Christopher John Tarrant was born on Thursday 10th October 1946; was educated as a boarder in Choir House at the King’s School, Worcester where he represented the school at hockey and cricket. He briefly became a researcher for the Central Office of Information before becoming a newsreader on ATV Today. It was in 1974 that things progressed. For 8 years between 1974 & 82 he hosted the ITV children’s television show Tiswas. Two years later – in 1984 – he joined Capital Radio and was host for 20 years. He is probably best remembered, though, for his 16 years on the ITV game show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’
In March 2014 he suffered a stroke at 39,000ft on a work flight from Thailand to London. Doctors at Charing Cross Hospital, London, told him he’d had a stroke, and did emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his right leg. Chris recalls: “They were brilliant. I’m always aware that if I hadn’t gone I could be in a wheelchair. What happened makes me want to enjoy my life. I take medication and pills. I keep pretty active. I’ve got a big rambling estate in Berkshire so I walk around hills as I can’t stand the gym. I think I’m mentally fit, too.”
A while ago a few of us were sitting and chattering about the comedy songs we had heard on the radio and decided that each of us would list our own ‘top five’ and then sort them into order from 5th to number 1. This was our result:
At number 5 was The Goodies song ‘Funky Gibbon’
At number 4 was Billy Connolly‘s ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E.’ [one of the group had recently had a divorce and sympathy was shared!]
Number 3 was Andy Stewart‘s ‘Donald Where’s Your Troosers?’
Number 2 was Rolf Harris with ‘Jake the Peg’
At the top – at number 1 was Benny Hill with ‘Ernie, the fastest milkman in the West’
I know that many of our readers are not here in the UK but – if you had to pick a top five for your comedy songs and tunes we’d all like to know what ones you would choose
Do you like listening to current popular music? I used to – but now I seem to live in the past. The music I have in the car proves that. Let’s take today – 13th July – as an example.
On 13th July 1957 Elvis Presley had just started a seven week stay at number one with ‘All Shook Up’. It’s on one of the CDs in my car.
On 13th July 1958 the Everly Brothers were in the second week of a seven week stay with double sider ‘All I have to do is Dream/Claudette’. Yes that’s in the car as well.
However the music of 13th July 1985 is not in the car – but it is in the cupboard. So what is/was that I hear some of you asking. Well it was a dual-venue concert that was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London (attendance 72,000 people) and the John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia USA where around 100,000 people took part. On this same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries including Austria, Australia, Japan, the Soviet Union and West Germany making it one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time. It was estimated that a global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcasts. What was this magical event?
It was Live Aid.