The Show That Time Forgot ~ Sunday 15/03/2020


Little Does She Know (Kursaal Flyers)
(1976) ... quirky, one-off  hit with lyrics that are firmly tongue in cheek ~ getting 'spin dryer', 'detergent' and 'underwear'  in one song must have taken some doing

A  Lover's Concerto (The Toys)
(1965) ... based on a familiar classical melody, the Minuet in G Major from The Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach ~ composed by her  husband, Johann Sebastian

This Is How It Feels (Inspiral Carpets)
... officially from Oldham, but in their early days, they often crossed over the Tameside border to rehearse at a studio near Guide Bridge, owned by their keyboard player Clint Boon, who features prominently on This Is How It Feels, with its distinctive organ sound ~ their chart debut in the first of today’s featured years 

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long / hum-a-long / dance-a-long quality
...  by a band whose first and last Top 10 hits were fresh interpretations of familiar songs in a very different style to the originals. 

Tears Of  A  Clown (The Beat)
(1979) ... fast and frantic ska re-working of one of Motown's greatest hits ~ a UK # 1 at the start of the decade for Smokey Robinson
and The Miracles.  Lead vocals for The Beat were shared between Dave Wakeling and Roger Charlery - better known as Ranking Roger, who sadly died almost a year ago (26th March 2019)

Can't Get Used To Losing You (The Beat)
(1983) ...a highly unlikely, but hugely likeable cover of the Andy Williams classic which made the Top 3 and gave the band their biggest hit, just as they announced they were splitting up. Dave Wakeling's vocal sounds uncannily like the man himself, despite its reggae styling and a more uptempo feel compared to the original


Sarah (Thin Lizzy)
(1979) ... written by Phil Lynott and Gary Moore for Phil's  'baby girl' ~ his daughter, who had recently been born.  A  mellow, mid-tempo pop song, with a wider appeal to singles buyers than many of their rockier songs. The single was followed on the chart a few weeks later by a near namesake from a different band, coming up in the second hour *

Sorry Suzanne (The Hollies)
(1969) ... their first single to feature Terry Sylvester, who had replaced Graham Nash, but still up there as one of the highest placed Hollies hits peaking at # 3

Newsround Tameside:  30 years ago ~ 1990

Dub Be Good To Me (Beats International)
... not so much a group, more a fairly loose collective gathered together by Norman Cook, formerly of The Housemartins and eventually known as Fatboy Slim. Beats International was his first venture into electronic dance music ~ this re-working of The SOS Band's Just Be Good To Me, with vocals by Lindy Layton spent  four weeks at # 1                                                                                         

Made Of Stone (The Stone Roses)
… early trailblazers of the Madchester music scene breaking through into the mainstream in 1990

I Want To Stay Here (Dusty Springfield)
... working with those Pet Shop Boys in the late '80s successfully revived Dusty's chart career, three decades after her debut. The album Reputation followed in 1990, which Neil and Chris co-produced. It included I Want To Stay Here, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, which had been a big hit for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé back in '63 when Dusty was enjoying her first taste of success

Everybody Needs Somebody (The Blues Brothers) 
... Top 20 hit taken from the album The Blues Brothers Band Live In Montreux – recorded during a reunion tour  celebrating the feelgood music and spirit  of the original Blues Bothers film

Strawberry Fields Forever (Candy Flip)
... not many bands would be brave enough to cover one of John Lennon's most iconic songs with The Beatles, but the duo Candy Flip succeeded in making it sound fresh and appealing to a new generation

Happenin' All Over Again (Lonnie Gordon)
... UK hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman worked their magic yet again ~ this time with a previously unknown-over-here American dance, pop and R&B singer. The song which was also a huge Europe-wide success had originally been written for Donna Summer but she never got round to recording it



Showdown (Electric Light Orchestra)
(1973) ...   having combined prog rock, rock 'n' roll and classical on their previous singles, hit number three for ELO had a funkier backbeat beneath the band's trademark sweeping strings and the inclusion of a clavinet. The record was a favourite of John Lennon who referred to  ELO as  'Sons of The Beatles' in a US radio interview (Source: Wikipedia)

