50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : DEC 19 – DEC 24

Our last round-up before Christmas, and not many pop birthdays, but let’s press on anyway.

There’ll be a special Christmas Day edition of this blog is you fancy going online to escape from your family.

Of course, don’t forget, this year’s Christmas editions of Top Of The Pops will be on Christmas Day at 2pm, and New Year’s Eve at 4.15pm.

I’ll be using clips from those shows in 2024 when I rehash this blog for 60 Years Of Top Of The Pops.

Limahl turned 56 this week.

Sad Anniversary time …… Maurice and Robin Gibb would have been 65 this week.

Richey Edwards would have been 47 this week.

And now, some Motorhead to get you in the mood for Christmas.

But there are pop stars born on Christmas Days as well, such as Annie Lennox, born in a stable in Aberdeen.

And Robin Campbell of UB40, born in a stable in Birmingham

As well as Shane Magowan and Bob Stanley, who we’ll see tomorrow.

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50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : DEC 12 – DEC 18

We’re nearing the end of the series, but there’s still some TOTP memories to be had.

Remember Evanescence?

Everyone remembers “Whole Of The Moon”, but this tribute to Glastonbury is a forgotten classic.

Serge from Kasabian turned 34 this week.

This week’s sad anniversary …… 13 years since Stuart Adamson died.

In the mood for some chewing gum

I Heard A Rumour that Bananarama were on this week’s round-up (An American TV show using TOTP footage for their own show, just to clarify)

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 : NOV 21 – NOV 27

SHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex James from Fat Les celebrates a birthday this week. No doubt he’ll be going out for a Vindaloo.

Some Canadian woman once walked up to me, gave me her phone number and asked me to call her.

Michael Hutchence died 17 years ago this week.

John Squire was 52 this week. Forget the Roses, this was his finest work.

Freddie Mercury died 23 years ago this week.

It’s easy to forget how brilliant ‘Baby Baby’ by Amy Grant is. (Apologies for the poor picture quality)

Whatever happened to Natasha Bedingfield?

And from one Blonde Bombshell, to another …..

Jimi Hendrix would have been 72 this week.

And as it’s Doctor Who’s 51st anniversary, I leave you, with this treat.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : NOV 14 – NOV 20

Not a lot of pop birthdays this week, but let’s get stuck into our weekly TOTP round-up.

Travis Barker from Blink 182 is another year closer to 40.

Incidentally, he shares a birthday with Faye from Steps, who, from next week, can be seen doing Panto in Belfast.

Anni-Frid from Superswedes (Actually, only three of them were Swedish, Anni-Frid is actually Norwegian) Abba (or Frida, as she’s more commonly known) turned 68 this week. ABBArasure anyone?

Mani from the Roses turned 52 this week.

And a Girls Aloud double birthday as both Sarah (17th November) and Kimberley (today) turn 33.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : NOV 7 – NOV 13

Fan of The Inbetweeners? Here’s Carli’s real life uncle

Not many birthdays this week, but we’ll try and get a round-up for you.

If you’re getting Sharleen Spiteri something for her birthday, remember, she doesn’t want a lover, she just needs a friend.

Believe it or not, Roy Wood has written more than one song. I have a suspicion we’ll be seeing him again on this blog next month.

And finally, put on your best tartan ……..

Les McKeown can be found these days, judging Scotch Pies.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 17 – OCT 23

Welcome to this week’s 50 Years Of Top Of The Pops, which doesn’t have any Calypso songs urging people to vote UKIP.

We do though, have the newly reformed S Club 7, as they made their final TOTP appearance.

And Alvin Starudst, who died today, feeling like Buddy Holly.

It’s a quiet week this week, not much in the way of pop birthdays or death anniversaries.

We move on to Wyclef Jean, such a Perfect Gentleman.

Karl Wallinger turned 57 this week. The name might not be instantly recognisable, but he did write this.

Double Fugees birthday this week, Pras also blowing out candles

Meanwhile, Tom Petty is a year away from being an OAP.

