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November 22, 2019





With twelve consecutive hits on Innocent label,

in 01, Blue first entered the charts, with ‘All Rise’, at No.4.

And still in 01, ‘Too Close’ and ‘If You Come Back’,

both made a No.1 score.


Three hits appeared in 02, with ‘Fly By 11’, at No.6,

and ‘One Love’ – a Top 3, followed on.

And lastly, ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’ –

a No.1, for Blue featuring Elton John.


Three hits came in 03, when ‘U Make Me Wanna’, made No.4,

and ‘Guilty’, reached the Top 2 zone.

And finishing the year, ‘Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours’ –

a No 11, for Blue featuring Stevie Wonder & Angie Stone.


In 04, ‘Breathe Easy’, peaked at No.4,

followed by ‘Bubblin’, which climbed to No.9.

And ending the year -‘Curtain Falls’, also a Top 4,

completes this mix of hits, so fine.




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November 19, 2019





Tune in to Tony’s Time Machine,

at Noon, (today) Tuesday, 19th  November 2019,

on this Gold Award winning radio station,

from their NEW Studios in Levenshulme, Manchester.


In another FIRST, for Tony’s Tome Machine,

you will have the chance to listen to ……..


Tony’s fab interview with OLIVER WAKEMAN (the son of Rick).

Tony will be chatting to Oliver about his new album…

‘From The Page’  –  featuring four previously unrecorded

studio tracks by Chris Squire (RIP)


‘In The Present Live from Lyon’ 2009.



and next Tues 26th Nov

Tony will be reading the poem  ……


‘For The Love Of Saturday’


Written by

Harriet Blackbury.









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In 89, ‘The Real Thing’, gave ABC,

a No.68, on Neutron.

And in 2000, ‘Real Great Britain’, on ffrr,

for Asian Dub Foundation, made No.41.


In 88, ‘Real Gone Kid’, peaked at No.8,

for Deacon Blue, on CBS.

And in 2000, ‘The Real Slim Shady’, on Interscope,

gave Eminem, a No.1 success.


In 90, ‘Real Real Real’, on Food,

took Jesus Jones to No.19.

And in 03, ‘Real Things’, on Innocent,

was a Top 4, for Javine.


In 87, ‘The Real Thing’, on Chrysalis,

gave ‘Jelly Bean featuring Steven Dante, a No.13 score.

And in 01, ‘I’m Real’, on Epic,

for Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule, peaked at No.4.


In 89, ‘Real Emotion’, on Syncopate

took Reid, to No.65.

And in 92, ‘Real Love’, peaked at No.8,

for Time Frequency, on Jive.


In 89, ‘Real Love’, climbed to No.31,

for Jody Watley, on MCA.

And in 07, ‘Real Girl’, was a Top 2,

for Mutya Buena, on Fourth & Broadway.


In 89, W.A.S.P. on Capitol,

reached No.23, with ‘The Real Me’,

And in 92, ‘Real Cool World’, on Warner Brothers,

gave David Bowie, a No.53.


In 96, ‘Real Love’, on Apple,

gave The Beatles, a Top 4 yield.

And in 97, ‘The Real Thing’, on Arista,

made No.9, for Lisa Stansfield.


In 91, ‘Real Love’, gave Drizabone’,

a No.16, on Fourth & Broadway.

And in 99, ‘Real Life’, on Reprise,

gave Bon Jovi, a No.21 play.


In 81, ‘The Real Thing’, on A&M,

saw The Brothers Johnson, with a Top 50 bop.

And in 87, ‘Real Wild Child (Wild One)’,

a Top 10, also on A&M, for Iggy Pop.


In 87, ‘Real Fashion Reggae Style’, on Oval,

gave Carey Johnson, a Top 20 ride.

And in 03, ‘Real World’, on Blacklist/Edel,

reached No.9, for D-Side.


In 91, ‘Real Life’, on Virgin,

gave Simple Minds a No.34.

And in 94, ‘The Real Thing’, on PWL Continental,

saw 2 Unlimited, up to No.6 soar.


In 98, ‘Real Good ‘, on Multiply,

reached No.66, for Double Six.

