Thursday, November 29, 2018

Modern history

Whilst Madness may well be a very popular band, and quite appropriate to help BBC1 viewers into 2019, I still have problems with Auntie's current approach to popular music.

Madness' first and only number 1 hit, House of Fun, charted in 1982.  That's 36 years ago. The Beatles' first number 1, officially speaking, was From Me To You in 1963. If the BBC had adopted a similar approach to music, New Year's Eve 1963 might have featured a top artiste from 1927. Wikipedia suggests Herbert Farjeon's  music hall favourite "I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl, who's danced with the Prince of Wales" or Will Fyffe's rendition of his own composition, "I Belong to Glasgow".

New Year's Eve 1963 on BBC tv featured a Benny Hill sitcom, Michael Bentine's Square World, a special edition of women's magazine soap Compact, an episode of The Dick Powell Theatre, introduced by one Ronald Reagan, and, yes, The Andy Stewart Show. Maybe there's an old handbook in play...

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