YouTube clip of the week

Pirate radio

It was on the 15th August 1967 that the Marine Offences Act came into force and saw the end of pirate radio. Here is an interesting 10 -minute video of Radio Caroline.

B. J. Thomas

B.J Thomas would have celebrated his 80th birthday this week.

B.J, which stands for Billy Joe was born in Oklahoma and is a pop and country singer. He is virtually unknown in the UK, but millions will know his songs.

He recorded the original versions of songs that many other covered and had hits with including, Mama (Dave Berry), Always On My Mind (Elvis & Pet Shop Boys), I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (Elvis), It’s Only Love (Elvis), Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (Sacha Distel) and Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love (Daniel O’Donnell).

In the USA, he had a number of pop and country hits including his first hit, a cover of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (1966), Hooked On a Feeling (1968) and his 1975 chart-topper (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.

He has also appeared in the movies Jory (1973) and Jake’s Corner (2008) as well as recording various advert jingles, including ones for Coca-Cola, Pepsi and the Bell Telephone Company.

In March 2021, he made a statement on his Facebook page saying he was suffering from stage four lung cancer but died two months later.

Here he is on the Nashville Now in 1993 performing his original of an Elvis hit.

First of May – Bee Gees

I dedicate this post to my best friend Larry who we lost to Covid just over two years ago. The Bee Gees were one of his favourite groups and this was one of his favourite songs by them.

The first of May was a very significant date for Barry Gibb, who sings the lead vocal on this song. It was the date of Barnaby’s birthday – Barnaby was Barry’s Dog.

This song was released in 1969 around the same time Robin (briefly) left the group and it was probably this single that cemented his decision. The song featured on the album Odessa and there were two tracks slated as the first single to be released and they were Lamplight sung by Robin and first of May sung by Barry. The record company chose First of May and Robin left. Thankfully he returned after a couple of solo singles, the biggest being Saved By the Bell.

Let’s enjoy this masterpiece.

 

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.