And in 01, ‘The Real Life’, on Rulin,

at No.12, for Raven Maize, ends this mix.




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With nine consecutive hits on London label,

Jimmy Somerville featuring June Miles-Kingston, first made No.14,

when ‘Comment Te Dire Adieu’, did arrive.

And in 90, ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real’)  peaked at No.5.


Also in 90, ‘Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)’, was at No.26,

and ‘To Love Somebody’, a No.8 fix.

And in 91, with Bronski Beat, making No.32,

was ‘Smalltown Boy (Remix)’.


Also in 91, ‘Run For Love’, reached No.52,

and in 95, at No.4, was Heartbeat’.

Followed by ‘Hurt So Good’, at No.15,

and peaking at No.41, ‘By Your Side’, took a seat.


In 97, ‘Dark Sky’, now on Gut Label,

climaxed at No.66,

showcasing some of the work,

and ending, this Jimmy Somerville mix.





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November 13, 2019





With their first twenty hits on CBS,

The Clash entered the charts, in 77, on a roll.

When ‘White Riot’, appeared at No.38,

and at No.28, followed ‘Complete Control.’


In 78, came three more chart entries,

when, ‘Clash City Rockers’, peaked at No.35.

And then, ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’, made No.32,

and ending the year, ‘Tommy Gun’, at No.19 arrived.


In 79, again, three more singles made the chart –

firstly ‘English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home).

Followed by ‘The Cost Of Living EP’, at No.22,

with ‘London Calling’, making the No.11 roam.


In 80, ‘Bankrobber’, climbed to No.12,

and ‘Call Up’, was a Top 40 hit.

And beginning 81, ‘Hitsville UK’, peaked at No.56,

followed by ‘The Magnificent Seven’ – a No.34 fit.


Ending 81, came ‘This Radio Clash’, at No.47,

and in 82, ‘Know Your Rights’, enjoyed the No.43 scene.

And also in 82, ‘Rock The Casbah’ – a Top 30,

with ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, at No.17.


In 85, ‘This Is England’, climbed to No.24,

and in 88, ‘I Fought The Law’, peaked at No.29.

And still in 88, ‘London Calling’, made No.46,

and in 90, ‘Return To Brixton’, reached the No.57 line.


In 91, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, was a two week No.1 –

this time on the Columbia label,

as was ‘Rock The Casbah’, peaking at No.15,

and ‘London Calling’, at No.64, also from the Columbia stable.





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November 12, 2019





In 86, ‘Fool’s Paradise’, on Capitol,

saw Meli’sa Morgan, on the No.41 line.

And in 88, ‘Foolish Beat’, on Atlantic,

for Debbie Gibson, a US No.1 & UK No.9.


In 61, ‘Fools Rush In’, on Mercury,

gave Brook Benton, a Top 50 play.

And in 2000, ‘Fool Again’, was a No.1,

for Westlife, on RCA.


In 86, ‘No More The Fool’, on Legend,

saw Elkie Brooks make the Top 5 her own.

And in 89, ‘Fool’s Gold’, was at No.8,

for The Stone Roses, on Silvertone.


In 63, ‘Foolish Little Girl’, on Stateside,

for The Shirelles, a No.38, was to be.

And in 04, ‘Paper House’, on Island,

took Foolproof’, to No.53.


In 63, Rick Nelson, on Brunswick,

peaked at No.12, with ‘Fools Rush In’.

And in 67, ‘Chain Of Fools’/’Satisfaction’, on Atlantic,

reached No.43, for Aretha Franklin.


In 76, ‘Fooled Around And Fell In Love’, on Capricorn,

gave Elvin Bishop, a No.34.

And in 03, ‘Fool No More’, peaked at No.4,

for S Club Juniors, on Polydor.


In 87, ‘Fooled By A Smile’, on Mercury,

gave Swing Out Sister, a No.43.

And in 96, Fool’s Guide, made No.61,

on Encore, with ‘Lemon Tree’.


In 66, Cilla Black peaked at No.13,

on Parlophone, with ‘A Fool Am I ‘.

And in 83, ‘My Foolish Friend’, was at No.57,

for Talk Talk, on EMI.


