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December 1, 2018



In 70, on Paramount, at No.18

was Clint Eastwood with ‘I Talk To The Trees’.

Also, in the 70’s, on Epic – The Isley Brothers

saw ‘Harvest For The World’ follow ‘Summer Breeze’.


In 66, (after ‘Tossing And Turning’ in 65),

on Piccadilly, The Ivy League gave us ‘Willow Tree’.

And in the 70’s, Maxine Nightingale, on United Artists, had hits

with ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ and ‘Love Hit Me’.


In 81, on RCA was Odyssey

with ‘Going Back To My Roots’ peaking at No.4.

And in 68, The Foundations with ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’,

on Pye, had their second UK,  Top 2 score.


In 66, Dinah Washington, on Mercury,

had a Top 40 with ‘September In The Rain’.

And in 65, also on Mercury, German pianist -‘ Horst Jankowski

had ‘A Walk In The Black Forest’ arrive in the No.3 lane.


In 94, on Food label, at No.10 was ‘Parklife’,

and then gold selling ‘Country House’, in 95 for Blur.

‘Stoney End’ and ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’, on CBS –

70’s hits for Barbra Streisand, along with ‘The Way We Were’.


In 67, The Beatles on Parlophone

took ‘Penny Lane’/’Strawberry Fields Forever’, to No.2.

And in 68, at No.2, on VC Recording label

was ‘Bamboogie’ by UK Producer – Bamboo.


In 05, ‘Black Horse And The Cherry Tree’ –

a Top 30, on Relentless for K T Tunstall.

And in 72, ‘Walkin In The Rain With The One I Love’,

a Top 20 for Love Unlimited, so easy to recall.


In 84, at No.8, and in 93 at No.1 for 4 weeks –

The Bluebells, on London, had success with ‘Young At Heart’.

And also in 84, ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Purple Rain’, for Prince,

on Warner Brothers, both made the UK Top 10 chart.


In 86, on Mercury was ‘Down To Earth’

for Curiosity Killed The Cat, making a Top 3 claim.

And back in 64, on Decca, reaching the Top 5,

was Dave Berry with ‘The Crying Game’.


In 08, ‘Mountains’ on 14th Floor label,

for UK trio – Biffy Clyro, reached No.5.

In 76, on MGM ‘How High The Moon’ for Gloria Gaynor,

came before her Polydor, US and UK No.1 hit – ‘I Will Survive’


In 81, ‘A Good Year For The Roses’ on F Beat XX

for Elvis Costello, made No.6.

And In 77, on Warner Brothers, at No.26,

for George Benson, was ‘Nature Boy’ – last in this mix.


written by

Harriet Blackbury

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