50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : NOV 28 – DEC 4

Christmas is almost here (And yes, there’ll be a Cristmas Special)

We begin this week on a sad note, with the death last night of Ian McLagan, and it being 13 years since George Harrison died. Travis performed a tribute to him at the short lived Top Of The Pops Awards, on the day he died.

And now, for an 80s flashback

Dougie from McFly , but more currently McBusted, turned 27 this week.

Mariska Veres of Shocking Blue died 8 years ago this week. You probably know this version of ‘Venus’

Andy Williams would have been 87 this week.

And now, the second in a two part series called The Weekly Bedingfield. This week, Daniel.

We’ll end this week with Birthday Girl Britney Spears, ready to take the charts again in 2034 when she finished her residency in Vegas.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUL 25 – JUL 31

We start this week with a treat for you. Mick Jagger turned 71 this week. We’ve pretty much exhausted all the Rolling Stones appearances, so here’s Mick trying a solo career in 1987.

Another week, another Royal Birthday. Roger Taylor from Queen, who narrowly beats Roger Taylor from Duran Duran as the most famous Roger Taylor in pop, turns 65.

No clip yet, but there’s a treat at the end (Not really a treat, but a tenuous Queen linked video)

Also celebrating a birthday this week is John Craven’s wife Beverley.

And Taka Hirose from Feeder.

This blog has accidentally taken on a theme of the 2000 US Presidential Election. Last week we had Gore (Martin, of Depeche Mode) and this week, we have Bush (Kate, much loved popular solo artist. Not the band fronted by Gavin Rossdale)

Some more birthdays, some drummers attempting to blow out candles this week, include, Sean Moore from Manic Street Preachers, who turned 46 this week.

And another drummer birthday this week, Bill Berry, formerly of REM.

Also celebrating this week, former Housemartin Norman Cook. And of a few other acts as well.

And finally, remember that Queen treat for Roger Taylor’s birthday? Prepare to be underwhelmed.

McFly were set to have the last Number 1 on the last weekly edition of TOTP with a cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Until Shakira and Wyclef knocked them off.

You may be interested to know that epsiode was broadcast 8 years ago yesterday.

This was broadcast a few weeks earlier. I warned you it was underwhelming.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.11.2013

1. The Wombats – Your Body Is A Weapon
2. Stereophonics – We Share The Same Sun
3. The Timelords – Doctorin The Tardis
4. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go
5. Luminites – Do Something

Meanwhile, in X-Factor land, the vague themes continue, with “The Great British Songbook”, available in all good libraries.

Disappointingly, they all stuck to the rules. I was hoping someone would something by Michael Bolton or Belinda Carlisle, and shrug while saying “Well, they have the same name as places in Britain, does that count?”

FIVE SONGS BY BRITISH ACTS

1. John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
2. Beady Eye – The Roller
3. Sugababes – Denial
4. Richard Ashcroft – Money To Burn
5. Kim Wilde – Kids In America

Meanwhile, this week has also seen the formation of McBusted, a Supergroup of McFly and Busted. Sadly, the world is still waiting for Dire Straits and Chris Rea to form a Supergroup.

FIVE SONGS BY McBUSTED

1. Busted – You Said No
2. McFly – One For The Radio
3. Busted – Thunderbirds Theme
4. McFly – Shine A Light (ft Tiao Cruz)
5. McFly – Five Colours In Her Hair

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 14.12.2012

1. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
2. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
3. The Moons ft Paul Weller – Something Soon
4. McFly – One For The Radio
5. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius

So, X-Factor is over, and i’ve already forgotten who won. It also means there’ll be no more themed charts until October 2013, assuming it doesn’t get cancelled.

Well, how about one more X-Factor themed chart?

FIVE SONGS BY X-FACTOR ACTS

1. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
2. Leona Lewis – Forgive Me
3. Little Mix – Wings
4. Olly Murs – Heart Skips A Beat
5. Rebecca Ferguson – Backtrack