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  1. Just heard too. Shocking. Loved his shows, his knowledge, his fantastic dry sense of humour, his helpfulness...just everything. I just can't believe this. Terrible news. RIP Bob x
  2. So sorry to hear this, always think of him when I hear Sam Williams. Bouncing around on the dancefloor with his coat half-on. He made me laugh the first time I met him. He made me laugh for days the last time I saw him. And every time in between. Love to Annie and all his friends and family RIP Micky x
  3. 'Don't shut me out' is heartbreakingly beautiful. From time to time, it still amazes me that someone with such a wonderful voice can pretty much escape the mainstream attention and opportunities offered to many with far inferior talent in the music industry. RIP Ms. Lands x
  4. oh that is sad. Poor Linda. RIP Mr. Womack
  5. Jeez and to think I thought I'd missed the point of the thread...
  6. Yeah, I know Betty Lavette's isn't the original. TBH, didn't pay attention to the 'original soul' aspect of the thread's title due to the thrill of logging in for the first time in months.
  7. Big fan of first series of 'Murder One' in the 1990s and remember screaming "three WEEKS?! Three f**cking WEEKS?!!! as the voiceover on the penultimate episode cooed "join us in three weeks for the final episode". Due to the Olympics I think. There was an outcry, BBC relented & I think we only had to wait two weeks. Hmm. I'm with Geoff re: Sky, so limited channels available, but looking back over the year, I liked: 56 Up though ITV didn't do it justice this year. Relatively little publicity, rushed out over 5 nights, then gone Grandma's House The Good Wife: bobbins, but quality bobbins. And I had to be restrained from putting my foot through the screen whenever Kalinda appeared Nurse Jackie : loved every character except, oddly, Jackie & her husband Tour de France & what I saw of The Olympics & Paralympics. A revelation, as I don't like sport Getting On, apart from the last episode (picky, picky) Box sets of Modern Family & Community: watched a couple. P-retty, p-retty good, as the man said. Storyville: from the Sea to the Land Beyond- Britain's Coast on Film. Shown last week. Basically, archive film with a soundtrack. Made me cry and I've no idea why. My favorites of the year: The Danish/Swedish collaboration The Bridge/Bron/Broen I loved Saga and her social skills. I liked that it took a while to work out who was who & how the characters were related, in contrast to so many dramas that sign-post everything. Murder: Joint Enterprise - only one hour long. Best use of one hour I've seen all year. Same director as Forbrydelsen but set in Nottingham & Karla Crome was fantastic. Forbrydelsen/The Killing II (and III: the last ever)
  8. I prefer Soft Cell's version of Tainted Love to Gloria Jones's. And Kenny Rogers/First Edition's What Condition My Condition Is in to Betty LaVette's. And I don't care who knows it. Obviously. Don't like either of the soul versions anyway, but like both as pop sounds.
  9. Yes, he's left some great stuff to remember him by. All very sad, seems to have been a man with some demons, especially in the past few years. RIP
  10. yes, or that can be interpreted in different ways, depending on who's listening, why, when, etc. My favourite for this reason is Bud Harper "Wherever you were" Great big F**CK-YOU lyrics, which because of the repeated "Lord" work on a (sort of!) gospel or secular level. Who IS he singing to? It could be a lover, friend, or the Man Upstairs that he feels abandoned by. I like to imagine it's the latter- yeah, you can go there now, GOD. Exits "Another Sundown in Watts" for a bit of pathos/social reality. Fantastic Four "Live Up To What She Thinks" for a little romance. I also like any lyric that includes the words "wig-hat".
  11. It's a shame that he didn't manage to make the trip over here, but it's nice to hear that he was aware of people's appreciation of his work. RIP Mr. Osborne
  12. Couldn't have put it any better myself. RIP Mr. Otis x
  13. Though we knew she'd been ill for a while, I'm sure everyone on here is as sad as I am to hear she's gone. A barnstormer of a voice and a barnstorming woman. RIP Etta x
  14. Yep, it was on Five USA, I think. Or Fiver. Or Five. One of those channels with Five in it anyway

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