Sally’s Drive Time Play List #Music to get the weekend started – 1979 – Queen and Dr. Hook

Welcome to the music that populates my iPod from the olden days to the present.. Some songs stay in your mind and heart for a lifetime and I only have to listen to a track and it brings back memories very clearly.

Each summer I have held a virtual summer party and this year it will be going on all over a weekend in August.  I will be playing your requests with a link to your blog…. dance tracks, romantic end of the evening ballads let me have the title and artist and I will do the rest.

It is now 1979 and I am working as assistant manager at a hotel in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

In the spring of 1979 a number of events took place that made me realise that I needed to put a little more distance between me and my past. I gave my notice in at the school at half-term in February and began buying The Lady Magazine again weekly. After all I had found one great job in its classifieds and hopefully I would find another.

I was sad to leave the school, the teachers and the pupils as it had been a wonderful 15 months where I had regained my self-confidence. I had travelled to foreign countries and other parts of Britain but never really gone far on my own. Perhaps time to rectify that.

I applied for a number of positions in the hotel industry and one in particular caught my eye. Gothic mansion, three star hotel in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. I had to send my details, experience and a photograph with details of when I could start before the season began at Easter.

A week later I received a phone call from the then manager who asked a few questions and I later found out; checking my speaking voice out. A few days later I received an acceptance letter with travel instructions to reach the hotel the day after the school broke up for the Easter Holidays.

In those days of course there was no Internet and heading off to the depth of Wales was equivalent of running off to Panama. Or so my parents thought when I told them!

With two suitcases and a sense of trepidation I boarded the train from East Sussex and connected in London for a train to Wales.

You can read some of my adventures in these posts.

Hotel Receptionist, Ghostly arrival and quick promotion

Hotel Assistant Manager, Swashbuckle and Romance.

In the meantime the music of 1979 continued to be a little mixed as to style and the top hits of the year included Art Garfunkel with Bright Eyes from the film Watership Down, Cliff Richard with We Don’t Talk Anymore, one song that I played continuously by Dr. Hook, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman.

The Boomtown Rats mirrored most people’s opinion with I Don’t Like Mondays and Ian Dury and the Blockheads with one of the best pickup lines of the decade. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick!

Since I could dance all night and Queen are up there with Status Quo for me for those years….. Here is Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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And here is Dr. Hook with When You Are In Love with A Beautiful Woman

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I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection of music that I love and please do not forget if you would like your favourite music played at the summer party coming up in August… put the title and the artist in the comments…