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    by » 14-12-18, 20:56

    Two episodes from November 1986 tonight - 1186 and 1188 :


    06/11/86 (Presented by Peter Powell and Steve Wright)
    (15) Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
    (16) Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – “Don’t Give Up” (video)
    (22) Red Box – “For America”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Peter Powell )
    (17) Swing Out Sister – “Breakout” Breakers:
    - (25) Bob Geldof – “This Is The World Calling” (video clip)
    - (24) Shakin’ Stevens – “Because I Love You” (video clip)
    - (20) Spandau Ballet – “Through The Barricades” (video clip)
    (07) Duran Duran – “Notorious”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Peter Powell )
    (01) Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (video)
    (10) The Pretenders – “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (video/credits)



    20/11/86 (Presented by Janice Long and John Peel, brief appearances of Gary Davies and Smiley Miley)
    (05) Europe – “The Final Countdown”
    (13) Simple Minds – “Ghostdancing” (video)
    (14) Swing Out Sister – “Breakout”
    ( Charts 40 -11 - Janice Long / John Peel )
    (16) Erasure – “Sometimes”
    Breakers
    - (19) Anita Baker – “Sweet Love” (video clip)
    - (12) Nick Kamen – “Each Time You Break My Heart” (video clip)
    - (11) Debbie Harry – “French Kissing In The USA” (video clip)
    (07) Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Janice Long / John Peel )
    (01) Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (video)
    (10) Red Box – “For America” (video/credits)


    Inevitably there are a few duplications, as yet another Mike Smith-presented edition originally came in between them !

    I bought the Swingout Sister and Pretenders singles when they reached the bargain bins - and had had the 12" Europe single (with a much extended instrumental intro) as well as the 7" for several weeks before this "Top Of The Pops" appearance helped "The Final Countdown" on its way to number one in the UK. It had already topped the charts for in their Swedish homeland in May 1986, and gradually went on to get to number one in various other countries too. I had become aware of it from Dutch chart shows in the summer - it reached pole position in the Netherlands in September. A superb record, still often played by many radio stations three decades later.

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    by » 16-12-18, 18:39

    Based on the crowd reactions I’m surprised Bon Jovi didn’t get a #1 with LOAP.

    What a cute video for Don’t Give Up - like a less creepy version of the Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman one

    LOVE Breakout, such a cool slice of sophistipop.

    John and Janis threw some shade at Nick Karen

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    by » 17-12-18, 18:39



    Top of the Pops - the biggest pop party on TV - announced the line-up for the two Christmas Day and New Year’s specials hitting BBC One screens this festive period, hosted by Fearne Cotton and BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.

    The one hour specials will celebrate the biggest hits and hottest names in British pop and from around the world, performing exclusively. The Christmas Day special will celebrate all things pop, reviewing 2018’s year in music. Audiences can watch performances from:

    Anne-Marie
    Clean Bandit
    Freya Ridings
    George Ezra
    Jax Jones & Ina Wroldson
    Jess Glynne
    Jonas Blue with Liam Payne & Lennon Stella
    Rita Ora
    Rudimental with Jess Glynne & Dan Caplen
    Sigrid
    Tom Walker
    Zara Larsson

    The show returns for a New Year’s special, broadcasting all the biggest hits of the year culminating with the last Number 1 of the year, artists will include:

    Anne-Marie
    B Young
    Christine and the Queens
    Clean Bandit
    George Ezra
    Jess Glynne
    Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack
    Lewis Capaldi
    Mabel
    Tom Grennan
    Tom Odell & Rae Morris
    Years & Years

    Fearne Cotton says: “Top of the Pops has become a special annual tradition for many and I can’t wait to be back with Clara watching some of the biggest names in pop perform their big hits of the year!”

    Clara Amfo says: “Getting to present the television that we’ve all watched as kids will never not be a joy for me and I’m so very happy to be back with Fearne for TOTP this festive season, see you from your sofa!”

    George Ezra says: “It's an honour and a pleasure to be playing this year's festive Top of the Pops. I watched it as I was growing up and so excited to be getting involved myself, expect all the bells and whistles. Big smiles over here. See you there!"

