MUSICAL INVESTIGATIONS IS HERE!!!

To fill the void of "Six Degrees of Separation", my new section is slightly more simple... Called "Musical Investigations", each week I have to play super sleuth and look for links in music. Each week, I present one single song on air with all of the facts. The rub is though that the song must have some tangible link with the track that I played on the previous show, thus creating a link in the chain. I really hope that I smash my record with "Six Degrees" with this segment, but time will of course tell... It always does!


Week One - "Hey Jude" by The Beatles

Week Two - "I'm the Urban Spaceman" by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (Paul McCartney of the Beatles co- produced the song)

Week Three - "Your Song" by Elton John (Gus Dudgeon, co-producer of "I'm the Urban Spaceman" became John's principal producer later)

Week Four - "(I can't get no) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones (As suggested by Phil in Blackman's Bay, this song and "Your Song" by Elton John were parodied by Kenny Everett in his "Video Show" during the 1980's)

Week Five - "What makes you beautiful?" by One Direction (As suggested by John in Kingston, the Rolling Stones' then producer Andrew Loog Oldham compared the two bands calling the Stones "a band" and One Direction "an act")

Week Six - "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (As Suggested by Julie in Kingston, Savan Kotechka co-wrote last week's song and this one)

Week Seven - "Bang Bang" by Cher (The two songs share the same title... obviously...!!!)

Week Eight - "Super Trouper" by ABBA ("Super Trouper" and "Bang Bang" were both written by the performers' spouses)

Week Nine - "Hawks and Doves" by Neil Young (Both "Hawks and Doves" and "Super Trouper" were released on the same day - 3rd November 1980)

Week Ten - "Grace Kelly" by Mika (Both Grace Kelly and Neil Young share the same birthday - 12th November)

Week Eleven - "Radio Gaga" by Queen (In Mika's song "Grace Kelly" he is talking about different personas. The first being Grace Kelly, the second being "Freddy"... Freddy Mercury of Queen)

Week Twelve - "In the air tonight" by Phil Collins (Roger Taylor and Phil Collins performed "Radio Gaga" live in concert together... twice.)

Week Thirteen - "Woman" by John Lennon ("Woman" held off "In the air tonight" from the number one slot in the charts in January 1981)

Week Fourteen - "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy (Well... let me think about this one... The first Australian in the chain though...)

Wee Fifteen - "Ooh La La" by The Small Faces (The man who wrote the music for Helen Reddy's "I am Woman", Ray Burton, toured with the Small Faces)

Week Sixteen - "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (The song "Ooh La La" is the favourite track of Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers)

Week Seventeen - "Lady Marmalade" by All Saints (All Saints performed "Under the Bridge" for charity and released it with "Lady Marmalade" in a double a-side single in 1998)

Week Eighteen - "My Eyes Adored You" by Frankie Valli ("My Eyes Adored You" and "Lady Marmalade" were both written by Bob Crew and Kenny Nolan and originally released in the same year, 1974)

Week Nineteen - "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel (The two songs were used on the fake "Bargearse" album on ABC TV's "The Late Show")

Week Twenty - "Everything I Own" by Bread (Larry Knechtel played the piano on "Bridge over Troubled Water" for Simon and Garfunkel before joining the band Bread)

Week Twenty One - "Everything I Own" by Boy George (George covered the Bread hit in 1987)

The List continues...





And welcome to "Six Degrees of Separation"!

It is the section of my show "Music, Mayhem and More" on Huon and Kingston FM that begun in October 2014. It is based on the actual notion of six degrees of separation where every single person on the planet can be traced to another via the acquaintances of just six other people. My chain of songs in the section stretches that just a little to be honest, but proves that modern performers in music can be linked to one another through the work they complete.

The way the section works on radio is that during each show, I play an original song followed immediately by a cover. The person who provided the cover on the previous weeks' show provides the original on the current week. The original song can be one that a performer or band have written, one that they very definitely released first or one that they made famous in the public eye.

