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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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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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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 7, 2019

 

 

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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April 1, 2019

 

 

In 92, ‘Tears In Heaven’ – a Top 5,

for Eric Clapton on Reprise.

And in 04, at No.1 were The Streets,

on the Locked In  label with ‘Dry Your Eyes’

 

In 82, ‘Tracks Of My Tears’, on PRT  –

a Top 60 for Colin Blundstone.

And in 07, Amy Winehouse, on Island .

reached No.16 with ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’.

 

In 88, ‘Teardrops’ on Fourth & Broadway,

for Womack & Womack  peaked at No.3.

And in 90, ‘Tears On My Pillow’, on PWL,

for Kylie Minogue, a Number 1, was to be.

 

In 82, Blue Zoo, on Magnet,

reached No.13 with ‘Cry Boy Cry’.

And in 94, ‘Tears Of The Dragon’, at No.28,

for Bruce Dickinson on EMI.

 

In 92, ‘The Crying Game’ on Spaghetti,

for Boy George, peaked at No.22.

And in 09, ‘Cry Me A River’, on Reprise,

by Michael Buble at No.34, on view.

 

In 73, The Jackson 5, on Tamla Motown,

peaked at No.9, with ‘Doctor My Eyes’.

And in 2004, Liberty X, on V2WR,

reached No.13 with  ‘Everybody Cries’.

 

In 62, ‘A Little Bitty Tear’, on Brunswick,

saw Burl Ives in the No.9 zone.

And in 79, ‘Tears Of A Clown’/’Ranking Full Stop’,

made No.6, for Beat, on 2 Tone.

 

In 65, ‘That’s Why I’m Crying’, on Piccadilly,

for The Ivy League, peaked at No.22.

And in 81, ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, on Neutron,

for ABC, up to No.19, flew.

 

In 92, ‘Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)’, on Fontana,

gave Tears for fears, a No.17 hit.

And in 05, ‘Teary Eyed’, on Atlantic, 

for Missy Elliott, at No.47, did sit.

 

In 81, ‘Reward’, on Vertigo,

took Teardrop explodes, up to No.6.

And in 79, ‘No More Tears(Enough Is Enough)’, on Casablanca,

a Top 3, for Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand, ending this mix.

 

 

 

 

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March 30, 2019

 

 

In 67, ‘When You’re Young And In Love’, on Tamla Motown,

for The Marvellettes, peaked at No.13.

And In 70, ‘When Julie Comes Around’, on RCA,

for Cuff Links, at No.10, seen.

 

In 71, ‘When You Get Right Down To It’, on CBS,

saw Ronnie Dyson at No.34.

And in 81, ‘When She Was My Girl’, on Casablanca,

gave The Four Tops, a Top 3, once more.

 

In 76, ‘When Forever Has Gone’, on Philips,

gave Demis Roussos, a Top 2 spot.

And in 99, ‘When We Are Together’, on Mercury,

gained Texas a No.12 slot.

 

In 87, ‘When Smokey Sings’ on Neutron,

reached No.11 for ABC.

And in 98, ‘When You’re Gone’, on A & M,

for Bryan Adams featuring Melanie C, made No.3.

 

In 71, ‘Something Old, Something New’, on Bell,

gave The Fantastics a No.9 score.

And in 2004, ‘When You Walk In The Room’, on Wea,

for Agnetha Faltskog reached No.34.

 

In 62, ‘When My Little Girl Is Smiling’

for Jimmy Justice, reached No.9, on Pye.

And in 84, Prince, on Warner Brothers,

had a US No.1 and UK No.4, with ‘When Doves Cry’.

 

In 06, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ on Domino,

gave The Arctic Monkeys their second No.1.

And in 07, ‘When You Believe’, on Syco Music,

saw Leon Jackson, also at No.1

 

In 07, for Avril Lavigne, on RCA,

at No.3, was ‘When You’re Gone’.

And in 09, ‘When Love Takes Over’ on Positive,

for David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland, made No.1.

 

In 95, ‘When I Call Your Name’, on Mercury,

for Mary Kiani, peaked at No.18.

And in 08, ‘Burning Up’/’When You Look Me In The Eyes’, 

on Polydor, for The Jonas Brothers, a Top 30, seen.

 

In 70, ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’, on Capitol,

saw McGuinness Flint at No.2.

And in 77, Leo Sayer, on Chrysalis,

had a gold selling US & UK No.1, with ‘When I Need You’.

 

In 90, ‘When The Night Comes’ on Capitol,

took Joe Cocker to No.61.

And in 06, for Eminem, on Interscope,

at No.4, was ‘When I’m Gone’.

 

In 68, ‘When The Sun Comes Shining Through’, on Pye,

for Long John Baldry, had the Top 30 won.

And in 99, ‘When You Say Nothing At All’, on Polydor,

for Ronan Keating – a gold seller and UK No.1

 

In 56, ‘When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba’,

on Brunswick, for Mitchell Torok, at No.6.

And in 98, ‘When The Lights Go Out’. on RCA.

for Five, a Top 4, ending this mix.

