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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 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


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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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March 13, 2019



In 87, ‘Roadblock’, on Breakout,

gave Stock, Aitken & Waterman a No.13 view.

And in 98, ‘Travelling Man’ on Multiply,

made the Top 40 for Studio 2.


In 96, ‘The Day We Caught The Train’, on RCA,

made No.4 for Ocean Colour Scene.

And in 97 their ‘Travellers Tune’,

also on RCA – at No. 5 was seen.


In 73, ‘Drive-In Saturday’ on RCA,

gave David Bowie a Top 3.

And in 82, ‘Driving In My Car’, on the Stiff label,

for Madness, at No.4, was to be.


In 91, ‘Driven By You’ on Parlophone,

was at No.6 for Brian May.

And in 2001, ‘Eternity’/’The Road To Mandalay’, on Crysalis,

gave Robbie Williams his fourth solo No.1 stay.


In 87, ‘The Traveller’ on  10 Ten  label,

gave Spear Of Destiny a No.44 hit.

And in 95, ‘Driving With The Brakes On’,

for Delamitri, on A & M, at No.18, did sit.


In 61, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)’,

on RCA,  for The Tokens, reached No.11. 

And in 89, ‘Road To Your Soul’ on Mercury,

for All About Eve, peaked at No.37.


In 67, ‘I’m Coming Home’, on Decca,

for Sir Tom Jones, secured a No.2 fix.

And in 69, ‘Crosstown Traffic’, on Track, a Top 40,

for Jimi Hendrix Experience, ends this Homecoming mix.




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March 10, 2019


Tune in to Tony’s Time Machine

at Noon on Tuesday, 12th  March 2019,

to welcome the return of Tony at his best.


This weeks show will include 

Breakfast in America from Supertramp,

and of course music by Yes.


Tony will also be reading the poems


‘For The Love Of Prodigy’

written by Harriet Blackbury


‘For The Love Of P J Proby’

written by Harriet Blackbury




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March 9, 2019



Twenty five chart entries on XL Recordings

(between 91 – 2005) made sure Prodigy always on view.

Their first hit being ‘Charly’, making the Top 3,

and in 92, ‘Everybody In The Place (EP)’ reaching No.2


Also in 92, Fire /Jericho’ peaked at No.11, and

‘Out Of Space/Ruff In The Jungle Bizness’ made No.5.

In 93, ‘Wind It Up (Rewound)’, another No.11,

and ‘One Love’, at No.8, did arrive.


In 94, ‘No Good (Start The Dance)’, peaked at No.4,

with ‘Voodoo People’ making No.13.

In 95, ‘Poison’ followed, reaching No.15,

and in 96, gold seller ‘Firestarter’, at No.1, was seen.


Also in 96, ‘Charly’ re-appeared at No.66,

and ‘Fire/Jericho’ at No.63, a hit too.

And ‘No Good (Start The Dance)’, re-appearing at No.57,

and also, ‘Out Of Space/Ruff In The Jungle Bizness, at No.52.


Still in 96, ‘Poison’ again in the charts, at No.62,

as was ‘Voodoo People’, this time at No.75.

With ‘Wind It Up (Rewound)’ peaking at No.71,

and ‘Everybody In The Place (EP), at No.69, did arrive.


Next came ‘Breathe’ – a platinum seller and UK No.1,

and finishing 96 ‘Firestarter’ peaked at No.53.

And in 97, ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ reached No.8,

and in 02 ‘Baby’s Got A Temper’, a Top 5, we did see.


In 04, ‘Girls’ peaked at No.19.

Also in 04, ‘Charly’ re-appeared at No.73.

In 05, ‘Voodoo People/Out Of Space’, a Top 20,

and their last hit on XL Recordings, was to be.


In 09, now on  -Take me to the hospital – 

arrived ‘Omen’ with a No.4 prance.

And ‘Invaders Must Die’ followed at No.49,

and still in 09, at No.13 was ‘Warrior’s Dance’


Also in 09, ‘Take Me To The Hospital’ at No.38,

on the – Take me to the hospital – label.

And ‘Invader’s Must Die’, re-appeared at No.74,

and ends this tribute to the Prodigy stable.



Thank You for the music

RIP    Keith Flint     1969 – 2019




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March 2, 2019



James Marcus Smith, known as P J Proby,

had two hits on Decca in 64,

with ‘Hold Me’ at No.3 and ‘Together’ at No.8.

Also in 64, ‘Somewhere’, on Liberty, made a No.6 score.


In 65, four more hits followed on Liberty –

the first, reaching No.11 was ‘I Apologise’,

with ‘Let The Water Run Down’ peaking at No.19,

and ‘That Means A Lot’ at No.30, and ‘Maria’ – a No.8 prize.


In 66, still on Liberty ‘You’ve Come Back’, arrived at No.25,

and reaching No.34 was ‘To Make A Big Man Cry’.

Ending 66, at No.37 came, ‘I Can’t Make It Alone’,

and in 68, ‘It’s Your Day Today’, at No.32, did lie.


In 96, ‘Yesterday Has Gone’ on EMI Premier

peaked at No.58, (with Mark Almond

featuring The My Life Story Orchestra)

for this beloved singer from across The Pond.


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January 13, 2019



In 63, The Hollies on Parlophone

had a UK Top 10 with ‘Stay’,

And in 2003, Will Young, with ‘Leave Right Now’

saw his third gold seller, and fourth UK No.1, win the day.


In 77, Thelma Houston on Motown

took ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ to a UK No.13,

And in 2004, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ on Island,

reached the Top 3 for Keane.


In 94, ‘Stay Another Day’ on London,

gave East 17 a platinum seller and five week UK No.1,

And in 2006, The Arctic Monkeys, on Domino,

peaked at No.4 with ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ 


In 99, ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’, on ffrr label,

for Lucid, reached a UK No.25,

And in 2004, ‘Leave (Get Out)’ on Mercury,

for US singer Jojo, at No.2 in the UK, did arrive.


In 84, ‘Leave A Tender Moment Alone’/’Goodnight Saigon’

for Billy Joel, on CBS – a UK Top 30, was to be,

and in 94, ‘Stay Together’, on the Nude label,

gave Suede their first UK Top 3.


In 82, ‘Leave In Silence’, on Mute,

gave Depeche Mode their fifth entry in the UK Top 20 club,

and in 2005, ‘Remain’ on Mercury,

reached No.45 for UK male vocal group – Kubb.


In 2006, ‘I Want You To Stay’ on the Warp label,

peaked at No.21, for Maximo Park,

Also in 2006, UK/Holland duo – Micky Modelle V Jessy,

on All around the world label, had a Top 10 with ‘Dancing In The Dark’.


In 66, ‘Sitting On A Fence’, on the Immediate label,

reached No.25, for UK duo – Twice as much,

and in 80, for Freez, on Calibre, at No.49,

arrived their first UK entry, ‘Keep In Touch’.


In 96, ‘Don’t Leave’, for UK trio – Faithless, made No.34,

on the Cheeky label – this song, a hit in 97 too,

and in 2001, ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, peaked at No.4

for Louise on 1st Avenue.


In 72, ‘There Are More Questions Than Answers’ on CBS –

a UK Top 10, for US singer Johnny Nash,

and in 91, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ on Columbia,

a UK No.1 for The Clash.


In 70, ‘Leavin’ On A Jet Plane’, on Warner Brothers,

for Peter, Paul & Mary – a US No.1 and UK No.2.

Not sure my musical themed poem makes one any the wiser,

about staying in or leaving the EU ?



written by

Harriet Blackbury




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