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In the charts: 1971, 1981 and 1991.

WE tune into the pop charts of yesteryear to recall what North East music lovers were listening to this week 44, 34, and 24 years ago.

1971: The insanely catchy sounds of Middle Of The Road with their big hit Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was at number one this week.

Elsewhere in the chart were Dawn with Knock Three Times, Tony Christie with I Did What I Did For Maria, and Neil Diamond with I Am...I Said.

Also doing well were Free with My Brother Jake, R Dean Taylor with Indiana Wants Me, and the Rolling Stones with their classic Brown Sugar.

Sweet had a new entry with Coco.

1981: Motown legend Smokey Robinson was at the top with Being With You.

Other big sellers included Michael Jackson with One Day In Your Life, Adam & The Ants with Stand And Deliver, and Ultravox with All Stood Still.

Elsewhere there were big hits for Tenpole Tudor with Swords Of A Thousand Men, and American band REO Speedwagon with Keep On Loving You.

1991: Color Me Badd with I Wanna Sex You Up was in the top spot.

There were also hits for Amy Grant with Baby Baby, Cher with The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), and The Pet Shop Boys, featuring Geordie Boy Neil Tennant, with Jealousy.

New entries included Lenny Kravitz with It Ain't Over'Til It's Over, Rod Stewart with Motown Song, and Aussie star Jason Donovan Any Dream Will Do.

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The Pet Shop Boys, above, were in the charts in 1991; |below, Adam Ant had a hit with Stand and Deliver, 1981

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2015
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