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September 16, 2019





With all their hits coming on Electra,

this US, New Wave group – in 78, entered the UK charts,

when ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ saw The Cars,

arrive in the Top 3 – winning hearts.


In 79, ‘Just What I Needed’, at No.17,

was the next hit to follow on.

And still in 79, ‘Let’s Go’ made No.51.

And at No.37, in 82, came ‘Since You’re Gone’.


In 84, came another big hit,

when ‘Drive’ raced up to the Top 5.

The Cars also made No.4, with gold-selling ‘Drive’,

the year after, in 85.


Thank You for the brilliant music



Ric Ocasek     Aged 75.

(Lead singer and joint founder member)


Written by

Harriet Blackbury



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April 1, 2019



With so much to live for

through music and song.

On the edge of tomorrow.

How could it go wrong?


The nicest of guys

who anyone could meet.

Loved and respected

on every Liverpool street.


Two talented souls

blessed with a vision.

Let their music play on.

Heaven and earth knows no division.



RIP    Stephen Fitzpatrick  (Barrow-in-Furness)

            Audun Laading  (Norway)

and also  Tour Manager-  Trevor Engelbrektson.



Written by Harriet Blackbury


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May 23, 2017



In 62, the first Bond theme came from –

The John Barry Orchestra for ‘Doctor No’.

Followed by ‘From Russia With Love’,

in 63, sung by Matt Munro.


Then in 64, with the third Bond title song,

came Shirley Bassey with her hit, Goldfinger.

and in 65, ‘Thunderball’ from Tom Jones,

also another fine welsh singer.


The fifth Bond film theme – ‘You Only Live Twice’,

was sung, in 67 by Nancy Sinatra.

Then ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ in 69, saw the

re-appearance of The John Barry Orchestra.


‘We Have All The Time In The World’,

( also in this film), an unforgettable song,

performed as only he could,

by wonderful Mr Louis Armstrong.


Early 72 saw Shirley Bassey once more,

at her sparkling best with ‘Diamonds Are Forever’

and in 73, Paul McCartney and Wings gave us

‘Live And Let Die’, which we all sang together.


Composed by John Barry – words by Don Black in 74,

‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, nicely for Lulu did sit.

And in 77, Carly Simon with ‘Nobody Does It Better’,

from the film, The Spy Who Loved Me’, a hit.


Shirley Bassey performed the theme from ‘Moonraker’

( her third Bond song coming in 79).

And next Sheena Easton with the title song

‘For Your Eyes Only’, in 81, also divine.


In 83, the film ‘Octopussy’

found Rita Coolidge with ‘All Time High’,

and in 85 (with a U.S. No.1), Duran Duran sang,

‘A View To A Kill’, making young hearts sigh.


‘The Living Daylights’ came from Norway’s A-ha,

in 87, with the next film title song.

And Gladys Knight with ‘Licence To Kill’,

in 89, proved she could still do no wrong.


Also at her best in 95 Tina Turner,

had a hit with ‘Golden Eye’ to let us know.

And in 97 with ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’

yet another American – fab Sheryl Crow.


‘The World Is Not Enough’ from Garbage,

in 99, with the next film title seen.

And ‘Die Another Day’ in 2002 from Madonna,

a hit by this world renown song queen.


The song for Casino Royale in 2006 –

‘You Know My Name’ by Chris Cornell, did please.

‘Another Way To Die’ for Quantum Of Solace,

in 2008 coming from Jack White and Alicia Keys


More recently, in 2012 Adele gave us ‘Skyfall’,

always sure to mesmerise.

And Spectre, just perfect for Sam Smith

in 2015, coming as no surprise.


Whatever James Bond Film your favourite,

whichever actor your preference to play the man,

you are guaranteed a time of excitement

no matter which decade they span.


James Bond films are films like no other;

fantasy entertainment of the highest score.

And today with heartfelt sadness

fans say ‘Goodnight, God Bless’ to Sir Roger Moore. 








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February 27, 2017



The dynamics change

almost overnight

without a hint

of a clue.

