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December 26, 2016


In 84, ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’

at No.1 for Dead Or Alive,

and this song back in the charts in 06 –

God rest Pete Burns, and his struggle to survive.


Best known for his chart hits of 61,

like ‘Run To Him’ and ‘Rubber Ball’,

and in 63, ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes’

ensured Bobby Vee remembered by all.


Canada’s own Leonard Cohen,

this year, from life withdrew.

Meaning so much to many generations –

sadly bowing out, aged 82.


America’s Colonel Abrams (died aged 67) –

The acclaimed 80’s House Dance pioneer.

His gold selling hit in the charts for 23 weeks –

‘Trapped’, deservingly well worth a cheer.


Leon Russell, the renowned rock musician/writer,

who’s talent knew no bounds,

featured on many great albums,

including The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’.


His collaboration with Elton John,

on the album, ‘The Union’ came in 2010,

and also known for penning ‘A Song For You’ –

his work will live on – Amen.


Kay Starr, a popular singer of the 50’s  –

‘Wheel Of Fortune & ‘Rock & Roll Waltz’, No.1 hits.

Whether singing Jazz, Pop or Country,

Her fans simply loved her to bits.


Rod Temperton, the British songwriter

behind ‘Thriller’ died aged 66  – a loss to us all.

His other songs include ‘Rock With You’,

‘Boogie Nights’ and of course ‘Off The Wall’.


In 66 ‘California Dreamin’ & ‘Monday Monday’ –

Mamas & Papas hits we’ll never forget.

And in 67 ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’

an apt song for 3 members we lost with regret.


Lovely Cass Elliott leaving us in 74,

and John Philips in 2001.

And Denny Doherty followed in 2007 –

may their memory and music live on.


With ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’,

in 77 making No.2.

It is with the greatest sadness

Greg Lake, we say farewell to you.


‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’

in 68, first set our hearts aglow.

This group having the most chart singles,

can only mean – Status Quo.


But ‘The Party Ain’t Over Yet’, for you –

Rick Parfitt – your act was sublime.

And tonight fans will toast your life,

singing in one voice – ‘Margarita Time’.


With effortless ease and brilliance,

George Michael’s music won so many hearts,

And ‘Faith’ in him, we had in abundance,

though ‘Older’, too early he departs.


‘Last Christmas’ – our favourite Video,

and ‘Careless Whisper’ another heartfelt song.

But this Christmas, will forever be remembered –

for a singer who kept us all strong..  


His ‘December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)’,

so apt now his loss, fans struggle to endure.

But of one thing you can be certain,

George Michael, ‘You Have Been Loved’ for sure.


Losing Pop Legends isn’t easy,

when they’ve been part of our DNA.

We all think of them as immortal,

and near to our hearts they stay.


But each one that goes on before us,

is simply finding ‘A Different Corner’ to rest.

So sleep peacefully in your ‘Freedom’

‘Spinning The Wheel’ with some of the best.


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