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Festive Party Spesh: 28th December 2010

Christmas was over & New Years Eve was yet to come, so we had what had been planned as the unavoidably delayed pre-Christmas Party Special, intermixed with a look back at what went on in 2010, as a Festive Party Spesh – a good way to have fun with some 70’s rock music…

Proper 70’s rock got us underway, with Foreigner & BTO as good company to Bad Company & Free, plus a little Rod & Ram Jam – all classics. At the same time we looked back & remembered huge earthquakes in Haiti (Jan), in China (Apr) & Chile (Feb) - which was the 7th most powerful ever! As devastating & awful as the disaster was in Haiti, a quake in China in 1556 killed over 800,000 people & another in 1976 claimed up to three-quarters of a million lives…

April also witnessed far-reaching disruption caused by volcanic ash from Iceland & the beginning of ecological devastation caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Mexican Gulf. On the brighter side, February saw Canada host a wonderful Winter Olympics & in May a Picasso painting sold for a world record $106.5m…

The music continued with glam rock a-plenty, Barry Blue, Kenny, Suzi Quatro, Mud, Wizzard, Slade, The Osmonds, The Sweet, David Bowie, Elton John & T.Rex all proving they knew how to have a great time all the way back in the 70’s…

Amongst far too many others, the first half of 2010 saw the deaths of people such as the wonderful singer Teddy Pendergrass, the extraordinarily successful WWII pilot, champion jockey & bestselling author Dick Francis, politician Michael Foot, actor John Forsythe (now with the real angels), rock god Ronnie James Dio & acting legend & “Easy Rider” Dennis Hopper, who starred in both “Rebel Without A Cause” & “Giant” with James Dean…

The summertime brought the 19th FIFA World Cup Finals, in which Spain triumphed & claimed $30m prize-money. Runners-up The Netherlands took home $24m, but England were generally awful & lost 4-1 to Germany in the first knockout stage…

Alex “Hurricane” Higgins, twice world snooker champion (72 & 82) died in July & a week later monsoon rains caused widespread flooding in Pakistan. Our music bizarrely had CCS singing “Tap Turns On The Water” & “It Never Rains In Southern California”, but we also had ELO, Stephen Stills, The Doobies & The Eagles with some great singalong stuff…

We listened to great records & we remembered two extraordinary ones: In October, the longest human occupation of space occurred, when the International Space Station had been continuously occupied for 3,641 days! In the same month, 69 days after becoming trapped 700m below ground in a mine, all 33 miners were returned safely to the surface in Chile & became heroes…

Tony Curtis died in September, Norman Wisdom passed away in October & we also said goodbye to Leslie Nielsen in November & Blake Edwards in December, all very fondly remembered. We finished up with Ringo Starr, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, The Who, Matchbox, Bryan Ferry & Chicory Tip & every one of them was worth a smile…

Next week will be the first show of 2011, so Happy New Year to everyone…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Foreigner Feels Like The First Time
2 Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
3 Bad Company Can't Get Enough
4 Free All Right Now
5 Rod Stewart Hot Legs
6 Ram Jam Black Betty
7 Barry Blue Do You Wanna Dance
8 Kenny The Bump
9 Suzi Quatro Devil Gate Drive
10 Mud Tiger Feet
11 Wizzard See My Baby Jive
12 Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now
13 The Osmonds Crazy Horses
14 The Sweet Blockbuster!
15 David Bowie The Jean Genie
16 Elton John Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
17 T. Rex 20th Century Boy
18 CCS Tap Turns On The Water
19 The Electric Light Orchestra Sweet Talkin Woman
20 Albert Hammond It Never Rains In Southern California
21 Stephen Stills Love The One You're With
22 The Doobie Brothers Listen To The Music
23 The Eagles Already Gone
24 Ringo Starr You're Sixteen
25 Nick Lowe Cruel To Be Kind
26 Dave Edmunds Girls Talk
27 The Who Squeeze Box
28 Matchbox Rockabilly Rebel
29 Bryan Ferry Let's Stick Together
30 Chicory Tip Son Of My Father

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