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October 24, 2018

 

 

After leaving The Flamingos in 1960

Tommy Hunt enjoyed a solo career,

with 18 US hit singles, before arriving in the UK in 69 and

becoming an Artist the UK Northern Soul scene held dear.

 

Three UK chart hits followed on the Spark label –

in 75 ‘Crackin Up’, reaching No.39.

In 76 came ‘Loving On The Losing Side’,

and ‘One Fine Morning’ another hit, divine.

 

Now 85, Tommy Hunt is still held in high regard,

by his peers both in the US and UK.

Thank you for songs that bring back sweet memories –

let the music continue to play.

 

 

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October 1, 2018

 

Tune in to 

Tony’s Time Machine

at Noon on Tuesday 2nd October 2018

for another fast moving hour of music. and chat.

 

This week the Show includes

Tony’s interviews with

Kee Marcello (formally of Europe and East Action)

in advance of the ‘Scaling Up’ Tour.

and also

Steve Hackett  and ‘Genesis Revisited’ Tour dates.

 

Tony will also be reading the poems –

 

For The Love Of Genesis  written by Harriet Blackbury

For The Love Of Chas & Dave  written by Harriet Blackbury

and

For The Love Of Charles Aznavour   written by Harriet Blackury.

 

 

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September 3, 2018

 

 

’25 OR 6 TO 4′ by Chicago on CBS –

reaching No.7 in 70 – the first track in this mix,

and in 66, Wilson Pickett, on Atlantic

took ‘634 -5789’ to No.36

 

‘747 (Strangers In The Night)’ by Saxon,

on the Carrere label, in 80, at No.13 shone,

and on Epic in 84, Nena,

took ’99 Red Balloons’ to No.1

 

In 76, ’16 Bars’ by The Stylistics

on the H & L label, at No.7, we did see,

and at No.2  ‘1999’ by Prince & The Revolution,

on Warner Brothers,  appeared in 83.

 

In 68, at No.4 on the Columbia label

came  ‘1-2-3  O’Leary’ from Des O’Connor,

and in 96, The Spice Girls on Virgin

with  ‘2 become 1’,  gained another No.1 honour.

 

In 77,  at No.5, on EMI, was ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’

by The Tom Robinson Band,

and in 09 on the Regal label

with ’22’,  Lily Allen made a No. 14 stand. 

 

In 04, ‘Thunderbirds/3AM’ on Universal

gave Busted their fourth No.1 so far,

and in 67,  ’59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)’

on Warner Brothers, a Top 40 for Harpers Bizarre.

 

 

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August 16, 2018

 

 

‘Respect’ on the Atlantic label

gave Aretha Franklin a UK Top 10 in 67.

This song also making the US No.1 slot

for this singer who’s voice was just heaven.

 

‘Baby I Love You’ came next

and then ‘Chain Of Fools’ and ‘Satisfaction’.

‘Since You’ve Been Gone’  followed on,

and ‘Think’ got a Top 30 re-action.

 

‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’,

also in 68, made a UK No.4.

‘Don’t Play That Song’ and ‘Spanish Harlem’

coming next with a Top 20 score.

 

In 73, ‘Angel’ made the UK Top 40,

and ‘Until You Come Back To Me

(That’s what I’m Gonna Do)’  –

Aretha’s last hit on Atlantic  – proved to be.

 

Switching to Arista in 80, then came

‘What A Fool Believes’ and ‘Love All The Hurt Away’

followed by ‘Jump to it’ and ‘Get It Right’,

then ‘Freeway Of Love’  the next UK chart stay.

 

‘Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves’

with The Eurythmics in 85 made No.9 on RCA,

then ‘Who’s Zoomin Who’ and ‘Another Night’

before ‘Freeway Of Love’ – another chart visit did pay.

 

At No.1 in 87, on Epic with George Michael –

came ‘I Knew You Were Waiting ( For Me)’,

and also in 87 on Arista –

Aretha gave us the song ‘Jimmy Lee’.

 

‘Through The Storm’ with Elton John came next,

then ‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’

with Whitney Houston,  making a UK No.29,

before ‘Think’ made another chart plea.

 

In 91 came ‘Everyday People’,  and then

‘A Deeper Love’ and ‘Willing To  Forgive’  in 94,

and in 98  ‘A Rose Is Still A Rose’ made a UK No.22,

followed by ‘Here We Go Again’,  from this Star we adore.

