Another Step (Closer to You)
"Another Step" is the third single from the Kim Wilde album Another Step, performed as a duet with Junior Giscombe. Wilde co-wrote the song with Steve Byrd, who sang the male part on the demo. However, they decided the vocals would be better suited to someone with a more soulful voice and chose Giscombe. "Another Step" was not intended for release as a single. He kept the original vocals and a couple of the overdubs, but re-recorded the rest of the song, it became another Top 10 hit for Wilde in the UK, peaking at #6
Philip Parris Lynott was an Irish musician and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist, he was known for his distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture. Lynott grew up in Dublin with his grandparents, he remained close to his mother, throughout his life. He fronted several bands as a lead vocalist, including Skid Row alongside Gary Moore, before learning the bass guitar and forming Thin Lizzy in 1969. After initial success with "Whiskey in the Jar", the band had several hits in the mid-1970s with hits such as "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Jailbreak" and "Waiting for an Alibi", became a popular live attraction combining Lynott's vocal and songwriting skills with dual lead guitars. Towards the end of the 1970s, Lynott embarked upon a solo career, published two books of poetry, after Thin Lizzy disbanded, he assembled and fronted the band Grand Slam, of which he was the leader until it folded in 1985.
Following Thin Lizzy, Lynott suffered drug-related problems an addiction to heroin. In 1985 he had a final chart success with Moore, "Out in the Fields", followed by the minor hit "Nineteen", before his death on 4 January 1986 from sepsis secondary to pneumonia, he remains a popular figure in the rock world, in 2005 a statue in his memory was erected in Dublin. Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital in West Bromwich and christened at St Edward's Church, Selly Park, Birmingham, his mother, Philomena Lynott, was born in Dublin and his father, Cecil Parris, was from Georgetown, British Guiana. Philomena met Parris in Birmingham in 1948, having moved to England to seek work and they were in a relationship for a few months, until Parris was transferred to London. Shortly afterwards, Philomena found she was pregnant and, after Philip was born, she moved with her baby to a home for unmarried mothers in Selly Park, where he was baptised on 4 September. Philomena subsequently moved to Manchester but stayed in touch with Parris who helped pay towards his son's support.
She subsequently had two other children. Though he suffered no serious racism, Lynott felt different to his school-mates and was more self-conscious, itself a new reason for him to be proud. Philip first attended school in Manchester. In 1957, due to accounts of racism and Phillip being mixed race, his mother sent him to live with his grandparents and Sarah Lynott, in Crumlin, Dublin; the move was important, as the presence of Frank gave him a father figure for the first time in his life. His mother remained close with her son, she took over the management of the Clifton Grange Hotel in Whalley Range with her partner, Dennis Keeley. The hotel, nicknamed "The Biz", became popular with showbusiness entertainers, was referred to in a song on Thin Lizzy's debut album. Lynott was a popular character at school. Lynott was introduced to music through his uncle Timothy's record collection, became influenced by Tamla Motown and The Mamas & the Papas, he joined his first band, the Black Eagles in 1965 as a lead singer, playing popular covers in local clubs around Dublin.
He attended the Christian Brothers School in Crumlin, where he became friends with Brian Downey, persuaded to join the band from the Liffey Beats. The group fell apart due to the lack of interest of manager Joe Smith after the departure of his two sons, guitarists Danny and Frankie. Lynott left the family home and moved into a flat in Clontarf, where he joined the group Kama Sutra, it was in this band that he learned his frontman skills, worked out how to interact with an audience. In early 1968, he teamed up with bassist Brendan'Brush' Shiels to form Skid Row. Downey was not interested in Shiels' request to be the drummer, so the job went to Noel Bridgeman; the band signed a deal with Ted Carroll, who would go on to manage Thin Lizzy, played a variety of covers including "Eight Miles High", "Hey Jude" and several numbers by Jimi Hendrix. Because Lynott did not play an instrument at this point in his career, he instead manipulated his voice through an echo box during instrumental sections, he took to smearing boot polish under his eyes on stage to draw attention to himself, which he would continue to do throughout Lizzy's career on, performed a mock fight with Shiels onstage to attract the crowd.
