The actor and comedian Mike Reid was born this week in 1940 and would have been 80.
He was born in Hackney but grew up after the War in Tottenham. He began in show business as an extra appearing in programmes like Dr Who. In the early 70s, he starred in the TV show The Comedians and later hosted the TV show Runaround. He had one UK hit in 1975 with the Ugly Duckling which reached number 10 in the chart.
In 1987, he joined the cast of Eastenders as Frank Butcher for which he will best be remembered. The things he enjoyed most was comedy and his live shows were very popular and more often than not, very blue.
Here is a sketch about the police but for younger viewers there is a few naughty words.
Teddy Pendergrass was the lead singer with Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes and he died 10 years ago this week.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and formed the group in 1972 and sang on all their big hits including IF You Don’t Know Me By Now, The Love I Lost and Don’t Leave Me This Way. In 1977, he quit the band over money issues and launched a solo career having hits with The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me, the double A sided hit Only You / Close the Door.
In 1982, he stopped recording following a car accident which left him paralysed from the chest. He made a comeback in 1986 which he duetted with Whitney Houston on the song, Hold Me. He retired in 2007 and died three years later.
Let’s enjoy this live recording of their fifth UK hit Wake Up Everybody.
He was born Jerome Anthony Gourdine in New York and in 1957 formed a doo-wop group called The Chesters. The following year they changed their name to The Imperials and had their first his with Tears on my Pillow, which was never a UK hit, at least, not until 1990 when Kylie Minogue took a cover to number one.
Bernard is nothing short of a legend and has done just about everything. Well, he is 86 this week and has had enough time to do it in.
He made pop songs in the 60s including The Hole in the Ground and the best story-song in two and a quarter minutes with Right Said Fred. He had his own television series in the late sixties just called Cribbins.
He was famous in the 70s for narrating the Wombles and holds the record for the most appearance on Jackanory where he appeared 114 times between 1966 and 1991. He has appeared in numerous films and TV shows including the utterly brilliant Railway Children and Dr Who.
I’d never seen his TV series which was back in 1969, but there is an episode available. It’s long but well worth a watch.
Happy birthday Bernard.
The late twins would have celebrated their 70th birthdays this week. Along with their brother Barry, the only surviving Bee Gee, they were genius singers and songwriters who bought some wonderful songs sung by either them or other people to the world. Maurice died in January 2003 at the age of 53 and Robin passed in May 2012 at the age of 62.
In 1999 The Isle Of Man, where they were born, honored them by representing their work on a series of postage stamp.
Let’s remember the first of their five UK number ones from 1967.
This week, two Irish sisters, Keavy and Edele Lynch from B*Witched celebrate their 40th birthdays. Keavy was working as a mechanic in a garage when she met Sinead Carroll, Lindsay Armaou met Keavy at kickboxing classes and they became friends. Realising the all came musical backgrounds they, alongside Edele, decided to form a band and were called Butterfly Farm. The sister’s brother is Shane Lynch who was a member of Boyzone.
Their first single, C’est La vie was released in the summer of 1998 and went to number one in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. It was also a top 10 hit in Belgium, USA, Australia, Netherlands and Norway. A few years later Keavy revealed the song was about sex.
Their next three singles all went to number one but in April 2000 their eighth and final hit, Jump Down peaked at number 16 and the group split up. They reformed with all four original member in 2012 and took part in the ITV2 series The Big Reunion.