Sara (Fleetwood Mac)
(1979)... picking up a thread of thought from earlier *, the second single from the double album Tusk

Everybody's Somebody's Fool (Connie Francis)
... teaser track for our second featured year ~  a song which started out as a bluesy ballad may have been an unlikely choice for a country/pop singer but resulted in a worldwide hit. Full marks for the attention-grabbing organ intro which sounds like it's been borrowed from a social club concert night or a seaside end-of-the-pier show

Cheery Tunes  ~ Absolutely Lyricless
... quirky, one-hit wonder '70s instrumentals with titles which are strangely similar to the artists' names

El Bimbo (Bimbo Jet) 
(1975) ... topped the chart in France and several other countries. In the UK, sufficient numbers of returning holidaymakers and others who had heard it being constantly played in clubs and on the radio went out and bought the single, taking it to # 12  

Groovin' With Mr Bloe (Mr Bloe)
(1970) .... originally written for Wind, a US studio group who released it as a B-side. Stephen James of Dick James Music (the DJM record label) heard the tune and wanted to release it in the UK and tried unsuccessfully to secure the rights. His next move was to record it himself with other musicians, resulting in this one-off Top 10-er which spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart  The harmonica player Harry Pitch can also be heard on Ronnie Hazlehurst's theme tune for the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine (Source: Wikipedia)


Half A Minute (Matt Bianco)
(1984) ...  there was no Matt, as in a specific person - it's just the made-up name of the mostly male band who had a handful of hits in a style best described as Latin flavoured jazz pop. Here it's Basia, the group's sole female on lead vocal

Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd)
(1967) ... classic soul track which stayed on the UK chart for 17 weeks peaking at # 19. David Bowie released a live version in the mid '70s which was true to the spirit of the original (1974, #10)  but the most successful chart-wise was Amii Stewart's 1979 disco version which topped the US chart and reached # 6 here, returning to the Top 10 as a remix in '85 

Reflections: 60  years ago ~ 1960

How About That? (Adam Faith)
... having started the new decade with What Do You Want at No.1, he had an unstoppable run of five monster-size hits during the year, all of them making the Top 5 and including a second chart topper Poor Me

Colette (Billy Fury)
...  Billy's biggest hit to date, his first time in the Top 10 with a song he wrote himself

Sixteen Reasons (Connie Stevens)
...  singer and song destined in rhyme for each other ~ her one and only chart appearance here and by far her greatest success in the US (# 9 and # 3 respectively)

A  Mess of Blues (Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires)
...  fresh from his US army service, Elvis was back with a sequence of 1960 singles which reached # 3, # 2 and # 1  ~ A Mess of Blues was the one in the middle, between Stuck On You and It's Now Or Never

Lucille (The Everly Brothers)
... Don & Phil covering a Little Richard hit from three years earlier

Because They're Young (Duane Eddy)
... lyricless bonus which almost cries out for lyrics to sing along to ~ no surprise then, to discover a vocal version by James Darren made the chart shortly after Duane Eddy. A few years on, the Duane Eddy version was adopted by Johnnie Walker as his theme tune on the offshore pirate station Radio Caroline and later on BBC Radio One

Fings Ain't Wot They Used T' Be (Max Bygraves)
...    a cheery look at the changing scenes of life all around as a new decade dawned and a new era began to unfold ~ sung by one of Britain's biggest stars and written by Lionel Bart, best known for his stage musicals, ~  including, most famously, Oliver! which had its London premiere in the same year.  The line 'they changed our local palais into a bowling alley' was later cross referenced by Ray Davies in The Kinks' Come Dancing 

Please Don't Tease (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
,,, after two No.1s the previous year this one made it a hat trick  ~ by the end of the year The Shads had also topped the chart in their own right with Apache, first of their long run of instrumental hits over the next few years


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


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