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Chris Charlesworth
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SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND AT 50
It is,
without doubt, the most famous album of all time, though whether it is the best
is still being debated. Marking the 50 th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ’s
release tomorrow comes a special edition * ,
like all such artefacts a la...

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A 70th BIRTHDAY PLAYLIST
After breakfast this morning I made a quick
iPod playlist of 70 tracks, a bit random but all songs I love, almost all of
them from the 60s and 70s which was deliberate. More recent songs can wait for
another day. I could have done 700, of course, but that w...

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JUST BACKDATED GETS 500,000 HITS – Shock, Horror!
Someone somewhere who read my
Blondie review last week became the music fan who clicked on Just Backdated for
the 500,000 th time. Thank you very much whoever you are. It has been my custom to
mark significant milestones with a post about the blog, citing v...

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BLONDIE, The Roundhouse, May 3, 2017
Anyone labouring under the
misapprehension that Blondie is an oldies act sustaining their career into the
21 st Century by relying on a catalogue of juicy hits from yesteryear
would have been rudely awakened by their show at London’s Roundhouse last
night. ...

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THURSDAY MORNING SHUFFLE
When I commutated to work regularly
on the train from Guildford to Waterloo I used to listen to music on my iPod
and every so often write about whatever came up on the shuffle setting. Well, I
was on that same train yesterday and switched to shuffle again, ...

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SNOOKER – GENTLEMEN OF THE GREEN CLOTH
My dad played snooker well. The name
J. H. Charlesworth appears on the honours board at the Craven Club in Skipton
for winning the annual snooker and/or billiards championships several times
during the fifties and sixties, but he was never able to pass his ...

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RIVERBOAT SONG by Gillian Welch
In November of last year I wrote approvingly about Boots No 1 – The Official Revival Bootleg ,
a double CD set of outtakes and alternative versions from Gillian Welch’s 1996
album Revival , her much acclaimed
debut recording. In particular I have come to lo...

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DEFYING GRAVITY
For many years now one of my
favourite songs has been ‘Defying Gravity’, written by Jesse Winchester and sung
with wraithlike beauty by Emmylou Harris on her Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town album, released in 1978. (I’m not
talking about the show song of th...

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PRINCE (1958-2016)
PRINCE (1958-2016) An extraordinarily talented
songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, showman and record producer, Prince
was a musical phenomenon in the tradition of Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix and
Michael Jackson – perhaps even a combination of all t...

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CHUCK BERRY (1926-2017)
Chuck Berry (1926-2017) “He could play the guitar just like
ringing a bell.” Thanks
to his duck walk, the way he swung the neck of his guitar around and those
nifty little bent-note licks that opened his songs, Chuck Berry was the first
great guitar hero of...
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