaked at No.3.

And in 94, ‘Stars’, on Wild Card,

for China Black, held a No.19 key.

 

In 91, ‘Stars’, on East West,

peaked at No.8, for Simply  Red.

And in 2010, ‘Starry Eyed’, on Polydor,

for Ellie Goulding, up to No.4, sped.

 

In 99, ‘Starman – a double A side – on Virgin,

for Culture Club, reached No.7.

And in 06, ‘Stars Are Blind’, on Warner Brothers,

gave Paris Hilton, a Top 4 heaven.

 

In 98, ‘My Star’, on Polydor,

for Ian Brown, had the Top 5 won.

And in 74, ‘Gonna Make You A Star, on CBS,

gave David Essex, a gold selling No.1.

 

 

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April 7, 2019

 

 

 In 68, ‘Magic Bus’ on Track,

peaked at No.26 for The Who.

And in 81, ‘R R Express’, on Warner Brothers,

took Rose Royce to No.52.

 

In 88, ‘Joe Le Taxi’, on FA Productions,

gave Vanessa Paradis  a Top 3.

And in 99, ‘The Train Is Coming’, on DEP International,

for UB 40, a Top 30, was to be.

 

In 62, ‘Let’s Go’, on Warner Brothers,

saw Routers at No.32.

And in 70, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, on Reprise,

for Joni Mitchell, gained a No.11 view.

 

In 78, ‘Car 67’ on Logo,

saw Driver 67, at No.7,  in the chart race.

And in 03, ‘Train On A Track’, on Columbia,

found Kelly Rowland, in a Top 20 place.

 

In 74, ‘Highway Of My Life’, on Epic,

for The Isley Brothers, reached No.25.

And in 84, ‘Taxi’ on Allegiance,

for J Blackfoot, at No.48 did arrive.

 

In 67, ‘Train Tour Of Rainbow City, on President,

reached No.35, for The Pyramids.

And in 79, ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’,

on Virgin, a Top 20 hit, for The Skids.

 

In 06, ‘Trains To Brazil’, on Polydor,

saw The Guillemots at No.36.

And in 88, ‘Rush Hour’, on Manhattan,

a No.12, for U.S. Jane Wiedlin, ending this mix.

 

 

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In 57, ‘Banana Boat Song’, on Philips,

for Shirley Bassey, at No.8, crossed the Top 10 line.

Also in 57, ‘Fire Down Below’ – a Top 30,

and ‘You You Romeo’, peaked at No.29.

 

In 58, ‘As I Love You’, still on Philips –

her first UK No.1, for 4 weeks, was to be.

Followed by ‘Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss me’,

on Philips, settling at No.3.

 

In 60, ‘With These Hands’, now on Columbia,

at No.38, was on view.

Also in 60, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’,

had a chart run of 30 weeks – peaking at No.2.

 

In 61, ‘You’ll Never Know’, still on Columbia,

reached up to No.6.

And ‘Reach For The Stars’/’Climb Ev’ry Mountain’,

at No.1, next in this mix.

 

Ending 61, ‘I’ll Get By’, still on Columbia,

had another Top 10 won.

And beginning 62, ‘Tonight’,

peaked at No.21.

 

Next in 62, came ‘Ava Maria’,

reaching a No.31 score.

Followed by ‘Far Away’,

climbing to No.24.

 

Also in 62, ‘What Now My Love’, still on Columbia,

had a seventeen week chart stay – peaking at No.5.

And in 63, ‘What Kind Of Fool Am I’,

at No.47, did arrive.

 

Also in 63, ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’,

reached No.6, with a twenty week chart run.

And in 64, ‘My Special Dream’, peaked at No.32,

and at No.36, still on Columbia, was ‘Gone’.

 

Ending 64, ‘Goldfinger’ made No.21,

and in 65, ‘No Regrets (Non Je Ne Regrette Rien)’, hit No.39.

And in 67, now on United Artists,

‘Big Spender’ reached the No.21 line.

 

In 70, ‘Something’, peaked at No.4,

and in 71, at No.48, was ‘The Fool On The Hill’.

Also in 71, ‘(Where Do I Begin) Love Story’, at No.34,

and ending 71, ‘For All We Know’, a Top 6, loved still.

 

In 72, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, made No.38,

again, filling Bond film followers with glee..

And in 73, ‘Never Never Never’ was at No.8,

and the last hit on United Artist, was to be.

 

In 87, ‘The Rhythm Divine’ peaked at No.54,

for Yello featuring Shirley Bassey, on Mercury label.

And in 96, ‘Disco La Passione’ reached No.41,

for Chris Rea & Shirley Bassey, on East West label.

 

In 97, ‘History Repeating’, on Wall of sound,

for Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey – a No.19, was to be.

And in 99, ‘World In Union’ reached No.35,

for Shirley Bassey/Bryn Terfel, on Universal TV.

 

In 07, ‘The Living Tree’, climbed to No.37,

and ‘Get The Party Started’, reached No.47 –

both these hits on Lock Stock & Barrel,

from this Welsh legend, we all think just heaven.

 

 

Written by Harriet Blackbury.

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