    Rita Ora says: “Top of the Pops has always, and will always be such an iconic show! It's one of my favourites to perform on and I'm so excited to be part of your Christmas Day!”

    Top of the Pops Christmas will be on BBC One on Tuesday 25 December at 12.30pm, Top of the Pops New Year will be on BBC One on Saturday 29 December at 5.10pm.
    Absolutely woeful line up on Christmas Day... usual safe BBC suspects, very local line-up. Then repeat artists on NYE as per!

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    by » 20-12-18, 19:57

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller
    The show returns for a New Year’s special, broadcasting all the biggest hits of the year culminating with the last Number 1 of the year, artists will include:
    . . . . . according to that list, several acts that haven't had a top 40 hit at all during 2018 ?!




    The Christmas 1986 edition will be on BBC FOUR next Thursday - but there are two other non-Mike Smith shows before that this week. Tonight's is episode 1189:

    27/11/86 (Presented by Gary Davies)
    (19) Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Warriors (Of The Wasteland)”
    (09) Debbie Harry – “French Kissing In The USA” (video)
    (15) Five Star – “If I Say Yes”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 )
    (17) Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor – “The Skye Boat Song”
    Breakers:
    - (22) Iron Maiden – “Stranger In A Strange Land” (video clip)
    - (21) Genesis – “Land Of Confusion” (video clip)
    (08) Nick Kamen – “Each Time You Break My Heart”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (video)
    (13) Anita Baker – “Sweet Love” (audience dancing/credits)


    I had a vague recollection that this Genesis hit was the one with the video in which the band were replaced by puppets from "Spitting Image" - which, of course, had given us the number one a few months earlier with "The Chicken Song".

    The oldest performers this week were clearly Roger Whittaker and Des O'Connor - I was struggling to recall whether both of them are still alive in 2018. The answer is yes - they're now eighty-two and eighty-six respectively. So they were fifty and fifty-four at the time of this hit, although perhaps at least one of them looked older . . . . .

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    by » 21-12-18, 19:55

    And tonight, episode 1191:


    11/12/86 (Presented by Janice Long and Steve Wright)
    (21) Jaki Graham – “Step Right Up”
    (03) The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Janice Long )
    (24) Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
    Breakers:
    - (27) Cameo – “Candy” (video clip)
    - (25) Dexys Midnight Runners – “Because Of You” (video clip)
    - (16) A-ha – “Cry Wolf” (video clip)
    - (14) Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (video clip)
    (19) George Benson – “Shiver”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Janice Long )
    (01) Europe – “The Final Countdown”
    (08) Madonna – “Open Your Heart” (video/credits)


    This Dexy's Midnight Runners single was the only one of theirs that I ever bought - it was the theme to the sitcom "Brush Strokes", and was featured frequently earlier in 2018 in the series "Cunk On Britain". This was one of very few television series made in 2018 that I watched this year !


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    by » 27-12-18, 19:56

    Tonight on BBC FOUR, episode 1193 - the last of 1986, back when they did feature all the biggest hits of the year just ending !


    25/12/86 (Presented by Simon Bates, Gary Davies, Janice Long and Peter Powell)
    Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”
    - The Communards – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (video clip)
    - A-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (video clip)
    - Europe – “The Final Countdown” (video clip)
    Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky”
    - Cliff Richard & The Young Ones – “Living Doll” (video clip)
    - Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song” (video clip)
    Boris Gardiner – “I Want To Wake Up With You”
    - Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (video clip)
    - Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (video clip)
    Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years”
    - Nick Berry – “Every Loser Wins” (video clip)
    - Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” (video clip)
    - George Michael – “A Different Corner” (video clip)
    Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”
    - Madonna – “True Blue” (video clip)
    - Madonna – “Papa Don’t Preach” (video clip)
    Chris De Burgh – “The Lady In Red”
    - The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love” (video clip)
    Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (video)
    - Wham! – “Edge Of Heaven” (video clip/credits)



    Almost nothing there that didn't get to number one in 1986 ! Presumably the number two from Simply Red was included because they were available to come to the studio and do a live performance, unlike any of the UK-based number one hitmakers who were asked and declined.

    The late night repeat of this one is tomorrow night instead of tonight - when there's another chance to see the Christmas 1978 programme. Then the 1987 editions begin in a fortnight's time - after the usual "Story Of 1987" documentary.

