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Gold Stars – Wednesday Nights at 7pm

Starting tonight at 7pm, Gold Stars – where we delve into the RTE Radio Archives for a series of profiles of classic RTE Gold artists. Tonight Colm Keane talks to Peter Noone of Hermans Hermits in a programme first broadcast as part of the series ‘Stars of the 60s’ in 1995.

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The Top 100 Irish Songs of All Time

Join us at 10am on Friday the 17th March as Will Leahy counts down the top 100 Irish songs of all time. Co-incidentally, it’s also St Patricks Day the very same day – what are the chances ?!

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Please Mister Postman

This week, way back in 1975, The Carpenters were number one in the US with ‘Please Mister Postman’. A song originally recorded by The Marvelettes 14 years earlier – which also hit the top spot in the US charts.  Apparently an obscure quartet from Liverpool, called ‘The Beatles’ I believe, also recorded it, but failed to hit the same dizzying …

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David Bowie

We remember David Bowie today on the first anniversary of his death. Enjoy this iconic clip of David (wearing a jump suit that you could write home about), with Mick Ronson helping out on vocals, performing Starman back in 1972.

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Philip Lynott 1949-1986

Remembering the late, great Phil Lynott who passed away on this day in 1986. What a back catalogue he left behind, including the RTE Gold vote for best Top of the Pops theme tune ever – the wonderful ‘Yellow Pearl’, co-written with Midge Ure.  Here he is though, as he’s probably best remembered, fronting Thin Lizzy on the aforementioned Top of …

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Christmas Time Is Here Again……well, almost.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles recorded ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again’, which was released as a flexi disc (remember them !) to fan club members only. The song didn’t get an official release until 1995 when it appeared as a bonus track on the ‘Free as a Bird’ CD single.  It was to be the final ‘fan club …

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Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)

Hard to believe it’s 25 years ago today since we lost the legend that is Freddie Mercury. Here he is, at his peak, leading Queen in their amazing Live Aid set in July of 1985.

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The River of Soul

Join Karl Tsigdinos this evening at 7pm for another trip along the River of Soul, including music from The Drifters, a band named after the lead singers favourite chocolate bar. Okay, that bit may not be 100 percent true, but what is true is that there have been many iterations of the band since they formed in 1953, involving a …

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They’re only human……

30 years ago today, the Human League topped the US singles charts with ‘Human’, a more soulful and sophisticated single than the synth pop they had become famous for. The song only lasted one week at the top, being ousted by the unstoppable hair metal force that is ‘Bon Jovi’ and ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’.

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Let’s get physical….

This day in 1981, the Neutron Bomb (Olivia Newton John to her friends), started a mammoth 10 week stay at the top of the US charts with the classic ‘Physical’. 35 years on and the track is still used worldwide for fitness and gym montages.   Photo credit: Kevin Winter – Getty Images