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March 29, 2021

 

 

 

In 95, ‘My Friends’, on Warner Brothers,

for The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, made No.29.

And in 07, ‘The Girls’, on Sony,

saw Calvin Harris on the Top 3 line.

 

In 84, ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’,

on Portrait, gave Cyndi Lauper a Top 2.

And in 99, ‘Friends Forever’, for Thunderbugs,

reached the Top 5, on 1st Avenue.

 

In 86, Queen peaked at No.14, on EMI,

with ‘Friends Will Be Friends’.

And in 07, The Spice Girls, on Virgin,

made No.11, with ‘Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)’.

 

In 71, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, on Warner Brothers,

gave James Taylor, a US No.1 & UK Top 4.

And in 79, ‘Girl Talk’, on Swansong,

for Dave Edmunds, also a UK Top 4.

 

In 70, ‘Friends’, on Decca,

gave Arrival, a No.8 entry.

And in 89, ‘Girls NIght Out’,

on Wildstar, for Alda, made the Top 20.

 

In 71, ‘Girls Are Out To Get You’, on Mojo,

took The Fascinations to No.32.

And in 2000, Melanie C, on Virgin,

had a No.1 with ‘I Turn To You’.

 

In 92,’Good Friends’, peaked at No.61,

on Columbia, for Paris Red.

And in 2010, Plan B, on 679/Atlantic,

had a Top 3 with ‘She Said’.

 

In 83, ‘Dear Prudence’, on Wonderland,

was a Top 3 for Siouxsie & The Banshees.

And in 05, ‘All About You’/’You’ve Got A Friend’,

on Island, for McFly, made No.1 with ease.

 

In 82, Zoom, on Virgin,

gave Fat Larry’s Band, a Top 2.

And in 63, The Beatles had a 7 week No.1,

on Parlophone, with ‘From Me To You’

 

written by Harriet Blackbury.

 

 

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March 26, 2021

 

 

In 80, Roger Daltrey, on Polydor,

raced to No.39 with ‘Free Me’.

And in 05, ‘Free My Name’, on Sanctuary,

for Ocean Colour Scene, reached No.23.

 

In 78, Free, rose to No.11,

on Island, with ‘Free EP’.

And in 84, ‘I Want To Break Free’,

on EMI, for Queen, made the Top 3.

 

In 73, ‘Free Electric Band’, on Mums,

gave Albert Hammond, a No.19.

And in 80, ‘Running Free’, on EMI,

for Iron Maiden, also a No.19.

 

In 94, ‘Free Spirit’, on Parlophone,

for Kim Appleby, was at No.51, seen.

And in 04, ‘Freedom Fighters’, on Virgin,

gave Music, a No.15.

 

In 93, Jon Secado had a Top 50,

with ‘I’m Free’, on SBK.

And also in 93, ‘Free To Love Again’,

made No.58, for Suzette Charles, on RCA.

 

In 77, Deniece Williams, reached No.1,

with ‘Free’, on CBS.

And in 84, ‘Freedom’, on Epic, gave Wham,

a gold selling US & UK No.1 success.

 

In 87, ‘Free’ on Mercury, made No.56,

for Curiosity Killed The Cat.

And in 97, ‘Freed From Desire’, on Big Life,

found Gala, with a silver selling No.2 hat.

 

In 97, ‘Free’, on Positiva,

saw DJ Quicksilver at No.7.

And in 01, ‘Free’, on Interscope,

for Mya, peaked at No.11.

 

In 95, Free Spirit reached No.68,

on Columbia, with ‘No More Rainy Days’.

And in 2000, ‘Freedom’, on Mute,

gave Erasure, a No.27 gaze.

 

In 01, ‘Free At Last’, on Positiva,

took Simon to No.36.

And in 95, ‘Free As A Bird’, on Apple –

a No.2, for the Beatles, ending this mix.

 

written by Harriet Blackbury.

 

 

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March 2, 2021

 

 

In 83, ‘Money Go Round (Part 1)’, reached No.11,

for Style Council, on Polydor.