 

RIP  Aretha Franklin     1942 -2018

(The Queen of Soul & Inspiration)

Thank You For The Music 

 

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

 

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August 15, 2018

 

Cliff Richard & The Shadows on Columbia,

had a No.1 with ‘Summer Holiday’ in 63,

and in 66 ‘Sunny Afternoon’ for The Kinks

on the Pye label – their third No.1 proved to be.

 

At No.4 in 75 was ‘Summertime City’

on Epic for Mike Batt with The New Edition,

and in 78, John Travolta & Olivia Newton John,

with ‘Summer Nights’,  for 7 weeks, held the No.1 position.

 

In 78, ‘Summer Night City’ on Epic

took Abba to No.5,

and in 85, Bryan Adams on A & M

kept ‘Summer of 69’ alive.

 

‘Summertime Of Our Lives’ on Columbia

gave A1 a Top 5 in 99,

and in 74, ‘Summer Breeze’ by The Isley Brothers,

on Epic, another classic so fine.

 

With ‘Paper Sun’ at No.5 and ‘Hole In My Shoe’ at No.2,

in 67, Traffic, simply no wrong could do.

and in 81 on De-lite, Kool & The Gang

brought ‘Summer Madness’ to you.

 

‘Daydream’ & ‘Summer In The City’ 

two Top Tens for Lovin Spoonful in 66,

and from 2004, ‘Summer Sunshine’ by The Corrs,

on Altlantic, included in this mix.

 

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

 

 

 

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August 4, 2018

 

 

In 88, Tanita Tikaram

reached No.10 with ‘Good Tradition’,

and in this year her ‘Twist In Sobriety’,

also on the Wea label, made the No.22 position.

 

‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly’, on RCA in 88

gave Hugo Montenegro a UK No.1,

and ‘A Good Year For The Roses’ reached No.6

for Elvis Costello & The Attractions in 81.

 

In 77  ‘Good Morning Judge’ on Mercury

gave 10cc a UK No.5 place.

and in 85, Fergal Sharkey on Virgin,

took ‘A Good Heart’ to No.1 in the chart race.

 

‘Good Times’ by Chic on Atlantic

was at No.5 in 79.

In the 90s – ‘So Good’ and ‘Good Thing’ on EMI

2 of 15 Top 20s for Eternal, doing fine.

 

‘Good Vibrations’ from The Beach Boys on Capitol,

in 66, a number 1 in the US. & UK.

and reaching No.7 in 73 was Perry Como,

with ‘For The Good Times’ on RCA.

 

‘Good Morning Freedom’ on the Philips label,

a Top 10 in 70 for Blue Mink,

and featuring William Orbit, on Columbia,

with ‘Feel Good Time’ (a Top 3 in 03) for P!nk.

 

In 95 ‘Back For Good’ on RCA,

for Take That – their 6th Uk No.1.

and in 98, ‘Goodbye’ on the Virgin  label,

the 8th UK No.1 for The Spice Girls – dance on.

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury 

 

 

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July 22, 2018

 

 

In 66, The Rolling Stones on Decca,

were at No.2 with ‘Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown’,

and in the charts of 87, Bruce Willis

was at No.7 with ‘Respect Yourself’, on Motown.

 

‘My Brother Jake’ on the Island label,

in 71, was a hit for Free,

and John Lennon was in the charts with ‘Mind Games’

on the Apple Label in 73.

 

In 65,  Dodie West on Decca,

had a Top 40 with ‘Going Out Of My Head’,

and in 92 on Epic – ‘Heal The World’

at No.2, Michael Jackson said.

 

‘Holding Back The Years’ on Electra,

arrived in 85 for Simply Red.

Becoming a US No.1 in 86, on the Wea label –

Mick Hucknall’s voice – to his fans – life’s bread.

 

In 65, ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ on Columbia

found the Yardbirds at No.2,

and in 78 with ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’ 

Heatwave’s fourth consecutive Top 20 on view.

 

In 91, George Michael on Epic,

had a Top 40 with ‘Heal The Pain’,

and in 2006 with ‘Rehab’ on the Island label –

Amy Winehouse shared with the world, her strain.

 

In 65, ‘Help’ by The Beatles on Parlophone –

their eighth UK No.1,  proved to be.

and in 69 ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’,

also on Parlophone, gave The Hollies a UK No.3

 

In 82, Imagination, with their fifth Top 20,

gave us ‘Music And Lights’,

and in the Uk chart in 75 ‘ making No.9,

‘Let The Music Play’ sang Barry White. 

 

Whatever our choice in music,

be it Classical, Pop or R & B –

there’s a song that makes life worth living,

when our minds drift out to sea.

 

So whatever mood we wake up in,

at the start of another groundhog day,

Let’s jump to our feet and pop on the radio,

and dance all our blues away.