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    by » 04-01-19, 23:17

    Watched the Story of 1987 and the only thing I didn't know was that China in Your Hand was about Mary Shelley creation of Frankenstein.
    I thought at first it was about the country then about a a brawling couple throwing plates at each other
    The years have been good to Belinda Carlisle, but not so good to Carol Decker. Still not bad for her age and being a rock star! Or should that be - that cosmetic surgeons have been good for Belinda?
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    by » 10-01-19, 19:56

    So 1987 gets underway tonight :

    01/01/87 (Presented by Gary Davies)
    (15) Status Quo – “Dreamin’”
    (05) A-ha – “Cry Wolf” (video)
    (08) Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
    ( Charts 40 - 11)
    (18) Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool” (video)
    (31) Gary Moore – “Over The Hills & Far Away”
    (22) Spitting Image – “Santa Claus Is On The Dole” (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01)
    (01) Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (video)
    (04) Madonna – “Open Your Heart" (video/credits)


    No breakers this time - but they will return for the vast majority of this year's shows !

    Nothing at all that I bought here - the second Spitting Image hit was much less memorable than the first, and it's not as if it was going to climb above its current position in the new year . . . . . while I must admit that the opening number from Status Quo was the one from this bunch that I really didn't have any recollection of at all. It was also at its peak, but in the fourth of six weeks it spent in the top forty. According to Gary Davies it was "about" their "44th" hit?! Well, the list on the Official Charts website suggests that it was more like their 34th - and even then "Caroline" would have to be counted twice, or at least one single that fell short of the top forty would need to be included.

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    by » 10-01-19, 20:01

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham76man
    Watched the Story of 1987 and the only thing I didn't know was that China in Your Hand was about Mary Shelley creation of Frankenstein.
    I thought at first it was about the country then about a a brawling couple throwing plates at each other
    The years have been good to Belinda Carlisle, but not so good to Carol Decker. Still not bad for her age and being a rock star! Or should that be - that cosmetic surgeons have been good for Belinda?
    Carol does look terrible, I was astonished when I saw her on Celebrity Masterchef a few months back.

    Loved the Story of 1987 show, it really was an amazing year for music. Everything seemed so hopeful and positive. The stories about Rick Astley and Mel & Kim were interesting, always so sad when I hear about Mel - didn’t twig before how much Alesha Dixon looks like her.

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    by » 11-01-19, 19:55

    Tonight, the second of three January 1987 editions presented by Gary Davies:

    08/01/87 (Presented by Gary Davies)
    (38) Swing Out Sister – “Surrender”
    (24) Lionel Richie – “Ballerina Girl” (video)
    (09) The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 )
    (19) The Pretenders – “Hymn To Her” (video)
    Breakers
    - (36) Iggy Pop – “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” (video clip)
    - (32) Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie” (video clip)
    (31) Paul Simon – “The Boy In The Bubble” (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (video)
    (14) Genesis – “Land Of Confusion” (14) (video/credits)

    Another one in which there was considerably more video content than studio performances, which perhaps will become more common this year - and another in which there weren't any singles that I bought . . . . .

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    by » 18-01-19, 19:59

    22/01/87 (Presented by Gary Davies and Steve Wright)
    (12) Dead Or Alive – “Something In My House”
    (13) UB40 – “Rat In Mi Kitchen” (video)
    (20) Randy Crawford – “Almaz”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Gary Davies )
    (15) Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
    Breakers:
    - (24) Taffy – “I Love My Radio” (breaker)
    - (22) Pepsi & Shirlie – “Heartache” (breaker)
    (14) Siouxsie & The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Gary Davies )
    (01) Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body” (video)
    (07) Swing Out Sister – “Surrender” (video/credits)


    Still nothing that I bought this year - although there were other singles from several of the acts here that I liked more. Those include the previous release from the singer who is American, although her name may mistakenly suggest that she is Welsh:



    This had been a big hit in Italy, and entered the Europarade accordingly - and the long instrumental intro on this 12" version was then used for quite some time by Giles Squire, the Europarade presenter on Metro Radio, Tyneside, in the background while he read the weekly countdown of that continental chart on Thursday afternoons.