If you want to get Mark King from Level 42 a birthday present, some hand insurance sounds like a good idea. I’m guessing Pete Powell is a fan of Level 42.

This song, by Strawberry Switchblade, is a sadly forgotten classic.

Time for a bit of Bluetones

Dan Woodgate from Madness celebrated a birthday this week. He was also in Voice Of The Beehive between Madness split and early 90s reunion. Yep, that’s him with the ponytail.

PS : I’m going to see Madness in 8 weeks. Thought i’d share that with you all.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 10 – OCT 16

The first birthday this week, is Midge Ure, of various acts.

It means nothing to me.

Anyway, this song, which kept it off Number 1, is far better.

Meanwhile, Kirsty MacColl would have been 55 this week.

Meanwhile, both the Kemp brothers from Spandau Ballet have birthdays this week, which must be great if you’re a miserly relative or family friend, just get their presents in a 2 for 1 offer.

ITV gave them their own show this week.

Not even joking, I was in Bristol recently, and there’s a Jewellers called Kemp Brothers. Was so tempted to walk in and as for Gold.

It’s five years this week, since Stephen Gateley died.

Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates (He’s Hall) turned 68 this week. Here’s Paul Young covering him.

(WARNING : CLIP INTRODUCED BY JONATHAN KING)

From one rock god with flowing blonde locks to another, it’s Rick Parfitt’s birthday this week, so put on your best Double Denim and get ready to rock (with only three chords)

This week, Shaznay from All Saints nudged closer to 40.

I think this week needs some Chilli Peppers

And finally, an All Saints/Chilli Peppers link

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 3 – OCT 9

This week’s first birthday, is Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac officially becoming an OAP. In 1988, he sold his house, Buckingham Palace, to the British Royal Family for £20m and a signed copy of Rumours.

Unfortunately, there’s not much Mac in the archives, so here’s The Corrs.

It was Gwen Stefani’s birthday this week, of which there is No Doubt.

As yet, Danny from The Script isn’t in the TOTP Hall OF Fame.

Also blowing out candles this week is Chris Lowe, writer of Ian Wright’s 1992 classic Do The Wright Thing , 55 this week.

Remember when Tatu scandalised the nation (well, Richard and Judy) back in 2003?

Bob Geldof, caught in a Rat Trap.

Who wants to see Madness cover The Kinks?

Nicola from Girls Aloud edged another year closer to 30 this week.

And from Girls Aloud, we go to Radiohead ……

Two sadly missed Johns now, to end this week’s round-up.

John Lennon would have been 74 this week.

And a Legs and Co tribute. It’s what he would have wanted.

John Entwhistle would have been 70 this week.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : SEP 26 – OCT 2

We begin this week with the suavest man in the North-East of England …….. not Jimmy Nail, but Bryan Ferry.

Bryan Ferry wrote “Slave To Love” after Courtney Love won a charity auction for him to be her servant.

And now, a much loved popular Australian* actress and singer ……..

Bet you’re all expecting Kylie.

(* She was actually born in England though. Pity she wasn’t born in Greece, then you could say Olivia Newton John from Grease is from Greece)

And a Legs and Co tribute.

Remember Hilary Duff?

Suede. Anything but Trash. Back in the days when Mat Osman was the most famous member of his family.

Bros are 46 this week.

The answer to that question is, 1988, briefly.

Marc Bolan would have been 67 this week.

Meanwhile, it’s been a while since Sugababes have been on this blog.

Mariska Veres of Shocking Blue would also have been 67 this week, born the day after Marc Bolan.

(WARNING : Intro contains Jimmy Savile)

Don McLean appeared on TOTP a long long time ago, but I can still remember.

Meanwhile, if you ever need your car fixed, why not try Mike Rutherford from Genesis?

I don’t know what i’d do if I ever lost my faith in Sting.

Phil Oakey turned 59 today. He’s only human.

Remember Aqua?

Lynsey De Paul died today. Here she is getting ready for Eurovision in 1977.

And we finish this week, with a not very well drawn boy.