HAPPY NEW YEAR Folks
Well I was going to reveal these gradually and surprise you with the number one but no chance, Mr Freeman has it already. According to the BBC, the most valuable song ever is “Happy Birthday to You” – well done Phil. Then (in order) are the following
2. White Christmas
3. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
5. Unchained Melody
6. Stand By Me
7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
8. Every Step You Take
9. Pretty Woman
10. The Christmas (Chestnuts) Song
On Friday night BBC 4 ran a programme about the 10 most valuable songs ever – these were songs that had earned millions and millions through various versions, film/TV rights etc etc. I’ll tell you what they were tomorrow but leave you to guess for a few hours if you didn’t see the programme, as it’s quite fun.
There is one 1950s song and four from the 1960s – two of those five are perhaps best known on record by a duo from the 1960s. Two of the ten are British and there are quite a few surprises ….
From Nigel Grundy:
From Spider John R
“Get your dancing shoes ready for a jive and swing extravaganza from THE JIVE ACES at The Bullfrog Blues Club on Thursday 3rd January – the perfect way to blow those post Xmas blues away!
Formed in 1989, THE JIVE ACES are a six-piece high energy jive & swing band and have appeared at many music festivals and prestige venues, performing both classics and original material. They’ve appeared at The Bullfrog twice before (when we were on South Parade Pier) but this is the first time they’ve appeared at Bullfrog Blues Club’s present venue, The NBESCA (Dockyard) Club.
THE JIVE ACES are a VERY special band, and we are VERY lucky to have them, so to avoid disappointment please book your tickets NOW via www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com (secure via Paypal) or take your chances at the door!
Tickets are avaialable “on line” for just £8 advance via Paypal through our secure website www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com. You can collect your tickets at the venue on the day of the gig
OR buy in person (cash only!) from “Street Level” music store, 139 Albert Rd, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2SQ – still £8 in advance.
OR you can take your chances on the door on the night -doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets will be £10.
We also have a great well stocked bar with drinks at social club prices to ensure you’ll have a great night without breaking the bank! A recession buster if ever I saw one…..”
THE JIVE ACES appear at The Bullfrog Blues Club at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club (a.k.a.The Dockyard Club), Onslow Rd, Southsea, PO5 2NH on THURSDAY 3rd JANUARY. Doors open at 8 p.m.
50 Years ago this week, 1962 approached its end, the Big Freeze had just begun*, the distinction in cricket between Gentlemen and Players was over for ever and the Top Ten were (in order): Cliff, Elvis, the Shadows, Rolf Harris, Frank Ifield**, Duane Eddy, Brenda Lee, Chris Montez, Cliff (again) and Susan Maughan – from 11-20 came Joe Brown, the Tornados, Kenny Lynch, Pat Boone, Ray Charles, Del Shannon, Mark Wynter, Joe Loss, Frank & Sammy Davis Jnr and Maureen Evans – not ONE vocal group.
12 months later the Top Twenty had five Beatles’ entries, a Rolling Stones EP, hits by Dave Clark 5, Freddie & Dreamers, Billy J Kramer & Dakotas, Swinging Blue Jeans, Gerry & Pacemakers as well as Dora Bryan’s “All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle” (they don’t make them like that any more …) – and loads more birds (Dusty, Singing Nun, Little Eva with Big Dee Irwin, Kathy Kirby) as well as Maria Elena.
* Pompey lost 2-4 at Preston on Boxing Day and because of the weather played just twice more in the next 11 weeks, before a short trip west along the coast and ( … I can’t bear to tell you)
** is this the only time there have been two top ten hits simultaneously by different Australians?