Musings on the byways of popular culture
08/01/2017 by minibreakfast 148 Comments
Today: Peter Sarstedt. Aged 75.
08/01/2017 at 18:52
Was he alone in his bed?
08/01/2017 at 18:56
08/01/2017 at 19:11
Unfortunately he won’t be buying you one more frozen orange juice on this fantastic day.
08/01/2017 at 19:18
I remember the back streets of Naples,
Two children begging in rags,
You stole all of their pennies,
and went with 2 dirty old hags,
Bagging off, (Royal Navy slang)
You got a dose,
09/01/2017 at 03:21
I’ve been to Naples. I’m not sure there are any front streets.
08/01/2017 at 20:16
My bass-playing friend Martin auditioned, was accepted and was then scheduled to go on tour with PS many years ago.
At the last moment PS cancelled the whole caboodle as his severe stage-fright set back in.
Black Celebration says
08/01/2017 at 20:31
Those posts up there made me laugh a lot. Which is a shame because I am sure he was a lovely man, but he’s known for one annoying song and that’s the way the cookie crumples.
08/01/2017 at 20:36
Yes the song is the annoying toe curling smugness of Joni Mitchell’s laugh at the end of Big Yellow Taxi stretched over 4 minutes.
With a fucking accordion.
09/01/2017 at 01:18
Hey! Lay off the accordion mate!
09/01/2017 at 01:43
Welcome to 2017. We hope you enjoy your stay.
count jim moriarty says
10/01/2017 at 16:47
Wrong, wrong, wrongity wrong. A great single, if very of its time.
Used to be the default closing time jukebox singalong for myself and my mates on a Friday night on the beer in the Boro.
Vulpes Vulpes says
19/06/2017 at 18:45
This is the truth. Great chord sequence, great accordion, easy to learn lyric, exotic imagery and the mystery of its inspiration (Sophia Loren, etc. etc.) in the days before instant urban-myth busting courtesy of the internet. If you are younger than I am you’ll just be blinded by self-congratulatory, post-modern, bollox-thinking, and you won’t have a clue about how great that single was, BACK THEN.
19/06/2017 at 22:24
Ahahaha…how true. One of those records that was just there, and now is redolent of a whole period. Cue for yet another HJH: you had to be there threads?
Actually, possibly cue for cryptic records that came out of nowhere and led nowhere in particular thread. Cf The Days of Pearly Spencer, Excerpt from a Teenage Opera.
H.P. Saucecraft says
21/07/2017 at 12:18
Yes, it’s a beautiful record. The much derided “for a laugh, ha ha ha” is actually quite good – underplayed sarcasm. Accordion perfect, too. One of his brothers was Eden Kane, who briefly troubled the charts in the early sixties, and the other was the “My Resistance Is Low” hitmaker Clive Sarstedt. Interesting family.
Archie Valparaiso says
15/11/2017 at 12:30
Sad, just sad, that his sports-desk and commentating days at Granada TV have been forgotten so soon.
Junior Wells says
08/01/2017 at 21:56
That stage fright must have been a real bastard for the WDYGTML hit maker.
08/01/2017 at 22:10
If only Sacha Distel had suffered the same affliction to a much greater extent. What happier memories of light entertainment many of us would be able draw upon in those long dark nights of the soul.
08/01/2017 at 22:17
Doesnt sound like fun
08/01/2017 at 22:29
I was referring to the stage fright.
08/01/2017 at 23:23
My posting re wot killed him was unrelated to your post Peter. I had just seen the cause identified elsewhere.
09/01/2017 at 10:04
This place makes me paranoid. *twitch*
09/01/2017 at 10:22
well mine was straight after yours and in quick succession. All sweet.
09/01/2017 at 10:58
*fist bump cobber*
Johnny Concheroo says
08/01/2017 at 22:28
Top pop fact. Peter Sarstedt was one of three brothers to make the top 5 individually with different records. Not even the Brothers Gibb were able to manage this.
Eden Kane (real name Richard Sarstedt) – Well, I Ask You – #1 in 1961
Peter Sarstedt – Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? – #1 in 1969
Robin Sarstedt – My Resistance Is Low – #3 in 1976
08/01/2017 at 22:37
There ain’t ‘arf been some clever Sarstedts.
08/01/2017 at 22:44
08/01/2017 at 22:56
Oh, that’s good.
