Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My Radio Boo broadcast (Wednesday 2 December 2015)


A tribute to Yorgos ''George'' Alexiou (Γιώργος Αλεξίου) and his songs

11 years ago,  Yorgos Alexiou, Thessaloniki's legendary Radio Jockey passed away. He was responsible for the success of dozends of songs well known nowadays in Hellas, that were only domestic hits

Listen to the broadast:

http://yourlisten.com/lefteris.lalos.7/my-radio-boo-broadcast-wednesday-2-december-2015


22:00 - 23:00


01Spanish Heart - GERARD JOLING (LP Sea Of Love1986)
NL # 22
Gerard's song ''Ticket To The Tropics'' (NL # 1, BE # 3 in 1985) is one of the most successful songs in Hellenic radio ever.

02. Sorcerer - MARILYN MARTIN (OST Streets Of Fire1984)
Apart from Dan Hartman's hit ''I Can Dream About You'' the OST also includes hit songs ''Never By You'' (Maria McKee), ''Tnight Is What It Means...'' & ''Nowhere Fast'' (Fire Inc.)

03. Seventeen - ADRIAN GURVITZ (LP Il Assassino1980).

04. Givin' Herself Away - GAIL DAVIES (LP Givin' Herself Away1982)
Cover version of  ''Givin' Herself Away'' by McGuinn, Clarkk & Hillman (LP City1980)

05. I'll Give You Everything - TOPPER HEADON feat. JIMMY HELMS (LP Waking Up1986)

06. Together We're Strong - MIREILLE MATHIEU & PATRICK DUFFY (single1983)
NL # 2, BE # 4, DE # 34

07. How Many Ways - MURRAY HEAD (LP Between Us1979)

08. I Don't Want To Lose Your Love - RICKY ANDERSON (single1983)

09. Boy Who Cried Wolf - THE STYLE COUNCIL (single1985 / LP Our Favourite Shop, 1985)
NZ # 21, AU # 38

10. Love - JIMMY JIMMY (LP Here In The Light1986)
The album also included successful radio hits ''Silence'' & ''I Met Her In Paris''


23:00 - 00:00


11. Stay Awake - RONNIE LAWS (LP Solid Ground1981)

12. New York Hold Her Tight & Reprise - CLIFF DOWNES & JIMMY PRICE (LP Downes & Price1986)
Cover version of ''New York, Hold Her Tight'' by Van Stephenson (LP China Girl1981)

13You & I - MADLEEN ΚΑΝΕ (LP Cheri1979)

14. Just For You - ALAN PRICE (LP Alan Price1977)
UK # 43

15. All The Love In The World - THE KORGIS (LP Sticky George1981)

16. Ever, Never Lovin' You - ED BRUCE (LP I Write It Down1982)
US Country chart # 4, Canadian country chart # 4

17. There's No Way - ALABAMA (LP 40 Hour Week1985)
US country chart # 1, CA country chart # 2

18. What Will I Write - EDDIE RABBITT (LP Horizon1980)

19. Wish We Were Heroes - MELISSA MANCHESTER & DAVID GATES (LP Hey Ricky1982)

20. Path With The Heart - SALLY OLDFIELD (LP Strange Day In Berlin1983)

21. Νόμιζα - ΑΝΔΡΕΑΣ ΤΣΟΥΚΑΛΑΣ (LP Στους Καιρούς Τους Πονηρούς1992)




01. The 10 most popular & successful songs... discovered by Yorgos 
...and turned into hits either by Yorgos himself or by radio stations and jockeys influenced by him
(songs in alphabetical order)


01.  Bad News - MOON MARTIN (LP Street Fever1980)

02.  Casablanca - BERTIE HIGGINS (LP Just Another Day In Paradise, 1982)

03.  Darling - STORIES (LP About Us, 1973)
Became primarily a hit due to heavy air-play by pirate radio station ''Antenna Thessaloniki's Radio''

04.  400 Dragons -  ADRIAN JOHN LOVERIDGE (LP Square One, 1981)
Cover version of  ''400 Dragons'' by The Thieves (single, 1979)

05.  Love Me More - TONY PACINO (b-side on ''Scusami'', 1983)

06.  Off - KATHY BARNES (LP Body Talkin', 1978)
Cover version of ''Off'' by Hodges, James & Smith (LP What's On Your Mind, 1977)

