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May 23, 2015



Freddie bounced with his dreamers,

singing ‘You were made for me’,

Now, alas, no longer with us,

but back then, fit as a flea.


He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother;

one of The Hollies biggest hits.

‘Here I go again’ and ‘Bus Stop’,

also thrilled us all to bits.


‘No milk today,

my love has gone away’

sang Herman with his Hermits;

so cute, when in their day.


‘I’m not in love’ insisted 10cc,

as they wallowed in minestrone.

Their uniqueness had us hooked;

their ‘food’ song, no old baloney.


‘You’re a lady’, was the making,

of Peter Skellern, when luck turned.

From church organist to pop star;

his journey was well earned.


‘I saw the lamp-light from your

window’, sang new band, ‘Sad Café’.

It was a massive hit,

and set them on their way.


Pearl may have been a singer,

but soulful Elkie was the best.

Our own grown Prestwich lass,

put all others to the test.


Tony brought us The Hacienda;

crazy days, for sure.

What a talent to be recognized;

his loss, a pain hard to endure.


The onward march of local bands,

through the eighties led,

with the advent of The Stone Roses,

and the fantastic Simply Red.


The Smith’s, with front man, Morrissey:

Well, what can be said?

Original music from the heart:

Their fan base, wide, did spread.


It took decades of trying, before

hard graft and fortune, did collide.

Now the world is ever grateful, that

Elbow threw those curtains wide.


And no list would be complete

on this wonder-wall of fame,

without those warring brothers;

two crowns, for sure, Oasis claim !


From Bury to Staylbridge,

from Ancoats to Trafford Park.

So many bands successful;

So many singers made their mark.


From Wythenshawe to Hume,

from Irlam to Cheetham Hill:

The best music came from Manchester,

and probably always will. 











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