Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

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Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

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And there’s something about this record I find compulsive, in the same way you can’t help looking at a crash on the motorway. Anyone who has read this section of my little blog space will know that some of the titles featured are records which should have been strangled before birth. The band that eventually became Middle of the Road certainly got about a bit and spent time in Italy, where they claim to have played on Sophia Loren‘s solo album, via South America.

Firstly, and probably most importantly, a record producer somewhere will see the main chance of making a stack of cash for a minimal amount of work on someone who is ‘hot’. Without the cache of being a ‘novelty hit’, it might have been viewed as an interesting example of left-field pop. Next, they were performing it on TOTP and everyone was talking about the old wifie on the piano, which is what really gave it its ‘novelty’ status.Everyone of a certain age remembers Just Good Friends although, like me, they may not have watched it.

Secondly, the artist’s management will see it as a good way of getting the artist ‘out there’ and cementing his/her popularity and thirdly, if the record is successful there could be a whole series of lucrative hits and maybe even an album! So much strange stuff was successful and how could an orchestral version of a Mozart melody not just get into the charts but get to number 5 for god’s sake? You picked up the phone, dialled a particular number and a female voice would say, ‘ This is the Dial-A-Disc Service. Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Punch and Judy shows will know it as a rather sinister and violent seaside attraction dating back to the 1660s ( Samuel Pepys mentions the first one in his diaries). In desperation he was asked to deliver the lines in a suitably faux Shakespearian style, which he, of course, was only too happy to do and the rest is camp history.Now this character reportedly ‘discovered’ Helen Shapiro and wrote two of her first hits, Don’t Treat Me Like A Child, (which nowadays sounds a bit dodgy given she was only 14), and the formulaic Walking Back To Happiness, which got to No 1 and for which he received an Ivor Novello award in 1961. The song "Naughty Naughty Naughty" was a novelty love song between the singer and Mr Punch, [2] and reached Number 26 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1977. As is often the case, however, a further exploration of the record unravels a rather interesting MOR backstory (at least, to the likes of me…).

My first memory of this song was being told about it in the school playground the day after MOTR appeared on TOTP having got to No. That said, I distinctly remember both the lovely Joy and the ‘Professor’ being interviewed on Radio 1’s Newsbeat at the time the record was in the charts. Neil Diamond, Tony Christie and Perry Como all figured prominently but also in the top 30 were top class artists such as Free ( My Brother Jake), The Temptations ( Just My Imagination), Smoky Robinson, R. His CV becomes a little more interesting in a bizarre way, when in 1959 he produced the UK’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, Sing Little Birdie by Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson.Maybe, although I firmly believe Hilda’s participation added to the song’s interest and most certainly contributed to it achieving the top spot on The Hit Parade. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed. So this isn’t so much a rubbish song, how could you describe anything by Mozart as rubbish, it’s really a completely inexplicable hit.



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