Today was Mike Post’s birthday. He is a multi Grammy and Emmy winning composer, best know for come classic American TV themes. We listened to Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law. Chas Hodges passed away this week. Chas and Dave opened for Led Zeppelin at the 1979 Knebworth Festival. Among their recordings are 5 songs supporting their local football club, Tottenham Hot Spurs. We played the most successful, a no.5 from 1981, Spurs are on their way to Wembley. That year Spurs won the cup. Maybe 2019? We also lost Al Matthews. A US marine who fought in Vietnam, he is best known as Sergeant Apone in Alien (1986). He was a DJ on Radio 1 and Capital. He also had a 1975 no 14 in the UK with Fool.
Moody Blues – Forever Autumn
Coldplay – Adventures of a lifetime
Earth, Wing & Fire – September – for Jonty learning his part and rehearsing for West Side Story.
Fortunes – Caroline – The band had 4 UK top 10 hits and a USA No 1 between 1965-1972. Still playing live shows.
Heartbeat – Buddy Holly – requested by Phyl as the TV theme for the show that ran for 372 episodes between April 1992 and September 2010.
Chas & Dave – Spurs are on their way to Wembley
Al Matthews – Fool
Chart this week 1979
No1 – Police – Message in a bottle
No 6 Cliff Richard – We don’t talk anymore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – We are the champions
The Goodbye Look – Eye to eye
Shangrilas – Walkin in the sand – requested by Patrick
Sophie Griffiths – Maybe – available to buy now. Check back in the archives when Sophie came in to sing live and her second visit with the band Breaking 3.
ECHO – Aint nobody – ECHO playing live as part of the concert at Ingatestone Parish church on Friday 19th of October. See the Events Guide for full details.
An appreciation of Mike Post
Mason Williams – Classical Gas – 23 year old Mike won a Grammy for the instrumentation arrangement on this track in 1968.
Hill Street Blues theme – the show ran for 146 episodes between 1981-87. Mike wrote the theme.
L. A Law them – this ran for 174 episodes between 1986-1994. Another of Mike’s themes.
Fireball XL5 – for last week’s guest Phil Steer and Phoenix 98FM presenter Mike Jones. 39 episodes made by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson of this puppet space adventure in 1962/3.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded by the light, Davy’s on the road again. The band are still performing live.
Will Hoge – Gilded walls – 2018 USA protest song from Nashville’s Will from his up-coming album.
Harry Chapin – Cats in the cradle – this has to be one of the best pop songs of all time.
Join me next week, for another edition of Friday Night Extra. Check out the feature about the show and the very large picture (!) of me and Rob Scaggs in the Brentwood Gazette. Thanks to Paul Golder.