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Britain's richest musicians From SUNDAY TIMES RICH LIST 2017


1.  Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell £780m Up £20m

2.  Lord Lloyd-Webber £740m Up £25m

3.  U2 £548m Up £48m

4.  Sir Elton John £290m Up £10m

5.  Sir Mick Jagger £250m Up £15m

6. Keith Richards £235m Up £15m

7.  Olivia and Dhani Harrison £210m Down £10m

8= Michael Flatley £200m Up £2m

8= Ringo Starr £200m No change

10. Sting £185m No change

11= Eric Clapton £170m Up £10m

11= Sir Rod Stewart £170m Up £10m

13. Roger Waters £165m Up £5m

14. Sir Tom Jones £160m Up £5m

15. Sir Tim Rice £152m Up £2m

16. Robbie Williams £150m Up £5m

17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne £140m Up £5m

18. Charlie Watts £130m Up £10m

19= Adele £125m Up £40m

19= Brian May £125m Up £5m




When I was younger so much younger than today I still used to write all the time. I have been writing forever in my mind. I do not think I was writing as a baby though. In the early days of writing when I was knee high to a grasshopper and not even allowed to sharpen my own pencils I was hungry for material to write about.


I also loved pop music and wanted to write about it. My mum used to take me into the local record store weekly to pay her Christma Club money. The guy who owned it used to play a couple of the new releases for me. Then he would give me the weekly bulletins the record companies sent him. In the late 50s and early 60s there were a lot of records released every week.


I had a hunger to write and to write about music. I took these random lists and turned them into stories. They were a little awkward and contrived. But as you are restricted for words you cannot do a lot about it. Stories ended up being mainly about love and it going wrong.


I also did it with Top 20s. My rules were simple. The story had to make sense and I could only use one additional word max for each track. Therefore 20 if using a Top 20


My birthday is 8th April. 50 years ago it was my 18th birthday. Here is the Top 20 for that week in 1967. I have done a story based on that chart. This is the first time I have done one of that chart. I have used only ten additional words. The number in brackets is the chart placing.




(17)Ha! Ha!” Said The Clown, named (18)Al Capone, “(12)Memories are made of this, (3)This Is My Song, ‘(7)Edelweiss’, really, (9)This Is My Song,  (6)I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman you know or (2)Something Stupid like (5)Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear. Please (13)Touch Me Touch Me, for(20)Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone!”


(15)There’s A Kind of Hush as (10)Georgy Girl, (4)A Puppet on A String (16)On A Carousel from (8)Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, (19)Detroit City replies “(11)It’s All Over, due to (14)A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You so (1)Please, Release Me,”




For Saturday 8Th April 1967

Published Thursday 6th April 1967


1              Release Me                                                                           Englebert Humperdink

2              Something Stupid                                                                                Frank & Nancy Sinatra

3              This Is My Song                                                                   Harry Secombe

4              Puppet On A String                                                              Sandie Shore       

5              Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear              Alan Price Set

6              I Was Kaiser Bill’s Bat Nan                                               Whistling Jack Smith

7              Edelweiss                                                                               Vince Hill

8              Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields                                        Beatles

9              This Is My Song                                                                   Petula Clark

10           Georgy Girl                                                                            Seekers

11           It’s All Over                                                                          Cliff  Richard

12           Memories Are Made Of This                                             Val Doonican

13           Touch Me Touch Me                                                          Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch

14           A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You                                       Monkees

15           There’s A kind of Hush                                                      Herman’s Hermits

16           On A Carousel                                                                      Hollies

17           Ha! Ha! Said The Clown                                                   Manfred Mann

18           Al Capone                                                                             Prince Buster

19           Detroit City                                                                           Tom Jones

20           Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone                               Supremes



1              Why -  Anthony Newley

2              Why Annie Lennox

3              Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man? - Cast of My Fair Lady

4              Why Can't I Be You? - The Cure

5              Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas

6              Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers

7              Why Do Girls Love Horses? - Adam Ant

8              Why Do I Keep Counting? - The Killers

9              Why Does It Always Rain On Me? - Travis

10           Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? - Frank Zappa

11           Why Don't We Do It In The Road? - The Beatles

12           Why Don't You Love Me - Beyoncé

13           Why I Sing the Blues - B.B. King

14           Why Walk When You Can Run - Paul Weller

15           Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts - Showaddywaddy

16           Why Must We Fall In Love _ Diana Ross Supremes & temptations

17           Why Oh Why Oh Why - Gilbert O'Sullivan

18           Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen

19           Tell Me Why - The Beatles

20           Don't Know why - Norah Jones











1              Don't Laugh At Me Because I'm A Fool - Norman Wisdom                                       (1954)

2              Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers                          (1956)

3              I'm A Fool To Want You - Billie Holiday                                                                       (1958)

4              (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I, Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires         (1959)

5              Everybody's Somebody's Fool, - Connie Francis                                                          (1960)

