Category: YouTube clip of the week

Kenny Everett

Kenny was a genius and a legend and passed away 26 years ago this week. He was the broadcaster’s broadcaster and everyone in the radio industry did, and still do, hold him in high regards. No one, comes close when it comes to originality and spontaneity and sheer inventiveness. He wrote his own rules and broke many of the real ones thus getting him fired from so many radio stations, but because there was no one like him, and his vast audience, they re-hired him every time.

In 1978, he was offered his own television show, The Kenny Everett Video Show, in which he did what he wanted and was very funny. He was a friend to the stars and Freddie Mercury and David Bowie would make regular appearances on his show.

But, for all his talent, Kenny was never comfortably with his homosexuality and was immensely shy. He was only comfortable when he locked himself away in his home studio to invent a swathe of jingles.

One of his many famous TV sketches was the Do It Yourself Bee Gees Kit which I guess many younger folk won’t have seen, so here it is. Enjoy.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle is 60 this week. I’m not a watcher of any reality TV show, but I was pointed to this when she impressed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent and it’s watching again I think. Can you believe it was 12 years ago? That’ll teach everyone to mock her! Bless her and she deserves all the success she has had.

 

Russell Tompkins Jr

Russell Tompkins Jr was the lead singer with the Stylistics and he is celebrating his 70th birthday this week.

He was born in Philadelphia and whilst at school he started singing with a group called The Monarchs. They entered a local competition and made it to the final where they were in a head-to-head with the Percussions. The Monarchs won and soon after Tompkins and two other Monarch members James Smith and Airrion Love joined forces with two members of the Percussions, Herbie Murrell and James Dunn to form The Stylistics.

They scored 16 UK hits, nine of them top 10 including the number one Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love).

Let’s remember their third hit Break Up to Make Up from 1973.

Birdy

Birdy was born Jasmine Van den Bogaerde in 1996 and is the great niece of Dirk Bogarde.  Her most well known song is Skinny Love which has spent just under a year on the UK singles chart in no less than 14 separate chart runs.

Surrender is her brand new song and one of my favourite of 2021 so far, what do you think?

Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday is 72 this week.

He was born in Dallas, Texas and when he was 22 headed to Los Angeles where he formed his first band Meat Loaf Soul, a name coined by Meat’s football coach because if his size. He released a few singles, but struggled because, as he claimed on an interview with a New Zealand radio interview, no one took him seriously in the music industry.

He went on to appear in the L.A stage production of Hair, he broke off for a U.S tour and then returned to the same show but this time on Broadway in New York. In 1973, he was invited to join the cast in the original production of the Rocky Horror Show where he portrayed Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, the how was a success and it led to him being cast as Eddie in the film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In 1975, he and Jim Steinman began work on what was to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell. Two years in the making, it finally surfaced in 1977. To date, it has sold approx. 44 million copies worldwide.

He continued to appear in many film and TV productions as well as releasing the albums Dead Ringer (1981), Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983), Bad Attitude (1984) and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) – the latter containing his only UK number one hit I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).

In 1997, he had a cameo appearance as a bus driver in the film Spiceworld.

Let’s remember and enjoy one of the singles released from Bat Out of Hell which, astonishingly only reached number 32 in the UK singles chart.

T.Rex

It was 40 years ago this week that Marc Bolan died in a car crash in Barnes. The car was driven by his girlfriend, the singer Gloria Jones who recorded the original version of Tainted Love and also write the 1979 disco hit Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet for Gonzalez.

T.Rex first hit the UK chart in 1968, under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex, with Debora. After three hits they shortened the name to T.Rex and chart 20 hit singles including the four chart toopers; Hot Love, Get It On, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru.

Let’s enjoy his last top 20 hit, from 1976.