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    by » 24-01-19, 19:55

    Into February 1987 tonight, and a fortnight later than the previous repeat, so a few of the same hits again :


    05/02/87 (Presented by Janice Long and John Peel)
    (11) The Blow Monkeys – “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”
    (04) Randy Crawford – “Almaz”
    (12) The Smiths – “Shoplifters Of The World Unite”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Janice Long / John Peel )
    (05) Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
    Breakers:
    - (24) Five Star – “Stay Out Of My Life” (video clip)
    - (23) Eric Clapton – “Behind The Mask” (video clip)
    (19) Michael Crawford – “Music Of The Night” (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Janice Long / John Peel )
    (01) Aretha Franklin and George Michael – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (video)
    (14) Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing” (remix) (video/credits)



    John Peel made a point of saying that there was "no bad language" in this programme - I've no idea what this could have been in reference to . . . . .

    . . . . . while Janice Long thought Curiosity Killed The Cat could be number one next week. No - not then, or ever !

    "Music Of The Night" was the only one that I bought from this line-up - sung only by Michael Crawford. Although Sarah Brightman appeared with him in the video, she only sang (without him) on the other, much less played, double-A-side of the single.

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    by » 25-01-19, 19:53

    And tonight:


    12/02/87 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Peter Powell)
    (18) Level 42 – “Running In The Family”
    (19) Ben E. King – “Stand By Me” (video)
    (02) Pepsi & Shirlie – “Heartache”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Simon Mayo / Peter Powell )
    (11) Five Star – “Stay Out Of My Life”
    Breakers:
    - (25) Timbuk 3 – “Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” (video clip)
    - (22) Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again” (video clip)
    - (20) Europe – “Rock The Night” (video clip)
    (14) Vesta Williams – “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Simon Mayo / Peter Powell )
    (01) Aretha Franklin and George Michael – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (video)
    (06) Taffy – “I Love My Radio” (video/credits)


    Another edition including nothing that I bought - well, except the theme tune by Paul Hardcastle !

    Peter Powell was correct in predicting that the Ben E. King song would do better this time around than originally - and I found myself wondering whether or not Ben E. King is still alive now. The answer . . . . . no, he died just over four years ago, at the age of 76.

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    by » 31-01-19, 21:12

    My last post before the hiatus covered the "Top of the Pops" repeated last Friday evening - now, six days later, my first one after the return of UKMix covers the next repeat, tonight !



    19/02/87 (Presented by Gary Davies)
    (22) Westworld – “Sonic Boom Boy”
    (14) Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again” (video)
    (03) Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 )
    (06) Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – “Male Stripper”
    Breakers:
    - (25) Duran Duran – “Skin Trade” (video clip)
    - (23) Simply Red – “The Right Thing” (video clip)
    - (19) Mental As Anything – “Live It Up” (video clip)
    - (18) The Jets – “Crush On You” (video clip)
    (15) Eric Clapton – “Behind The Mask”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) Ben E. King – “Stand By Me” (video)
    (17) Europe – “Rock The Night” (video/credits)



    Now this was more like it - there were three singles here that I bought.

    "Sonic Boom Boy" would just miss the top ten for Westworld, but "Live It Up" would get there for Mental As Anything.

    Already in the top ten, and about to climb a couple more places to its peak, "Male Stripper" had taken a long time to become successful, on 31st December 1986 - before it became a major hit. cessful - it first reached the top 75 almost six months earlier. According to Wikipedia, one of the duo, Miki Zone, died of spinal meningitis caused by AIDS, on 31st December 1986 - before it became a major hit.


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    by » 01-02-19, 19:56

    Tonight, advancing a fortnight but not finding too many of the same hits again:

    05/03/87 (Presented by Gary Davies and Janice Long)
    (27) The Christians – “Forgotten Town”
    (13) A-ha – “Manhattan Skyline”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Janice Long / Gary Davies )
    (20) Erasure – “It Doesn’t Have To Be”
    (25) Mel & Kim – “Respectable”
    Breakers:
    - (10) Jackie Wilson – “I Get The Sweetest Feeling” (video clip)
    - (09) Freddie Mercury – “The Great Pretender” (video clip)
    - (07) Boy George – “Everything I Own” (video clip)
    (29) Al Jarreau – “Moonlighting”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Janice Long / Gary Davies )
    (01) Ben E. King – “Stand By Me” (video)
    (02) Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman” (video/credits)


    Unusual for the first half of the show to be entirely performances - and for the "breakers" all to be hits already in the top ten!

