The Show That Time Forgot ~ Sunday 23/02/2020


Grey Seal (Elton John)
(1973) ...  a much played track on the double album Goodbye Yellow Road. I always thought it deserved to be a single, but with such an abundance of riches to choose from, the likes of Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets and not least, the title track, Grey Seal was never likely to be a contender. This was actually its second incarnation ~ an earlier version had been the B-side of a non-charting 1970 single Rock and Roll Madonna and was later included on the album Lady Samantha, a  compilation of rare EJ recordings from the vaults

Do You Believe In Magic (The Lovin' Spoonful)
(1965) ...  their debut single which did well in America, but failed to make the grade over here

Be My Baby (Vanessa Paradis)
...  after Joe Le Taxi, she had a few years to wait for a second Top 10-er and this, eventually, was the one, in the first of today's featured years

Cheery Tunes with a sing-a-long quality
... from opposite ends of the '60s ~ American singer, British band 

You Got What It Takes (Marv Johnson)
(1960) .... peaking in the UK at  a very respectable # 5 ,  eventually overtaken by Showaddywaddy's version (1977, # 2)

Suddenly You Love Me (The Tremeloes)
(1968) ... a typically bright and breezy Tremeloes hit ~  one of three songs imported from Italy which they successfully interpreted with  English lyrics 


My Ever Changing Moods (The Style Council)
(1984)... as with the Elton John song at the start of the show, two versions to choose from which are noticeably different to each other. The single ~ with its video featuring Paul Weller and Mick Talbot  riding on two wheels in full cycling gear - moves along at a fairly brisk pace . A slower version * was included on their debut album Café Bleu with a solo vocal by Weller,  accompanied by acoustic piano. My Ever Changing Moods was, and still is, Weller's most successful song in the US (including his work with The Jam, The Style Council and as a solo artist)

Snookeroo (Ringo Starr)
(1974) ... specially written for Ringo by Elton John and Bernie Taupin ~ musically and lyrically, a perfect song for Ringo, upbeat, instantly catchy, much played on the radio, but unbelievably failed to register on the chart. A song co-written by Ringo and sung by someone else * is on the way later 

Newsround Tameside: 28 years ago ~ 1992

The Life of Riley (The Lightning Seeds)
...  borrowed' by the BBC's Match of The Day to be the musical backdrop for the long-running Goal of The Month feature

Shame  Shame Shame  (Sinitta) 
... reworking  Shirley and Company's disco-tastic 1975 Top 10-er 

It's Only Natural (Crowded House)
...  one of four hits from the album Woodface, released in late '91. It's Only Natural reached # 24 in the UK, and # 15 in Australia

Little Black Book (Belinda Carlisle)
.... one you might have forgotten ~ it peaked at # 28

The Crying Game (Boy George) 
...  previously a mid '60s hit for Dave Berry

Sleeping Satellite (Tasmin Archer)
... classy, timeless song which stood head and shoulders above most of the other hits on the chart at the time  Against the run of play, Tasmin took the top spot in an era dominated by dance tracks and re-mixes



Love Hurts (Jim Capaldi)
(1975)....well-deserved Top 5 hit in the mid '70s for the ex-Traffic drummer. Songwriting duo Boudleaux Bryant wrote the song  in 1960 for The Everly Brothers. Several artists have recorded it, including Roy Orbison, Emmylou Harris and Nazareth ~ their slow, bluesy version was a major  hit in the US, Norway & The Netherlands, but here in the UK, Jim Capaldi's uptempo, radio-friendly re-working in the same year (1975) was by far the most successful

Oh My My (Maggie Bell) *
(1974) ...  here it is, then, as hinted at earlier, the song co-written by Ringo Starr and American writer/musician/producer Vini Poncia, which first appeared on the 1973 album Ringo and was also a Top 10 single in the US and Canada. Scottish blues-rock singer Maggie Bell, previously of the band Stone The Crows recorded the song and picked up plenty of airplay, but the single sadly failed to chart. Maggie eventually made the Top 40  in 1978 ~ Hazell, the theme song of the ITV detective drama peaked at # 38 but duetting with BA Robertson (Hold Me, 1981, # 11) turned out to be her finest hour chart-wise

 PS I Love You (The Beatles)
... teaser track for our second featured year ~ when the Beatles were a newly signed, up-and-coming group from Liverpool    one of the very first Lennon & McCartney songs to see the light of the day, a trailblazer of what would follow

Cheery Tunes  ~ Absolutely Lyricless 
... two '70s instrumentals with titles which mention a musical instrument

Sailor's Hornpipe (Mike Oldfield)
(1973) ...  short but sweet final 'track' **  of his ground-breaking album Tubular Bells ~ a foretaste of his instrumental  hit singles which would follow over the next few years ~ In Dulci Jubilo (the Christmas one!), Portsmouth and his re-working of the Blue Peter theme  (** bear in mind, the entire album is a continuous composition, with one section flowing seamlessly into the next)  

Bongo Rock (Incredible Bongo Band)
(1973) ... much played on the radio, often as a backing track for the presenter to talk over (!) but  missed out completely on a chart placing


Cloudbusting (Kate Bush)
(1985)... five minutes of perfection from the Hounds of Love album ~ as a single it was the middle one of three,  book-ended by Running Up That Hill and the title track

Chicken Payback (The Bees)
(2005) .... radio friendly single by the band from the Isle of Wight. Their sound is generally classified as indie rock or psychedelic rock, but embraces a host of different styles and influences including 1960s garage rock, country, jazz and reggae (Source: Wikipedia)

Reflections: 58 years ago ~ 1962

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka)
... one of his best known songs, successfully covered 10 years later by The Partridge Family ( # 3, 1972)

Like I Do (Maureen Evans)
,,, by far her biggest hit, a new entry on the chart at the end of '62, reaching the Top 3 early in '63. 

Goodbye Cruel World (James Darren)
... Top 3 hit in the US, # 28 here. According to Wikipedia, it's about a man left brokenhearted by a 'mean fickle woman'  who decides to join the circus. He doesn't mind being shot out of a cannon, and plans to tell the world that she 'made a crying clown' out of him 

I'm Just  A Baby (Louise Cordet)
... the only major hit for a singer who also happened to be a god-daughter of Prince Philip

I Remember You (Frank Ifield)
...  first of four No.1s in an amazingly successful 12 month span from mid '62 to mid '63. I Remember You held on to the top spot for seven weeks and was 1962's best selling single

Wonderful Land (The Shadows)
... lyricless bonus ~  # 1 for eight weeks, one of the biggest instrumental hits ever

Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley)
... here's yet another outstanding chart achievement during the year ~ four UK chart toppers for Elvis. Good Luck Charm was the third in the sequence

Things (Bobby Darin)
... Top 3 on both sides of the pond, 'a walk in the park' for one of pop's first singer-songwriters


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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