STEVE WONDER And ROD STEWART Scored Both A No 1 Hit 45 Years Ago Today

21 May 2022

Living soul legend Stevie Wonder wrote Sir Duke in tribute to Duke Ellington,
the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie,
Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald

The song reached the number one spot on the US Singles Chart
45 years ago today, on 21 May 1972.

Turn it up, Sir Stevie…

STEVIE WONDER: Discography


Tragic tearjerker I Don’t Want To Talk About It was written by Danny Whitten,
who was part of Neil Young‘s band Crazy Horse. He died at the early age of 29
following a drug overdose in 1972.

The cover of Scottish superstar Rod Stewart broke hearts all over the planet.
It topped the UK Singles Chart 45 years ago today, on 21 May 1977.

ROD STEWART: Discography

CHRIS BAILEY Of Australian Punk Pioneers THE SAINTS Sadly Stranded At 65

Top singles from the past

12 April 2022

CHRIS BAILEY was born Christopher James Mannix Bailey in The Colony of Kenya 65 years ago. He spent his childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved afterward to Australia. Three days ago he passed away. R.I.P.

A message on the group’s FB page broke the sad news: “It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you about the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on April the 9th 2022. Chris lived a life of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night.”

With his Brisbane schoolmates Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay he formed legendary punk rock band THE SAINTS in the early 70s. Their debut LP I’M STRANDED (1977) is still an all-time landmark punk album with its rolling and roaring title track as their best-known cracker…

And here’s another great Chris Bailey moment to honor this great musician.
In 2003 he joined his friend Nick Cave for Bring It On. A towering goosebumps
single of the Bad Seeds‘ album Nocturama.

Stunning duo performance …

THE SAINTS: Facebook

They made/released 14 studio LPs with King Of The Sun
as the most recent one. Came out in 2014. Bailey also
released several solo albums.

(Image on top: from the cover of his 1984 solo LP ‘What We Did on Our Holidays)

All By Himself – HARRY NILSSON Went To No 1 In The UK Without You 50 Years Ago Today

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11 March 2022

Late legend HARRY NILSSON (15 June 1941 – 15 Jan 1994, he died of heart attack)
scored his biggest hit in 1972, 50 years ago today, when he topped the British charts
(also 4 weeks at No 1 in the USA). WITHOUT YOU was written and performed by
English rockers Badfinger.

When Nilsson heard the song at a party, he thought it was
a Beatles track. He loved it, recorded it and scored big time.

All by himself,
without you…

Original Badfinger version….


U2 – Number One Single in The UK 25 Years Ago With Their Swirling Steamroller ‘DISCOTHEQUE’

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15 February 2022


DISCOTHEQUE was the first single of the Irish meagstars’ 9th album Pop.
It hit the top spot of the UK singles charts (in many other countries too)
on 15 February 1997 – yes, already 25 years ago.

It’s a swirling dancefloor steamroller with an electro-fying impact on
all your senses and limbs. In the accompanying video clip U2 performed
inside of a giant mirrorball and their The Village People outfits alluded to
the 70s disco era.

Get up and dance, ladies and gents

U2: Facebook – Instagram

BOB DYLAN Defending Convicted Black Boxer Robert ‘HURRICANE’ Carter 45 Years AGo

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3 January 2022

At the end of 1975 living legend BOB DYLAN released single HURRICANE.
A protest song co-written with Jacques Levy, about the imprisonment of black
boxer Rubin Carter, whose nickname was Hurricane.

“Carter and a man named John Artis had been charged with a triple murder at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. The following year Carter and Artis were found guilty of the murders, which were widely reported as racially motivated. In the years that followed, a substantial amount of controversy emerged over the case, ranging from allegations of faulty evidence and questionable eyewitness testimony to an unfair trial.”

The song entered the US Singles charts this day 45 years ago.
It peaked at #33 and was part of his stellar 1976 album Desire
released on 5 January 1976.