In 80, ‘Fool For Your Loving’, on United Artists,

found Whitesnake, at No.13.

And in 85, ‘No Fool (For Love)’, on Pronto,

made No.41, for Hazell Dean.


In 82, ‘Fool If You Think It’s Over’, a No.17,

for Elkie Brooks, on A & M.

And in 91, ‘Only Fools (Never Fall In Love)’, on I Q,

took Sonia into the Top 10.


In 63, Shirley Bassey, on Columbia,

had a No.47, with ‘What Kind Of Fool Am I ?’.

And in 76, The Rolling Stones, were at No.6,

on Rolling Stone label, with ‘Fool To Cry’.


In 62, ‘What Kind Of Fool am I ?’/ ‘Gonna Build A Mountain’,

gave Sammy Davis, Jr , on Reprise, a No.26.

And in 02, ‘All My Life’, on RCA –

a Top 5, for The Foo Fighters – ends this mix.





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In 90, ‘Turtle Power’, surfaced at No.1,

for Partners In Kryme, on SBK.

And in 07, ‘Salmon Dance’, on Virgin,

gave Chemical Brothers, a No.27 say.


In 04, ‘Good Reason’, on Cooking Vinyl,

gave Seafood, a No.65 chew.

And in 05, ‘Fishing For A Dream’, on Source,

found Turin Brakes, at No.32.


In 98, ‘Image Of You’, on Warp,

gave Red Snapper, a No.60 wish.

And in 90, ‘Celebrate’, on East West,

at No.46, for An Emotional Fish.


In 67, ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’, on London,

gave The Turtles, a Top 4.

And in 91, ‘Internal Exile’, reached No.37,

for Fish, on Polydor.


In 97, ‘Blinded By The Sun’, on Geffen,

gave Seahorses, a No.7 play.

And in 06, ‘The Cure & The Cause, on Defected,

peaked at No.23, for Fish Go Deep featuring Tracey K.


In 93, ‘Swim’, on Columbia,

gave Fishbone, a No.54 fix.

And in 99, ‘Lobster & Shrimp’, on Virgin, a No.48,

for Timbaland featuring Jay-Z – ends this mix.





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In 91, ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’, for UB40,

on DEP International, peaked at No.49.

And in 99, ‘The Way It Goes’, on Eagle,

for Status Quo, flew to No.39.


In 94, ‘That’s The Way You Do it’, made No.26,

for The Purple Kings, on Positiva.

And in 97, ‘The Way That You Feel’, on Distinctive,

peaked at No.54, for Adeva.


In 83. ‘The Way You Are’, on Mercury,

for Tears For Fears, reached No.24.

And in 04, ‘The Way It Was’/’Redhead’, on Virus,

gave Baron, a No.71 score.


In 74, ‘The Way We Were’, gave Barbra Streisand,

a US No.1 & UK No.31 hit, on CBS.

And in 98, ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’, on Media,

gave Clock a No.11 success.


In 93, ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, on Virgin,

found Janet Jackson, with a US No.1 & UK No.2.

And in 94, Richard Marx, on Capitol,

peaked at No.38, with ‘The Way She Loves You’.


In 96, ‘The Way It Is’, on Stress,

for Chameleon, reached No.34.

And in 2001, ‘The Way To Your Love’,

was a No.1, for Hear’say, on Polydor.


In 95, Vanessa Williams, on Mercury,

climbed to No.52, with ‘The Way That You Love Me’.

And in 01, Faith Hill, reached No.15,

with ‘The Way You Love Me’, on WEA.


In 88, ‘That’s The Way It Is’, on Supreme,

gave Mel & Kim, a Top 10.

And in 92, ‘The Way I Feel’, peaked at No.62,

for Lemon Trees, on Oxygen.


In 86, ‘The Way It Is’, was a US No.1 & UK No.15,

for Bruce Hornsby & The Range, on RCA.

And in 94, ‘The Way You Work It’, made No.14,

for EYC, on MCA.


In 87, ‘The Way You Make It Feel’, on EPIC,

gave Michael Jackson, a US NO.1 & UK Top 3.