08/01/2017 at 23:24
and so early in the morning Mr Thep
21/07/2017 at 12:21
God damn his eyes. There I was, up there, providing this poptastic background information as an Afterword exclusive, unawares that Conchers had phoned in his story first.
Yes, thep’s joke is probably the high point of a long career. Kudos!
chilli ray virus says
09/01/2017 at 03:51
Brilliant! (Mr Thep’s Joke not the demise of poor Mr Starstedt.)
09/01/2017 at 08:17
oh christ.. i got caught shoplifting ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ local shop in Queen St Auckland. I actually wanted B side called ‘Arethusa Loser’. Got taken to Auckland Central Police Station til Dad had to come & get me.. 13 at time & major event in my life.. BUT also recall his debut album really well & he COULD Rock & even Roll.. songs like.. ‘Semi precious multi coloured plastic Easter egg’.. ‘Mary Jane’….but Wdygtml is truly ghastly.. yes it is..but RIP
09/01/2017 at 08:52
haha @Bladderman good anecdote , yes it is.
10/01/2017 at 17:50
I went to a childrens home called Arethusa in the late 60s – any connection to the song?
John Walters says
11/01/2017 at 00:01
Still have the original 1969 album. I was 15 when I bought it.
09/01/2017 at 09:09
The one time I visited Paris I walked down the Boulevard St Michel, but saw neither Rolling Stones records nor friends of Sacha Distel.
Leicester Bangs says
15/01/2017 at 19:07
Magic Alex, complications from pneumonia.
18/01/2017 at 15:13
William Onyeabor: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jan/18/william-onyeabor-cult-nigerian-musician-has-died-aged-70
18/01/2017 at 15:16
25/01/2017 at 19:30
That is a sad loss. A quite remarkable bloke.
At Roskilde a few years back there was a stupendous tribute show organised by Luaka Bop in which various of his fans played his songs. The tent was rocking big time.
20/01/2017 at 05:42
Mike Kellie, drummer with the Only Ones, among others – joins the 69 Club.
20/01/2017 at 06:42
formerly of Spooky Tooth ?
20/01/2017 at 08:26
20/01/2017 at 09:11
Surprised it’s left to me to point out that Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Female Cricket trailblazer and vice-president of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, died on 18th January, aged 77.
25/01/2017 at 13:16
Owner of reprehensible website WorldStarHipHop dies suddenly at 43.
Moose the Mooche says
25/01/2017 at 19:16
Born 1973… hip-hop fan…. obesity… conking out in a “massage parlour”…
I’m reading my own obituary!
25/01/2017 at 14:34
Um, sound engineer (and stuff) Bill Price…
25/01/2017 at 16:49
Big loss, for me anyway. Butch Trucks. Engine room of the mighty Allman Brothers and uncle of Derek.
Colin H says
25/01/2017 at 16:53
I always thought that was the most bizarre name – assuming it was his actual name? It almost sounds like a name in some comedy fiction for a closet gay person who’s really trying too hard – like ‘Macho Landrover’ or ‘Tuffy Straightman’ or suchlike.
25/01/2017 at 17:00
Apparently he was christened “Claude”.
25/01/2017 at 17:24
Thankfully, I’m guessing he wasn’t a relative of Soft Machine’s Hugh Hopper.
25/01/2017 at 21:11
Best drummer name ever. Apart from Bob Clouter.
25/01/2017 at 17:06
It’s always puzzled me how people acquire the nickname “Butch”. Claude Hudson Trucks was his given name. How did he get to be called “Butch”?
25/01/2017 at 21:55
Allison Moorer’s first husband was Doyle “Butch” Primm.
I thought that’s a lovely juxtaposition – Butch and Primm.
David Kendal says
25/01/2017 at 22:02
Or Chad Wackerman.
14/02/2017 at 15:33
Destined for a life behind a drumkit with that name.
25/01/2017 at 22:00
Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at the age of 80.
She had a fairly tragic life.
I wasn’t a big fan, but liked her in the Dick Van Dyke show. If you buy released recordings of that show are they known as DVD DVDs?
26/01/2017 at 00:55
In addition to the acting, her production company, MTM, was responsible for some of the best American telly of the 70s and 80s, including Hill Street Blues, Lou Grant and St Elsewhere.
26/01/2017 at 06:28
Did I read that in a tweet from Archie V ?
