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April 1, 2020





In April, Level 42, reached the Top 3,

with ‘Lessons In Love’, on Polydor.

And in November, ‘Almaz’, on Warner Brothers,

gave Randy Crawford, a Top 4.


In May, Jaki Graham, reached No.7,

with ‘Set Me Free’, on EMI.

And also in May, The Cure, peaked at No.22,

on Fiction, with ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.


In March, ‘No One Is To Blame’, made No.16,

for Howard Jones, on Wea.

And in April, ‘Rough Boy’, on Warner Brothers,

gave ZZ Top, a No.23.


In March, Ruby Turner, made No.61,

with ‘I’m In Love’, on Jive.

And in August, ‘Fourth Rendez-vous’, on Polydor,

gave Jean-Michel Jarre, a No.65.


In January, ‘Walk Of Life’, on Vertigo,

took Dire Straits, into the Top 2.

And in October, Madonna, reached No.1,

on Sire, with True Blue.


In February, Debbie Harry, peaked at No.8,

on Chrysalis, with ‘French Kissin’ In The USA’.

And in August, Modern Talking, made the Top 4,

with ‘Brother Louie’, on RCA.


In July, ‘Love Of A Lifetime’, on Warner Brothers,

for Chaka Khan, rose to No.52.

And in November, Doctor And The Medics featuring Roy Wood,

reached No.45, on IRS, with ‘Waterloo’.


In November, ‘Each Time You Break My Heart’,

gave Nick Kamen, a Top 5, on Wea.

And in December, ‘Down To Earth’, on Mercury,

for Curiosity Killed The Cat, made the Top 3.


In February, ‘She’s Always A Woman’/’Just The Way You Are’,

for Billy Joel, reached No.53, on CBS.

And in July, ‘Some Candy Talking’, on Blanco Y Negro,

gave Jesus and Mary Chain, a No.13 success.


In March, ‘Marlene On The Wall’, on A & M,

for Suzanne Vega, a No.21, was to be.

And in September, ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’, for The Bangles,

on CBS, a silver-selling, US.No.1 & UK Top 3.


In April, ‘Have You Ever Had It Blue’, made No 14,

for The Style Council, on Polydor.

And in October, ‘Wonderland’, on CBS,

for Paul Young, peaked at No.24.


In January, ‘Chain Reaction’, on Capitol,

was a gold-selling, three week UK No.1, for Diana Ross.

And in July, ‘Give Me The Reason’, on Epic,

reached No.60, for Luther Vandross.





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March 28, 2020





In 54, ‘The Little Shoemaker’, climbed to No.7,

for Petula Clark, on Polygon.

And in 64, ‘Little Red Rooster’, on Decca,

gave The Rolling Stones, their second UK No.1


In 67, The Monkees, made the Top 3,

on RCA, with ‘A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You’.

And in 97, ‘Little Pink Stars’, on Mercury,

gave Radish, a No.32.


In 82, ‘A Little Peace’, reached No.1,

for german singer, Nicole, on CBS.

And in 90, ‘A Little Time’, on Go! Discs,

also saw Beautiful South, with a No.1 success.


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

gave Donnie Elbert, a No.27.

And in 82, ‘Little Town’, on EMI,

for Cliff Richard, peaked at No.11.


In 76, Dr Hook reached No.2,

on Capitol, with a ‘Little Bit More’.

And in 09, ‘Little Lion Man’, on Island,

gave Mumford & Sons, a No.24.


In 98, ‘Little Bit Of Lovin’, peaked at No.8,

for Kele Le Roc, on 1st Avenue.

And in 02, ‘Little Rhymes’, reached No.51,

for Mercury Rev, on V2.


In 88, ‘A Little Respect’, on Mute,

took Erasure, into the Top 4.

And in 91, ‘Little Lost Sometimes’, made No.42,

for Almighty, on Polydor.


In 65, ‘Little Things’, on Decca,

for Dave Berry, made the Top 5 scene.

And in 66, ‘Little By Little’, on Philips,

for Dusty Springfield, peaked at No.17.


In 93, Luther Vandross, climbed to No.28,

on Epic, with ‘Little Miracles (Happen Every Day)’.

And in 02, ‘A Little Less Conversation’, gave Elvis VS JXL,

a platinum-selling, four week No.1, on RCA.