And in 88, ‘That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘N’, Roll’,

reached No.22, on Atlantic, for AC/DC.


In 69, ‘That’s The Way God Planned It’, on Apple,

saw Billy Preston, at No.11.

And in 04, ‘The Way You Move’, on Arista,

gave Outkast featuring Sleepy Brown, a Top 7.


In 05, ‘The Way You Used To Smile’,

on At Large, gave Research, a No.66.

And in 2000, ‘The Way I Am’, on Interscope –

a No.8, for Eminem – last in this mix.





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November 6, 2019




In 71, from the album – Wishbone Ash,

came ‘Blind Eye’ – their first single play.

Followed in 72, by ‘No Easy Road’,

from Wishbone Four, and in 73, ‘So Many Things To Say’.


In 74, from the album, ‘There’s The Rub’,

came ‘Hometown’, and ‘Silver Shoes’, in 75.

And in 76, from their 4th album, New England,

their 6th single – ‘Outward Bound’, did arrive.


Their 7th single, ‘Phoenix’, a non-album track, came in 77,

and from their 5th album, Front Page News, came,

‘Front Page News’, and ‘Goodbye Baby Hello Friend’.

And in 78, ‘You See Red’, from No Smoke Without Fire, found fame.


In 79, ‘Come On’, was their 2nd non-album single,

and in 80, from Just Testing, ‘Living Proof’, came through.

Also in 80, came ‘Helpless (Live)’,

from their 8th album – Live Dates 2.


In 81, ‘Underground’, and ‘Get Ready’,

came from their 9th album – Number The Brave.

In 82, from Two Burning Barrels, came ‘Engine Overheat’,

followed by ‘No More Lonely Nights’ – another fave.


In 88, from Nouveau Calls,

their single -‘In The Skin’, did appear.

Followed in 89, by ‘Cosmo Jazz’,

from their next album – Here to Hear.


In 2010, from Elegant Stealth,

arrived ‘Reason To Believe’.

Ending this glimpse into some of the work,

featured on many a well loved album sleeve.



Written by

Harriet Blackbury



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November 4, 2019




In 71,’You’re Ready Now’, on Philips,

took Frankie Valli, to No.11.

And in 85, ‘Election Day’, on Odeon,

gave Arcadia, a Top 7.


In 78, ‘You’re The One That I Want’ – a US & UK No.1,

on RSO, for John Travolta & Olivia Newton John.

And in 87, ‘Stand By Me’, on Atlantic,

for Ben E King, a gold-selling UK No.1


In 85, ‘Say I’m Your No.1’, reached No.7,

for Princess, on Supreme.

And in 98, ‘You’re Still The One’, on Mercury,

gave Shania Twain, a Top 10 dream.


In 82, ‘Happy Talk’, on A & M,

found Captain Sensible, on the No.1 line.

And in 06, ‘Breaking Free’, on Walt Disney,

took The Cast Of High School Musical’, to No.9.


In 63, The Rolling Stones, made No.12,

on Decca, with ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’.

And in 97, ‘Drive Me Crazy’, peaked at No.36,

on Multiply, for Partizan.


In 65, ‘Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is A Season)’,

a US No.1 & UK No.26, for The Byrds, on CBS.

And in 66, ‘Inside – Looking Out’, on Decca,

gave The Animals a No.12 success.


In 83, ‘Changes’, peaked at, No.31,

for Imagination, on R & B.

And in 84, ‘Only When You Leave’, on Reformation,

gave Spandau Ballet, a Top 3.


In 80, Diana Ross, on Motown,

reached No.13, with ‘I’m Coming Out’.

And in 97, ‘Go The Distance’, on Columbia,

found Michael Bolton, with a No.14 shout.


In 76 ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’, on BTM,

made No.10, for The Climax Blues Band.

And in 2000, ‘Superhero’, on Sony,

gave Reef, a No.55 stand.


In 76, ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’, on Private Stock,

a platinum-selling, US & UK No.1, for David Soul.

And in 83, with ‘The Lifeboat Party’, on Island,

at No.49, with his Coconuts, was King Creole.



Written by

Harriet Blackbury






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