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June 3, 2018

 

 

In 52,  a Trinidadian pianist – Winifred Atwell,

we welcomed with open arms.

‘Let’s Have Another Party’ and ‘Poor People Of Paris ‘

two UK No.1s’  that showed off her charms.

 

Joe ‘Mr Piano’ Henderson,  entered the UK Top 20 in 55,

with ‘Sing It With Joe’ and ‘Sing It Again With Joe’.

before ‘Trudie’ came along in 58  – 

becoming another favourite fans got to know.

 

Also in this era – Russ Conway,

a pianist, our Grans’ won’t let us forget..

With two career No.1s  being –

‘Side Saddle’ and ‘Roulette’.

 

In 61, an American instrumental group,

in the UK charts, with a flourish did arrive.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet hitting No.6

on the Fontana label, with ‘Take Five’.

 

In the 60s,  The Spencer Davis Group

were a UK Band very much adored.

‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me’ –

two No.1s, with Steve Winwood on keyboard.

 

Bobby Crush, another UK male pianist

that in 72, we got to know.

Performing on the Philips label,

he gained a Top 40 with Barsalino.

 

In 75, ‘Mandy’ – a US No.1 for Barry Manilow

made No.11 in the UK charts.

‘Could It Be Magic’ and ‘Can’t Smile Without You’,

two more of his hits, to win hearts.

 

Brenda Russell – a US vocalist /keyboard player,

in 80, with ‘So Good So Right’,   made her mark,

before, in 88 entering the charts at No.23

with ‘Piano In The Dark’.

 

‘For Once In My Life’ and ‘My Cherie Amour’ –

two early hits from ‘Stevie Wonder, on view.

This top US singer and pianist having UK No.1s  with

‘Ebony and Ivory and ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’.

 

With a song for every occasion –

whether it be ‘Nikita’ or ‘Bennie And The Jets.

Or ‘Daniel’ or ‘Philadelphia Freedom’  –

Sir Elton John, a comfort, through all life’s regrets. 

 

Written by

Harriet Blackbury

 

 

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