In 80, ‘Little Jeannie’, on Rocket,

was a No.33, for Elton John.

And in 90, ‘Little Brother’, on Big Life,

gave Blue Pearl, a No.31.


In 75, ‘A Little Love And Understanding’,

on Decca, gave Gilbert Becaud, a Top 10 stay.

And in 97, David Bowie, peaked at No.14,

with ‘Little Wonder’, on RCA.


In 87, ‘Little Lies’, on Warner Brothers,

saw Fleetwood in the Top 5 again.

And in 93, ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’, on Big Life,

for Orb, reached the Top 10.


In 78, ‘A Little More Love’, on EMI,

was a Top 4, for Olivia Newton-John.

And in 06, ‘Littlest Things’, on Regal,

took Lily Allen, to No.21.


In 59, ‘Little White Bull’, on Decca,

gave Tommy Steele, a No.6 play.

And in 72, ‘Little Willy’, made No.4,

for Sweet, on RCA.


In 58, The Elegants, reached No.25,

with ‘Little Star’, on HMV.

And in 93, ‘Little Bird’- a double A side,

on RCA, gave Annie Lennox, a Top 3.


In 64, ‘A Little Loving’, on Parlophone,

gave The Fourmost, a Top 6.

And in 98, ‘A Little Soul’, on Island,

made No.22, for Pulp, ending this mix.


Written by

Harriet Blackbury.




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March 25, 2020





In 70, ‘New World In The Morning’, on Columbia,

gave Roger Whittaker, a No17.

And in 73, ‘That Lady’, on Epic,

for The Isley Brothers, at No.14 seen.


In 72, ‘A Thing Called Love’, on CBS,

for Johnny Cash With The Evangel Temple Choir, made No.4.

And in 75, ‘Sugar Candy Kisses’, was a Top 3,

for Mac & Katie Kissoon, on Polydor.


In 78, Barry Manilow, reached No. 43,

on Arista, with ‘Can’t Smile Without You’.

Also in 78, ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’,

on Asylum, gave Andrew Gold, a No.42.


In 72, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’, on Tamla Motown,

gave Gladys Knight & The Pips, a No.11.

And in 76, ‘Jolene’, on RCA,

for Dolly Parton, reached No.7.


In 70, ‘Cottonfields’ , on Capitol,

gave The Beach Boys, a Top 5 score.

And in 75, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy, also on Capitol,

for Glen Campbell, a US No.1 & UK No.4.


In 70, ‘Nobody’s Fool’, peaked at No.32,

for Jim Reeves, on  RCA.

And in 78, ‘More Than A Woman’, on Capitol,

gave Tavares, a No.7 play.


In 75, Barry White, reached No.9,

on 20th Century, with ‘Let The Music Play’.

And in 77, Boz Scaggs made the Top 10,

on CBS, with ‘What Can I Say’.


In 71, ‘(Where Do I Begin) Love Story’, made No.4,

for Andy Williams, on CBS.

And in 72, ‘American Pie’, on United Artists,

gave Don McLean, a US No.1 & UK No.2 success.


In 73, ‘Joybringer’, on Vertigo,

gave Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, a No.9.

And in 75, ‘Stand By Your Man’, a gold-seller, on Epic,

saw Tammy Wynette, for three weeks, on the No.1 line.


In 75, ‘This Will Be’, on Capitol,

reached No.32, for Natalie Cole.

And in 76, ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’, on Private Stock,

a platinum US & UK No.1, for David Soul.


In 74, ‘(Win Place Or Show) She’s A Winner’, for The Intruders,

on Philadelphia International, a No.14, was to be.

And in 76, ‘I’ll Go Where The Music Takes Me’, on Pye,

gave Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, a No.23.


In 71, ‘My Sweet Lord’, gave George Harrison, on Apple

– a US No.1, & UK No.1, five week success.

And in 73, Mott The Hoople, reached the Top Ten,

with ‘All The Way To Memphis, on CBS.


In 70, ‘Spanish Eyes’, on Capitol,

at No.49, for Al Martino, did thrive,

when in 73, this record, returned to the charts,

this time, giving Al Martino, a Top 5.




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March 24, 2020





In 90, Barbara Windsor & Mike Reid, on Telstar,

peaked at No.46, with ‘The More I See You’.

And in 2000, ‘Everything You Want’, on RCA,

gave Vertical Horizon, a US No.1 & UK No.42.


