Cilla Black – Anyone who had a heart (Leaping Ahead #39)

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[A song from someone lost in 2015]

Cilla’s second single was originally written for Dionne Warwick who’d released it late in 1963. However, with Brian Epstein’s backing, Ms Black’s version (released in February 1964) overtook it and quickly rose to become her first UK number 1. It stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks and sold 800,000 copies in the process. (Cilla Black – May 1943 to August 2015).

Lindisfarne’s ‘Winter Song’ (Leaping Ahead #37)

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[A song for the winter (2)]

Alan Hull penned both the tune and lyrics for this wonderful song which features on Lindisfarne’s subliminal debut album – Nicely Out of Tune – released in November 1970. Sadly, Alun Hull passed away 25 years later in November 1995. But his memory lives on in his lyrics.

When winter’s shadowy fingers
First pursue you down the street
And your boots no longer lie
About the cold around your feet

Do you spare a thought for summer
Whose passage is complete
Whose memories lie in ruins
And whose ruins lie in heat
When winter comes howling in

Paolo Nutini’s ‘Pencil full of lead’ (Leaping Ahead #30)

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[A song that makes you smile]

I’ve never tired of this song. It makes me think of summer and vitality and long days in the sun and smiles and sharing life with good friends and just being. It’s a song of hope and laughter and contentment and joy all wrapped up into one. And when you see the zest of life portrayed in its creator performing it – you just know you’re on to a good thing.

The Harry Simeone Chorale (Leaping Ahead #24)

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[A song your parents loved]

My parents never listened to much music I’m afraid, but this ’45 by the Harry Simeone Chorale released in 1960 with ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ on the A side and ‘Little drummer boy’ on the B is a notable exception. Played from time to time in my childhood, it still brings a shiver as the crescendo builds. And I still have that ’45, treasured along with my other vinyl singles.

The Heavy – How you like me now (Leaping Ahead #22)

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[A song from the noughties (1)]

For Christmas last year (2015) my daughter and (and pseudo son-in-law) brought me a new PS4 game called ‘The Crew’. It’s an open-world on-line driving game that takes you across the whole of the USA. And as you drive, there’s a radio station playing tunes. The Heavy’s ‘How you like me now’ kicks in on repeat every so often but as it’s such a cracker, I’ll never tire of it.

U2’s ‘New Years’ Day’ (Leaping Ahead #20)

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[A song from the 1980’s (1)]

Released as the lead single from the ‘War’ album in January 1983, the song is about the Polish Solidarity movement. It was the band’s first UK hit single, peaking at no. 10, also becoming the band’s first international hit. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at number 435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.