And a good Monday to you all. Hope the weekend was fabulous, particularly the south western bloggers who have been catching the flame as it comes to a street near you. Family affairs dominated here (and not talking about football thank you very much).
And very sad news overnight about Robin Gibb. It wasn't a surprise given how ill he has been but it is always a shock to hear the obituaries when they roll. The Bee Gees songs have been with us for so long and over so many musical styles that I wonder if their place in pop history is fully appreciated. An astonishing back catalogue. Paul Gambaccini said "Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.
"What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first number one when he was 17, that was Massachusetts.Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on."
I met him a few times and enjoyed telling him how I loved "Saved By The Bell' enough to buy the single when I was a kid and we talked about the extremely bizarre b-side 'Mother and Jack'. His 1983 song Juliet which Ken played last week was always a terrific piece of 80s pop (with a terrible video) and Robin was as baffled as anyone that it wasn't a huge hit.
Today we welcome Midge Ure to the show- Ultravox are back! The album and single are both called "Brilliant" and full of moody synth and Midge-ness. Top bloke too so welcome back Midge.
And tunes today for the Queen visiting the Ch***ea FLOWER SHOW please. You know what you have to do.
Have a fragrant and spirited Monday. See you after 5