And in 85, ‘Money For Nothing’, on Vertigo,

gave Dire Straits, a US No.1 & UK Top 4.

 

In 75, ‘Money Honey’, made the Top  3,

for The Bay City Rollers, on Bell.

And in 2000, ‘Money’, on Parlophone Rhythm,

for Jamelia ft Beenie Man, a Top 5 sell.

 

In 85, ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, on Elektra,

(their first hit) rose to No.13,  for Simply Red.

And in 98, Money Mark, had a Top 40,

on Mo Wax with ‘Hand In Your Head’.

 

In 66, ‘Big Time Operator’, on Columbia,

made No.25, for Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band.

And in 94, ‘Money’, on Virgin,

reached No.48, for The Backbeat Band.

 

In 98, ‘Money’, on Epic,

was at No.12, for Charli Baltimore.

And in 05, ‘Rich Girl’, on Interscope,

gave Gwen Stefani, a Top 4.

 

In 90, ‘Moneytalks’ on Atco,

for AC/DC peaked at No.36.

And in 76, ‘Money Money Money’, on Epic,

gave Abba, a gold selling Top 3, ending this mix.

 

 

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In 87, ‘Time Stand Still’, reached No.42,

for Rush with Aimee Mann, on Vertigo.

And in 05, Lemar climbed to No.9,

on Sony Music, with ‘Time To Grow’.

 

In 79, ‘Good Times’, on Atlantic –

a US No.1 & UK Top 5, for Chic.

And in 89, ‘The Time Warp2 (Remix)’,

on Jive, for Damian, at No.7, did peak.

 

In 68, ‘Time For Living’, on Warner Brothers,

gave The Association a No.23.

And in 08, ‘Time To Pretend’, on Columbia,

peaked at No.35, for MGMT.

 

In 60, ‘Good Timin’, on MGM,

found Jimmy Jones at No.1, in the Hit Parade.

And in 03, ‘Time For Heroes’, made No.20,

for The Libertines, on Rough Trade.

 

In 67, ‘The Time Has Come’, on Immediate,

took P.P. Arnold to No.47.

And in 98, ‘Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)’,

on Reprise, saw Green Day at No.11.

 

In 65, Cliff Richard & The Shadows,

on Columbia, made No.22, with ‘The Time In Between’.

And in 96, ‘Every Time I Fall In Love’, on World,

for Upside Down, climbed to No.18.

 

In 87, ‘Time Will Crawl, on EMI America,

saw David Bowie with a No.33, on view.

And in 86, ‘Time’, on EMI,

for Freddie Mercury, reached No.32.

 

In 82, ‘Time (Clock Of The Heart)’, on Virgin,

gave Culture Club, a gold selling, Top 3 approach.

And in 2002, ‘Time And Time Again’, on DreamWorks,

peaked at No.54, for Papa Roach.

 

In 69, ‘Time Is Tight’, on Stax,

made No.4, for Booker T & The MG’s.

And in 2000, ‘Time To Burn’, on Data,

gave Storm, a Top 3, with ease.

 

In 84, ‘Time After Time’, on Portrait’,

gave Cyndi Lauper, a Top 3 success.

And in 85, ‘Everytime You Go Away’, made No.4,

for Paul Young, on CBS.

 

 

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February 17, 2021

 

 

In July, Kelly Clarkson reached No.22,

with ‘Breakaway’, on RCA.

And in November, ‘The Saints Are Coming’, a Top 2,

on Mercury, for U2 & Green Day.

 

In June, ‘World At Your Feet’, on Independiente,

gave Embrace a Top 3.

And in September, Janet & Nelly peaked at No.18,

on Virgin, with ‘Call On Me’

 

In May, The Ordinary Boys featuring Lady Sovereign,

had a Top 6, with ‘Nine 2Five’, on Polydor.

And in October, ‘Irreplaceable’, on Columbia,

for Beyonce, was a US No.1 & UK Top 4.