In mid 1968, guitarist Bernard Cheevers quit to work full-time at the Guinness factory in Dublin, was replaced by Belfast-born guitarist Gary Moore. Despite increased success, the release of a single, New Faces, Old Places, Shiels became concerned about Lynott's tendency to sing off-key, he discovered that the problem was with Lynott's tonsils. By the time he had recovered, Shiels had decided to take over singing lead and reduce the band to a three piece. Feeling guility of having sacked one of his best friends, he taught Lynott how to play bass, figuring it would be easier to learn than a six string guitar, sold him a Fender Jazz Bass he had bought from Robert Ballagh for £36, started giving him lessons. Lynott and Downey put together a new band called'Orphanage', with guitarist Joe Staunton and bassist Pat Quigley, playing a mixture of original material alongside covers of Bob Dylan and Jeff Beck. Still learning the bass, Lynott restricted himself to occasional rhy
Richard Clifford Blackwood is a British comedian and actor from London. Between 2015 and 2018, he played Vincent Hubbard in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. Blackwood presented the hit UK version of Singled Out on mainstream television channel, Channel 5 and, in 1999, presented his own show called The Richard Blackwood Show, he was a presenter on MTV television show, MTV Select with Donna Air. In 2000, Blackwood scored a number three hit single on the UK Singles Chart with the song "Mama Who Da Man", based on Mama Used to Say by his uncle Junior; the single sold 200,000+ copies and was written and produced by Lucas Secon and Mickey P. He followed it up with two singles, "18.104.22.168 Get with the Wicked" and "Someone There for Me" and released the album You'll Love to Hate This in late 2000. Blackwood appeared on the satire comedy series Brass Eye in 2001, during the episode Paedogeddon!, is remembered for his facetious description of how paedophiles could hack into computers and make them release fumes in order to subdue children.
He sniffed a keyboard, claiming that it made him feel more "suggestible". He warned watching parents that exposure to the fumes would make their children "smell like hammers". Blackwood had acting appearances in Holby City in 2003 and played the title character in the 2002 television series Ed Stone Is Dead. During May 2003, Blackwood appeared in Channel 5's Celebrity Detox Camp, which involved him being filmed "pumping 18 litres of coffee solution through his anus into stomach". In March 2007, he acted. In 2005, Blackwood appeared in Princes of Comedii DVD release. Blackwood was a presenter for the London radio station Choice FM and did some cover work on Capital FM. In 2010, he played Brightie in the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, alongside Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones at the Novello Theatre in London. In March 2011, he played the role of Russell - the Store Manager, in Anuvahood, starring Adam Deacon. In 2011, he played the role of Donkey in the West End production of Shrek the Musical.
The show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 June 2011. He has starred alongside such performers as Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay, Nigel Harman, Kimberley Walsh and Neil McDermott. Blackwood appeared with the rest of the Shrek cast on Britain's Got Talent for ITV on 31 May 2011, they performed "I'm a Believer". On 17 January 2015, it was announced that Blackwood would be joining the cast of EastEnders as character Vincent Hubbard, he made his first appearance on 17 February 2015. His last appearance aired on 20 April 2018, he had been interviewed in a 2003 EastEnders documentary on the return of Den Watts. In 2019, Blackwood took part in the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with professional skater, Carlotta Edwards, they were eliminated in Week 3 following a skate off between Mark Hanretty. In a 2000 interview, Blackwood claimed that if he had not made it in show business he would have been "a graphic designer, designing buildings", he became the step-brother of supermodel Naomi Campbell when his father married her mother in the 1980s, until their divorce several years later.
His cousin is comedian Vas Blackwood. Blackwood has said he once attempted suicide after filing for bankruptcy in 2003, he has a son, born in January 2001. In 2016, Blackwood’s brother, Marcus was jailed for 3 years after being found with cocaine in his possession. You'll Love to Hate This UK No. 10 "Mama Who Da Man" UK No. 3 "22.214.171.124 Get with the Wicked" UK No. 10 "Someone There for Me" UK No. 23 Richard Blackwood on IMDb Richard Blackwood on Twitter
UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is defined by the Official Charts Company as either a'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence; the rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.
The OCC website contains the Top 100 chart. Some media outlets only list the Top 75 of this list; the chart week runs from 00:01 Friday to midnight Thursday, with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays. From 3 August 1969 until 5 July 2015, the chart week ran from 00:01 Sunday to midnight Saturday; the Top 40 chart is first issued on Friday afternoons by BBC Radio 1 as The Official Chart from 16:00 to 17:45, before the full Official Singles Chart Top 100 is posted on the Official Charts Company's website. A rival chart show, The Vodafone Big Top 40, is based on iTunes downloads and commercial radio airplay across the Global Radio network only, is broadcast on Sunday afternoons from 16:00 to 19:00 on 145 local commercial radio stations across the United Kingdom; the Big Top 40 is not regarded by the industry or wider media. There is a show called "Official KISS Top 40", counting down 40 most played songs on Kiss FM every Sunday 17:00 to 19:00; the UK Singles Chart began to be compiled in 1952.
