Tony Hawkes is a brilliant comedian and managed to spend a whole month travelling around Ireland with a fridge, but back in 1987 he was a pop star – sort of. Under the name morris Minor & The Majors, he, Paul Boross and Phil Judge released the single Stutter Rap (No Sleep Till Bedtime) – a spoof on the Beastie Boys’ No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn and made it to number four in the chart. A very clever record. Enjoy.
Last month we lost the legendary songwriter and producer Jim Steinman. This week it’s Graham Russell, from Air Supply, is 71 years old so I thought I would combine the two. This song was written and produced by Steinman and went to number one in America in 1983. The week it topped the chart, the song at number two was Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler which he also wrote and produced.
Bonnie Tyler made number one in the UK and she covered Making Love (Out of Nothing at All) in 1996 when it peaked at number 45.
The beautiful Thereza Bazar who began her career with Guys ‘N’ Dolls in the 1970s and then went on to a successful career with former bandmate, David Van Day, in Dollar is 66 this week.
As a member of Dollar, she charted 14 hit singles including the three number four hits Love’s Gotta Hold on Me, Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) and Give Me Back My Heart. Their last top 10 hit was a cover of Erasure’s Oh’ L’Amour in 1987 and when the follow-up, It’s Nature’s Way (No Problem) stalled at number 58, they called it a day.
In the early 90s, she got married and emigrated to Australia occasionally returning home for special occasions like the Prince’s Trust’s Tribute Concert to Trevor Horn in 2004 one year after she appeared in the reality television show Reborn in the USA.
In the 2000s, she divorced and returned the UK where she now lives in London.
Let’s remember Dollar’s third number four hit from 1982.
The wonderful Joan Armatrading is back with a new album called Consequences and the first single from it is called Already There. Ceck this out, I think it’s great.
It was 40 years ago this week that we lost the legend that it Bob Marley.
What an uplifting video and a great way to remember him.
Christopher Cross is 70 this week.
Best known in the UK for his song Arthur’s Theme (Best That you Can Do) from the 1981 film Arthur, Chris was born Christopher Geppert in San Antonio, Texas.
After playing with a local band called Flash, he signed a solo recording contract with Warner Brothers in 1978 and released his debut solo album the following year. and his debut hit single, ride Like the Wind, came in 1980 where it peaked at a lowly number 69 despite featuring Michael McDonald on backing vocals. In 1981, Sailing reached number one in the US, but only number 48 over here.
It was a great year for Christopher as he won Album of the Year, and Sailing won Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year – it also earned him a Grammy award.
He continued to record and released album and in 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ White Album (in America) he toured with Todd Rundgren and Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees.
In 2020, he confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 which affected him so badly that he lost the use of his legs, but was last heard to be recovering well and couldn’t wait to get back on the road.
Let’s remember that Grammy-winning American number one single.