This week it’s British band The Searchers who were part of the Merseybeat era in the 1960s. They had 12 top forty hits including 6 top tens and 3 numbers ones which were their debut “Sweets For My Sweet” , “Don’t Throw Your Love Away” and the song below.
“Needles and Pins” was their second number 1 and was at the top for three weeks in Jan/Feb 1964.
(Uploaded to YouTube by Trevor Coard)
“When You Walk In The Room” reached number 3 in Oct 1964
(Uploaded to YouTube by Hawkmoon03111951)
This week it’s British group Bucks Fizz who were formed for the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. They won the competition and went on to have a great success having thirteen top forty hits including seven top tens and three number ones.
The group’s debut and first number one was Eurovision winner “Making Your Mind Up” which stayed at the top spot for three weeks in April 1981. Their second number one was “The Land of Make Believe which hit the top spot in January 1982 for two weeks.
“My Camera Never Lies” was their third and final number 1 hitting the top spot in April 1982
(Uploaded to YouTube by Andante Etnadna)
“If You Can’t Stand The Heat” reached number 10 in November 1982
(Uploaded to YouTube by Andante Etnadna)
This week it’s American funk group Cameo who had hits in the 80s. They had seven top 40 hits including one top ten. Their most well know song is “Word Up” which reached number 3 in 1986 but I’ve gone with two lesser known tracks.
“She’s Strange” was the group’s debut hit reaching number 37 in 1984 and then 22 when remixed in 1985
(Uploaded to YouTube by CameoVEVO)
”Back and Forth” reached number 11 in 1987
This week it’s pop legend Tina Turner. Turner had 34 top 40 hits including 10 top tens (4 with husband Ike)
In 1983, a decade after her last hit with Ike Turner with “Nutbush City Limits” she released a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and so began a massively successful reinvention and solo career. The album it was on, “Private Dancer” was a smash, producing seven singles including “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and “Private Dancer”.
Turner has some great songs and these two of many I like.
Firstly the song which kicked her solo career off.
“Let’s Stay Together” reached number 6 in 1983
(Uploaded to YouTube by legacy)
“We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” reached number 3 in 1985. This was from the Mel Gibson film “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in which Turner co-starred.
(Uploaded to YouTube by turnerfantube)
This week we have two indie one hit wonders from 1981. The songs were both in the chart in April of that year. They have little in common but strangely both feature snippets of telephone conversations!
Firstly we have British band Landscape. Strictly, I suppose they weren’t a one hit wonder as their second song “Norman Bates” made number 40 but it is this song they are remembered for. The weird, wacky and irritatingly catchy “Einstein a Go-Go”!
“Einstein a Go-Go” (extended) by Landscape reached number 5
(Uploaded to YouTube by Steve Chase)
Next is British punk/new wave band “Department S” who took their name from the 1969/1970 TV series.
“Is Vic there?” by Department S reached number 22
(Uploaded to YouTube by Adi Karić)
This week it’s American singer, songwriter and guitarist, Boz Scaggs.
Scaggs had a unique bluesy voice which added character to his songs.
He had four top 40 hits in the UK including one top ten, all in the 70s.
He is probably best known for “Lido Shuffle” which funnily enough wasn’t his highest charting hit. “Lido Shuffle” peaked at 13 whereas “What Can I Say” managed number 10 earlier the same year.
However, his most famous song is probably best known sung by someone else. “We’re All Alone” was released as a B side of “Lido Shuffle” but was covered by Rita Coolidge and reached number 6 in 1977 becoming one of her biggest hits.
Here are two of his songs.
“Lowdown” reached number 28 in 1976 (number 3 in the US)
(Uploaded to YouTube by BozScaggsVEVO)
”What Can I Say” reached number 10 in 1977 (number 42 in the US)
(Uploaded to YouTube by MrB0jangles70)
The US and UK obviously had differing opinions on which was the better song!
This week it’s American funk and disco band, Kool and the Gang. The group were very popular in the 70s and 80s. Two of their songs, “Ladies’ Night” and “Celebration” have become staple songs for party nights everywhere! They had 18 top forty hits including 7 top tens.
These two tracks are not quite as well known but are great dance tracks.
“Steppin’ Out” reached number 12 in 1981
(Uploaded to YouTube by KoolAndTheGangVEVO)
“Get Down On It” reached number 3 in 1981
(Uploaded to YouTube by hej6hej6tja6)