6              Fool -  Brenda Lee                                                                                                               (1961)

7              What Kind Of Fool Am I? Sammy Davis Jr. and Anthony Newley                          (1962)

8              She's a Fool, Lesley Gore                                                                                                   (1963)

9              Fools Rush In - Ricky Nelson                                                                                            (1963)

10           The Fool on the Hill - Beatles                                                                                            (1967)

11           Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin                                                                                      (1968)

12           Fool To Cry - Rolling Stones                                                                                             (1976)

13           Fool If You Think It's Over - Chris Rea                                                                          (1978)

14           A Fool For Your Stockings - ZZ Top                                                                                (1979)

15           What Kind of Fool," Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb                                                   (1981)

16           Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Diana Ross                                                                         (1981)

17           Kissing a Fool, George Michael                                                                                         (1988)

18           Everybody Plays the Fool, Aaron Neville                                                                       (1991)

19           Foolish Games,-  Jewel                                                                                                       (1997)

20           Lovefool - The Cardigans                                                                                                  (1997)

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The death has been announced of Chuck Berry who was 90 years old. He was considered the original rock n’ roller. Here is a list of twenty of his best records:

1              Johnnie B. Goode                                 1958

2              My Ding-A-Ling                                   1972

3              You Can Never Tell                            1964

4              Rock & Roll Music                              1957

5              Sweet Little Sixteen                         1958

6              No Particular Place To Go                 1964

7              Nadine                                              1964

8              Memphis, Tennessee                         1963

9              School Day                                       1957

10           Run Rudolph Run                               1963

11           Back in the U.S.A.                               1959

12           Little Queenie                                       1959

13           Almost Grown                                      1959

14           Brown Eyed Handsome Man               1956

15           You Can't Catch Me                           1956

16           Around and Around                            1958

17           Let It Rock                                           1960

18           Wee Wee Hours                                   1955

19           Thirty Days                                           1955

20           I'm Talking About You                      1961


Wednesday 22nd FEBRUARY 2017


I have to say I am a bigger fan of the Grammys than the Brits but I need to stay patriotic. Above is a photograph of an actual Brit Award statue. Below are the key winners in the main catagories.


British male solo artist

David Bowie - winner


British female solo artist

Emeli Sande - winner


British group

The 1975 - winner


British breakthrough act

Rag 'N' Bone Man - winner


Critics' choice

Rag 'N' Bone Man - winner


British single

Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex - winner


British album of the year

David Bowie - Blackstar - winner


Global Success


Adele - winner


Icon Award


Robbie Williams - winner


British artist video of the year

One Direction - History - winner


International male solo artist

Drake - winner


International female solo artist

Beyonce - winner


International group

A Tribe Called Quest - winner


Many people would celebrate turning 100 with a slice of cake and a glass of fizz - but Dame Vera Lynn is doing it by releasing a new album.


She's breaking her own record in the process, having last put out an album at the age of 97, back in 2014.


The singer is known as the forces' sweetheart for entertaining troops during World War Two to boost morale.


Dame Vera - 100 in March - currently holds the record for being the oldest living artist to get a top 20 UK album.


'Reliving emotions'


Vera Lynn 100 comes out on 17 March, three days before her birthday.


Some of her best-known songs have been re-orchestrated for the album, which features her original vocals.


Dame Vera said: "It's truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago, reliving the emotions of that time - I was after all just doing my job as a singer - and it's so wonderful for me to hear my songs again so beautifully presented in a completely new way."






John Shuttleworth is the character created by musician Graham Fellows, who has also on occasion been known as Jilted John, best remembered for his massive hit in the seventies, Jilted John. John Shuttleworth is a completely different kettle of fish. John is a fifty-something unemployed man living in Sheffield, who is fond of DIY and writing songs on his Yamaha keyboard, which are inspired by his life.


“The A1111 – And Other Ones” is John’s third greatest hits compilation, released to co-incide with his “Last Will And Tasty Mint” tour in 2017 featuring more super songs with honed lyrics!




A1 The A1111

A2 One Cup Of Tea Is Never Enough (and 2 is 1 too many!)

A3 Mingling With Mourners

A4 The Toaster Song

A5 Midweek

A6 Get The Volvo, Val


B1 Relatives In Rotherham

B2 The Brough Rest Area

B3 Early Tea

B4 Glove On The Wall

B5 I Want To Be A Community Leader

B6 Smells Like White Spirit

B7 Heartache And Heartburn

B8 How's Yer Nan?


C1 My First Polo

C2 Bars of Soap (are disappearing)

C3 Caravan Capers

C4 Whatever Happened To Vince Hill?