07.  Oh Mon Amour - CHRISTOPHE (single, 1972 / LP Christophe, 1973)

08.  Please Don't Leave Me - PRETTY MAIDS (LP Sin Decade, 1991)
Cover version of ''Please Don't Leave Me'' by John Sykes feat. Phil Lynnot on vocals & bass (single, 1982)

09.  Rock Sugar - ROB GRILL (LP Uprooted, 1979)

10.  Why'd I Have To Fall In Love With You - MATTHEW FISHER (LP Matthew Fisher, 1979)




02. Other well known songs... discovered by Yorgos
...well known in Hellas, that is..


Captured SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE JUKES (LP In The Heat1984)

Cellophane City - STEVE FORBERT (LP Little Stevie Orbit, 1980)

Do I Love You - PAUL ANKA (LP Paul Anka, 1971)

For You - TRIUMVIRAT (LP A La Carte, 1978)

Game Of Love - JIM CAPALDI (LP The Contender, 1978)

Go Rosa - SANDY ROGERS (OST Fool For Love, 1985)
Became a hit due to heavy air-play by pirate radio station ''Panorama 86''

I Can't Hear You No More - RUSS BALLARD (LP Russ Ballard, 1984)

Papa - PAUL ANKA (b-side on ''You're having My Baby'', 1974)

Seeing You Again - DAN FOGELBERG (LP Exiles, 1987)

Smile - CHRIS REA (b-side on ''Love's Strange Ways'', 1983)

Sun In My Eyes - SALLY OLDFIELD (LP Easy, 1979)




03. The Mousikos Diavlos Thessaloniki's hit songs (1987-1988)
(promo singles provided by George that became hits due to M.D.'s radio air-play)


Cry - JAMES STEEN (single, 1982)

I Didn't Mean To Make You Cry - DEAN FRIEDMAN (single, 1985)

Sleep With Me - ERIC CARMEN (LP Tonight You're Mine, 1980)
The song opped the ''Mousikos Diavlos Thessaloniki's'' Top 40 chart on January 17, 1988.

Sting Of The Gin - CHRIS SIMPSON (single, 1982)

Takin' A Chance On Love - SHARON REDD (LP Redd Hot, 1982)

Tonight (Dancing With The Desperate) - NORMA LEWIS (single, 1985)

You Left Your Mark On Me - MARTY BALIN (LP Balin, 1981)

When You Hold Me - AXIS (single, 1980)

Why Won't You Stay (Come In Come Out Of The Rain) - MELVIN JAMES (LP The Passenger, 1987)




04. Here are some songs, discovered and turned into hits by Yorgos
(per category & in alphabetical order):


A) Soul oriented songs turned into hits by Yorgos:


All At Once - WHITNEY HOUSTON (LP Whitney Houston, 1985)

All Behind Us Now - PATTI AUSTIN (LP Patti Austin, 1984)

Everlasting Love - BILLY OCEAN (LP Nights (Feel Like Getting Down), 1981)

How Can You Say That It's Over - THE TEMPTATIONS (LP Truly For You, 1984)

I Can't Live Without You - NORWOOD (LP I Can't Let You Go, 1987)

I'm In Love With You - ATLANTIC STARR (LP We're Movin' Up, 1989)

If Ever A Love There Was - THE FOUR TOPS feat. ARETHA & KENNY G (LP Indestructible, 1988)

Knife - ROCKWELL (LP Somebody's Watching Me, 1984)

Stop Me From Starting This Feeling - LOU RAWLS (LP Love All Your Blues Away, 1986)




B) Country oriented songs turned into hits by Yorgos:


But Love Me - JANIE FRICKE (single, 1979 / LP From The Heart, 1980)
US country chart # 26

Oh Jenny - BILLY MONTANA & THE LONG SHOTS (single, 1988)

Save Me - HELEN REDDY (LP Play Me Out, 1981)
Cover version of ''Save Me'' by Clodaugh Rodgers (single,1976)

Stay Loose - GORDON LIGHTFOOT (LP East Of Midnight, 1986)

Tell Me What You Dream - RESTLESS HEART (single, 1993 / LP Big Iron Horses, 1992)
Cover version of ''Tell What You Dream'' by Timothy B. Schmit (LP Playin' It Cool, 1984)