25/01/2017 at 22:24
Another drummer; Jackie Liebezeit out of Can. Nice piece in the Guardian at: https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2017/jan/23/can-jaki-liebezeit-drummer-krautrock
25/01/2017 at 23:49
Jah Wobble dedicated tonight’s gig at the Jazz Café to Jaki. Said he was the best drummer he ever played alongside. His current drummer Mark Layton-Bennett is apparently the second best.
(Can – I Want More: Top Of The Pops 1976))
26/01/2017 at 06:29
Speaking of dead drummers. Butch Trucks of the Allmans and uncle to Derek just died.
26/01/2017 at 07:55
What, AGAIN? (^^^)
26/01/2017 at 08:45
yeah it was all those false endings !!!
26/01/2017 at 10:28
It’s Captain Peacock!
14/02/2017 at 14:41
No love on the AW for Al Jarreau? Died two days ago.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything he did except this great 80s single, which I bought:
Written and produced by Scritti Politti, which is easily spotted…
Maybe the jazz cats of this parish know more about that side of his career?
14/02/2017 at 14:55
Lovely voice. Lovely man.
14/02/2017 at 16:11
I saw him play at Santa Barbara Bowl many years ago.
I’ve got to say, I’ve been to a lot worse venues than that one in my time.
As a bonus Take 6 were the support.
17/02/2017 at 12:24
Brian Pern. He is wiv da angels now: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/brian-pern-tribute
17/02/2017 at 18:36
Peter Skellern has left us: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-39006899
20/02/2017 at 17:51
Steve Hewlett, Radio 4 presenter. His weekly interviews/treatment updates with Eddie Mair have become stop-what-you’re-doing listening in our house.
26/02/2017 at 16:08
Bill Paxton. Only 61. V sad about this.
Game over, man. Game over.
01/03/2017 at 19:55
John Hampshire – Yorkshire and England batsman, Test umpire, one of the best.
21/03/2017 at 17:36
Excellent batsman, top bloke. Always had time for a chat with anyone.
09/03/2017 at 13:18
Howard Hodgkin has bowed out on a decent innings of 84, leaving a legacy of glorious colour https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/mar/09/howard-hodgkin-painter-dies-aged-84
Freddy Steady says
14/03/2017 at 07:50
John Lever, drummer in The Chameleons passed away recently. One of my fave bands, he was an integral part of he sound. I’ll dedicate a melody to him tonight.
14/03/2017 at 12:34
Just noticed this. Very sad, and you’re absolutely right – they’d have been very different without him.
14/03/2017 at 09:11
Joni Sledge, 60, cause unknown. Sister Sledge now a duo.
21/03/2017 at 14:08
Colin Dexter, aged 86. I worked at the Oxford exam board in the school holidays for several years and in the early days he was still there. He bawled someone out and when he realized he’s got it wrong he then made a point of apologizing in front of everyone.
21/03/2017 at 18:18
Loved the Morse books, loved the Tv adaptations too – a case of where the actor seemed a perfect fit for the role he was playing with John Thaw as Morse – as is also the case with David Suchet as Poirot and Jeremy Brett as Holmes.
21/03/2017 at 15:48
I’m re-reading my favourite novels by the brilliant Swedish author Torgny Lindgren who sadly passed away last week. If you haven’t read any of his novels, do yourself a favour and seek them out! Not that many seems to have been translated into English unfortunately, but of the few that has I can especially recommend “Sweetness” and “Hash” (although I fear that his extraordinary use of the Swedish language and its northern dialects cannot be accurately reproduced in translation…)
(Edit: Oh, and “The Way of a Serpent” as well!)
21/03/2017 at 16:27
A treat for you, Locust. The rest of them can look at the film at least.
21/03/2017 at 18:19
Wonderful – what a storyteller he was. Thanks!
21/03/2017 at 19:59
Berni Wrightson – masterful comic book artist and illustrator. I first came across his work in the late 70s in a book called the Studio, featuring Jeff Jones, Mike Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith and Wrightson.
16/04/2017 at 10:26
10/05/2017 at 10:33
Like most people I started off loving ‘Children’, grew to hate it as an example of the worst kind of cheesy trance but then came full circle and ended up loving it again. RIP Bob Kilometre.
11/05/2017 at 18:44
Geoffrey Bayldon, best known as Catweazle. I still say telling bone.
11/05/2017 at 19:26
11/05/2017 at 19:29
…and I still say electrickery. He’s in my favourite film, Scrooge (1970) as a harassed toyshop owner called Pringle. I think he should have played Henry Crun in the big screen version of the Goon Show.