C5 Visiting Time

C6 Red Wine And Hobnobs


D1 Biscuits And Confectionery*

D2 Yorkshire Pudding ( theme from The Shuttleworths)*

D3 Give Us A Ciggy*

D4 Alone With The Day*

D5 Coconut Girl*

D6 Love The Toad*

D7 Sutton On Sea (featuring Gordon Giltrap)


*  Vinyl only bonus tracks


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Managed one of our biggest achievements in life today by getting tickets to see Adele at Wembley 1st July 2017 Only took just over one hour and we count ourselves lucky to get any tickets at all..


The point of this blog is to be fun and not have or force opinions, so I apologise for the following statement: In this day and age with all the intelligent and highly educated and intelligent people around in the ENTERTAINMENTS BUSINESS and IT, shouldn't there be an easier way?


Remember Phil Collins sold out within something silly like seven minute. How? Physically and practically. How?

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Several papers report that sales of vinyl records have overtaken those of album downloads for the first time. Listeners spent £2.4m pounds on vinyl last week and £2.1m on downloads. The Daily Mail says it is all the more surprising because albums bought on vinyl are considerably more expensive than downloads. But the paper adds that there is huge nostalgia for vinyl and many people are willing to pay for something they can hold.


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The Rolling Stone Magazine reports that Amy Winehouse's second – and final – album came out in the U.K. 10 years ago today 27th October 2006. Back to Black, which features Winehouse's whiskey-soaked voice and arrestingly precise lyrics over taut R&B inspired by the days of Stax and Motown, has only grown in stature, its portrait of love's hardest moments still resonant a decade after its release and five years after Winehouse's untimely death.

From 'Frank' outtakes to a soulful Beatles cover, hear some of the late star's most compelling rarities

1. Winehouse turned to girl groups and other Sixties sounds to escape the jazz influences on her debut Frank.

"I'm not a jazz girl any more," Winehouse told the British paper The Sun in 2006. "These songs [on Back to Black] are more accessible than the tracks on Frank, as jazz is quite elitist. People didn't get it. I've been listening to '60s bands and girl groups and it came out in the writing on Back to Black." She cited the Velvelettes (mistaken for the Velvet Underground by the British tabloid) and the Shangri-Las as two of the groups who influenced her writing, adding, "There's a lot of bands which are '60s-influenced at the moment, but I guess I'm the only girl doing it."

2. Mark Ronson wrote the music for Back to Black's title track the night after he met Winehouse.

Ronson and Winehouse shared a publishing company, which encouraged a meeting between the two. (Before she met him, "I thought he was just some big hip-hop beats geezer," Winehouse recalled to The Irish Times in 2006, but she later told The Sun that he was "the coolest man out there.") "It was in New York, March 2006, in the studio I used to have on Mercer Street," Ronson recalled to Mojo in 2010. "She told me she presumed I was some old guy with a beard – like Rick Rubin. I just thought, 'Let's talk about music, see what she likes.' She said she liked to go out to bars and clubs and play snooker with her boyfriend and listen to the Shangri-Las. So she played me some of those records, which turned into a crash course in girl-group productions. … I told her that I had nothing to play her right now but if she let me work on something overnight she could come back tomorrow. So I came up with this little piano riff, which became the verse chords to 'Back to Black.' Behind it I just put a kick drum and a tambourine and tons of reverb." Winehouse approved, and over the next two weeks, the pair "fleshed out five or six songs."


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Sister Rosetta Tharpe 

The Original Inspiration for Gospel, Blues & Rock Music


I love most genres of music and always think there is not much music I do not know. Yet constantly I hear stuff I have not heard before and should have done. That illustrates the huge spectrum they call music.


My latest discovery is Sister Rosetta Tharpe.She lived  March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973. She was a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll and blues music. So why have I never heard of her before. She is an amazing Gospel singer.


My roots are in rock music but I do love most other genres. Gospel music  is one of them. I enjoy anything be it music or any other subject where there is a passion. Sister Rosetta has a passion for Gospel. Here are details about her from Wikipedia


“Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the godmother of rock and roll" She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.


Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her music of "light" in the "darkness" of nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel, beginning with her 1939 hit "This Train". Her unique music left a lasting mark on more conventional gospel artists, such as Ira Tucker, Sr., of the Dixie Hummingbirds. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the pop world, she never left gospel music.


Tharpe's 1944 hit "Down by the Riverside" was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004, which noted that it "captures her spirited guitar playing and unique vocal style, demonstrating clearly her influence on early rhythm-and-blues performers" and cited her influence on "many gospel, jazz, and rock artists".[9] ("Down by the Riverside" was recorded by Tharpe on December 2, 1948, in New York City, and issued as Decca single 48106.) Her 1945 hit "Strange Things Happening Every Day", recorded in late 1944, featured Tharpe's vocals and electric guitar, with Sammy Price (piano), bass and drums. It was the first gospel record to cross over, hitting no. 2 on the Billboard "race records" chart, the term then used for what later became the R&B chart, in April 1945. The recording has been cited as precursor of rock and roll.”


How could I not have known about her.

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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