 

 

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March 25, 2019

 

 

In 65, ‘Love Her’ on Philips

gave this US male Trio a UK Top 20.

Followed by ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’,

which saw them claiming their first No.1 entry.

 

Ending 65, ‘My Ship Is Coming In’,

still on Philips, made a No.3 score.

And in 66, their next UK No.1, was to be –

 ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’.

 

Also in 66 came, ‘(Baby) You Don’t Have To Tell Me’,

a No.13 hit, which had fans screaming in the stalls.

And in 66, again on Philips,

at No.12, was ‘Another Tear Falls’.

 

Ending 66, was ‘Deadlier Than The Male’,

on Philips, reaching a No.32 slot.

And in 67, ‘Stay With Me Baby’,

peaked at No.26, and was loved a lot.

 

Still in 67, ‘Walking In The Rain’,

again on Philips, also peaked at No.26.

And in 76, ‘No Regrets’, this time on GTO,

reached No.7 – ending this Walker Brothers mix.

 

Their SOLO Hits.

 

In 66, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and ‘Twinkie Lee’, on CBS,

gave Gary Walker UK hits – both settling in a No.26 place.

And in 67, John Walker, on Philips, also had a solo hit –

with ‘Annabella’ claiming No.24 in the chart race.

 

In December 67, Scott Walker, on Philips,

thrilled fans with ‘Jackie’, which peaked at No.22.

And in 68, ‘Joanna’ followed, making it to No.7.

And in 69, ‘Lights Of Cincinnati’ was at No.13 – RIP & Thank You.

 

RIP  Scott Walker.   1943 – 2019

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury.

 

 

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March 22, 2019

 

 

In 05, ‘Star To Fall’, on Data,

a No.4, for Australian Duo – Cabin Crew.

And in 2000, ‘Sky’, on Universal,

for Sonique, reached No.2.

 

In 78, ‘Jupiter’ peaked at No.41,

and in 78, ‘Star’- a Top 20, at No.16.

Both these hits on CBS for Earth, Wind & Fire.

And in 95 ‘Heaven For Everyone’ – No.2 on Parlophone for Queen.

 

In 83, ‘The Sun And The Rain’, on Stiff label,

gave Madness a Top 5 stay.

And in 85, ‘Clouds Across The Moon’, reached No.6,

for The Rah Band, on RCA.

 

In 97, ‘Dark Clouds’ on Gut label,

was a No.14 hit for Space.

And in 06, ‘Starlight’, on Helium 3/Warner Brothers –

gave Muse a No.13 place.

 

In 65, ‘Here Comes The Night’, on Decca –

a Top 2, for UK male vocal group – Them.

And in 99, ‘Cloud Number 9’ reached No.6,

for Canadian singer- Bryan Adams, on A & M.

 

In 75, ‘Sky High’, on Splash,

gave Jigsaw a No.9 hit.

And in 84, ‘Atmosphere’ on Spirit Fire label,

for Russ Abbot, at No.7, did sit.

 

In 69, ‘Cloud Nine’, on Tamla Motown,

gave The Temptations their fifth Top 20 – at No.15.

And in 03, ‘Universally Speaking’, on Warner Brothers,

by Red Hot Chili Peppers, at No.27, was seen.

 

In 81, ‘Planet Earth’ on EMI,

for Duran Duran, a No.12 – fans thought heaven.

And in 03, ‘Sunrise’ on Simplyred.com,

took Simply Red up to No.7.

 

In 91, ‘The Whole Of The Moon’, on Ensign,

found The Waterboys at No.3 – (and in 85 at No.26).

And in 84, ‘Sunset Now’ on Virgin, at No.24,

for Heaven 17 – last in this mix.

 

 

 

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March 15, 2019

 

 

I can confirm I am not a Robot.

I have a heart and soul that is real.

I melt when I feel anguish,

and when I feel joyous, I do squeal.

 

I can confirm that I am vulnerable.

I have a mind that works overtime.

Over thinking is my enemy –

worrying about the next mountain to climb.

 

I can confirm that I am a reclusive.

Privacy, the order of the day.

Preferring to remain uncontactable.

My hopes and fears, not to give away.

 

I can confirm I am not a robot.

Whatever a robot may be?

Technical terms not my forte.

Pen and parchment favoured by me.

 

I can confirm my sense of loyalty.

As a friend, you have my trust.

I exist on a gluten-free diet,

though could kill for a proper buttered crust.

 

I can confirm that I am eccentric.

Normality never was for me.

My rationale somewhat daunting,

to those not blessed with a will to be free.

 

I can confirm I am not a robot.

If you pinch me, I’ll pinch you back.

Too soft have I been for most of my life,

but with age comes the counter attack.

 

I can confirm my thinking not logical,

to those with a different I Q.

But inside everyone lies alacrity,

that shoots from the hip and says BOO !

 

I can confirm I am blessed with madness.

Too long in the tooth to be tamed.

So this is me – take me or leave me.

Life is too short to sit feeling ashamed. 

 

 

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