GR80’s 6 August – Listen again


1981 – the success of Dutch novelty pop act Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator was, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reached number two in the charts.

Listen Again here:

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6th August - Hooked on Classics
Xanthe Bearman


08-Aug Chris Foreman, Madness – 64
09-Aug Whitney Houston (died in 2012) – 57
10-Aug Lorraine Pearson, Five Star – 53


James Ingram & Michael McDonald – Yah Mo B There
Spandau Ballet – Through the Barricades
Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop The Dance
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
Barbara Dickson – January February
Gloria Estefan – Get On Your Feet
Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing
a-ha – You Are The One
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Royal Philharmonic – Hooked On Classics
David Grant – Watching You Watching Me
Madness – Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)
Whitney Houston – Where Do Broken Hearts Go
Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute
The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is A Miracle
Thompson Twins – Love on Your Side
Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue
Chris De Burgh – Lady in Red
Los Lobos – La Bamba
The Bangles – Following
Bananarama – I Heard a Rumour
Shakatak – Down on the Street
The Pretenders – Talk of the Town
Alison Moyet – That Ole Devil Called Love
The Jam – Going Underground
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Every Day I Write The Book (LIVE)
The Alarm – Sixty Eight Guns
Look – I Am The Beat
Duran Duran – My Own Way

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