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July 22, 2018



In 66, The Rolling Stones on Decca,

were at No.2 with ‘Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown’,

and in the charts of 87, Bruce Willis

was at No.7 with ‘Respect Yourself’, on Motown.


‘My Brother Jake’ on the Island label,

in 71, was a hit for Free,

and John Lennon was in the charts with ‘Mind Games’

on the Apple Label in 73.


In 65,  Dodie West on Decca,

had a Top 40 with ‘Going Out Of My Head’,

and in 92 on Epic – ‘Heal The World’

at No.2, Michael Jackson said.


‘Holding Back The Years’ on Electra,

arrived in 85 for Simply Red.

Becoming a US No.1 in 86, on the Wea label –

Mick Hucknall’s voice – to his fans – life’s bread.


In 65, ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ on Columbia

found the Yardbirds at No.2,

and in 78 with ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’ 

Heatwave’s fourth consecutive Top 20 on view.


In 91, George Michael on Epic,

had a Top 40 with ‘Heal The Pain’,

and in 2006 with ‘Rehab’ on the Island label –

Amy Winehouse shared with the world, her strain.


In 65, ‘Help’ by The Beatles on Parlophone –

their eighth UK No.1,  proved to be.

and in 69 ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’,

also on Parlophone, gave The Hollies a UK No.3


In 82, Imagination, with their fifth Top 20,

gave us ‘Music And Lights’,

and in the Uk chart in 75 ‘ making No.9,

‘Let The Music Play’ sang Barry White. 


Whatever our choice in music,

be it Classical, Pop or R & B –

there’s a song that makes life worth living,

when our minds drift out to sea.


So whatever mood we wake up in,

at the start of another groundhog day,

Let’s jump to our feet and pop on the radio,

and dance all our blues away.


Written by

Harriet Blackbury



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