As host of the show, I have a couple of set rules. I can only think one week ahead. I can't plan the list out weeks and weeks in advance and if I cannot find a suitable original and cover for the next show, I have to go to air, admit it (thus looking... a bit silly) and start the whole thing again.

As of the time of writing, we are roughly ten months into the first chain and the songs have been listed below:

1.) "Yesterday" by the Beatles and Neil Diamond      (On the 10th October 2014 Show)                                                                                                                     

2.) "I'm a Believer" by Neil Diamond and The Monkees    (On the 17th October 2014 Show)

3.) "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees and the Four Tops   (On the 24th October 2014 Show)

4.) "I can't help myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops and The Supremes   (On the 31st October 2014 Show)

5) "Stop! In the name of Love" by The Supremes and The Hollies   (On the 7th November 2014 Show)

6) "The air that I breathe" by The Hollies and Marty Robbins   (On the 14th November 2014 Show)

7) "Singing the Blues" by Marty Robbins and Cliff Richard   (On the 21st November 2014 Show)

8) "I gotta know" by Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley   (On the 28th November 2014 Show)

9) "Wooden Heart" by Elvis Presley and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers   (On the 5th December 2014 Show)

10) "Southern Accents" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Johnny Cash   (On the 12th December 2014 Show)

11) "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash and Tom Jones   (On the 19th December 2014 Show)

12) "It's not unusual" by Tom Jones and Cher   (On the 26th December 2014 Show)

13) "Bang Bang" by Cher and Stevie Wonder   (On the 2nd January 2015 Show)

14) "I wish" by Stevie Wonder and Celine Dion   (On the 9th January 2015 Show)

15) "Because you loved me" by Celine Dion and Johnny Mathis   (On the 16th January 2015 Show)

16) "Wild is the wind" by Johnny Mathis and David Bowie   (On the 23rd January 2015 Show)

17) "1984" by David Bowie and Tina Turner   (On the 30th January 2015 Show)

18) "Don't turn around" by Tina Turner and Bonnie Tyler  (On the 6th February 2015 Show)

19) "Hide your heart" by Bonnie Tyler and KISS   (On the 13th February 2015 Show)

20) "Do you love me?" by KISS and Nirvana   (On the 20th February 2015 Show)

21.) "Smells like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana and Willie Nelson   (On the 27th February 2015 Show)

22.) "Night Life" by Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin   (On the 6th March 2015 Show)

23) "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin and Joe Cocker  (On the 13th March 2015 Show)

24) "The Moon's a harsh mistress" by Joe Cocker and Glen Campbell  (On the 20th March 2015 Show)

25) "Witchita Line-man" by Glen Campbell and Ray Charles   (On the 27th March 2015 Show)

26) "Hallelujah, I love her so" by Ray Charles and The Bee Gees   (On the 3rd April 2015 Show)

27) "Words" by The Bee Gees and Roy Orbison   (On the 10th April 2015 Show)

28) "Claudette" by Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers   (On the 17th April 2015 Show)

29) "All I want to do is dream" by the Everly Brothers and Johnny Nash   (On the 24th April 2015 Show)

30) "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash and Petula Clark  (On the 1st May 2015 Show)

31.) "Downtown" by Petula Clark and Dolly Parton   (On the 15th May Show, after a one week pre-recorded show on the 8th May 2015)

32.) "Jolene" by Dolly Parton and Olivia Newton John   (On the 22nd May 2015 Show)

33.) "Xanadu" by Olivia Newton John and E.L.O.   (On the 29th May 2015 Show)

34.) "The 10538 Overture" by E.L.O. and Def Leppard (On the 5th June 2015 Show)

35.) "A long, long way to go" by Def Leppard and Lionel Ritchie (On the 12th June 2015 Show)

36.) "Hello" by Lionel Ritchie and Shirley Bassey (On the 19th June 2015 Show)

