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Archive for the ‘Unexpected Gems’ Category

  • 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...

  • Unexpected Gems – Chubby Checker Gypsy

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    This latest gem comes from Ernest Evans or as he is known to friends and neighbours Chubby Checker and the B-side to his 1973 release ‘Reggae My Way’. Ignore the A-side and flip it over for this psychedelic-drum-and-organ-heavy stomper that never fails to...

  • Unexpected Gems – Bruce Forsyth Lucretia Mac Evil

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    OK kids, for a Brucie bonus point, who knew that the great man himself had recorded such a groovy track as this? Here we see Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson take on the Blood, Sweat & Tears psychedelic, jazz-funk classic ‘Lucretia Mac Evil’...

  • Unexpected Gems – Paul Nicholas Run Shaker Life

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    Paul Nicholas, for those of us old enough to recall his most successful TV role, is best remembered as Vince Pinner, the ‘lovable rough diamond’ in John Sullivan’s pre-Only Fools & Horses sitcom Just Good Friends. He’s enjoyed a...

  • Unexpected Gems – Lisa Stansfield 8-3-1

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    One time host of children’s show Razzamatazz, BRIT award winner, occasional actress and reputedly one of the biggest private donors to the Labour Party – here’s Lisa Stansfield with her 2001 release Eight Three One...

  • Unexpected Gems – Topper Headon Leave it to Luck

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    Once he’d finished Calling London and Rockin’ the Casbah with The Clash, Drummer Topper Headon recorded a solo album called “Waking Up”. The LP mixed elements of soul, jazz, funk and R&B together.When Topper first started...

  • Unexpected Gems – Toni Basil Breakaway

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    Mention the name Toni Basil to people of a certain age and they will reply with another name – ‘Mickey’. Her 1982 worldwide hit of the same name was a cover of a song called ‘Kitty’ released three years earlier by Racey and gave...

  • Unexpected Gems – Cliff Richard Ain’t Nothing But a House Party

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    We started our Unexpected Gems series because we knew there were a load of good records out there that didn’t get mentioned because the artist wasn’t especially cool or hip.Well ladies and gentlemen please allow us to present what may well be the...

  • Unexpected Gems – Demis Roussos Midnight is the time I need you

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    The latest in the Unexpected Gems series looks back to happier days in Greece as Demis hoists his not inconsiderable weight on to the passing disco bandwagon. Go for it big fella...

  • Unexpected Gems – Gene Pitney She’s a Heartbreaker

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    The latest unexpected gem is a dose of Blue eyed soul from Gene Pitney. She’s a heartbreaker was released in 1968 and features on the Album with the same name. The track received regular spins at Northern Soul clubs The Torch and The Twisted Wheel. ...