Day 6 #7DayMusicChallenge ~ Maze ~ Joy & Pain

Maze ~ Joy & Pain

First if anyone else would like me to nominate them please let me know – thanks!

Today I’ve picked Maze who Ce and I saw at The Hammersmith Odeon, we’re not sure of the date but I’m pretty sure it was in May 1985.  I’m not sure if it was just the two of us or if we went with friends. What I do remember was the amazing vibe and the feeling of love in the room.  This was in the days when I was working as a sales rep around the Central South Coast area and had Radio London with Tony Blackburn and Robbie Vincent on in my car most days of the week.

If you don’t know Maze you should.  Their Live in New Orleans album from 1981 is one of the greatest live albums ever made (according to me).  The track I’ve picked is Joy & Pain, which sums up so much of what life has brought us.

Always remember Life Sounds Better To Music!

Day 5 #7DayMusicChallenge ~ Teddy Pendergrass ~ Turn Off The Lights

Teddy Pendergrass ~ Turn Off The Lights

If you haven’t read one of my posts on this topic before then I should explain that my theme for the #7DayMusicChallenge has been Soul/Dance acts I’ve seen live.  Today we come to one of the greatest soul singers of all time.

Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) He first found fame in the seventies as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes and then went on to have a solo career.

I saw him at the Southampton Gaumont in 1981 and without doubt the sexiest man I’ve ever seen.  You know that expression “about as much use as a spare p***k at a wedding”, well that’s how it felt at a Teddy concert. I took Ce, looking back that was quite a risk!

He was beautiful and I think every woman in the theatre wanted to be with him – even if it was only for a glass of champagne.  The following year he was involved in a car accident which paralysed him from the chest down.  In 2009 he had surgery for colon cancer but died six months later.

My nomination today goes to another DJ buddy Andy Mercmonk Phillips.

Day 3 #7DayMusicChallenge ~ George Benson ~ Love Ballad

George Benson ~ Love Ballad

As with all the artists I’ve picked for the 7DayMusicChallenge, I could have picked numerous tracks from their catalogue.  Today I’ve chosen George Benson who I’m pretty sure I’ve seen three times and I’ve gone with Love Ballad because it makes me think of my DJ buddy Merv dancing at Martines in Eastleigh on a Dynamic Duo Thursday!  (He’s todays nomination)

Love Ballad is a Skip Scarborough song and was first recorded by LTD (Love Togetherness and Devotion) in 1976 and I remember buying the 7″ the A&M.

The George Benson version was included on his 1979 double album “Livin’ Inside Your Love” and the single reached 29 on the UK Top 40.  It’s one of the 12″ tracks that really remind me of my time DJ’ing at Martines, New York New York and The Venue.

I haven’t managed to find all the dates for the George Benson concerts I’ve seen.  I’m pretty sure I saw him play “in the round” at the old Wembley Arena with Merv somewhen in the mid-eighties, then again at Bournemouth a few years later and most recently we saw him on 26th June 2014.  He’s 72 now and still putting on a great show!

Glasses raised …

Ladies and Gentlemen, please raise your glasses to Chris and the team ~ Cheers!

Paul McCartney ~ 20th December ~ Echo Arena Liverpool

On Tuesday I finally got to see one of my childhood heroes. The Beatles were a huge influence on my early years and, sharing the same first name, Paul was my favourite back in the day.

I had many of the early singles, certainly by the time I was eight in 1965 my parents were getting me them as they were released. I also remember very clearly December 1968 Christmas shopping with them in the record department of Edwin Jones trying to decide whether to have a mono or stereo copy of the White album with them debating if I should be allowed an album that included tracks called ‘Sexie Sadie’ and ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’ – I was.

I have three friends who I was at college with who now live currently abroad, they all saw the tour in different venues earlier in the year (New York, Cincinnati and Rio De Janeiro) and I never though I’d get the opportunity to go. When the UK dates were announced back in October I expected the dates to clash with my work commitments but was delighted when my daughter told me she had managed to get tickets for us for the last night of the tour in Liverpool.

The show was fantastic. These pictures were taken by my daughter Amy.

CLICK HERE for a full report/review including a full set list from the Macca Blog.

Out NOW!

I love this version of the classic Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson song. The original hit version in the States was by Ruby & The Romantics and made number one in March 1963. It was released in the UK and made number 38. Julie London, Doris Day, and Patti page also recorded versions, but this one … wow!

It’s Monday, it’s now out, I purchased my copy before I got out of bed this morning! 99p for the track or £7.99 for the new “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” album – go on, treat yourself.

Amy Winehouse ~ Our Day Will Come

Amy Jade Winehouse, 14th September 1983 ~ 23rd July 2011

Giving a speech / using a microphone

Here’s a video posted by a guy called Brian S Redd from America. Joe and I have been following Brian’s YouTube videos for a couple of years and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak at the BPM show. He speaks the truth. In our World he is a legend!

This video deals with how to give a speech through a microphone, as he says you can have the best speech in the World but if people can’t hear you it’s no good at all. Take a look – you never know when you might need it.

Posted from my Christmas office at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton ;o)

Saturday … another quickie

Just to say hello …

I can’t make up my mind how much I like this track.
I can’t make up my mind if it’s a good idea or not.
How about you tell me what you think?

LEGEND ~ You’ll have seen this before …

… but here it is again.

Peter Kay ~ Legend ~ FACT


Sorry – We are still here – honest!

So this blog has been a bit neglected recently, but I promise we are going to put that right over the coming weeks. Joe has had exams and I’ve had DJ-Flu, but we’ve still been gigging and have a number of new ideas that we’ll be bringing to you soon.

Today I’d just like to point you again towards Chris Moyles. It’s his birthday, and that always means a special show with lots of surprises – todays was no exception. I won’t spill the beans – just give it a listen on the iPlayer. It’ll only be there for seven days so don’t leave it too long. CLICK HERE to go to the iPlayer