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Gazza and Fog on the Tyne.

Byline: Dave Morton Nostalgia Editor

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, Paul Gascoigne was on the crest of a wave.

In the wake of his tears at World Cup Italia '90, the former Newcastle United star had become a national hero.

The 23-year-old Spurs midfielder found himself on the front pages of the tabloid press, as often as the back, at a time before various troubles began to cloud his life.

As Gazzamania swept Britain, the young footballer found himself involved in everything from modelling for a Madame Tussaud's waxwork, to being made an honorary member of Oxford University's junior common room, to turning down a cameo role in TV's Byker Grove.

Among a whirlwind of personal appearances and media events, Dunston-born Gascoigne managed to record a hit record, which entered the singles charts on this day in 1990.

Former Tino Asprilla born on See Linking up with Geordie folk rock legends, Lindisfarne, Gazza recorded an inimitable 'rap' version of their classic track, Fog On The Tyne.

Originally released as the title track of Lindisfarne's chart-topping album in 1972, this new version of the Alan Hullpenned song went on to reach number 2 in the singles charts in the run-up to Christmas 1990.

With the song "in the can", however, filming the promotional video for it - shot around Newcastle and on a boat on the Tyne - proved to be a little tricky.

We reported: "While Gazza's timing might be perfect on the football field, when it came to filming the video, he was a bit off the mark."

Director Geoff Wonfor, famous for his work with the The Tube and other major music projects, revealed: "The only problem we had was Paul's sense of timing. He just couldn't get his cue right.

"We would say on the count of two or four and he just kept laughing, asking...when do I come in. "He's a great lad and we laughed the whole time. I think he's a natural star."

As Gazza and Lindisfarne stormed up the charts, there was even talk of an album, with the star's mum, Carol, revealing that tracks would include Elvis Presley's Let's Have A Party, and The Beatles' All You Need Is Love.

In the event, Gazza would enjoy one more chart hit, Geordie Boys, which reached a modest 31 as 1990 drew to a close.

Toon star was this day Sport Gascoigne's life and times since then have been well documented.

Meanwhile, what of other often dubious chart efforts released by footballers with North East links? Watch Fog On The Tyne |on TOP FIVE 1. New Order: World In Motion (1990). Featured one-time Toon stars Gazza, John Barnes, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley.

2. England Squad 1970: Back Home (1970): Rousing anthem featuring Bobby and Jack Charlton. 3. Kevin Keegan: Head Over Heels (1979). An uninspiring crooner from King Kev.

4. Glenn and Chris: Diamond Lights (1987): Synthesiser dirge from Hoddle and Waddle. 5. Andy Cole: Outstanding (1999): Star's effort stalled at 68.


Gazza's tears during |World Cup, Italia '90

Fog On The Tyne (Revisited) by Gazza and Lindisfarne entered the charts 25 years ago. The star filmed a promotional video for the song which reached number 2 in the UK singles chart

Gazza's follow-up single, Geordie Boys, wasn't as successful, only reaching number 31

Gazza and Lindisfarne whose original track, Fog On The Tyne, was the title track of their 1972 number 1 album
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2015
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