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FlinterFile: Robin Gibb- Juliet

Robin Gibb was part of the BeeGees, but also released some solo records. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Dillinger- Cokane In My Brain

The Jamaican rapper Dillinger had a big hit in 1977 with his song Cokane In My Brain. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mary Hopkin- Goodbye

The record label Apple, owned by the Beatles, found in Mary Hopkin one of their first hit artists. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Elton John- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

What if you think a song is one of the best songs ever written? Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Al Wilson- Show And Tell

Sometimes a song needs a cover to be a hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Luv’- Trojan Horse

In 1978, Luv had very much success with their songs. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mike Oldfield- To France

After having a hit with Moonlight Shadow, sung by Maggie Reilly, Mike Oldfield asked her again to sing on the single To France. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Boney M.- Belfast

Boney M. released a song about Belfast in 1977. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: David Cassidy- How Can I Be Sure

David Cassidy brought an ‘old’ song back in the charts in 1972. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich- Bend It!

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Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich released a single in 1966. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kajagoogoo- Too Shy

With this song Kajagoogoo made a successful debut in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Jackson 5- ABC

The Jackson 5 released their second number 1 hit in 1970. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Middle Of The Road- Talk Of All The U.S.A.

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The band Middle of the Road started as Part Four, changed their name to Los Caracas, and got the name Middle of the Road in 1970. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Firm- Star Trekkin’

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In the eighties, the Firm was mainly known for their novelty hits. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Herman’s Hermits- Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter

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This song started as a song in the TV-series The Lads. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Elvis Presley- Are You Lonesome Tonight

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Roy Turk and Lou Handman wrote the song Are You Lonesome Tonight? in 1926. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: John Dummer’s Famous Music Band- Nine By Nine

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John Dummer started a band in 1967, which we would now see as a kind of supergroup. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Joey Dyser- 100 Years

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If you’re talking about one hit wonders, this is a good example. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Gary Glitter- I’m The Leader Of The Gang

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Gary Glitter is one of those typical examples of glam rock. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)

The band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) didn’t really sing normal love songs. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Dan The Banjo Man- Dan The Banjo Man

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From some songs, you can ask yourself how they ever became hits. This is such a song. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: 5000 Volts- I’m On Fire

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In the disco era, the band 5000 Volts was very successfull. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kenny Loggins- Footloose

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Dean Pitchfork wrote a script for a movie which was released in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Wilson Phillips- Release Me

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The harmony of Wilson Phillips sold well in 1990. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Madonna- Into The Groove

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In 1985, Madonna would have her first UK number 1 hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Ellen Foley- We Belong To The Night

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Ellen Foley had become famous as the female singer in the song Paradise By The Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: France Gall- Il Jouait Du Piano Debout

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France Gall released her new album album Paris, France in 1980. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Frank Duval- Angel Of Mine

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Frank Duval was a composer of music, which was used in television series like Derrick (a German detective). Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Modern Talking- You Can Win If You Want

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The debut album of Modern Talking, The 1st Album, had quite some hits on it. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: David Soul- Don’t Give Up On Us

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David Soul was a singer, but he wasn’t very successful in the early seventies. Because the success didn’t come, he became an actor, playing Hutch in Starsky & Hutch. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Rod Stewart- Passion

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Rod Stewart released his tenth album, Foolish Behaviour, in 1980. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Sonny & Cher- Little Man

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In 1966, Sonny & Cher had their biggest hit in the UK after I Got You Babe (1965). Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Beatles- Paperback Writer

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In 1966, the Beatles had their first hit with a song which was not about love. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Rolling Stones- Get Off Of My Cloud

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In 1965, the Rolling Stones had to come up with a follow up hit for Satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: The Mama’s And The Papa’s- Monday Monday

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In 1966, John Phillips wrote a new song for his band. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Graham Bonney- Super Girl

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In 1966, Graham Bonney had his only real big hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Tommy James & The Shondells- Hanky Panky

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In 1966, Tommy James & the Shondells recorded their first hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Dusty Springfield- You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

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In 1966, Dusty Springfield recorded a song which originally was Italian. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Spencer Davis Group- Keep On Running

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In 1965, the Spencer Davis Group released a record which was written by a ska artist. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Walker Brothers- The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

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In 1966, the Walker Brothers covered a song by Frankie Valli. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Frank Sinatra- Strangers In The Night

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In 1966, Frank Sinatra returned to the charts after 11 years without big hits. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Love Affair- Everlasting Love

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In 1968, the band The Love Affair recorded the song Everlasting Love. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Tommy Roe- Dizzy

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In 1969, Tommy Roe had his second number 1 hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mel & Kim- Respectable

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In 1987, Stock, Aitken and Waterman had their first number 1 hit (UK) they composed and produced together. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Diana Ross- Chain Reaction

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In 1985, Diana Ross released her ‘disco’ album Eaten Alive, with some songs written by the BeeGees.  Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Hollywood Argyles- Alley Oop

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In 1960, the Hollywood Argyles had their only hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Cornershop- Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)

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In 1997, Norman Cook (also known as Fatboy Slim) remixed a song by the band Cornershop. They had released it, but it was only a minor hit (number 60 in the UK). Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Louis Armstrong- Hello, Dolly!

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In 1964, Louis Armstrong recorded a song for the musical Hello, Dolly!. The song is a little older, from 1835… Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Edwin Starr- War

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In 1970, Edwin Starr released a flaming protest against the Vietnam War. It would be one of the first political songs Motown released. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Glenn Miller- Chattanooga Choo Choo

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In 1941, Glenn Miller released a song which was featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. Read the rest of this entry