According to the Official Charts Company's statistics, as of 1 July 2012, 1,200 singles have topped the UK Singles Chart. The precise number of chart-toppers is debatable due to the profusion of competing charts from the 1950s to the 1980s, but the usual list used is that endorsed by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and subsequently adopted by the Official Charts Company; the company regards a selected period of the New Musical Express chart and the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969 as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February 1969, where multiples of competing charts coexisted side by side. For example, the BBC compiled its own chart based on an average of the music papers of the time; the first number one on the UK Singles Chart was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino for the week ending date 14 November 1952. As of the week ending date 18 April 2019, the UK Singles Chart has had 1352 different number-one hits; the current number-one single is "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi.
Before the compilation of sales of records, the music market measured a song's popularity by sales of sheet music. The idea of compiling a chart based on sales originated in the United States, where the music-trade paper Billboard compiled the first chart incorporating sales figures on 20 July 1940. Record charts in the UK began in 1952, when Percy Dickins of the New Musical Express gathered a pool of 52 stores willing to report sales figures. For the first British chart Dickins telephoned 20 shops, asking for a list of the 10 best-selling songs; these results were aggregated into a Top 12 chart published in NME on 14 November 1952, with Al Martino's "Here in My Heart" awarded the number-one position. The chart became a successful feature of the periodical. Record Mirror compiled its own Top 10 chart for 22 January 1955; the NME chart was based on a telephone poll. Both charts expanded in size, with Mirror's becoming a Top 20 in October 1955 and NME's becoming a Top 30 in April 1956. Another rival publication, Melody Maker, began compiling its own chart.
It was the first chart to include Northern Ireland in its sample. Record Mirror began running a Top 5 album chart in July 1956. In March 1960, Record Retailer had a Top 50 singles chart. Although NME had the largest circulation of charts in the 1960s and was followed, in March 1962 Record Mirror stopped compiling its own chart and published Record Retailer's instead. Retailer began independent auditing in January 1963, has been used by the UK Singles Chart as the source for number-ones since the week ending 12 March 1960; the choice of Record Retailer as the source has been criticised. With available lists of which record shops were sampled to compile the charts some shops were subjected to "hyping" but, with Record Retailer being less followed than some charts, it was subject to less hyping. Additionally, Retailer was set up by independent record shops and had no funding or affiliation with record companies. However, it had a smaller sample size than some ri
Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott led the group throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums, writing most of the material; the singles "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak", "The Boys Are Back in Town" were major international hits. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band emerged over the years based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham continued with a new line-up including Downey. Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of all of the band's songs, the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy featured several critically acclaimed guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar; as well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles.
Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, traditional Irish folk music, but is classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, "far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack". AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that "As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, all of the Irish literary tradition." Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, influences included the pioneering twin lead guitars found in Wishbone Ash and American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger. In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases such as their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose.
Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts. Two of the founding members of Thin Lizzy, bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey, first met while at school in Dublin in the early 1960s. Lynott, born 20 August 1949 in West Bromwich, England to an Irish mother Philomena and Guyanese father Cecil Parris, was brought up in Dublin from the age of three. Downey, born 27 January 1951, is a Dublin native. Lynott joined a local band, The Black Eagles, as vocalist in 1963, Downey was recruited as their drummer in 1965. In 1967, Lynott was asked to join Skid Row by bass guitarist Brush Shiels, who brought teenage Belfast guitarist Gary Moore into the band early in 1968. After a disappointing television appearance in June 1969, Shiels fired Lynott, although they remained on good terms and Shiels subsequently taught Lynott to play bass guitar. Lynott formed Orphanage with Downey on drums after Downey's previous band, Sugar Shack, had split. Guitarist Eric Bell, born in Belfast on 3 September 1947, began his career playing in local bands such as The Deltones, Shades of Blue and The Bluebeats, the last incarnation of Them to feature Van Morrison, between September and October 1966.
Bell moved to Dublin and joined an Irish showband named The Dreams, but left in 1969 with a view to forming a rock band. An acquaintance of Bell's, Belfast organist Eric Wrixon a former member of Them, had moved to Dublin and joined the showband circuit, but had similar plans to progress towards rock music. In December 1969, Bell and Wrixon met by chance in a pub in Dublin and found that they shared similar ideas of forming a band, decided to visit the Countdown Club where they saw Lynott and Downey perform with Orphanage. Lynott was not playing bass guitar at this time, but Bell was impressed by Downey, introduced himself to Lynott and Downey during a break; when Bell asked if they would consider forming a band together, Downey was sceptical, but both men were aware of Bell's musical reputation. They agreed on condition that Lynott play bass guitar as well as sing, that the band would perform some of Lynott's compositions. Wrixon was included as organist, making the initial line-up a quartet.
