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Archive for the ‘Unexpected Gems’ Category

  • Unexpected Gem – Mungo Jerry Covers Jacques Dutronc

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    It’s probably one of those records you’ve heard before but can’t quite remember who it’s by and where you heard it. A bit of an earworm if you know what we mean. There’s somewhat of a backstory to this too so settle down, make a cuppa and read on....

  • Unexpected Gem: Carl Douglas & the Big Stampede – Crazy Feeling

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    To most of us Carl Douglas is mainly considered a one-hit wonder with his homage to 1970s martial arts movies ‘Kung-Fu Fighting”. It was not only the biggest-selling record of 1974 but it also sold a quite staggering 11 million copies worldwide and is the...

  • Unexpected Gems – David Cassidy Get it up for love

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    As the Justin Beiber of his day David Cassidy was among the first ever teen idols (even though he was knocking on for 20 when he made it big) and in the early 1970s his face adorned the walls of a million teenage girls’ bedrooms. As one of the first really...

  • Unexpected Gems – The Tremeloes: Instant Whip

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    We’ve been a bit lax in terms of Unexpected Gems of late so we’re coming back with a bang and a cracking fuzz-rock (listen to the track and you’ll know why it’s so named) groover from mid-Sixties crooners and also the group Decca Records chose over...

  • Unexpected Gems – Brotherhood of Man: Reach Out Your hand

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    Originally established in 1969 as a vehicle for songwriter Tony Hiller, Brotherhood of Man was an ever changing line-up of session musicians until Hiller settled on an established group who went on to Eurovision and chart success in the UK and further afield....

  • Unexpected Gems – The Pasadenas I Believe in Miracles

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    Best known as the Jackson Sisters‘ rare groove classic,’ I Believe in Miracles’ has always been a guaranteed dancefloor filler and one of those records that is still considered a classic to this day.   The Jackson Sisters’ version...

  • Unexpected Gems – Liza Minnelli Use Me

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    Born into Hollywood royalty, daughter of Judy Garland, winner of an Oscar, two Golden Globes and an Emmy, one time Queen of Broadway and er, collaborator with the Pet Shop Boys Liza Minnelli’s career has been long, varied and very successful. Perhaps...

  • Unexpected Gem – Shirley Bassey Jezahel

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    The latest in our occasional series of Unexpected Gems sees us visiting a rarely heard Dame Shirley Bassey track that rocks the house in true lung-busting style and certainly deserves more attention than it currently gets. Tucked away on Bassey’s 1972...

  • Unexpected Gems – John Travolta A Girl Like You

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    To demonstrate that we don’t just chuck all this together (honestly we don’t!) and to link a couple of posts together rather tenuously we present for your delectation another in our occasional series of Unexpected Gems. This time, we cast our ears across...

  • Unexpected Gems – Mike Berry Dial My Number

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    Our latest Unexpected Gem comes from Mike Berry one time singer and actor who is best known to UK TV viewers for his role as Mr Spooner in the long-running, department store based, innuendo-loving BBC sitcom Are You Being Served...