Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Memories, Music and Movies – 1983 – The Lake District, Cut glass crystal, On the Road, Lionel Ritchie, Flashdance by Sally Cronin

I cannot remember a time when music and movies where not a part of my life.

Last time I shared our move to our first house in Southport and the music of the Steve Miller Band and the iconic film.. An Officer and a Gentleman

1983 – The Lake District, Cut glass crystal, On the Road, Lionel Ritchie, Flashdance

During 1982 I had continued to commute to my job in Liverpool for the first six months. I was finding the commute to Liverpool on a daily basis was eating in to the time we spent together. I applied for a job managing a small cut glass crystal and giftware shop on the main street of Southport and as it was a start up business it gave me plenty to get my teeth into and we opened in June of 1982.

By the Christmas and the start of 1983 the business continued to do well and we also enjoyed living by the sea in Southport including its huge sea bathing lake.

The company I worked for was based in the Ulverston in the Lake District and they had an established reputation as a top quality cut class crystal manufacturer with their glasses and decanters in the top outlets in London. As with any handmade industry, but particularly in the intricate process of blowing glass, there are some peices that had minor defects that made them unsuitable to be sold as first quality. My shop and the one at the factory sold these seconds at a 40% discount… A great buy as the faults were often barely visible and in fact 36 years later.. I still have a full set of wine glasses, champagne flutes, tumblers, balasters and decanters which I bought at not just the discount price but with my managers discount.

We also sold a range of high end ornaments and I got to accompany the buyer to gift fairs around the country to select lines to sell in the shop. Being particularly busy during the summer months, it was also in a prime position in the main street with plenty of passing traffic. I employed a great team of staff and the added bonus was the shop was just a few minutes walk from our house.

Early in 1983 I was offered an expanded role as retail marketing manager with responsibility for the two current shops and the set up of two others in Nottingham and York. Despite the fact I would be on the road travelling between Southport, the Lake District and these two cities, we decided it was too good and opportunity to pass up.

I was also given a company car, a ford escort estate and I would often be carrying thousands of pounds of fragile crystal glass in the back. Carefully wrapped of course. However, my first trip, which David joined me for as moral support, nearly ended very badly, for us and the crystal.

Whilst overtaking a lorry on the motorway having signalled from a fair distance back, the driver decided to move from the inside lane to the middle name without indicating. I was trapped between his massive lorry and speeding traffic in the outside lane. I did the only thing I could which was accelerate and try to get passed him with my hand on the horn to try and warn him off. He hit the car on the passenger side and I had to struggle to keep the car level so I was not pushed into the traffic overtaking me.

Thankfully within seconds he took notice of the horn and moved back into the inside lane and the hard shoulder… I pulled in front of him and made sure David was okay before checking the damage to the car. It was badly dented and as we pulled in there was an ominous clinking from the boxes of glass! Thankfully the damage was superficial and the car was driveable, but David recalls me heading off to the lorry where the driver was getting out of his cab and spending some considerable time giving him a piece of my mind. We exchanged details and the motorway police arrived to take statements and having determined he was at fault we went on our way. As you can imagine I was always wary of trucks after that.

Apart from that unsettling start to my new role, I soon became used to the commute to the Lake district and David would often come with me so we could take advantage of the hills and the wonderful scenery. A few months into 1983 I was also given responsibility for the marketing of the Factory Experience. This meant I would stay up in Ulverstone two nights a week and tour the Lake District tourist offices and attractions to leave posters and leaflets to promote the business.. Combined with weekly visits to all the shops, I was kept very busy but loved the job.

One of my last actions as the retail marketing manager was to sell several ranges of our glass seconds to a film property company. I am sure that many are broken by now but the practice of supplying the film industry continued and today when you watch Downton Abbey you will see the Grasmere Range decorating the dining room table and when drinks are served. As you can in many of the Bond Films.

If you are visiting The Lake District then I can highly recommend that you take the tour at Cumbria CrystalCumbria Factory Experience and Shop

As 1983 came to an end David was offered a job in Tring in the new cable television industry and we decided to sell our house and move South. I was sad to leave my job but look back on it and the people with great fondness.

As you can imagine I was in the car covering thousands of miles over the year and the radio provided the company along with my collection of tapes. Some of my favourites included Police Every Breath You Take, David Bowie Let’s Dance, UB 40 99 Red Balloons, Mike Oldfield Moonlight Shadow and Billy Joel Tell Her About it, Elton John I’m Still Standing, and anything by Lionel Richie including this song  All Night Long. lionelrichie


There were some great movies in 1983 and we would head out most Friday nights to watch the latest blockbuster a few months after release in the USA.. Star Wars six Return of the Jedi, Tootsie, Flashdance, Staying Alive, Never Say Never Again, Ghandi, ET and Sophie’s Choice.. in  fact a brilliant year. The soundtracks of Flashdance and Staying Alive were in the car as soon as available and I have chosen this song from Flashdance which still is played in the car when on a road trip. What a Feeling by Irene CaraHD Film Tributes


Thanks for joining me on this journey down memory lane.. next time 1984 and a rather interesting new job with livestock….Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part One – Dionne Warwick, Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red, Robert Palmer

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

 Here is my first selection of top 1986 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Dionne Warwick and Friends – That’s what friends are for

“That’s what friends are for” was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film “Night Shift.” This song is better known for the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John, billed as “Dionne and Friends.” It was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention and was a massive hit worldwide, becoming the #1 single of 1986 in the US and winning the Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” and “Song of the Year.”

January 23rd Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

Lionel Richie –  Say you, say me  

“Say you, say me” was written by Lionel Richie for the film “White Nights,” starring Mikhaïl Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. The song peaked at #1 in the US for two weeks on Billboard’s R&B chart, and for four weeks on the Hot 100 chart. It became Richie’s ninth number-one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song was hugely successful in South Africa, attaining the #1 spot and remaining there for a total of 30 weeks. It eventually became the #1 single of 1986 on that country’s year-end Springbok charts. The track won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.”

March 29th Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia 

Now time for my first picks from 1986 which are still on my playlist today.

Simply Red – Holding Back the Years

“Holding Back the Years” is the seventh track on Simply Red’s debut studio album Picture Book (1985). It remains their most successful single, having reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It is one of two Simply Red songs (the other being their cover of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”) to reach number one in the US. The song was nominated in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. Simply Red

June 15th Amnesty International “Conspiracy of Hope” tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters 

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love

“Addicted to Love” is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. It is the third song on Palmer’s 1985 album Riptide and was released as its second single. The single version is a shorter edit of the full-length album version. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending 8 February 1986. The song ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. It also reached number one in Australia and number five on the UK Singles Chart. Robert Palmer

July 4th Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 80s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

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Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

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Next week 1986 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.