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Thank You To My Team – 35 years of fandom in a song

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It was in January 1985 when with my son Xan, who was seven at the time, I first entered the Loftus Road Stadium in west London.  Neither of us had been to a proper, professional football match before, but Xan...

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FRIDAY SONG: Dory Previn, THE LADY WITH THE BRAID (1971)

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She wrote songs for Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Doris Day, co-composed with Harold Arlen (Over the Rainbow') - and was a pioneering singer-songwriter of the early 1970s. She wrote a song called 'Control Yourself', had a career defined by...

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FRIDAY SONG: John Sebastian, NASHVILLE CATS (1966)

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Surprisingly few songwriters have a natural ability to convey warmth.  Performers can do it, and composers can turn it on when the lyric requires, but only now and then does one come across a songwriter who can put a smile...

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FRIDAY SONG, Charles K Harris, AFTER THE BALL (1892)

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Many of my older Friday Songs -   notably, 'Shine', 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea', 'Hong Kong Blues' - have moved with the times. They have been adapted to our fretfully changing world by each new musical generation. This...

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