You're Going Out Of My Mind - T.G: SHEPPARD (LP T.G. 1985)
US country chart # 10, CA country chart # 8




C) Dance songs turned into hits by Yorgos:


First Be A Woman - LEONORE O'MALLEY (LP First Be A Woman, 1979)
Lead vocals by Catherine Russell

Going Back To My Roots - RICHIE HAVENS (single, 1980 / LP Connections, 1979)
Cover version of ''Going Back To My Roots (Part 1)'' by Lamont Dozier (single, 1977)

I'm Gonna Love You Forever - JIMMY RUFFIN & JACKSON MOORE (single, 1984)

Let The Night Take The Blame - LORRAINE McKANE (single, 1984 / OST Parole De Flic, 1985)

Passion For Paris (An American In Paris) - FRANKIE VALLI (single, 1979 / LP Heaven Above Me, 1980)

Unexpected Lovers - LIME (LP Unexpected Lovers, 1985)




D) British pop songs turned into hits by Yorgos:


Bonny - PREFAB SPROUT (LP Steve McQueen, 1985)

Eyes Of The World - ZU ZU SHARKS (single, 1984)

Never Never Comes - CLASSIX NOUVEAUX (LP Secret, 1983)

Palm Of My Hand - THE PALE FOUNTAINS (single, 1983)

South Of Love / State Of Art - FRIENDS AGAIN (LP Trapped & Unwrapped, 1984)




E) Movie (OST) songs turned into hits by Yorgos:


I Like The Rhythm - CARRIE LUCAS (OST Lambada, 1990)

If I Turn You Away - VIKKI MOSS (OST St. Elmo's Fire, 1985)

Shooting For The Moon - AMY HOLLAND (OST Teen Wolf1985)




F) Rock oriented songs turned into hits by Yorgos


Bobby Jean - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (LP Born In The USA, 1984)

Endless - TOTO (LP Is,olation 1984)

I Got Loaded - LOS LOBOS (LP How Will The Wolf Survive?, 1984)
Cover version of ''I Got Loaded'' by Little Bob & The Lollipops (1965)

If You Go Away - OSCAR BENTON (LP If You Go Away, 1984)
Cover version of ''Ne Me Quitte Pas'' by Jacques Brel (1959)

Seven Days - JOE COCKER (LP Sheffield Steel, 1982)
Cover version of ''Seven Days'' by Ron Wood (LP Gimme Some Neck, 1979)

We'll Make The Same Mistake - GOLDIE (single, 1979)

You Know What To Do - CARLY SIMON (LP Hello Big Man, 1983)




G) Rock ballads turned into hits by Yorgos


Every Time I See Picture - LUBA (single, 1982 / LP Secrets & Sins, 1984)

Hard To Say It's Over - SHEENA EASTON (LP A Private Heaven, 1984)

I Believe In You - PANARAMA (single, 1982)

Inspector Mills - AMERICA (LP View From The Ground, 1982)




H) Pop oriented songs turned into hits by Yorgos


Honey I'm Lost - THE DOOLEYS (single, 1979)
UK # 24

Main Attraction - SUZI QUATRO (LP Main Attraction, 1982)

Tokyo Joe - BERTIE hIGGINS (LP Pirates & Poets, 1983)




I) Pop ballads turned into hits by Yorgos


How Do You Mend A Broken Heart - GUYS 'N' DOLLS (single, 1979)
NL # 12, BE # 16

If You're Not Here (By My Side) - MENUDO (LP Reaching Out, 1984)

Lovers - FRANK DANA (LP Lovers, 1982)

Lovers In The Wind - ROGER HODGSON (LP In The Eye Of The Storm, 1984)
Topped Radio 1's Top 20 on February 2, 1985

You're My Everything - SANTA ESMERALDA starring LEROY GOMEZ (LP Don't Let Me Be Understood, 1977)




I) Cosmopolitan / Easy Listening pop ballads turned into hits by Yorgos


How Do I Stop Loving You - RENE FROGER (LP You're My Everything, 1989)

If I Never Sing Another Song - DONNA LYNTON (LP Donna Lynton, 1986)

Stay - BARRY MANILOW (LP I Wanna Do It With You, 1982)