He was one of the last people left from that Scrooge – the others being the guys who played Cratchit, Fred and, er, Tiny Tim (ahem)…. and, unaccountably still on the twig – Ebbie himself, hard-living Albert Finney. Long may he reign.
11/05/2017 at 22:06
Was he a wrestler as well? I have a vague memory of a wrestler (in the days of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks) being dressed as Catweazle and putting a frog on the post at his corner.
J**m* Sa**l* did it as well IIRC.
12/05/2017 at 06:42
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…. is you trippin’?
23/05/2017 at 21:38
No – I am sure there was a wrestler called Catweazle who fought Kendo Nagasaki, Rollerball Rocco, Mick McManus etc. The frog in the corner was real.
23/05/2017 at 21:44
Oh, he’s easily found. I remember him too, though I don’t remember the TV Catweasle
29/05/2017 at 10:08
Thanks Gatz. I knew this wasn’t one of my Tizer flashbacks.
11/05/2017 at 19:59
Outlived “Carrot” by about seven years.
11/05/2017 at 20:01
Ah….Catweazle! What fun that was.
23/05/2017 at 13:35
Roger Moore, 89.
23/05/2017 at 13:41
Gawd bless. A fine practitioner of the great English art of not taking it seriously.
23/05/2017 at 13:59
Alan Partridge will be at half-mast.
Black Type says
23/05/2017 at 14:15
Eyebrow raised in tribute.
23/05/2017 at 14:26
Aw. 🙁 Very much a part of my childhood. Bond, of course, but also Gold, Wild Geese, Shout At The Devil and even Crossplot.
I’m told that The Man Who Haunted Himself is very good too but I’ve never got round to watching it.
23/05/2017 at 14:37
I loved the Saint -the music, the cars the skivvies and esp the stick figure logo
Vince Black says
23/05/2017 at 16:56
Austin based Americana singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave passed away on the 21st of May, after a recently revealed cancer diagnosis. He performed at his own tribute concert only a few days beforehand. I saw him a few times in the US and I know he had some fans amongst the Massive. He was 61 and leaves a teenage son
05/06/2017 at 19:48
@ VInce Black I can’t believe this – only just heard. I saw him last year in Austin and he was one of our highlights of the week.
27/05/2017 at 19:47
Gregg Allman, 69.
29/05/2017 at 10:24
John Noakes, 83.
That means he was 40-odd during his Blue Peter glory days, which is amazing considering the things he did. IIRC he held the world record for civilian skydiving “unbelievable that I’m flying through the air at 25,000 feet!”, he shouted – at a time when most of us would be screaming and soiling ourselves.
The Main Thing about him was how naturally funny he was. Uniquely, I think, he used a dog as a straight man (dog) as more and more situations were engineered to make the most of his wonderful comic pairing with his border collie, Shep. There was at least one spin off TV series as well.
If tempers flare of a summer night deciding the definitive, classic Blue Peter line up (Singleton? Judd? Greene? Ellis? Groom? Duncan? Purves? Wenner?…) only one name unites all – John Noakes. Or to give him his full title, John Noakes obviously.
29/05/2017 at 10:39
Neil McCormick summed it up nicely on Twitter, “the childhood friend of everyone in Britain who grew up in the Sixties and Seventies.”
29/05/2017 at 10:50
Not unexpected news but a great sadness nevertheless as another part of childhood departs forever.
05/06/2017 at 17:25
Peter Sallis. Gromit will be shedding a soggy Plasticine tear tonight.
05/06/2017 at 17:54
Gromit will not be alone in his tears. A sad loss.
07/06/2017 at 12:43
In “The Times” today … John F. Muir, the Producer of John Peel’s “Night Ride” in the late 60s. Instrumental in getting an interview with John & Yoko for the show.
hubert rawlinson says
10/06/2017 at 15:34
Adam West aka Batman.
10/06/2017 at 15:42
Sewer Robot says
10/06/2017 at 16:28
Like Peter Sallis last week, he had a really distinctive, instantly recognisable voice. Think I’ll replay his very enjoyable interview with Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast (from 2014) later by way of salute…
19/06/2017 at 18:13
Brian Cant, 83.
19/06/2017 at 18:16
19/06/2017 at 18:25
No no no.
Brian Cant cannot die.
