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October 25, 2015



Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin Rose’

bloomed in 70, reaching No.3,

and also arriving at No.3, Vanessa Paradis

in 88, came along with Joe Le Taxi.


‘Marlene on the Wall’ from Suzanne Vega,

in 86, climbed up the charts to 21,

and with ‘Luka’ she was back in 87,

and another Top 40 spot was won.


Also in 87, solo, she recorded ‘Tom’s Diner’,

but the re-mix in 90, made No. 2 for DNA,

(this also featuring Suzanne Vega),

and was in the charts for a 10 week stay.


In 71, on Tamla Motown, The Supremes

got to No. 5 with ‘Nathan Jones’,

and then Bananarama, in 88, reached 15,

after successfully resurrecting his bones.


Sam the Sham and the Pharaoh’s,

with their ‘Wooly Bully’ song,

were in the charts at No.11, in 65,

and had us all singing along.


‘Enola Gay’ arrived in 80,

and in 81, came ‘Joan of Arc’.

Both Top Ten hits of quality,

from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.


‘You can call me Al’, at 4 in 86,

saw Paul Simon relax his guard,

and 72 also found him in a playful mood, with

‘Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard’.


Three years after taking ‘Daniel’ to 4 in 73,

76, saw ‘Benny and the Jets’, in the Top 40 chart.

So in 85, when ‘Nikita’ climbed to No.3,

it was no secret that Elton, had won every heart.  


No list of names complete without ‘Alfie’,

from our beloved Cilla Black, at her best.

This Bacharach song from 66,

will live on forever, now she’s laid to rest.


And finally, everyone’s favourite; ‘Fernando’,

in 76, gave Abba their third No.1.

In a career with 25 Top 40 hits, we say

‘Thank you for the music’, so very well done.


Written by Harriet Blackbury




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