In 94, Neil Arthur, reached the Top 50,

with ‘I Love I Hate’, on Chrysalis.

And in 03, ‘The Boys Of Summer’,

on Columbia, a No.49, for Ataris.


In 62, ‘Peppermint Twist’, on Columbia,

gave Joey Dee & The Starliters, a US No.1 & UK No.33.

And in 04, ‘A Higher Place’, peaked at No.68,

for Peyton, on Hed Kandi.


In 95, ‘Warm Summer Daze’, a Top 60,

for Vybe, on Fourth & Broadway.

And in 96, ‘Automatic’, on Perfecto,

a Top 50, for Floorplay.


In 78, Dexter Wansell, on Philadelphia International,

reached No.59, with ‘All Night Long’.

And in 84, ‘Susanna’, on Epic,

gave The Art Company, a No12 song.


In 98, UBM, on Logic,

peaked at No.46, with ‘Lovin You’.

And in 2000, ‘Dear Jessie’, on Neo,

gave Rollergirl, a No.22.


In 75, ‘Eighteen With A Bullet’, on Island,

climbed to No.7, for Pete Wingfield.

And in 82, ‘Danger Games’, on Creole,

gave ‘Pinkees, a No 8, that appealed.


In 71, Rock Candy, reached No.32,

with ‘Remember’, on MCA.

And in 79, Anita Ward, had a US & UK No.1 gold-seller,

with ‘Ring My Bell’, on TK.


In 72, ‘Wade In The Water’, a No.31,

for Ramsey Lewis, on Chess.

And in 86, ‘Tender Love’, on Tommy Gun,

gave Force MDs, a No.23 success.


In 87, ”Diamond Lights’ on Record Shack Records,

for Glenn & Chris, a No.12 play.

And in 69, ‘In The Year 2525 (Exordium And Terminus)’,

gave Zager & Evans, a US & UK No.1, on RCA.




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In January, ‘Come See About Me’, on Stateside,

gave The Supremes, a US No.1 & UK No.27.

And in August, ‘What’s New Pussycat’, on Decca,

for Tom Jones, reached No.11.


In May, The Hollies, on Parlophone,

were at No.1 for three weeks, with ‘I’m Alive’.

And in September, ‘Try To Understand’, on Decca,

gave Lulu, a No.25.


In July, ‘Too Many Rivers’, on Brunswick,

made No.22, for Brenda Lee.

And in October, ‘Yesterday Man’, on Decca,

took Chris Andrews, to No.3.


In January,’You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, on Parlophone,

for Cilla Black, peaked at No.2.

And in December, Tony Bennett, reached No.21,

on CBS, with ‘The Very Thought Of You’.


In March, ‘My Girl’, on Stateside,

gave The Temptations, a US No.1 & UK No.43.

And in December, Fontella Bass, on Chess,

made No.11, with ‘Rescue Me’.


In June, Adam Faith, on Parlophone,

took ‘Someone’s Taken Maria Away’, to No.34.

And in December, Bert Kaempfert, made No.24,

with ‘Bye Bye Blues’, on Polydor.


In March, ‘In The Meantime’, on Columbia,

gave Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, a No.22.

And in September, Joan Baez, on Fontana,

also made No.22, with ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’.


In November, The Four Seasons With The Sound Of Frankie Valli,

on Philips, peaked at No.4, with ‘Let’s Hang On’.

And in December, ‘Day Tripper’/’We Can Work It Out’,

on Parlophone, saw The Beatles, for five weeks, at No.1.


In March, ‘The Minute You’re Gone’,

on Columbia, gave Cliff Richard, a No.1 play.

And in August, The Honeycombs, made No.12,

on Pye, with ‘That’s The Way’.


In February, Marianne Faithfull, on Decca,

reached No.4, with ‘Come And Stay With Me’.

And in June, ‘Tossing & Turning’, on Piccadilly,

took The Ivy League, to No.3.


In March, ‘Little Things’, on Decca,

gave Dave Berry, a Top 5 high.

And also, in March, ‘Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy’,

for The Kinks, a No.17, on Pye.


In May, ‘The Price Of Love’, on Warner Brothers,

gave The Everly Brothers, a Top 2 success.

And in November, ‘Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Reason)’,

a US No.1 & UK No.26, for The Byrds, on CBS.