J) Instrumentals turned into hits by Yorgos


Alone In Paris - ALPHONSE MOUZON (LP Early Spring, 1988 / LES OMBRES (single, 1990)

Old San Juan - SPYRO GYRA (LP Incognito, 1982)

Summer Of '42 - MICHEL LEGRAND (OST The Summer Of '421971)





05) Radio 1 charts (based on air-play & listeners choices)


a) The 20 most popular songs in Radio 1 for the Summer of 1984


01. Sun In My Eyes - SALLY OLDFIELD (LP Easy1979)

02. To France - MIKE OLDFIELD (LP Discovery, 1984)

03. The More You Live, The More You Love - A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS (LP The Story Of A Young Heart, 1984)

04. Casablanca - BERTIE HIGGINS (LP Just Another Day In Paradise, 1982)

05. When Doves Cry - PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION (LP Purple Rain, 1984)

06. The Last Time - RUSS BALLARD (LP Russ Ballard, 1984)

07. Black Butterfly - DENIECE WILLIAMS (LP Let's Hear It For The Boy, 1984)

08. Only When You Leave - SPANDAU BALLET (LP Parade, 1984)

09. Hello - LIONEL RICHIE (LP Can't Slow Down, 1983)

10. All Of You - JULIO IGLESIA & DIANA ROSS (LP 1100 Bel Air Place, 1984)

11. Knife - ROCKWELL (LP Somebody's Watching Me, 1984)

12. You're In My Heart - DAVID ESSEX (single, 1983)

13. Smalltown Boy - BRONSKI BEAT (LP The Age Of Consent, 1984)

14. High On Emotion - CHRIS De BURGH (LP Man On The Line, 1984)

15. Runaway - BON JOVI (LP Bon Jovi, 1984)

16. Time After Time - CYNDI LAUPER (LP She's So Unusual, 1983)

17. Cover Me - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (LP Born In The USA, 1984)

18. Summer Of '42 - MICHEL LEGRAND (OST The Summer Of '42, 1971)

19. To All The Girls  I've Loved Before - JULIO IGLESIAS & WILLIE NELSON (single, 1984)

20. Your Love Is King - SADE (LP Diamod Life, 1984)




b)  Radio 1 - Top 20 - Sunday 26-5-1985


01.  Silence - JIMMY JIMMY (single, 1985 / LP Here In The Light, 1986)

02.  We Are The World - USA FOR AFRICA (single, 1985)

03.  If IShould Love Again - BARRY MANILOW (LP If I Should Love Again, 1981)

04.  Why'd I Have To Fall In Love With You - MATTHEW FISHER (LP Matthew Fisher, 1979)

05.  When The Rain Begins To Fall - JERMAINE JACKSON & PIA ZADORA (single, 1984)

06.  Say It Again - SANTANA (LP Beyond Appearances, 1985)

07.  For You - TRIUMVIRAT (LP A La Carte, 1978)

08.  The Neighbors - JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS (LP Jonathan Sings! 1983)

09.  Can't Fight This Feeling - REO SPEEDWAGON (LP Wheels Are Turnin', 1984)

10.  Woman - PHILIP BAILEY (LP Chinese Wall, 1984)

11.  Don't You (Forget About Me) - SIMPLE MINDS (OST The Breakfast Club, 1985)

12.  Love Me Like I Do - COSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS (LP Do It! 1984)

13.  You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - DEAD OR ALIVE (single, 1984)

14.  Dance Me To The End of Love - LEONARD COHEN (LP Various Positions, 1984)

15.  Classic - ADRIAN GURVITZ (LP Classic, 1982)

16.  Every Time I See Your Picture - LUBA (single, 1982 / LP Secrets & Sins, 1984)

17.  Sunglasses At Night - COREY HART (LP First Offense, 1983)

18.  Live Is Life - OPUS (single, 1984)

19.  Shout - TEARS FOR FEARS (single, 1984 / LP Songs From The Big Chair, 1985)

20.  Move Closer - PHYLLIS NELSON (single, 1984 / OST Parole De Flic, 1985)



2 comments:

DJ Akis said...

Συγχαρητήρια για την αξιέπαινη προσπάθεια σου !!

LefterisLalos said...

Σ'ευχαριστώ, 'Ακη.