37.) "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey and Bobby Vinton (On the 26th June 2015 Show)

38.) "Roses are red (My Love)" by Bobby Vinton and Jim Reeves (On the 3rd July 2015 Show)

39.) "Welcome to my World" by Jim Reeves and Dean Martin (On the 10th July 2015 Show)

40.) "Return to Me" by Dean Martin and Chris Isaak (On the 17th July 2015 Show)

41.) "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak and R.E.M. (On the 24th July 2015 Show)

42.) "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. and Patti Smith (On the 31st July 2015 Show)

43.) "Because the Night" by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen (On the 7th August 2015 Show)

44.) "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" by Bruce Springsteen and Ben E. King (On the 14th August 2015 Show)

45.) "Groovin'" by Ben E. King and Manfred Mann (On the 21st August 2015Show)

46.) "The Mighty Quinn" / "Quinn the Eskimo" by Manfred Mann and Bob Dylan (On the 28th August 2015 Show)

47.) "The Times They- are-a- Changin'" by Bob Dylan and Phil Collins (On the 4th September 2015 Show)

48.) "You'll be in my heart" by Phil Collins and Kenny Loggins (On the 11th September 2015 Show)

49.) "What a Fool Believes" by Kenny Loggins and The Doobie Brothers (On the 18th September 2015 Show)

50.) "Listen to the Music" by The Doobie Brothers and The Isley Brothers (On the 25th September 2015 Show)

51.) "This old heart of mine (is weak for you)" by The Isley Brothers and The Temptations (On the 2nd October 2015 Show)

52.) "My Girl" by The Temptations and The Rolling Stones (On the 9th October 2015 Show)      A YEAR HAS BEEN MET... YAY!

53.) "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones and Little Richard (On the 16th October 2015 Show)

54.) "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard and Creedence Clearwater Revival (On the 23rd October 2015 Show)

55.) "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bryan Adams (On the 30th October 2015 Show)

56.) "Heaven" by Bryan Adams and Twiggy (On the 6th November 2015 Show)

57.) "A Woman in Love" by Twiggy and The Three Degrees (On the 13th November 2015 Show)

58.) "When will I see you again?" by The Three Degrees and Cilla Black (On the 20th November 2015 Show)

59.) "Alfie" by Cilla Black and Matt Monro (On the 27th November 2015 Show)

60.) "Born Free" by Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra (On the 4th December 2015 Show)

61.) "Time after Time" by Frank Sinatra and Carly Simon (On the 11th December 2015 Show)

62.) "You're so Vain" by Carly Simon and Smokie (On the 18th December 2015 Show)

63.) "Lay back in the arms of someone" by Smokie and Ricky Nelson (On the 1st January 2016Show)

64.) "Travellin' Man" by Ricky Nelson and Don McLean (On the 8th January 2016 Show)

65.) "Vincent" by Don McLean and Rick Astley (On the 15th January 2016 Show)

66.) "Never gonna' give you up" by Rick Astley and Barry Manilow (On the 22nd January 2016 Show)

67.) "All the Time" by Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick (On the 29th January 2016 Show)

68.) "Anyone who had a heart" by Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield (On the 5th February 2016 Show)

69.) "I only want to be with you" by Dusty Springfield and The Bay City Rollers (On the 12th February 2016 Show)

70.) "Shang a lang" by The Bay City Rollers and Brotherhood of Man (On the 19th February 2016 Show)

71.) "United we Stand" by Brotherhood of Man and Elton John (On the 26th February 2016 Show)

72.) "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John and The Beach Boys (On the 4th March 2016 Show)

73.) "God only knows" by The Beach Boys and Tony Christie (On the 11th March 2016 Show)

74.) "(Is this the way to) Amarillo?" by Tony Christie and Neil Sedaka (On the 18th March 2016 Show)

75) "Don't let it mess your mind" by Neil Sedaka and Helen Reddy (On the 25th March 2016 Show)

