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November 25, 2015

 

In 58, ’On the Street Where You Live’

crooned David Whitfield with this melody.

Two decades later, in 78, saw Gerry Rafferty

with ‘Baker Street’ at Number 3,

 

In 78 came ‘Every Kinda People’

from Robert Palmer, paving the way

for a string of eighties hits, like

‘Addicted to Love’ and ‘She Makes My Day’.

 

‘West End Girls’ by The Pet Shop Boys,

in 85  hit Number 1 with a rush.

And REM in 89 reached 28

with ‘Orange Crush’.

 

In the 60’s ‘Don’t Stop The Carnival’,

begged the Alan Price Set.

And ‘The Carnival is over’ and ‘Georgy Girl’,

both Seekers No.I’s,  we won’t forget.

 

‘You wear it well’, a number one

for Rod Stewart in 72.

And Boomtown Rats with ‘Banana Republic’, in 80,

followed on from ‘Someone’s Looking at You’.

 

Only making it to 33 in 67,

always seemed too low,

for ‘Handbags and Gladrags’,

from the brilliant Chris Farlowe.

 

64 saw ‘Down Town’ by Petula Clark,

riding high at number 2,

with the 88 re-mix, a top ten hit,

proving our love for her still true.

 

‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’

in 69 gave Peter Sarstedt a No.1 hit,

and his ‘Frozen Orange Juice’, also,

in the top ten list, did fit.

 

‘What Can I Say’ and ‘Lido Shuffle’

by Boz Scaggs, – top twenty hits of 77,

and ‘London Calling’ by the Clash,

a 79 hit, fans thought was just heaven.

 

‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Purple Rain’

two big songs of 84

and in 85, with his Raspberry Beret,

Prince had his fans asking for more.

 

The Crusaders, with ‘Street Life’,

in 79 reached number 5,

featuring wonderful Randy Crawford,

who could keep a tune alive.

 

Street life has an energy

Street life has a vibe.

The feeling is beyond compare,

and so hard to describe.

 

Street life is infectious;

A gift that’s free to all.

The great outdoors, the answer,

when freedom comes to call.

 

 

 

 

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