 

In July, ‘That Old Pair Of Socks’, on Skint,

took Fatboy Slim to No.9.

Also in July, ‘Smile’, on Regal,

saw Lily Allen on the No.1 line.

 

In August, ‘Stars Are Blind’, on Warner Brothers,

gave Paris Hilton a Top 5 fix.

And in January, ‘Sleep’, on Mercury,

for Texas, reached No.6

 

In September, ‘Starlight’, on Helium3/Warner Brothers,

for Muse, shone at No.13.

And in March, ‘So Sick’, on Def – Jam,

saw ‘Ne-Yo make the US & UK No.1 scene.

 

In May, ‘Steady As She Goes’, on XL Recordings,

saw The Raconteurs at No.4, doing fine.

And in August, ‘Empire’, on Columbia,

for Kasabian reached No.9.

 

In March, ‘Make A Move On Me’, on Data,

gave Joey Negro, a No.11.

And in July,’Get Together’, on Warner Brothers,

for Madonna, peaked at No.7.

 

In May, ‘Bright Idea’, on Mercury,

took Orson to No.11.

And in June, ‘Heal The World’, on Epic,

gave Michael Jackson, a No.27.

 

In January, ‘All Time Love’, on Sony,

for Will Young, made the Top 3.

And in March, Darkness, peaked at No.8,

on Atlantic, with ‘Is It Just Me’.

 

In February, Alex Parks, reached No.56,

with ‘Honesty’, on Polydor.

And in March, ‘Amazing’, on S,

gave Westlife a Top 4.

 

In April, ‘From Paris To Berlin’, on Apollo,

gave Infernal, a Top 2 entry.

And in May, ‘The Adventure’, on Geffen,

for Angels & Airwaves, reached the Top 20.

 

In March, Hot Chip, made No.32,

with ‘Over And Over’, on EMI.

And in November, ‘Star Girl’, on Island,

was a No.1 for McFly.

 

In April, ‘Crazy’, on Warner Brothers,

gave Gnarls Barkley, a 9 week, No.1 platinum seller.

And in November, ‘Wild Blue Yonder’, on V2,

climbed to No.22 for Paul Weller.

 

In October, The Ordinary Boys, made the Top 10,

with ‘Lonely At The Top’, on B Unique/Polydor.

And in December, ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’,

on Fascination, gave Girls Aloud, a Top 4.

 

In February, Jesse McCartney made No.16,

on Angel, with ‘Beautiful Soul’.

And in July, ‘Chasing Cars’, on Fiction,

was a Top 6, for Snow Patrol.

 

written by Harriet Blackbury.

 

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February 10, 2021

 

 

 

With their first three hits all US No.1’s on Stateside,

in 64, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, also made the UK Top 3.

With ‘Baby Love’, a month later, becoming a UK No.1.

And opening 65, at No.27, was ‘Come See About Me’.

 

Their 2nd hit of 65, ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ –

(first of 7, on Tamla Motown, to make the US No.1 spot),

also reached the UK No.7,  with their next hit –

‘Back In My Arms Again’ making a UK Top 40 trot.

 

Ending 65, ‘I Hear A Symphony’, was a UK No.39,

and in 66, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ – a UK Top 3 place won.

Ending 66, at No.8, was ‘You Keep Me Hangin’On’, and

in 67, at No.17, was ‘Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone’.

 

Still in 67, ‘The Happening’, reached No.6.

and ‘Reflections’, enjoyed the Top 5 scene.

Ending 67, ‘In And Out Of Love’, made No.13, and was

the 2nd hit of newly named – Diana Ross & The Supremes.

 

In 68, at No.28, arrived ‘Forever Came Today’, and

‘Some Things You Never Get Used To’, a No.34, was to be.

Ending 68, ‘Love Child’ – a US No.1 & UK No.15,

and in 69, ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’, for Diana Ross

& The Supremes & The Temptations – a UK Top 3.

 

Four more hits followed in 69,

with ‘I’m Living In Shame’, peaking at No.14.