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

 

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June 3, 2018

 

 

In 52,  a Trinidadian pianist – Winifred Atwell,

we welcomed with open arms.

‘Let’s Have Another Party’ and ‘Poor People Of Paris ‘

two UK No.1s’  that showed off her charms.

 

Joe ‘Mr Piano’ Henderson,  entered the UK Top 20 in 55,

with ‘Sing It With Joe’ and ‘Sing It Again With Joe’.

before ‘Trudie’ came along in 58  – 

becoming another favourite fans got to know.

 

Also in this era – Russ Conway,

a pianist, our Grans’ won’t let us forget..

With two career No.1s  being –

‘Side Saddle’ and ‘Roulette’.

 

In 61, an American instrumental group,

in the UK charts, with a flourish did arrive.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet hitting No.6

on the Fontana label, with ‘Take Five’.

 

In the 60s,  The Spencer Davis Group

were a UK Band very much adored.

‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me’ –

two No.1s, with Steve Winwood on keyboard.

 

Bobby Crush, another UK male pianist

that in 72, we got to know.

Performing on the Philips label,

he gained a Top 40 with Barsalino.

 

In 75, ‘Mandy’ – a US No.1 for Barry Manilow

made No.11 in the UK charts.

‘Could It Be Magic’ and ‘Can’t Smile Without You’,

two more of his hits, to win hearts.

 

Brenda Russell – a US vocalist /keyboard player,

in 80, with ‘So Good So Right’,   made her mark,

before, in 88 entering the charts at No.23

with ‘Piano In The Dark’.

 

‘For Once In My Life’ and ‘My Cherie Amour’ –

two early hits from ‘Stevie Wonder, on view.

This top US singer and pianist having UK No.1s  with

‘Ebony and Ivory and ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’.

 

With a song for every occasion –

whether it be ‘Nikita’ or ‘Bennie And The Jets.

Or ‘Daniel’ or ‘Philadelphia Freedom’  –

Sir Elton John, a comfort, through all life’s regrets. 

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

 

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April 29, 2018

 

In 66 ‘How Sweet It Is’

entered the UK charts at No. 22,

and with 4 Top Twenty hits to follow,

Junior Walker & The All Stars, our minds blew.

 

‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’,

with ease, won every heart.

This Stevie Wonder No.1 of 84

coming 18 years after ‘Uptight’ made the UK chart.

 

‘Stop In The Name Of Love’

found The Supremes on Tamla Motown ground,

after 3 hits on the Stateside label,

including ‘Baby Love’ – a No.1 sound.

 

Favourites from Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,

were ‘Nowhere to run’ and ‘Dancing In The Street’

and The Miracles ‘Going To A Go-Go’

had everyone up on their feet.

 

‘Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me’

sang Gladys Knight & The Pips.

and  ‘It Takes Two’  by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston,

another song,  always on our lips.

 

’25 Miles’ and ‘War’

came from Edwin Starr.

And ‘Tracks Of My Tears & ‘Tears Of A Clown’,

by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – setting the bar.

 

‘I Want You Back’ and ‘ABC’,

and ‘The Love You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ –

Four consecutive US number ones –

from The Jackson 5, making the world aware.

 

‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ – also a classic,

along with ‘Behind A Painted Smile’.

and,  ‘I Guess I’ll Always Love You’ – another hit,

showing The Isley Brothers had style.

 

‘These Things Will Keep Me Loving You’ –

a top 40 for The Velvelettes  in 71,

and ‘The Onion Song’ from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell –

so poignant, now they are gone.

 

Let The Music play.

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

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April 13, 2018

 

 

In 76, this US male group,

had us up on the dance floor,

when ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’

exploded into the UK charts at No.4.

 

‘Don’t Take Away The Music’,

they so convincingly did implore,

as their second UK hit,

once again climbed to No.4.

 

77  brought 3 more hits –

these guys could do no wrong!

The ‘Mighty Power Of Love’,

being their next song to come along.

 

Then, Whodunnit’ made the Top Ten,

and ‘One Step Away’ reached  No.16  –

All their hits on the Capitol label,

and loved by every Disco teen.

 

In 78, ‘The Ghost Of Love’

got as high as No.29,

then ‘More Than A Woman’, at No 7 –

another Top Ten we thought divine.

 

Their last single of 78,

was ‘Slow Train To Paradise’, at 62,

and then a gap of 8 years,

before two hits, long overdue.

 

‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’,

peaked at No 12, in 86,

and ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ –

the last hit, in this great ‘Tavares’ mix.

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

 

 

 

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