Our Talking about My Generation Top of the Pops with Jean Friend

You have probably already guessed it but our newsroom is filled with music fans, so we now have our very own Top of the Pops series.

Sharing the tracks of her years this week is our Oldham reporter, Jean Friend.

Jean says: “They are a bit smolchy but who cares?”

We would love to know what would make your ultimate Top of the Pops. Send us your top ten tracks and we will publish them at changingtherecord@gmail.com

1. Bowton’s Yard,  Harry Boardman on the Deep Lancashire album  
From as far back as I can remember my dad would recite dialect poetry to me. My favourite was ‘Bonny Brid’ by Sam Laycock.  However no one put it to music, unlike Bowton’s Yard which he also recited.
We hope you enjoy this version by Harp & a Monkey, who performed Bowton’s Yard at the Anson Engine Museum in session for Roots & Fusion, Pure Radio.

2) The Stripper, David Rose
I went to a secondary modern in the ’60s.  I don’t think there was much of a set curriculum.  Music lessons stand out for me as highlights. Adrien Read was our teacher and was a jazz lover. While we waited outside his classrroom we would scheme to get him off topic and play some records. We always wanted The Stripper.

3) Summer Time, Ella Fitzgerald
I sung in the choir at school lead by Adrian Read. Summer Time was a favourite and still is.
4) Let It Be
5) Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel 
After leaving school I went to work for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes. After six months I was bored rigid. Jobs were ten a penny then and I walked into a job as a lab technician at De La Salle College of Education. We, the lab techs were all quite young and we didn’t realise at the time what a dream job it was. The summer vacation was very long for students and we worked through it. When our immediate boss was on holiday we had a great time, someone brought a portable record player in along with the Let It Be LP and the Bridge Over Troubled Water LP and we played them over and over.

6) I will always love you, Whitney Houston
This was the first film that Alix and I went to see together. When it came on the telly we both sat there crying.

7) The Long and Winding Road, The Beatles
Alix doesn’t drive and generally cycles to mine. Fairly early on in our relationship, she sent me a card that she had made featuring a cyclist cycling along a long and winding road.

8) Every Time we Say Goodbye, Ella Fitzgerald
We’ve been together now around 25 years and I am the one who doesn’t want to live together. Having said that I do cry a little when we say goodbye.

9) The Lark Ascending,Vaughan Williams
When we had fields in front of the house I would spend hours lying in the grass watching the skylarks above me. Those fields and the larks are gone now but whenever I am out and can hear skylarks I experience a massive wave of emotion (happy).

10) Bring Me Sunshine, Morecombe and Wise
I have had sh*t times in my life and it’s laughter that has got me through. When I was diagnosed with cancer Alix and I went home on the bus doubled up with laughter. Call me bonkers if you want. I am lucky to have sunshine in my life. I want this song at my funeral so everyone can have a good laugh.


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