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Records that the DJ made a hit

 
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:58 am    Post subject: Records that the DJ made a hit Reply with quote

Listening to Tony Blackburn yesterday I was reminded of the story of Diana Ross's track 'I'm Still Waiting' and how after hearing it he phoned Motown and pretty much begged them to release it as a single. Of course the rest is history.

It did get me thinking would it happen today? I guess not as things have changed so much, but are there any other tracks that were hits mainly due to DJ's playing them to death to promote them?

The only other one I can think of is Jimmy Ruffin's 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted' that Johnnie Walker just wouldn't let go of (rightly so IMHO)!

Anyone know of other such tracks?

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During his time on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Simon Mayo managed to make hits of Donald Where's Your Troosers?, Kinky Boots, and Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've a feeling that Sir Terry Wogan was largely responsible for breaking Eva Cassidy's take on 'Fields Of Gold'. Also I think I heard Katie Melua on his show first.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Noel Edmonds trying really hard with Harry Chapin's WOLD and Cats in the Cradle but unfortunately neither of them really made it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Records that the DJ made a hit Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
The only other one I can think of is Jimmy Ruffin's 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted' that Johnnie Walker just wouldn't let go of (rightly so IMHO)!


On Radio Caroline (from the ship pictured on the left)!!! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Terry Wogan's partner in crime, Wally (the Mid Herts maestro) was responsible for bringing Eva Cassidy's "Somewhere over the rainbow" to notice - made it a huge hit and the album it was from "Songbird" had "Fields of gold" as one of the tracks. Truly memorable.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had always assumed Harry Chapin's excellent WOLD was a huge hit but perusal of my Guinness Book Of Hit Singles shows it only reached no 34!!

Unbelievable for such a great song.
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