    So many already old songs were back in the charts at this time - either remakes by different artists, or the originals.....

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    by » 07-02-19, 17:56

    As much as I think Male Stripper is a pretty naff song, the performance would’ve definitely been a brave move for TOTP and the BBC at the time.

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    by » 07-02-19, 19:53

    Tonight, another one with more live performances, fewer videos, and no breakers!


    19/03/87 (Simon Bates & Peter Powell)
    (02) Mel & Kim – “Respectable”
    (11) Bruce Willis – “Respect Yourself” (video)
    (25) The Mission – “Severina”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Peter Powell )
    (15) Erasure – “It Doesn’t Have To Be”
    (19) Genesis – “Tonight Tonight Tonight” (Montreux clip)
    (08) Al Jarreau – “Moonlighting”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Peter Powell )
    (01) Boy George – “Everything I Own” (video)
    (16) Prince – “Sign O’ The Times” (video/credits)



    I didn't really have any recollection of this Genesis single - which lost at least one of its
    "Tonight"s in Simon Bates' introduction, and was only going to climb one more place to
    a number 18 peak - or the one by the Mission, which wasn't going any higher than it was
    this week. These and the Bruce Willis track (his second and last top forty hit, both of
    them cover versions) had been featured in the breakers in the previous week, when Mike
    Smith and Steve Wright presented. And, unfortunately, Mike Smith presented two of
    the next three weeks' shows as well.

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    by » 07-02-19, 21:47

    Never realised Bruce Willis had more hits than just Under The Boardwalk.

    Always great to see Mel & Kim. Really thought they were gonna be huge. Such a shame Mel died so young.
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    by » 08-02-19, 00:32

    Bruce was in Moonlighting of course a cult series at that time. I think he turned to singing just in case the acting didn't take off. He was always trying to sing something in Moonlighting too.

    Prince's song was the first mention of AIDS in a hit song. Not to be confused with the many other version's of the title.
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    by » 08-02-19, 19:42

    LOVE Mel & Kim's image and performance style, especially for Respectable - they were so cool and made it look effortless. Crazy to think everyone but Mike Stock hated the "take-take-take-take" hook.

    If Mel hadn't died I think they'd have had hits all through the 90s too. Kim Appleby's Don't Worry was another fantastic track that I believe was intended for their next album.

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    by » 08-02-19, 19:55

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    Always great to see Mel & Kim. Really thought they were gonna be huge. Such a shame Mel died so young.
    Tonight's episode was from a week in which these sisters achieved something not very many people have managed in the UK - they were at number one (as part of a multi-group) and at number two (on their own) in the same week ! This feat was most recently repeated by members of Clean Bandit - who were on the latest "Do They Know It's Christmas" remake at number one and had their own song at number two in the same week, not many Christmases ago.


    02/04/87 (Presented by Gary Davies and Janice Long)
    (21) The Pogues and The Dubliners – “The Irish Rover”
    (05) Madonna – “La Isla Bonita” (video)
    (22) Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Ordinary Day”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Gary Davies / Janice Long ]
    (17) Fine Young Cannibals – “Ever Fallen In Love”
    Breakers:
    - (34) The Rainmakers – “Let My People Go-Go” (video clip)
    - (33) Herb Alpert – “Keep Your Eye On Me” (video clip)
    - (27) Whitesnake – “Still Of The Night” (video clip)
    (24) Ruby Turner – “I’d Rather Go Blind”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Gary Davies / Janice Long ]
    (01) Ferry Aid – “Let It Be” (video/credits)



    And I'm pretty certain that there is another chart "record-holder" within the line-up of the opening performance - albeit relating to the Irish chart. I believe that John Sheahan, one of the Dubliners, became the oldest living artist to reach number one in Ireland - in 2012, when he was 72 years old and among the many artists performing "The Rocky Road To Poland":



    Unluckily, another older member of the Dubliners had taken part in the recording, but then died before it went to number one! As a group, of course, they had reached number one in Ireland in 1967 with "Seven Drunken Nights" - and made it to the top again in 1987 with "The Irish Rover". The only single from this week's edition that I bought, it peaked at number eight in the UK.