76.) "Somewhere in the Night" by Helen Reddy and Kim Carnes (On the 1st April 2016 Show)

77.) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes and Kylie Minogue (On the 8th April 2016 Show)

78.) "Confide in Me" by Kylie Minogue and Missy Higgins (On the 22nd April 2016 Show)

79.) "Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins and Leanne Rimes (On the 29th April 2016 Show)

80.) "Light in your eyes" by Leanne Rimes and Candi Staton (On the 6th May 2016 Show)

81.) "Young hearts run free" by Candi Staton and Gloria Estefan (On the 20th May 2016 Show)

82.) "Turn the beat around" by Gloria Estefan and Laura Branigan (On the 27th May 2016 Show)

83.) "I found someone" by Laura Branigan and Michael Bolton (On the 3rd June 2016 Show)

84.) "Soul Provider" by Michael Bolton and Peabo Bryson (On the 10th June 2016 Show)

85.) "Feel the Fire" by Peabo Bryson and Stephanie Mills (On the 17th June 2016 Show)

86.) "Home" by Stephanie Mills and Diana Ross (On the 24th June 2016 Show)

87.) "When you tell me that you love me" by Diana Ross and Albert Hammond (On the 1st July 2016 Show)

88.) "When I need you" by Albert Hammond and Leo Sayer (On the 8th July 2016 Show)

89.) "The Show must go on" by Leo Sayer and Three Dog Night (On the 15th July 2016 Show)

90.) "It ain't easy" by Three Dog Night and Dave Edmunds (On the 29th July 2016 Show)

91.) "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds and Elvis Costello (On the 12th August 2016 Show)

92.) "Pump it up" by Elvis Costello and Status Quo (On the 19th August 2016 Show)

93.) "Pictures of Matchstick Men" by Status Quo and Ozzy Osborne (On the 26th August 2016 Show)

94.) "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osborne and Pat Boone (On the 2nd September 2016 Show)

95.) "April Love" by Pat Boone and Connie Francis (On the 9th September 2016 Show)

96.) "Stupid Cupid" by Connie Francis and Wanda Jackson (On the 23rd September 2016 Show)

97.) "Silver thread and Golden Needles" by Wanda Jackson and Skeeter Davis (On the 30th September 2016 Show)

98.) "The End of the World" by Skeeter Davis and Julie London (On the 7th October 2016 Show)

99.) "Cry me a River" by Julie London and Dinah Washington (On the 14th October 2016 Show)

100.) "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington and Jackie Wilson (On the 21st October 2016 Show)

101.) "Lonely Teardrops" by Jackie Wilson and Michael Jackson (On the 28th October 2016 Show)

102.) "Bad" by Michael Jackson and Ray Stevens (On the 4th November 2016 Show)

103.) "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" by Ray Stevens and Kris Kristofferson (On the 11th November 2016 Show)

104.) "Casey's Last Ride" by Kris Kristofferson and John Denver (On the 18th November 2016 Show)

105.) "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" by John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary (On the 25th November 2016 Show)

106.) "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary and Bing Crosby (On the 2nd December 2016 Show)

107.) "Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive" by Bing Crosby and Paul McCartney (On the 9th December 2016 Show)

108.) "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney and Billy Joel (On the 16th December 2016 Show)

109.) "Just the way you are" by Billy Joel and Barry White (On the 23rd December 2016 Show)

110.) "Can't get enough of your love, babe" by Barry White and Daryll Hall and John Oates (On the 30th December 2016 Show)

111.) "Every time you go away" by Daryll Hall and John Oates and Gloria Gaynor (On the 6th January 2017 Show)

112.) "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor and REM (On the 13th January 2017 Show) ***Notice anything wrong?***

113.) THE CHAIN DIES... I DOUBLED UP ON REM... Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Watch this space for what comes next...

"Six Degrees of Separation" (C) Steve Perrin 2015