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March 21, 2020





In 69, ‘Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town’,

on Reprise, a UK No.2, for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.

In 70, ‘Something’s Burning’, still in Reprise, peaked at No.8,

and in 77, ‘Lucille’, on United Artists, gained a No.1 position.


Still in 77, ‘Daytime Friends’, on United Artists, made No.39,

and in 79, ‘She Believes In Me’, at No.42, followed on.

In 80, ‘Coward Of The County’ – the next hit on United Artists,

became a gold-selling, UK No.1.


Also in 80, ‘Lady’ – the last hit on United Artists,

climbed to a US.No.1 & UK No.12 height.

And in 83, Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton,

on Liberty, peaked at No.28, with ‘We’ve Got Tonight’.


Two more hits followed in 83, the first being,

‘Eyes That See In The Dark’, making No.61, on RCA.

And ‘Islands In The Stream’, for Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton,

also on RCA – a silver selling, US.No.1 & UK No.7 play.


In 07, ‘The Gambler’, on Liberty,

peaked at No.22,

ending this glimpse, into some of the work,

by this most respected artist, loved by me and you.


Thank You For The Music.

R.I.P  Kenny Rogers    1938 – 2020.



written by

Harriet Blackbury.






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In 78, ‘Hard Road’, on Vertigo,

gave Black Sabbath a No.33.

And in 95, ‘Hard As A Rock’, on Atlantic,

also a No.33, for AC/DC.


In 88, Brother Beyond, reached the Top 3,

on Parlophone, with ‘The Harder I Try’.

And in 05, ‘Hard To Beat’, on Necessary,

peaked at No.9, for Hard Fi.


In 98, ‘Hard Knock Life, (Guetto Anthem)’, a Top 2,

on Northwestside, for Jay-Z.

And in 06, ‘The Hard Times’, on At Large,

gave Research, a No.73.


In 82, ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’, on Full Moon,

a US No.1 & UK No.4, for Chicago.

And in 85, ‘Hardest Part Is The Night’, made No.68,

for Bon Jovi, on Vertigo.


In 04, ‘Harder To Breathe’, on J Records,

was a No.13, for Maroon 5.

And in 06, ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’,

on Sony, gave Lordi, a No.25.


In 73, ‘A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall’, on Island,

gave Bryan Ferry, a Top 10 success.

And in 84, ‘Hardrock’, peaked at No.65,

for Herbie Hancock, on CBS.


In 58, Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires,

had a US No.1 & UK No.2, with ‘Hard Hearted Woman’, on RCA.

And in 66, The Nashville Teens, on Decca,

reached No.45, with ‘The Hard Way’.


In 64, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, on Parlophone,

took The Beatles, to a US & UK No.1 heaven.

And in 98, ‘Hard Times Come Easy’, on Mercury,

gave Richie Sambora, a No.37.


In 68, ‘Hard To Handle’, on Atlantic,

found Otis Redding, on the No.15 line.

And in 2000, ‘The Hardest Thing’, on Universal,

gave 980, a No.29.


In 92, ‘The Harder They Come’, on Go! Discs,

took Madness, to No.44.

And in 2010, Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy,

saw ‘Hard’, on Def Jam, gain a No.42 score.


In 84, ‘Hard Habit To Break’, on Full Moon,

for Chicago – No.8, in the hit parade.

And in 01, ‘Hard To Explain’/’New York City Cops’,

gave The Strokes, a No.16, on Rough Trade.


In 84, ‘It’s A Hard Life’, on EMI,

for Queen, a Top 6, was to be.

And in 03, ‘The Hardest Button To Button’,

for White Stripes, on XL Recordings, made No.23.






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March 19, 2020





In 64, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, on Tamla Motown,

reached No.26, with ‘Nowhere To Run’.

And in 97, ‘Closed For Business’,

on Parlophone, was a Top 10, for Mansun.


In 78, ‘A Little Bit Of Soap’, on Arista,

for Showaddywaddy, made the Top 5.

And in 99, ‘Out Of Control’, on Virgin,

for The Chemical Brothers, at No.9, did survive.


In 69, ‘Clean Up Your Own Back Yard’,

gave Elvis Presley, a No. 21, on RCA.

And in 90, ‘Wash Your Face In My Sink’,

for Dream Warriors, a No.16, on Fourth & Broadway.


