The Show That Time Forgot ~ Sunday 10/01/2021


Darlin' (The Beach Boys)
(1968) ... with its instant hook line, an obvious choice as a single from the album released the previous year, Wild Honey. Darlin' peaked at  # 11 in the UK and  # 19 in the US. David Cassidy covered the song in the mid '70s and also made the Top 20

Another Day (Paul McCartney)
(1971) ...  although he had already released his first solo album the previous year, this was the very hummable first McCartney single in his own right . Paul plays acoustic guitar  and sings with Linda  although she only received an official credit in later years when Another Day became an add on track on the Ram album

I Found Someone (Cher) 
...  power ballad destined for the Top 5 in the first few weeks of the year we're heading back to, later in the hour. Amazingly, more than a decade and a half had slipped by since her last major hit ( Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, 1971, # 4). I Found Someone re-energised Cher's career, the first of a successful run over the next few years

Old school dancing, fast and slow:

Twistin' The Night Away (Sam Cooke)
(1962) ...  self-penned song which became his highest placed UK hit (#6), although it would eventually be overtaken by the 1986 reissue of Wonderful World (#2)

Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters)
(1960) ... their first big hit in the UK, peaking at # 2  but a decade would go by before The Drifters' next Top 10-er which was the first of many. The group had a famously ever changing line-up  ~ on Save The Last Dance, Ben E King sang lead vocal, shortly before leaving to go solo. Stand By Me would be his most enduring song


How Do You Do It (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
(1963)... paying tribute to one of the biggest names in '60s pop, Gerry Marsden who sadly died last weekend aged 78. How Do You Do It was the group's debut release which reached No.1 - as did their next two singles I Like It and You'll Never Walk Alone - a record which they held on to until fellow Liverpudlians Frankie Goes To Hollywood managed a similar hat-trick just over 20 years later. The Beatles famously turned down How Do You Do It (by prolific songwriter Mitch Murray) because they wanted all their singles to be Lennon-McCartney originals. After three No.1s with other people's songs - the first two by Murray and the third by Rodgers and Hammerstein (from the stage musical Carousel), Gerry himself wrote the next few hits that followed ~ including the two on our playlist in the next hour... 

Changes (David Bowie)
(1971) ...  five years ago today, we lost one of the most influential figures of popular music and culture over the past five decades. Changes was the opening track on his classic album Hunky Dory.  Listening to it now, it seems an obvious single but surprisingly failed to make it on to chart. At the time, Bowie was considered a one-hit wonder, who, despite several attempts, had seemed unable to match his initial success with Space Oddity
in 1969. His chart career eventually took off again in '72 with Starman ~ the rest is history

Newsround Tameside: 33 years ago ~ 1988

Hazy Shade of Winter (The Bangles)
... the original by Simon & Garfunkel had been a US hit in 1966, and finally made our Top 40 in 1991 ~ 25 years after its initial release and three years after The Bangles took the song to # 11 in the UK

New Sensation (INXS)
...  third single from their mega-selling album Kick which went global in late '87-early '88. New Sensation reached the Top 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, # 9 in Australia, and # 25 in the UK

Joe le Taxi (Vanessa Paradis)                                                                                                                                                                                             ....  recorded when she was just 14 years old, Joe le Taxi went on to top the singles chart in France for 11 weeks, and, unusually for a French-language song at that time, was released in the UK and Ireland the following year, where it peaked at # 3 and # 2 respectively (Source: Wikipedia)

Hot In The City (Billy Idol)
... one of his best known songs, although it had stalled at a lowly  #58 first time around in 1982. Six years on, the reissued single made the Top 20

All Day and All of The Night (The Stranglers)
... cover of the early Kinks classic for their 'live' album All Live and All of The Night - although the nearest thing to a title track was actually a studio recording

I Think We're Alone Now (Tiffany)
...  chart-topper early on in the year ~  having been a US Top 10-er back in '67 for Tommy James & The Shondells, It was also a minor hit in the UK for The Rubinoos (1977) and successfuly covered by Girls Aloud (2006, # 4)



Dance Away (Roxy Music)
(1979) ...   sounding much mellower than in their first flush of chart success a few years earlier, Dance Away is jointly Roxy's highest placed hit, an honour it shares with 1975's Love Is The Drug

Sleeping With The Enemy (Daniel Takes A Train)
(2020) ...  currently the most streamed song on the new album by the band keeping alive the spirit of the '80s 

Another Suitcase In Another Hall (Barbara Dickson)
 ... teaser track for our second featured year, from the original cast album  of Evita, which was set to become a West End stage production. Another Suitcase... was sung by Madonna in the 1997 film and also made the Top 10 as a single

Absolutely Lyricless ~ the instrumental break 
... with an animal connection

McDonald's Cave (The Piltdown Men)
(1960)... rock n'roll novelty re-working one of those traditional childhood tunes that everyone knows, or would certainly have grown up with, back then ~ Old McDonald Had A Farm

Las Vegas (Animal Magic theme) (Group Forty Orchestra)
(1962)....  any child of the '60s and '70s would instantly recognise the theme tune of the  long running TV show Animal Magic, presented by 'zoo keeper' Johnny Morris, a man of many amusing animal voices. Much more recently it was used in the offbeat BBC comedy W1A  ~ a spoof fly on the wall documentary about ... working at the BBC!


Ferry 'Cross The Mersey (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
(1964-65) ...   continuing our tribute to Gerry Marsden,  the song destined to become a much-loved anthem of Liverpool pride which he wrote for the film of the same name, featuring guest appearances by other stalwarts of the Mersey music scene Cilla Black and The Fourmost

I'm The One (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
(1964) ...  after three number ones, this very hummable cheery tune was held back from the top spot by fellow Scousers The Searchers (Needles and Pins) and Cilla Black (Anyone Who Had A Heart)

Reflections:  44 years ago ~ 1977

It's A Heartache (Bonnie Tyler)    
... her second Top 10-er, a year on from her first, Lost In France. It would take another six years to make it three with  Total Eclipse of The Heart
(1983, # 1)

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Elvis Costello)
... became one of the best known songs on his debut album My Aim Is True, but failed to break through on to the chart.  Elvis - real name Declan MacManus - didn't have long to wait for his first hit, however. Watching The Detectives, from the same album, gave him his big breakthrough into Top 20 towards the end of the year

Gonna Capture Your Heart (Blue)
...  Scottish pop-rock band, no relation to the boy band of the '00s. The '70s Blue, led by former Marmalade guitarist Hughie Nicholson were signed to Elton John's Rocket Records, Gonna Capture Your Heart  also appeared on their album Another Night Time Flight, co-produced by Elton, along with Clive Franks.  Fast forward to 2002, by the strangest of coincidences, the 'other' Blue invited Elton to join them on their version of his song Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Car Wash (Rose Royce)                                                                                                                                                                                                      ... the group's debut single which became one of the biggest hits of the disco era

Tulane (Steve Gibbons Band)                                                                                                                                                                                             ... guitarist Steve Gibbons had been playing in various bands since the early '60s but finally became successful in his own right after touring with The Who in the mid '70s. This slice of good old fashioned rock n'roll, a cover of an old Chuck Berry song became his biggest commercial success

Chanson D'Amour (Manhattan Transfer)
... a worldwide hit which topped the chart in the UK and Ireland, but was only a modest success in the America.


Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)
written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti
from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979)

Please bear in mind: it's a live show and so, occasionally I might need to change the running order, leave a song out, or play an unplanned extra song which will not be shown in this weekly music blog.

- MW


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