I was born BCB. That is Before Colin Buchanan. So I was raised on a diet of ABC for kids music. This meant Don Spencer, Peter Combe, and those CDs that came out numbered. They had the timetables songs and stuff like the song about the boys who put the powder on the noses of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus.
Here are some YouTube trips down memory lane…
Apparently Peter Combe now plays pub gigs for people who grew up listening to his music.
Then there was Don Spencer, now Russell Crowe’s father-in-law.
Oh, and who could forget Joe Dolce’s On Top of Spaghetti
And Ross Higgin’s Monster Mash.
I did eventually grow up. And, perhaps more important were my trips to mum and dad’s CD shelf. I grew up with Paul Simon. I’d play Graceland whenever I could, and I have pretty early memories of the lyrics to Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer running around in my head. And Dire Straits Brothers in Arms album was another favourite.
But, perhaps the longest lasting musical memory, is the Motorcycle Song, by Arlo Guthrie (from his Best Of).