In 93, ‘Livin’ On The Edge’, on Geffen,

for Aerosmith, a No.19.

And in 04, Hilary Duff, made No.18,

on Hollywood, with ‘Come Clean’.


In 89, ‘Days Like This’, on MCA,

gave Sheena Easton, a No 43.

And in 04, ’99 Problems’/’Dirt Off Your Shoulder’,

made No.12, on Roc-A-Fella, for Jay-Z.


In 80, The Buggles, peaked at No.38,

on Island, with ‘Clean Clean’.

And in 03, ‘Dirty Sticky Floors’, on Mute,

for Dave Gahan, reached No.18.


In 91, ‘Closing Time’, on Columbia,

reached No.42, for Deacon Blue.

And in 01, ‘Virus’, on VC Recordings,

also gave Mutiny UK, a No.42.


In 02, Garbage, on Mushroom,

had a Top 20, with ‘Shut Your Mouth’.

And in 04, ‘Livin’ Thing’, on Sony Music,

peaked at No.24, for Beautiful South.


In 92, Public Enemy, on Def Jam,

reached No.21, with ‘Shut ‘Em Down’.

And in 94, ‘Everywhere I Go’, on Elektra,

peaked at No.67, for Jackson Browne.


In 81, ‘Vital Signs’, on Mercury,

peaked at No.41, for Rush.

And in 97, ‘Swallowed’, on Interscope,

reached No.7, for Kate Bush.


In 79, Donna Summer, made No.29,

on Casablanca, with ‘Dim All The Lights’.

And in 87 ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’,

on Elektra, was a No.69, for Georgia Satellites.


In 79, ‘Cruel To Be Kind’, on Radar,

climbed to No.12, for Nick Lowe.

And in 03, ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’, a Top 10,

for Katie Melua, on Dramatico.



Written by

Harriet Blackbury.





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March 18, 2020





In March, The Nolans, peaked at No.9,

on Epic, with ‘Attention To Me’.

Also, in March, Stevie Wonder, on Motown,

made ‘Lately’, a silver-selling Top 3.


In February, ‘9 To 5’, on RCA,

for Dolly Parton, was a US No.1 & UK No.47.

And in August, ‘Water On Glass’/’Boys’, on Rak,

gave Kim Wilde a No.11.


In February, ‘Message Of Love’, on Real,

found The Pretenders at No.11.

And in October, ‘Physical’, for Olivia Newton-John,

on EMI, a US.No.1 & UK Top 7.


In March, ‘Ceremony’, on Factory,

for New Order, climbed to No.34.

And in June, ‘Memory’, was a gold-selling Top 6,

for Elaine Paige, on Polydor.


In February, ‘Slide’, on DJM,

peaked at No.50, for The Rah Band.

And in August, The Pointer Sisters, had a Top 10,

on Planet, with ‘Slowhand’.


In June, Whitesnake, peaked at No.37,

on Liberty, with ‘Would I Lie To You’.

And in September, The Police, on A & M,

took ‘Invisible Sun’, up to No.2.


In May, ‘Going Back To My Roots’, on RCA,

for Odyssey, reached the Top 4.

And in July, ‘Visage’, was at No.21,

for Visage, on Polydor.


In January, ‘SGT Rock (Is Going To Help Me)’,

reached No.16, on Virgin, for XTC.

And in July, ‘Chant No.1 ( I Don’t Need This Pressure On)’,

took Spandau Ballet, into the Top 3.


In July, ‘(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star’, on A & M,

was at No.14, for Bill Wyman.

And in August, ‘Hands Up ( Give Me Your Heart)’,

on Carrere, a Top 3, for Ottaman.


In January, ‘I Surrender’, on Polydor,

saw Rainbow, in the Top 3 zone.

And in June, gold-selling, ‘Ghost Town’,

for The Specials, a No.1, for three weeks, on 2 Tone.


In March, ‘It’s A Love Thing’, for The Whispers,

on Solar, to No.9, took flight.

And in October, Trevor Walters, peaked at No.27,

on Magnet, with ‘Love Me Tonight’.


In January, ‘While You See A Chance’, on Island,

for Stevie Winwood, a No.45.

And in November, ‘Dead Ringer For Love’, on Epic,

for Meatloaf, a Top 5, and last in this list to arrive.





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