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Whatever Happened to Simon?

Born in Manchester on 28 July 1935, Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd, known professionally as Simon Dee, was a British disc jockey and television personality, most famous for his twice-weekly BBC TV chat...

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Introducing Mandy

Mandy Rice-Davies, (born Marilyn Davies, 21 October 1944) is undoubtedly best known for her role in the 1963 Profumo scandal, the sex and spy shenanigans that rocked British society in the early 19860s...

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The Ballad of Red River Dave

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Red River on 15 December 1914, Dave McEnery (born David Largus McEnery) was an American artist, musician, and writer of topical songs who specialised in the darker side of...

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Ou Est Maddy Genets?

For today’s posting, I bring you one of those records that is a staple of those endless ‘worst album covers of all time’ lists but which has, until relatively recently, proved nigh on impossible to...

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Rock Me, Amadeo

A pair of tracks from Maltese lounge singer Amadeo Carmel today, both sides of his third single, something I was overjoyed to find in the warehouse of a house clearance company in North Wales recently....

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Un-Note-Able

Today, a couple of racks from a 1977 album that was recently brought to my attention by the head honcho at Sheena’s Jungle Room, and former host of the Music For Maniacs blog, Mr. Fab. And I’m so glad...

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Waltzing With Alan Gillett

A couple of weeks ago, on the live message board that accompanies each episode of the World’s Worst Records Radio Show, a regular listener brought my attention to the incredible Alan Gillett, and it...

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No Ordinary Star

Sir Anthony Hopkins is, unequivocally, a star. Having made his first professional stage appearance in 1960, in Swansea Little Theatre’s production of Have a Cigarette, in 1965, he was spotted by...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2022: Part One

Well, here it is... almost. Just over two weeks to go until the Big Day, so I had better pull my finger out and give you some Christmas-themed music, hadn't I?And how better to kick off than with three...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2022: Part Two

Ho! Ho! Ho! Everybody: who is up for another selection of Christmas-related catastrophes? Two singles, four tracks, and all of them worthy of inclusion on your own Christmas playlist First out of the...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2022: Part Three, the Wing Wing

Ho! Ho! Ho! (again) and welcome to the third and final instalment of this year’s Christmas Cavalcade. I’m finishing my Christmas Selection Box for 2022 with four tracks from the utterly wonderful Wing...

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The Future Is Now

Happy Friday, my friends, a happy New Year to you too, and a big welcome to the world of New York-based outsider musician Neil Dick. I first heard of Neil through his inclusion on one of Irwin Chusid’s...

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Ol' Blue Eyes's Bark

Frank Sinatra is one of those singers who always gets a pass, the commonly-held belief that he was a great singer makes him seemingly untouchable when it comes to the kind of folk – like me – who write...

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Toy Boy Tunes

 Born on 9 October 1947 – John Lennon’s seventh birthday - Sir Roderic Victor Llewellyn (better known as ‘Roddy’) is a British baronet, garden designer, journalist, author, and television presenter...

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Charlie Barlow Sings!

Alan Stratford Johns (born 22 September 1925) first came to prominence, here in the UK at least, in the mid-1950s, in a string of small parts in movies and theatre, before hitting the big time as...

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Chou-Chou-be-doo, Where Are You?

In the mid-1980s, a young Belgian singer, known only as Baby Chou-Chou (occasionally credited as Baby Chouchou), released a half dozen singles in their own country – all of them awful and all worthy of...

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Beyer Than Die Beatles

It's been a while... my apologies for the (quite literal) radio silence of late. It's been a busy few months, with a new book about to be published and a house move taking place, so I hope you'll...

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The Greatest Record Buy in the History of the Business, Apparently

According to whoever wrote the Discogs blurb, ‘Hit Parader was a music magazine. Which also sometimes produced rare EP's and 7" vinyls [I could stab them just for using that utterly unnecessary ‘s’]....

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Here Come the Mad Hatters

One of those albums that is forever turning up in ‘bad album cover art’ lists, for years I had assumed that the sole album by the Mad Hatters (or the Mad-Hatters, as they appear on the disc’s labels)...

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Like a Pig in Mud

Now, I realise it has been quite some time since I last posted on the blog, but I have been rather busy! We're currently in the middle of our second house move in less than six months, and hopefully by...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2023 - Part One

You will have to forgive me for the paucity of posts this year, it's been a busy one. One of the unfortunate byproducts of aging is having to deal with health issues (in others as well as myself), the...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2023 - Part Two

A bunch of random, Christmassy nonsense for you today, brought together simply because these singles are seasonal and have not featured on the blog before. Make of this lot what you will. First up,...

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Christmas cavalcade 2023 - Part Three

Well, with just a day to go before we all get to fill our faces with turkey (or whatever your chosen alternative might be), there’s just enough time for one last installment in this year’s Christmas...

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Ode to Billie Joe

A recent discovery, one I was completely unaware of until I started looking around for a few new tracks to include in what turned out to be the last episode of the World’s Worst Records Radio Show, is...

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I Like My Stew

A little oddity for you today from 1968, and Radio One DJ Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart, accompanied by a 40-strong choir of pre-pubescent boys and girls. Edward Stewart Mainwaring (23 April 1941 – 9 January...

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