This week it’s two songs called “Goodbye” as I’ve decided to stop doing the ‘songs for the weekend’ except for the occasional tribute. I started in Oct 2015 so almost two years. Thanks for listening.
First up it’s Mary Hopkin who 6 top forty hits including 4 top tens and 1 number 1 in the late 60s and early 70s. Hopkin won the talent show “Opportunity Knocks” and her first single “Those Were The Days” hit number one for a massive 6 weeks in 1968. I always liked Mary Hopkin, she had such a beautiful pure voice.
“Goodbye” by Mary Hopkin reached number 2 in 1969. The song was written by Paul McCartney and stopped from reaching the number 1 spot by “Get Back” by The Beatles!
(Uploaded to YouTube by RicoSouvenirs)
Finally the Spice Girls who had a phenomenal 11 top 40 hits including 10 top tens and 9 number 1s.
“Goodbye” by The Spice Girls, the Christmas number 1 in 1998. It was the first song without the vocals of Geri Halliwell.
(Uploaded to YouTube by SpiceGirlsVEVO)
This week it’s Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas who were one of the many pop bands of the Merseybeat era in the 1960s. Billy J Kramer was actually William Howard Ashton and was born in Bootle, Lancashire. He was managed by the Beatles manager Brian Epstein and had a number of hits with Lennon and McCartney songs.
The two songs chosen here though are hits penned by other composers. “Trains and Boats and Planes” was written by another famous songwriting partnership of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
They had 6 top forty hits, including 5 top tens and two number 1s.
“Little Children” was number 1 for two weeks in March 1964. The other number one was “Bad to Me”, for three weeks in Aug 1963
(Uploaded to YouTube by MrPurser)
“Trains and Boats and Planes” reached number 12 in May 1965
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This week it’s a tribute to Glen Campbell who died of Alzheimers on August 8th, aged 81.
One of the true greats of popular music, Campbell was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and TV presenter. He crossed the music divide and was highly regarded by people in the music business in other musical genres; rock legend Alice Cooper was one of his close friends.
During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums, sold over 45 million records and received numerous awards. His partnership with songwriter Jimmy Webb produced some classic songs such as “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Honey Come Back”.
He made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. Three of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (“Wichita Lineman” in 2000, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” in 2004 & “Gentle On My Mind” in 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 2012.
In the UK he had top forty singles including five top tens.
These are well known hits of his but are also my favourites. Wichita Lineman in particular is one of my all time favourite songs.
RIP Glen Campbell.
“Wichita Lineman” reached number 7 in 1969. Should have been number 1.
(Uploaded to YouTube by 2old2Rock)
“Rhinestone Cowboy” reached number 4 in 1975.
(Uploaded to YouTube by GlenCampbellVEVO)
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 we go way back to the 60s to a British pop group called Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich! Dave Dee was the main vocalist and their management named them this way as the others were the nicknames of the other band members and they wanted them to stand out! They certainly did that producing a string of hits with unusual rhythms, lyrics and instruments such as an electrified mandolin on “Bend It!”.
They had 13 top 40 hits, including 8 top tens and 1 number one which was “The Legend of Xanadu”. Here are two of their top five hits.
“Hold Tight!” reached number 4 in 1966
(Uploaded to YouTube by Shey lismo)
“Zabadak!” reached number 3 in 1967
(Uploaded to YouTube by vinylsolution)
This week we travel all the way back to 1965 for a group who were considered a little bit of a joke band due to their bouncing and kicking their legs during some of their routines on stage; it’s Freddie and the Dreamers. Although grouped with the Merseyside sound they actually came from Manchester, my home city.
Their lead singer, charismatic Freddie Garrity had a great voice and the group had some good songs. They had seven top 40 hits including two number threes and one number two.
The two songs here were on the same record, the A and B sides.
This is not only my favourite song of theirs but one of my favourite 60s songs. Short but very sweet! Sadly only reached number 26.
“A Little You”
(Uploaded to YouTube by InfiniteDreams18)
“Things I’d Like To Say”
(Uploaded to YouTube by Serenadesong)
This week it’s a special theme. In celebration of my parents 60th (Diamond) wedding anniversary tomorrow we have four diamond named tracks. Some well known, some not so well known.
First up it’s a track that is a quite well known 60s instrumental but most people probably don’t know what it’s called or who did it. Well it’s called “Diamonds” and is by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan (ex Shadows members) which was number 1 for three weeks in 1963.
(Uploaded to YouTube by Kevin Allen)
A little known track from two well known artists. Nice dance song.
“Diamonds” (extended remix) by Herb Alpert feat. Janet Jackson, reached number 27 in 1987
(Uploaded to YouTube by musiclover3928)
Next a song by multi-million selling superstar Rihanna.
“DIamonds” by Rihanna, which was number 1 for one week in 2012
(Uploaded to YouTube by RihannaVEVO). There is a short ad before the track.
Finally, it’s an obvious choice but a goody! A great song (written by John Barry and Don Black) from a great, timeless singer.
“Diamonds Are Forever” by Shirley Bassey from the 1971 James Bond film of the same name. Reached a lowly 38 in Jan 1972 (what were the record buying public thinking!)
(Uploaded to YouTube by Valdeci Corrêa)
Happy Diamond Anniversary Mum and Dad. xxx