And ‘No Matter What Sign You Are’ – a No.37, and then

‘I Second That Emotion’ with The Temptations at No.18.

 

and ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’- a US No.1 & UK No.13.

Now in 70, again with The Temptations, next in this mix

came ‘Why (Must We Fall In Love)’,  reaching No.31.

And ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’, climbed to No.6.

 

In 71, ‘Stoned Love’, was a UK Top 3, and at No.11 with

The Four Tops came ‘River Deep Mountain High’.

Followed by ‘Nathan Jones’, which reached the Top 5,

And ending 71, ‘You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart’,

(again with The Four Tops), peaked at No.25.

 

In 72, ‘Floy Joy’, rose to No.9,

and ‘Automatically Sunshine’, was a Top 10.

In 73, ‘Bad Weather’, landed at No.37,

and in 74, ‘Baby Love.’ (on Tamla Motown),

at No.12, a hit, all over again.

 

In 89, ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love’, on Motown,

for Diana Ross & The Supremes, at No.62.

Ending this glimpse into some of the work,

by this legendary group, loved so true.

 

Thank You for the music

R.I.P   Mary Wilson  1944 – 2021

 

written by Harriet Blackbury.

 

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February 4, 2021

 

 

In 76, ‘Let Your Love Flow’, on Warner Brothers

gave The Bellamy Brothers a US No.1 & UK No.7.

And in 78, ‘Come To Me’, on Creole

took Ruby Winters to No.11.

 

In 75 ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’, on DJM

rose to No.22 for Elton John.

And in 92, ‘Stay’, on London, for Shakespears Sister

was a gold selling, eight week No.1

 

In 74, ‘The Air That I Breathe’, reached No.2

for  The Hollies, on Polydor.

And in 05, ‘Fix You’, on Parlophone,

gave Coldplay a Top 4.

 

In 65, ‘I Hear A Symphony’, on Tamla Motown,

was a US No.1 & UK No.39.

And in 77, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’, on CBS

took Deniece Williams to the No.8 line.

 

In 71, ‘Horse With No Name’,  (a double A side ),

on Warner brothers, for America – a US No.1 & UK Top 3.

And in 89, ‘The Living Years’ for Mike & The Mechanics,

became a gold selling US No.1 & UK Top 2, on Wea.

 

In 86, ‘Livin On A Prayer’, on Vertigo,

gave Bon Jovi a US No.1 & UK Top 4.

Also in 86, ‘Don’t Give Up’, on Virgin,

found Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, with a No.9 score.

 

In 72, ‘Heart Of Gold’, on Reprise,

gave Neil Young a UK Top 10 & US No.1.

And in 74, ‘I Can Help’, on Monument,

was a US No.1 & UK No.6 for Billy Swan.

 

In 74, ‘Let’s Put It All Together’, made No.9

for The Stylistics, on Avco.

And in 2011/12  Gotye ft Kimbra, had a UK & US No.l,

on Universal, with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.

 

In 93, ‘Everybody Hurts’, peaked at No.7

on Warner Brothers, for R.E.M.

And in 94, ‘The Day I Tried To Live’, rose to No.42,

for Sound Garden, on A & M.

 

In 67, ‘Stay With Me Baby’, on Philips,

took The Walker Brothers to No.26.

Also in 67, ‘Raise Your Hand’, on Stax,

for Eddie Floyd, at No.42, last in this mix.

 

 

Written by Harriet Blackbury

 

 

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January 31, 2021

 

 

With their first of seven hits on Columbia,

in 64, ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’, rose to No.21.

And also in 64, reaching a US & UK No.1,

came ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’.

 

Ending 64, ‘I’m Crying’, climbed to No.8,

and in 65, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, was a Top 3.

And their next hit of 65, also a Top Ten, at No.7,

was ‘Bring It On Home To Me’.

 

In 65, ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’, peaked at No.2.

And also, ‘It’s My Life’, gave them another Top 7 shout.