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    by » 08-02-19, 21:29

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham76man View Post
    Bruce was in Moonlighting of course a cult series at that time. I think he turned to singing just in case the acting didn't take off. He was always trying to sing something in Moonlighting too.

    Prince's song was the first mention of AIDS in a hit song. Not to be confused with the many other version's of the title.
    I loved Moonlighting.
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    by » 11-02-19, 14:21

    Ferry Aid had such a random line-up; I spotted Anne Diamond, Linda Lusardi and Nick Cotton from EastEnders in that group at the end also surprised to see Kate Bush singing on it, wouldn’t have thought it was her sort of thing.

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    by » 11-02-19, 19:33

    Four accurate identifications there - John Altman played Nick Cotton, and seems to be among several
    actors from this and other television shows (such as "Grange Hill") and general presenters/personalities
    that were alongside genuine hit-makers in this collection. Wikipedia says this was the full line-up:

    Paul McCartney / Boy George / Keren Woodward and Nick Kamen / Paul King / Mark King / Jaki Graham /
    Taffy / Mark Knopfler / Andy Bell / Pepsi and Shirlie / Mel and Kim / Gary Moore / Kim Wilde and Nik
    Kershaw / Edwin Starr / Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot / Ruby Turner / Kate Bush (solo/duo performances);
    The Alarm, John Altman, Debee Ashby, Al Ashton, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Simon Bates, Alison Bettles,
    Jenny Blythe, Errol Brown, Miquel Brown, Bucks Fizz, Jay Carly, The Christians, Nick Conway, Linda
    Davidson, Hazell Dean, Anne Diamond, Difford and Tilbrook, Doctor and the Medics, The Drifters, Drum
    Theatre, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Roy Gayle, Go West, Carol Hitchcock, Felix Howard, Gloria Hunniford,
    Imagination, Jenny Jay, Ellie Laine, Annabel Lamb, Stephanie Lawrence, Loose Ends, Linda Lusardi, Ruth
    Madoc, Bobby McVey, Suzanne Mizzi, The New Seekers, Sadie Nine, The Nolans, Hazel O'Connor, Mike
    Osman, Su Pollard, Tim Polley, Pamela Power, Maxi Priest, Princess, Jimmy Pursey, Suzi Quatro, Mike
    Read, Sally Sagoe, Nejdet Salih, Ray Shell, Mandy Smith, Neville Staple, Alvin Stardust, Steve Strange,
    Sylvia Tella, Terraplane, Bonnie Tyler, Maria Whittaker, Working Week. (back-up chorus)

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    by » 15-02-19, 19:56

    Tonight:


    16/04/87 (Presented by Janice Long and Peter Powell)
    (09) Fine Young Cannibals – “Ever Fallen In Love”
    (17) David Bowie – “Day In Day Out” (video)
    (10) Living In A Box – “Living In A Box”
    (19) Herb Alpert – “Keep Your Eye On Me” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Janice Long / Peter Powell )
    Breakers:
    - (20) Kim Wilde & Junior – “Another Step (Closer To You)” (video clip)
    - (14) Five Star – “The Slightest Touch” (video clip)
    (13) Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (video)
    (new) Rikki – “Only The Light”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Janice Long / Peter Powell )
    (01) Ferry Aid – “Let It Be” (video)
    (02) Madonna – “La Isla Bonita” (video/credits)



    Unless most of the better hits were in the Mike Smith editions, it's starting to look as if more of my favourites of 1987 came from charts of other countries rather than the UK. Once again, nothing I liked among this bunch, although I have bought other singles by some of the acts - including Herb Alpert. The track I liked from him was the theme tune to a well-known television series here in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s:



    The answer to the usual question that often forms in my mind when typing this - still alive, now 83 !

    Long before this became commonplace, our Eurovision entry for 1987 performed disastrously in the chart - Rikki reached number 96 in his only week in the top 100 with "Only The Light". In the contest, it was thirteenth.

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