July 17, 1982: “Fame” by Irene Cara is the new UK No 1

“Fame” is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics), released in 1980 that achieved chart success as the theme song to the Fame film and TV series. The song was performed by Irene Cara, who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980, and the Golden Globe Award the same year.

“Fame” rose to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1980. It also reached number one on the Billboard dance chart for one week. The song was rereleased in the United Kingdom in 1982 following the airing of the Fame television series. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. It has sold 1.05 million copies in the UK as of June 2013. The song also reached number one in Flanders, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and number three in Australia and Sweden. [Wikipedia]


July 12, 1957: Elvis Presley is at Number 1 with “All Shook Up”

“All Shook Up” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley, and composed by Otis Blackwell. The single topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on April 13, 1957, staying there for eight weeks. It also topped the Billboard R&B chart for four weeks, becoming Presley’s second single to do so, and peaked at No. 1 on the country chart as well. It is certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. [Wikipedia]

The song was No 1 in the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks.

Listen to “All Shook Up” on Deezer.


UK No1 Single 45 years ago today: Donny Osmond with “Puppy Love”

“Puppy Love” is a popular song written by Paul Anka in 1960 for Annette Funicello, whom he was dating at the time. Anka’s version reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #33 on the UK Singles Chart.

Twelve years later it was revived by Donny Osmond. It was released on February 19, 1972. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 1, 1972. It peaked at #1 in April 1972 on both the Canadian RPM singles chart for three weeks and the UK Singles Chart for five weeks the following July. [Wikipedia]

Watch Donny Osmond perform “Puppy Love” on Top Of The Pops on the thevideojukebox2 YouTube Channel.


UK No1 Single 30 years ago today: Pet Shop Boys with “It’s A Sin”

“It’s a Sin” is a song recorded by English synthpop duo the Pet Shop Boys which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in 1987, and was their third top ten in the US when it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

Written by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant, “It’s a Sin” was the lead single from the duo’s second studio album, Actually. Released in June 1987, it became the duo’s second UK number one single.

The song is a description of Tennant’s Catholic upbringing and education at St Cuthbert’s High School in Newcastle upon Tyne, implying that everything that is perceived to be pleasurable in life is regarded as sinful. [Wikipedia]


Watch the video on the PetShopBoysParlophone YouTube Channel.

UK No1 Single 35 years ago today: Captain Sensible with “Happy Talk”

“Happy Talk” is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It is sung by Bloody Mary to the American lieutenant Joe Cable, about having a happy life, after he begins romancing her daughter Liat. Liat performs the song with hand gestures as Mary sings.

In July 1982, The Damned‘s guitarist Captain Sensible scored a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks with his version of the song, featuring backing vocals by the band Dolly Mixture.

Due to the chart success of the single, The Damned have frequently included “Happy Talk” in their set lists since 1982.


Watch Captain Sensible perform “Happy Talk” on Top Of The Pops on the Michael Bermingham YouTube Channel.

UK No1 Single 40 years ago today: Hot Chocolate with “So You Win Again”

“So You Win Again” is a popular single from the Hot Chocolate album Every 1’s a Winner. The single was released in June 1977.

Written by Russ Ballard and produced by Mickie Most, it is the band’s sole UK number one single, spending three weeks at the top in July 1977, and one week as a NME number-one single. The song made it to No. 3 in Australia, No. 6 in Germany, and missed the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, peaking at No. 31.

The song was included on the soundtrack for the 1997 British film, Metroland.


Watch Hot Chocolate perform “So You Win Again” on the TheWhiteCat65 YouTube Channel.

UK No1 Single 45 years ago today: Slade with “Take Me Back ‘Ome”

Written by Jim Lea and Noddy Holder and produced by Chas Chandler, “Take Me Bak ‘Ome” was the second of Slade‘s six UK number one singles spending a single week at the top in July 1972. The single took 5 weeks to reach the top and was last seen on the charts at #49 on 26/08/1972. It stayed in the Top 50 for a total of 13 weeks.

A total of five different artworks were created for the single. By October 1972, the band had received two UK Silver Discs for the single. [Wikipedia]

Noddy Holder: Lead vocals and guitar
Jim Lea: Bass guitar and backing vocals
Dave Hill: Lead guitar and backing vocals
Don Powell: Drums


Watch Slade perform “Take Me Bak ‘Ome” on the YoooChooob YouTube Channel.