Lyrics video…


BOB DYLAN: Facebook

5 Feel (Not) Guilty Crackers To Start 2022!

1. ‘My Coo Ca Choo’ by ALVIN STARDUST (UK)

Real name: Bernard William Jewry
27 September 1942 – 23 October 2014

One of the many artists (The Sweet, Suzi Quatro,
Mud, Smokie
& more) that scored their hits with
songs written by famous singer-songwriters
and producers Chinn & Chapman.

Song: MY COO CA CHOO – 1974
Score: #2 in the UK, #1 in Australia


2. ‘Dyna-mite’ by MUD (UK)

Yep, also a Chinn & Chapmann money machine.

Song: DYNA-MITE – 1973
Score: #4 in the UK, #1 in Belgium
and The Netherlands.


3. ‘Every Time I Think Of You’ by THE BABYS (UK)

The London band led by voice/face John Waite who
went solo after the babies split. He scored a big hit
with Missing You.

Score: #13 in the US, #6 in Australia


4. ‘Trouble’ by SHAMPOO (UK)

Who: Jacqueline ‘Jacqui’ Blake and Caroline ‘Carrie’ Askew.

Score: #11 in the UK, #17 in Australia


5. ‘Ghostbusters’ by RAY PARKER JR. (US)

Theme song of 1984 Ghostbusters feat.
Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray
and Harold Remis.

The mega hit was written and sung by American
singer-songwriter/producer/actor Ray Parker Jr.

Score: #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa
and several European countries.

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 10 Classic Crackers Turn 50 In 2022

31 December 2021

10 turning 50 in 2022

1. ‘Virginia Plane’ by ROXY MUSIC

Where my Studebaker takes me
That’s where I’ll make my stand but wait
Can’t you see that Holzer mane’
What’s her name? Virginia Plain


2. ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ by LOU REED

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey, babe
Take a walk on the wild side”
Said, “Hey, honey
Take a walk on the wild side”


3. ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ by WINGS

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don’t make them have to get it
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Still makes Ireland Irish today

Great Britain, you are enormous
And nobody knows that better than me.
But really, what are you doing there?
In that land over the sea?

Tell me how you think
When you on your way to work
Would you be stopped by Irish soldiers?
Would you lie down and do nothing?
Would you give in or go mad?


4. ‘Telegram Sam’ by T. REX

Golden Nose Slim Golden Nose Slim
I know’s where you’ve been
Purple Pie Pete Purple Pie Pete
Your lips are like lightning
Girls melt in the heat
Telegram Sam
You’re my main man


5. ‘Rock And Roll’ by LED ZEPPELIN

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled
It’s been a long time since I did the stroll
Ooh let me get it back, let me get it back
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from


6. ‘Heart Of Gold’ by NEIL YOUNG

I want to live, I want to give
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold
It’s these expressions I never give

That keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old


6. ‘Starman’ by DAVID BOWIE

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie


7. ‘Smoke On The Water’ by DEEP PUPRLE

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water
A fire in the sky
Smoke on the water


8. ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ by SLADE

I don’t want to drink my whisky like you do
I don’t need to spend my money but still do
Don’t stop now a c-‘mon
Another drop now c-‘mon
I wanna lot now so c-‘mon
That’s right, that’s right
I said Mama but we’re all crazy now
I said Mama but we’re all crazy now


9. ‘Tumbling Dice’ by THE ROLLING STONES

Mmm yeah!
Women think I’m tasty, but they’re always tryin’ to waste me
Make me burn the candle right down
But, baby, baby, don’t need no jewels in my crown


10. ‘Do It Again’ by STEELY DAN

In the mornin’ you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water
And you fire ’til he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin’ as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn’t hangin’ and they put you on the street
You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again

Just Like Honey – Happy 60 To JIM REID!

