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March 31, 2017



A pal likes to be remembered –

whether they be new or old,

and in 77, ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’

came along from Andrew Gold.


In 88, Mica Paris was at No. 7

with ‘My One Temptation’ on show,

and in 04 at No.3 was Keene,

with ‘Someone Only We Know’.


Deniece Williams made No.8 in 77,

reaching a note so spine chilling,

and today ‘That’s What Friends Are For’,

sounds just as movingly thrilling.


‘Friends Will Be Friends’ by Queen

in 86, another Top 20 fix,

and in 89 ‘Rooms On Fire’,

at No.16, by Stevie Nicks.


‘All About You’ / ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ –

a double ‘A sided’ No.1 in 05, for McFly,

And Leo Sayer’s 77 Number 1 –

‘When I Need You’ – I cannot pass by.


‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’ –

a seventh Number 1, in 05 for U2.

and ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ in 67,

by Mamas & Papas, stopped us feeling blue.


So many hits came from Abba,

‘Knowing Me Knowing You’, springs to mind,

after hauntingly memorable ‘Fernando’,

and ‘Dancing Queen’ – always on re-wind.


In 07 at No.7 came ‘Soulmate’

from UK’s Natasha Bedingfield,

and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s 69 hit –

‘The Onion Song’, more than appealed.


In 71, a classic from James Taylor –

‘You’ve Got A Friend’, made No.4,

after his first chart entry – ‘Fire and Rain’,

which came the year before.


The Average White Band’s – ‘Let’s Go Round Again’

has the best ‘feel-good’ instrumental middle,

which some DJ’s frustratingly fade out,

or the song comes on, when I’m needing a piddle!


With vocals by The Bandits,

Billy Cotton & his Band reached 3 in 54,

with a song entitled ‘Friends & Neighbours’,

which got Granny onto the dance floor.


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