19/06/2017 at 18:35
I love Bob Dylan but I think I’d put the Cant trilogy (CG/T/C) above BIABH, H61R and Blonde on Blonde. Ab-so-lute leg-end.
If those wonderful songs have never had, and I don’t think they have, an official CD release, they should now. Go to it BBC.
19/06/2017 at 19:42
And now he’s gone to-his-des-ti-nay-shun. Bless him.
19/06/2017 at 20:38
Just watched episode of Trumpton, think ive got something in my eye. (Drink has been taken but still) !!
19/06/2017 at 20:49
Captain Flack has made his last roll-call. Windy Miller’s sails have creaked to a halt.
19/06/2017 at 20:56
19/06/2017 at 22:15
Time flies, bye…
19/06/2017 at 20:58
Please Moose,this is worse than the end of Puff the Magic dragon, genuine lump in throat….. need more (less?) drink.
19/06/2017 at 21:40
I really liked Brian Cant. He’s in my very earliest TV memories. When it was his turn to present Play School or read Jackanory, you knew you were in for a treat. You could tell he really loved doing it – wasn’t just a job. And he supported Ipswich Town!
19/06/2017 at 22:01
I went to see the Canterbury Tales because Brian Cant was in it.
I was well into my forties.
19/06/2017 at 22:09
I went to see Benjamin Button, and was very disappointed that Floella Benjamin wasn’t in fact in it. And as for Arthur…. no sign of Toni whatsoever, just some little pianist dude.
19/06/2017 at 22:14
A little pianist disappointed you. That story’s as old as time.
09/08/2017 at 01:16
Fact: I saw Floella Benjamin in the nude once in an arty bit of alternative theatre above a pub in Shepherds Bush. All about colonialism and aid in Africa – she was an African, therefore nude.
All very discombobulating. Seemed against the natural order of things, somehow.
28/06/2017 at 12:04
Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear. Aged 91. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/28/paddington-bear-author-michael-bond-dies-aged-91?CMP=twt_a-culture_b-gdnculture
28/06/2017 at 12:16
The real Batman, John Noakes, Brian Cant, Michael Bond… 2017 is killing my childhood!
Throw a police cordon around Derek Griffiths!
28/06/2017 at 12:52
Derek Griffiths has recently joined Twitter, and is a joy.
28/06/2017 at 13:02
28/06/2017 at 13:15
Des O’Connor too, who’s taken to it like a duck to water (once he got his blue tick, anyway).
06/07/2017 at 06:27
Carol Lee Scott, aka Grotbags. Aged 74. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/06/needs-pic-death-grotbags-actress-carol-lee-scott-sparks-outpouring/
06/07/2017 at 08:02
There’s somebody at the door…
There’s somebody at the door…
There’s somebody at the door…
17/07/2017 at 15:38
Martin Landau last night.
17/07/2017 at 17:21
George A Romero
Until quite recently: living
21/07/2017 at 11:42
Chester Bennington: very sad. My wife is (and definitely was 10-15 years ago) a fan of Linkin’ Park. I wasn’t, but went with her to see them at Wembley in about 2004. They were tremendous live, and extremely warm to the audience (which I didn’t expect from such a large American band).
Not sure how popular they are on here (so I’ve not done a separate thread) but just sad nonetheless.
08/08/2017 at 20:36
Glen Campbell, aged 81. http://www.tmz.com/2017/08/08/glen-campbell-dead/
No doubt a blessed release for him, but still sad.
22/08/2017 at 13:30
I thought this was very moving. What a loss.
22/08/2017 at 13:36
Liz was one of my best friends’ best friends. Found myself having a little empathy sob the other day, despite not knowing her personally. An incredible woman.
22/08/2017 at 13:37
12/09/2017 at 08:43
Virgil Howe, younger son of Steve Howe, aged 42.
27/09/2017 at 00:44
27/09/2017 at 07:21
Vera Duckworth, Elsie Tanner, Ena Sharples, Hilda Ogden, Stanley Ogden, Albert Tatlock… no other telly programme has come up with such brilliant names for their characters. Is that still the case, I wonder? (Amy Turtle -Crossroads- does merit a mensh too.)
16/10/2017 at 11:19
Sean Hughes, 51. Shockingly young and terribly sad. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/4695/news-sean-hughes-dies
16/10/2017 at 11:54
And about 1.8 million people died of diarrhoea.
15/11/2017 at 11:59
Actor Keith Barron, aged 83.
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