A new day dawns

and a wilderness

is the only sight

in view.


A life that let us

go forward

now just a path

of dust.

Another one

now missing

from our tight

circle of trust.


The dynamics change

almost overnight

without so much

as a blink.

A new day dawns

and yesterday’s plans

we immediately have

to re-think.


A life that let us

go forward

now finds us in

‘stand still’ mode.

Another one

now missing

as we embark

on an unknown road.



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And grief came knocking at the door

for those now lost who’ve gone before.


The emptiness, the hollow sound,

of those no longer now around.


The house of cards where Jack now King –

a new regime of hopes eternal spring.


And worth and value now assessed

at the worst time, under duress.




And grief now knocking at the door,

let sense prevail, without uproar.


The madness that was yesterday

weighed heavy on each bird of prey.


The house of cards now tumbling down,

slim pickings gathered from the ground.


But no good will they ever do

without a world that’s shared with you.



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October 25, 2016



Everyone’s favourite and 60’s Icon –

America’s Bobby Vee, was loved by all.

He bounced into the charts in 61

with his first UK hit ‘Rubber Ball’.


‘Also in 61, four more Top 10 songs included –

‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’ at No.3,

And ‘Run To Him’ in December,

A Christmas hit proved to be.


‘Please Don’t Talk About Barbara’

and ‘Sharing You’ – hits in 62,

and ‘A Forever Kind Of Love’,

in the charts of this year too.


In 63, another song to captivate us,

was ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes’,

reaching as high as Number 3

 – this Star did mesmerise…


And fittingly ‘Bobby Tomorrow’ –

his last hit of 63.

Though christened Robert Velline,

to us, he’ll always be Bobby Vee.


Thank You for the music –

Rest In Peace.




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September 13, 2016



‘Never’ arrived without any warning.

Not a hint or inkling was there.

Out of the blue, life came to a standstill,

without sense or seconds to spare.


Just a normal day like any other;

the same route he would always frequent.

No Goodbye peck or Farewell greeting,

to the other side, quick as lightning he went.


A lifetime of memories called on,

in that instance, when life quickly spent.

Emotion and anger reaching the surface:

All the things unsaid, but so truly meant.


The end – the shock of finality;

the next stage, in that second was there.

Now faced with a lifetime of solitude,

when so happy was life as a pair.


Two swans happily sailing together,

and raising their offspring on the lake.

Until the Penn so callously taken,

leaving the Cob with new plans to make.


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July 15, 2016




and sand that filtered through their toes

moments before their system froze,


found feet, as one, an army strong,

(instinctively knowing, something was wrong),


running for cover, this way and that.

Arms gathering children, who innocently sat


at bars and restaurants along the Prom,

and dashing for safety, knowing not what from!


In frenzied panic, a gunshot heard.

Their disturbed minds so unprepared


to deal with violence of this magnitude,

during a family day, in happy mood,


as fireworks that had filled the sky,

left all of France asking the question ‘Why,


on such a day, when peace resumed,

was danger waiting, by hatred consumed.


Impossible to know, what was in store!

Now so hard, going on, living as before,


when sand that filtered through their toes,

as the day began, for those who chose


to celebrate, as friends and family do.

Be sure Dear France, the world loves you.












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June 17, 2016



Reality hit home

and stopped us in our tracks.

All flippancy now gone,

a real look at the facts.


A valued life taken;

a heart of pure gold.

One with good intentions,

destined never to grow old.


Another war of attrition,

once more, words could not solve.

We all must now reflect,

and somehow find resolve.


As one life too many

lost along the way.

Please God, let sense prevail,

on this planet where we stay.



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April 23, 2016



A Legend’s Legend;

no greater respect,

bestowed on this artist,

who had such an effect


on the world of music;

far too early the pain,

as we mourn his loss –

on our lips – Purple Rain.


A musician, a singer.

A writer renown.

The artist formally known as Prince,

has now won the King’s crown.



Nothing compares 2 U, or ever will.  





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