1970s Volvo

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 19. ABBA Gold

Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Band After Midnight)

  • Piece: ABBA Gold;
  • Composers: Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus;
  • Arranger: Ron Sebregts.

No Christmas do or playlist is complete without a few ABBA tunes. The pinnacle of Dad Dancing classics is arguably Dancing Queen whereas Mamma Mia!‘s preeminence in the Singing In The Show Stakes is undisputed.

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Snowmen, Stoke City fan

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 18. Delilah

Why, why, why… More Tom Jones?

  • Piece: Delilah;
  • Composers: Barry Mason/Les Reed.

What links Glasgow with Hyde, Pontypridd and Stoke-on-Trent? It is this song, covered by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Biggles Wartime Band, originally sung by PJ Proby, though more famously by Tom Jones. As for the Stoke-on-Trent connection, it is a long time chant beloved of Stoke City fans.

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Welding Machine

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 17. What A Feeling

The theme from Flashdance in brass form

  • Piece: What A Feeling;
  • Composer: Giorgio Moroder;
  • Arranger: Frank Bernaerts.

Metal on metal: a phrase that can be descriptive about rail travel. Without welders, Kraftwerk’s favoured mode of transport would be impossible. Even welders of a fictitious kind.

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Scotch Mist

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 16. Misty

A jazz standard performed with the most overlooked of solo instruments

  • Piece: Misty;
  • Composer: Erroll Garner;
  • Arranger: Alan Fernie;
  • Soloist: Brent Heyworth.

Few jazz standards could lay claim to have influenced a Clint Eastwood film. Misty, the muse in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me, is by far Erroll Garner’s best-known work. The song was first recorded in 1955 for the album Contrasts.

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New Year and New Man for Stagecoach Greater Manchester

Lee Wasnidge to succeed Elisabeth Tasker in 2021

Lee Wasnidge.
  • Lee Wasnidge joins Stagecoach’s largest bus company on 04 January 2020;
  • Successor to Elisabeth Tasker has Background in running rail and air services in Greater Manchester at senior level;
  • New MD has extensive customer service and stakeholder management experience, whilst recognising Stagecoach’s major role in supporting the North West’s economy.
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Church Of St James, Crowden (Barrie James, 2018).

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 15. Faith

One of the UK’s biggest selling singles of 1987 in brass band form

  • Piece: Faith;
  • Composer: George Michael;
  • Arranger: Philip Harper;
  • Soloist: Rhys Cave.

Following on from Wham’s track record in the UK singles chart, George Michael became a hugely successful solo star in his own right. After Wham! split up, he complemented his two solo Number One singles (Careless Whisper in 1984, and A Different Corner in 1986) with a best-selling solo album in 1987. The result was Faith, and today’s Brass Band Advent Calendar Door focuses on its title track.

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Love Hearts Hand Sanitiser

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 14. The Power of Love

The UK’s biggest selling single of 1985 – in brass band form

  • Piece: The Power of Love
  • Composer: Gunther Mende/Jennifer Rush/Candy DeRouge/Mary Susan Applegate
  • Arranger: Barrie Gott.

Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love was, is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, her best known chart single. Well after this fellow has left his mortal coil. It was a UK Number One Single for five weeks and an international smash. To the untrained chart music enthusiast, she is seen as a One Hit Wonder, yet her previous UK single Ring Of Ice peaked at Number 14.

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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 13. Innuendo

One of Queen’s later classics – with a supporting role from trumpet legend Mike Lovatt

  • Piece: Innuendo
  • Composer: Freddie Mercury;
  • Arranger: Peter Meecham;
  • Guest Soloist: Mike Lovatt (trumpet).

From 1991, Queen’s Innuendo gave the group their first Number One chart single of the 1990s. Overlooked in favour of Bohemian Rhapsody, it is the title track of an album which includes other gems like I’m Going Slightly Mad, Delilah (a song about Freddie Mercury’s cat) and The Show Must Go On.

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Cornish Pasty by David Johnson, 2007.

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 12. The Floral Dance

That rare beast of a pop music and brass band crossover hit!

  • Piece: The Floral Dance
  • Composer: Katie Moss (lyrics);
  • Arranger: Derek Broadbent.

If it wasn’t for Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre, this tune would have been 1977’s Christmas Number One. Brighouse and Rastrick’s The Floral Dance peaked at Number Two and introduced many new converts to brass banding. So much so that Derek Broadbent’s tune could be both a godsend and an albatross.

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Record Player Stand

S.V.’s Formative Years Festive 50 (1983 – 1984)

The Fifty Tracks of My Years from September 1983 to August 1984

Popular music can take us to a particular point in our lives. It is the soundtrack of our youth, birth, marriage, Bar Mitzvah, schooldays or not-so-happier times. Throughout my life, music has played a massive part. You can either see this on East of the M60 in written form, or in my professional capacity with Future Directions CIC on Fun Time Friday.

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