Top singles from the past…

29 December 2021

(Jim: right / William: left)

James McLeish Reid was born 60 years ago today,
on 29 December 1961 in East Kilbridge, Scotland. To
celebrate the birthday of the youngest Reid (his brother
William is 63) I picked a classic from his favorite band
The Jesus And Mary Chain

“I’ll be your plastic toy
I’ll be your plastic toy
For you
Eating up the scum
Is the hardest thing for
Me to do
Just like honey…”


Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 10 Classic Crackers Turn 25 In 2022

11 December 2021

1. Bitter Sweet Symphony by THE VERVE (Wigan, UK)

Released: 16 June 1997
Album: Urban Hymns
Score: No 2 in the UK, No 12 in the USA

“Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, that’s life
Tryna make ends meet, you’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah”


2. ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (Liverpool)

Released: 20 June 1997
Album: Evergreen
Score: #8 in the UK

“I want it now, I want it now
Not the promises of what tomorrow brings
I need to live in dreams today
I’m tired of the song that sorrow sings”


3. ‘Kowalski’ by PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland/UK)

Released: 5 May 1997
Album: Vanishing Point
Score: #2 in Scotland, #8 in the UK

“This radio station was named Kowalski
In honor of the last American hero to whom
Speed means freedom of the soul
The question is not when he’s gonna stop
But who is gonna stop him”


4. ‘Get Higher’ by BLACK GRAPE (UK)

Released: 10 September 1997
Album: Stupid Stupid Stupid
Score: #24 in the UK

“Nancy is joining me because the message this evening is not my message, but ours
“Despite our best efforts, shortages of marijuana are now being reported. From the early
days of our administration, Nancy has been abusing marijuana on a daily basis and her
personal observations and efforts have given her such dramatic insights that I wanted
her to share them with you this evening.”


5. ‘Brimful Of Asha’ by CORNERSHOP (UK)

Released: 18 August 1997
Album: When I Was Born For The 7th Time
Score: #1 in the UK, #1 in Scotland

“Brimful of Asha on the 45
Well, it’s a brimful of Asha on the 45
Brimful of Asha on the 45
Well, it’s a brimful of Asha on the 45”



6. Song 2 by BLUR (UK)


7. ‘All You Good People’ by EMBRACE (UK)


8. ‘Electricity’ by SPIRITUALIZED (UK)


9. ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ by CHEMICAL BROTHERS (UK)


10. ‘D’you Know What I Mean’ by OASIS

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 5 Classic Crackers Turn 20 In 2022

Five top singles from the past turning 20 in 2022

1. Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song) by San Francisco

Released: 16 September 2002
From album: B.R.M.C

“I fell in love with the sweet sensation
I gave my heart to a simple chord
I gave my soul to a new religion
Whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to our rock’n’roll?”


2. ‘Highly Evolved’ by mind-blowing Australian turbo THE VINES

Released: 22 April 2002
From album: Highly Evolved
Score: #32 in the UK

“I’m feelin’ happy
So highly evolved
My time’s a riddle that’ll never be solved
Dreamin’ for somethin’
Reachin’ for somethin’
Just waitin’ for the sun to carry me in”


3. Hate To Say I Told You So by Swedisch comic punks THE HIVES

Released: 15 March 2002
From album: Veni Vidi Vicious
Score: No 4 on UK’s Indie Chart
and #6 on US Alt Chart

“Hate to say I told you so
Alright, come on
Do believe I told you so”


4. ‘No One Knows’ by L.A.’s stoner rockers QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Released: 26 November 2002
From album: Songs For The Deaf
(with Dave Grohl on drums)
Score: #15 in the UK, #5 on US Rock Chart

“We get these pills to swallow
How they stick in your throat?
Tastes like gold
Oh, what you do to me
No one knows”


5. ‘Losing My Edge’ by LCD SOUNDSYTEM (James Murphy’s band – Brooklyn, NYC)

Release: 15 July 2002 – LCD’s debut single
From their self-titled debut LP

“The kids are coming up from behind.
I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge to the kids
from France and from London.
But I was there”