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07/07/2012

Duration:
1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 July 2012

Including this week a track from The Sorrows - a Coventry based band formed in 1963. They had little success but their lead singer went onto to have a top-tenner in 1970. He was born Donald Maughn but later changed his name to Don Fardon.

There's also the story of David Box, a big Buddy Holly fan who even sang as part of the Crickets for a while following Buddy's untimely death. Tragically David himself was later killed in a plane crash while on tour - just like Buddy.

Edwin Hawkins was a gospel choir master, arranger and pianist and took a recording of Oh Happy Day into the charts in 1969. With its joyous refrain from the Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ, the song rose to number 2 in the UK - higher than in the USA. The track came from the fifty voice choir's first album and was recorded in the Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California. The vocals were led by Dorothy Combs Morrison and the disc eventually sold over 7 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy for Hawkins' arrangement. However, in the UK it was a one-hit wonder.

Join Brian for more stories behind the songs, requests, hits, rarities, facts and figures from pop's top decade.

Music Played

35 items
  • Image for The Fortunes

    The Fortunes You've Got Your Troubles

    You’ve Got Your Troubles / Here It Comes Again , Spectrum , 544 129-21

  • Image for Goldie & the Gingerbreads

    Goldie & the Gingerbreads Can't You Hear My Heartbeat

    True Love, Spectrum, 984 280-4

  • Request

    • Image for Adam Faith

      Adam Faith You're Too Nice To Know

      On The Move, BGO, BGOCD47

  • Image for Jan & Dean

    Jan & Dean Surf City

    The Complete Liberty Singles, Collectors Choice Music, CCM-949

  • The BBC Sessions

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong Mi Di Cantare

    Girogio Bertero / Vincenzo Bounassisi / Marino Marini / Aldo Valleroni, Harkit Records, HRKCD 8399

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Pictures of Matchstick Men

    Down The Dustpipe, Castel Pulse, PDSCD 650

  • Request

  • Image for Dee Dee Warwick

    Dee Dee Warwick When Love Slips Away

    Foolish Fool, Soul Music Records, smrcr 5053

  • Loose Connections

    • Image for The Walker Brothers

      The Walker Brothers My Ship Is Coming In

      The Singles +, BR Music, BS 81 22-2

    • Image for The Shadows

      The Shadows Wonderful Land

      With Strings Attached, EMI, 7243 526092 2 2

    • Image for The Four Seasons

      The Four Seasons Sherry

      The Definitive Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, WSM, 812273555-2

  • Image for The Sorrows

    The Sorrows Take A Heart

    Coventry Boy: The Anthology, Castle Pulse, CMQDD1340

  • Playing Hard To Get

    • Image for David Box

      David Box Little Lonely Summer Girl

      The David Box Story, Roller Coaster Records, RCCD 3024

  • Image for The Edwin Hawkins Singers

    The Edwin Hawkins Singers Oh Happy Day

    Hair Dressing Pomade: 60’s Hits, Sony BMG, 88697129902

  • Request

    • Image for The Lovin' Spoonful

      The Lovin' Spoonful Do You Believe In Magic

      Hairdressing Pomade 60’s Hits, Buddha Records, SPV 42952 CD

  • Image for The Even Dozen Jug Band

    The Even Dozen Jug Band The Even Dozens

    The Even Dozen Jug Band, Elektra, EKS 7246

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield Stay A While

    Hits Collection, Spectrum Music, 537 549 2

  • Image for Sonny & Cher

    Sonny & Cher The Beat Goes On

    The Beat Goes On, Warner Platinum, 7567-91796-2

  • Request

    • Image for Del Shannon

      Del Shannon The Answer To Eeverything

      Runaway with Del Shannon / Hats Off To Del Shannon, BGO Records, BGOCD367

  • Image for Carole King

    Carole King Pleasant Valley Sunday

    The Legendary Demos, Decca, unspecified

  • Image for Traffic

    Traffic Hole In My Shoe

    The Collection, Spectrum, 544 558 2

  • Answers & Sequels

    • Image for The Rag Dolls

      The Rag Dolls Society Girl

      Cameo Parkway, Universal, unknown

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder I'm Wondering

    The Definitive Collection, Universal, 066 502-2

  • Request

    • Image for Brian Hyland

      Brian Hyland Somewhere In The Night

      Hits & Rarities, HMV, POP 1169

  • Image for The Turtles

    The Turtles Elenore

    Happy Together: The Very Best of The Turtles, Shout!, SHO 5191342

  • Three In A Row

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops It's The Same Old Song

    Soul Legends, Motown, 0602498397411

  • Image for Rolf Harris

    Rolf Harris The Court of King Caractacus

    Ideal, EMI, CDP 7953712

  • Request

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker I'll Cry Instead

    The Immediate Recordings, A&M, 490390

  • Image for Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand Gotta Move

    Colour Me Barbara, CBS, CDCBS 62675

  • Image for The Shadows

    The Shadows Foot Tapper

    More Hits!, EMI, 744 744

  • 1962

    1962

    Courtesy of Radio Times

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