Category: YouTube clip of the week

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson is 60 this week.

As lead singer he spend 154 weeks on the UK chart with their seven UK hits – the first three of which were all number ones.

He left the band in 1987 to embark on a solo career but ran into legal problems with the ZTT record company of which FGTH were signed. Instead of a solo career, he had a two year legal battle which he eventually won and in 1989 had his first solo hit with Love Train which reached number four and spent 11 weeks on the chart. The follow-up, Americanos mirrored that chart run.

In 1991, he was diagnosed with HIV and fearing he wouldn’t have long to live he wrote the autobiography A Bone in My Flute.

Let’s remember his debut solo single.

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Dennis Edwards

The former Temptations lead singer, Dennis Edwards, would have been 77 this week, but sadly he died two years ago this week.

He joined the group in 1968 to replace David Ruffin and remained with them until 1976. He left later that year but rejoined the group for a further four years in 1984 when he left again for a solo career.

His most successful singles was a duet wth Siedah Garrett on the song Don’t Look Any Further which only reached number 45 on the singles chart. A cover by the Kane Gang in 1988 faired less well reaching umber 52, but in 1993, the song finally got the resognition it deserved when M People took it to number nine.

When his solo career failed to take off he rejoined the Temptation for a third and final time in 1987 where he remained for a couple of years.

He was briefly married to Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters.

In his later years, he battled with meningitis from which he eventually died in Chicago just two days before his 75th birthday.

Let’s remember Don’t Look Any Further.

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Neil Peart

A ccouple of week ago we heard the sad news of the passing of Neil Peart – the drummer with the Canadian rock band Rush. He had battled brain cancer for just of three years. The band had been together with the same line up since 1974. Here is Neil with a wonderful drums solo from a Frankfurt concert in 2013.

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Mike Reid

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.

Enjoy.

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Teddy Pendergrass

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.

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