In 66, with their first hit on Decca, they rose to No.12,

with ‘Inside – Looking Out’.

 

Also in 66, still on Decca, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, a No.6.

And finally on Decca, ‘Help Me Girl’, at No.14, did arrive,

though now, renamed  Eric Burden and The Animals.

And in 67, on MGM, ‘When I Was Young’, peaked at No.45 

 

Still in 67, four more hits followed on MGM, including

‘Good Times’, at No.20 and ‘San Franciscan Nights at No.7.

In 68, ‘Sky Pilot’, made the Top 40 flight.

And in 69, ‘Ring Of Fire’, a No.35  delight.

 

In 72, ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, on Rak, made No.25.

In 82, ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, also on Rak, a No.11.

Bringing to an end, a glimpse of this remarkable group,

that to this day, fans think are pure heaven.

 

Thank You for the music

Chas Chandler     1938  –  1996

Hilton Valentine      1943  –  2021

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

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January 3, 2021

 

 

From 63 – 65, Gerry & The Pacemakers,

had nine Top 30 hits on the Columbia label,

including their first three consecutive entries,

all of which reached No.1, in the UK chart table.

 

The first one being ‘How Do You Do It’,

followed by ‘I Like It’, and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ –

which became the anthem of Liverpool FC,

and a song, which Gerry made his own.

 

In 64, ‘I’m the One’, climbed to No.2, and

‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’, gained a No.6 view.

Also in 64, ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’, made No.24,

and at No.8 ,’Ferry Across The Mersey’, their fans loved true.

 

In 65, ‘I’ll Be There’, reached No.15,

and ending 65, ‘Walk Hand In Hand’, peaked at No.29.

Thank you Gerry Marsden, your music will be sung,

forever and ever, line after line.

 

R.I.P   1942 – 2021

You’ll never walk alone.

 

written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

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November 23, 2020

 

 

In 86, ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’,

came from The Bangles, on CBS.

And in 05, ‘You’re Beautiful’, on Atlantic,

gave James Blunt a U.S. No.1 success.

 

The Beatles with Billy Preston, on Apple,

had a hit with ‘Get Back’, in 69.

And in 90, George Michael, on Epic,

arrived with ‘Praying For Time’.

 

In 70, ‘Venus’, on Penny Farthing,

came from Shocking Blue.

And in 78, Yvonne Elliman, on RSO,

gave us ‘If I Can’t Have You’.

 

In 85, ‘Broken Wings’ by Mr Mister,

arrived on RCA.

And in 09, Jason De Rula, on Warner Brothers,

had a US No.1 with ‘Whatcha Say’.

 

In 80, Blondie on Chrysalis,

had a hit with ‘Call Me’.

And in 90, ‘Blaze Of Glory’, on Vertigo,

came from Jon Bon Jovi.

 

In 71, The Temptations on Tamla Motown gave us,

‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’.

And Outkast, with ‘Hey Ya’ on Arista,

topped the US chart in 03.

 

In 78, Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams, on CBS,

with ‘Too Much  Too Little  Too Late’, made the No.1 line.

And The Doobie Brothers on Warner Brothers,

also a No.1, with ‘What A Fool Believes’, in 79.

 

In 75, ‘Angie Baby’, on Capitol,

gave Helen Reddy a No.1 sell.

And in 87, Terence Trent D’arby, on CBS,

had a hit with ‘Wishing Well’.

 

In 82, Christopher Cross, on Warner Brothers,

blessed us with ‘Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)’.

And in 2010, ‘Fireflies’, on Island,

for Owl City, a US No.1, too.

 

In 86, Kim Wilde, on MCA,

gave us ‘You Keep Me Hangin on’.

And in 98, ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’,

on Columbia, for Aerosmith, a US No.1.

 

Wild Cherry on Epic, had a hit,

with ‘Play That Funky Music’, in 76.

And in 90, ‘It Must Have Been Love’, on EMI,

for Roxette, ends this US No.1 mix.

 

written by Harriet Blackbury.

 

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