The band's name came from a robot character in The Dandy called Tin Lizzie, which they adjusted to Thin Lizzy as a playful reference to the local Dublin accent, in which "thin" would be pronounced as "t'in". For some of their early gigs, the band were mistakenly promoted as "Tin Lizzy" or "Tin Lizzie". In July 1970, the band released a single, "The Farmer"/"I Need You", on EMI with the B-side written by John D'ardis, who owned Trend Studios where the single was recorded; the single is now a collectors' item. Wrixon left the band before the single's release, meaning there was a greater share of income for the three remaining members, he moved to mainland Europe before rejoining his old band, Them. Wrixon died on 13 July 2015. By the end of the year, Thin Lizzy were signed to Decca Records and they travelled to London in January 1971 to record their debut album, Thin Lizzy; the album sold moderately well but did not chart in the UK despite airplay and support from influential DJs John Peel and Kid Jensen.
Around March 1971, the band permanently relocated to London, before the release of the unsuccessful "New Day" EP in August. Despite poor sales, Decca agreed to finance the band's second album Shades of a Blue Orphanage, released in March 1972. Like the previous LP
John William "Paul" Weller Jr is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam, he had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council, before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. Despite widespread critical recognition as a singer and guitarist, Weller has remained a national, rather than international and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture, he is the principal figure of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, is referred to as "The Modfather". The Daily Telegraph said of Weller: "Apart from David Bowie, it's hard to think of any British solo artist who's had as varied, long-lasting and determinedly forward-looking a career." The BBC described Weller in 2007 as "one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years". In 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life. He has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male twice, the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Weller was born on 25 May 1958 in Woking, England, to John and Ann Weller. Although born John William Weller, he became known as Paul by his parents, his father worked as a builder and his mother was a part-time cleaner. Weller started his education at Maybury County First School in 1963, his love of music began with The Beatles The Who and Small Faces. By the time Weller was eleven and moving up to Sheerwater County Secondary school, music was the biggest part of his life, he had started playing the guitar. Weller's musical vocation was confirmed after seeing Status Quo in concert in 1972, he formed the first incarnation of The Jam in the same year, playing bass guitar with his best friends Steve Brookes and Dave Waller. Weller's father, acting as their manager, began booking the band into local working men's clubs.
Joined by Rick Buckler on drums, with Bruce Foxton soon replacing Waller on rhythm guitar, the four-piece band began to forge a local reputation, playing a mixture of Beatles covers and a number of compositions written by Weller and Brookes. Brookes left the band in 1976, Weller and Foxton decided they would swap guitar roles, with Weller now the guitarist. Although The Jam emerged at the same time as punk rock bands such as The Clash, The Damned, the Sex Pistols, The Jam better fit the mould of the new wave bands who came and being from just outside London rather than the city itself, they were never part of the tightly-knit punk clique. Nonetheless, it was The Clash who emerged as one of the leading early advocates of the band, were sufficiently impressed by The Jam to take them along as the support act on their White Riot tour of 1977; the Jam's first single, "In the City" took them into the UK Top 40 in May 1977. Although every subsequent single had a placing within the Top 40, it was not until the band released the political "The Eton Rifles" that they would break into the Top 10, hitting the No. 3 spot in November 1979.
The increasing popularity of their blend of Weller's barbed lyrics with pop melodies led to their first number one single, "Going Underground", in March 1980. They became the only band other than the Beatles to perform both sides of the same single on one edition of Top of the Pops; the Jam had two singles, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?", reach No. 21 and No. 8 in the UK singles chart despite not being released as singles in the UK – they got there purely on the strength of the huge number of people buying import sales of the German and Dutch single releases. The Jam still hold the record for the best-selling import-only singles in the UK charts; as the band's popularity increased, Weller became restless and wanted to explore a more soulful, melodic style of music with a broader instrumentation, in consequence in 1982 he announced that The Jam would disband at the end of that year. The action came as a surprise to Foxton and Buckler who both felt that the band was still a creative formation with scope to develop further professionally, but Weller was determined to end the band and move on.
Their final single, "Beat Surrender", became their fourth UK chart topper, going straight to No. 1 in its first week. Their farewell concerts at Wembley Arena were multiple sell-outs. At the beginning of 1983, Weller teamed up with keyboard player Mick Talbot to form a new group called The Style Council. Weller brought in Steve White to play drums, as well as singer Dee C. Lee, Weller’s girlfriend of 6 years, she had been a backing singer with Wham! Free of the limited musical styles he felt imposed by The Jam, under the collective of The Style Council Weller was able to experiment with a wide range of music, from pop and jazz to Soul/R&B, house and folk-styled ballads; the band was at the vanguard of a jazz/pop revival that would continue with the emergence of bands like Matt Bianco and Everything but the Girl, whose members Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt contributed vocals and guitar to the 1984 The Style Council song "Paris Match". Many of The Style Council's early singles performed well in the charts, Weller would experience his first success in North America, when "My Ever Changing Moods" and "You're The Best Thing" entered the US Billboard Hot 100.
In Australia they were far more successful than The Jam, reaching the top of the charts in 1984