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Tuesday 18 September 2012, 11:31

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Bright and sunny here, high wispy clouds and the autumn-tang in the air! Apparently we could well be in for a beautiful, golden show this year as the wet summer gave a huge boost to trees, and their leaves are staying put rather than being shed early, as happens in drought years.

It's all about sugar in the leaves apparently. If the sunshine continues the leaves produce more of it and that helps produce the stunning golden spread once the green chlorophyll is broken down. So I understand. And if the wind can back off for a while that would help too and we can all marvel for a few extra days before the leaf kicking begins.

So we have Sir John Major on the show today. He has written a large tome which is partly a history of the music hall and partly the story of his father Tom. Chris has just been talking about what a fascinating man Sir John is and there is a point of view that he has acquired a gravitas he was rarely allowed to show while PM.

This book however rarely wanders into anything political and is more concerned to paint the picture of the vulgar, boisterous and patriotic world of the music hall which peaked at the end of the 19th century. The only link older readers will have with this world would be the BBC's The Good Old Days show which ran for ever and I never really got it but I guess I wasn't really the target audience. But it was the life of Tom 'Major' Ball and his son will tell all after 6.

Can we do MUSIC HALL oldies? Songs for SHOW MEN AND WOMEN? I think so. Old fashioned show-biz. The lights and the grease paint. And if all else fails, vulgar, boisterous and patriotic will have to do.

Have a healthy and pain-free Tuesday, see you after 5.

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    Comment number 1.

    Morning all

    Bright and sunny here too!

    First thing that comes to mind:

    SHOW MUST GO ON - Queen

    Will try to think of something more original!

    Tortie x

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    Comment number 2.

    Harlem in Havana - Joni Mitchell

    Willy the Shake
    x

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    Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Music Hall oldies:

    SHOW MUST GO ON - Queen

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Leo Sayer

    TAKE A BOW - Madonna

    SHOWTIME - Nelly Furtado

    DANCING QUEEN - Abba

    NIGHTS ON BROADWAY - Bee Gees

    I AM A CLOWN - David Cassidy

    ~X~

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    Comment number 4.

    Morning all.

    If they could see me now - Shirley Maclaine from sweet charity I think.

    Gotta fly..... :)

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    Comment number 5.

    Hello again everyone

    Still very windy and sunny here

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS ~ Mary Hopkin

    DANCE HALL DAYS ~ Wang Chung

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON ~ Queen

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON ~ Leo Sayer

    SUPER TROUPER ~ Abba

    SEE THE LIGHTS ~ Simple Minds

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    Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and leaf-blowin’ bloggers,

    I can “just” remember The Good Old Days on TV. I remember how much my grandparents loved it , and laughed and sang and laughed and sang. I never understood why the audience was all dressed up like the people on the Quality Street tin. Or why the “women” all had big feet and broad shoulders...... All just a bit too confusing for a small lad from Norfolk.


    THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT – The Jam

    MUSIC AND LIGHTS - Imagination

    SING – Travis

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS - Mary Hopkin

    IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS (WHEN TIMES WERE BAD) - Dolly Parton

    THOSE GOOD GOOD OLD DAYS – Jimmy Cliff

    VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE – The Doors


    and finally...

    ON MOTHER KELLY’S DOORSTEP – Danny LaRue

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    Comment number 7.

    I forgot to say, I remember The Good Old Days, used to know the words to a lot of the music hall songs (the clean ones!)

    JBG - do you think GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES - Cher would fit the bill? I think that's what the performers were thought of at times!

    T x

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    Comment number 8.

    I keep thinking of THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS but I've no idea who sung it...

    :o)

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    Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon & fellow bloggers

    Hmmmm I’m just about old enough to remember the Good Old Days. I don’t think it was something we watched regularly or else I have just blanked it out.

    Lacking much inspiration today …


    The Muppets Show theme

    Keep Right on to the End of the Road – Harry Lauder

    The Show Must Go On - Queen

    Diva Lady – The Divine Comedy

    The Entertainer - Tony Clarke

    There’s no Business Like Show Business – Irving Berlin

    Angels on the Balcony – Blondie

    Show Business – AC/DC

    The Entertainer – Billy Joel

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    Comment number 10.

    Morning everyone, it was fine and sunny here......turned overcast at the moment..

    I would like to share with Tortie-cat, DeeBee and Florence if I may. I did tweet this a little earlier..

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON QUEEN

    JT/JOYBRINGER69

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    Comment number 11.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Congrats to all menshees last night and commiserations to all the OSM's!!

    I remember our junior school play Christmas 1976 was "old Time Music Hall" and our class did "Where did you get that hat?" the girlies had posh dresses on and had to be escorted round the stage by a boy, particularly awkward as at the age of 8 and 9 boys were still annoying!

    Missed out on Aladdin the following year but was Charlie Bates the year after in Oliver! Loved being in school plays as it was exciting staying up past 9 when we had evening performances!

    1. DANCE HALL DAYS - Wang Chung
    2. LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU - Robbie Williams
    3. THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Queen
    4. SIGN OF THE TIMES - Belle Stars
    5. LET THE MUSIC PLAY - Shannon
    6. PIANO MAN - Billy Joel
    7. BAND ON THE RUN - Wings
    8. MR TAMBOURINE MAN - The Byrds
    9. COME DANCING - The Kinks
    10. LIPSTICK POWDER & PAINT - Shakin Stevens

    Have a nice day

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

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    Comment number 12.

    Morning all. Horrendously busy, but popping in for a moment or two. Also thought of Leo Sayer but a different song...

    LEO SAYER - One Man Band

    Other suggestions:
    THE WHO - Squeeze Box

    THE BEATLES - All Together Now

    DAVID BOWIE - Cracked Actor

    ISLEY BROTHERS - Behind A Painted Smile

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    Comment number 13.

    #7 T-C Why not?! It's all yours....

    #8 Deebee - It's Ethel Merman. (Get me on the Pub Quiz team...)


    ALL TOGETHER NOW - The Farm

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    Comment number 14.

    OOps forgot to suggest....

    LISA MINNELLI CABARET

    JT/JOYBRINGER69

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    Comment number 15.

    #10 Happy to share Queen's song with someone who brings joy to the blog!! ;o)

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    Comment number 16.

    Morning everyone on the new blog.

    Another busy day in store with meeting after meeting to squeeze in between doing my actual job of teaching.......

    Anyway to the oldies:
    There's No Business Like Show Business - Ethel Merman (I know DT's not EP - but it's a belting tune)
    Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
    That's Entertainment - The Jam
    Super Trouper - Abba

    More later if I get a chance. I hope everyone's having a good day. Do we know if Zoe was feeling better & went off to London?

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    Comment number 17.

    THE END OF THE INNOCENCE - Don Henley

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    Comment number 18.

    Good to see you albeit briefly Sir Cumfy

    #8 Deebee - me neither hence the cop out in #9

    I want to suggest John, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie but I don't think it is entirely appropriate?

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    Comment number 19.

    Somehow this fits the theme....

    LOLA - The Kinks

    Coffee break over. See you later

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    Comment number 20.

    Oh, I know if Zo or Bille were around they would suggest this....


    COPACABANA - Barry Manilow

 

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