And as a little tribute to Ronnie Corbett, whose death was announced earlier today, here's the Two Ronnies with their very own version of Top of the Pops 1981....
Boy, it was fun while it lasted..
23/07/81 (hosted by Richard Skinner)
(44) The Vapors – “Jimmie Jones”
Despite their conversion to a New Romantic look and a song that sounded like a mash-up of Wig Wam Bam and Angelo, Jimmie Jones rose no higher in the charts and was the final chart hit for The Vapors.
(16) Sheena Easton – “For Your Eyes Only” (video)
The name's Easton - Sheena Easton! BBC4 seem to have solved their issues about showing movie clips, for here we see Sheena's James Bond opening titles song which made it up to number 8.
(22) Shakin’ Stevens – “Green Door”
Soon to be number one but edited out of tonight's 7.30pm slot.
(28) REO Speedwagon – “Take It On The Run” (video)
This follow up to Keep On Loving You made it to 19. But edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.
(7) Abba – “Lay All Your Love On Me”
Legs & Co slip into some Victorian underwear as they dance to one of Abba's most modern sounding records to date, released only as a 12 inch single, and which also happened to be their penultimate top ten hit peaking at number 7.
(30) Tight Fit – “Back To The ‘60s”
The first of three medleys on tonight's show ~ and although officially this is the same Tight Fit that went to number one a year later with The Lion Sleeps Tonight, this is a totally different line up. Back To The 60's reached number 4.
(25) Visage – “Visage” (video)
Ah, so that's what the Blitz club looked like. Taken from their top 20 album of the same name, Visage peaked at number 21.
(35) Gidea Park – “Beach Boy Gold”
The second of tonight's medleys, this time the Beach Boys get the treatment. And host Richard informs us that lead singer Adrian Baker (who wrote Dance Yourself Dizzy) had just got back from America touring with said legendary band! Beach Boy Gold peaked at number 11.
(1) The Specials – “Ghost Town” (rpt)
Third and final week at number one, and so its goodbye to the original line-up of The Specials.
(2) Starsound – “Stars On 45 Volume 2”
Legs & Co grab themselves some lucky boys from the audience to dance out the credits to the third of tonight's medleys, currently at its chart peak.
Next up then is July 30th with the return of Steve Wright.