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If   you   believe   some   of   the   soap   documentaries   these   days,   they'll   have   you   think   the   soapstar-to-pop   singer   revolution   happened   as   late   as   1987   with   the arrival   of   Neighbours   and   Kylie   and   Jason.   It   actually   goes   back   over   twenty   years   earlier   than   that   -   with   Sue   Nicholls   -   who   left   Crossroads   in   1969   to become   a   pop-star!   Yes   Sue   is   the   'original   Kylie'.   The   first   'Jason'   was   actor   Chris   Sanford   who   became   a   'pop-star'   within   Coronation   Street   in   1963   -   and went on to have chart success outside of the serial too. Short-lived   her   music   career   may   have   been,   but   she   was   the   first   female   to   be   a   hit   in   the   pop   charts   with   a   'pop   song'   thanks   to   a   television   serial.   (Some of the Coronation Street ladies had released singles before 1968, however they were not in the slightest pop). Sue Nicholls, Where Will You Be? / Everyday When   the   regular   singing   act   didn't   turn   up   one   night   to   a   Birmingham   nightclub   motel   waitress   Marilyn   Gates, who   happened   to   be   on   a   night   out   with   some   of   the   Crossroads   Motel   staff,   stepped   in   as   a   singer   with   the   song "Where   Will You   Be".   Her   singing   success   saw   the   character   land   a   record   deal   (as   a   talent   scout   just   happened   to be   in   the   nightclub)   The   characters   song   was   "Everyday",   which   she   played   to   her   motel   co-workers   in   Meg's sitting   room,   much   to   their   delight.   They   both   were   released   (with   Everyday   as   the   B-side)   reaching   number   17 in 1968. Sue later left Crossroads to become a real-life pop singer, however, it wasn't to be. Sue,   now   Audrey   Roberts   in   Coronation   Street,   did,   however,   go   on   to   many   other   Television   hits   including   ATV's Pipkins   before   moving   to   the   BBC   to   work   on   The   Rise   and   Fall   of   Reginald   Perrin   and   kids   show,   Rentaghost.   It may   be   of   interest   to   note   that   Bryan   Mosley   (Alf   Roberts   in   Corrie)   joined   Crossroads   in   episode   501,   starring alongside his future Weatherfield wife. Noele Gordon, Noele Gordon Sings / Goodbye / After All These Years / To My Daughter For   17   years   Noele   *was*   Crossroads   to   many   people.   She   can   be   noted   here   for   firstly   an   album   of   classic   songs entitled   Noele   Gordon   Sings,   this   was   released   in   1976   by   EMI   and   recorded   at   the   famous   Abbey   Road   Studios. The   backing   music   was   provided   by   Geoff   Love   and   his   Orchestra.   As   'Meg'   in   the   soap   she   had   also   performed   a number   of   songs   in   the   series   over   the   years,   including   in   1969   'Don't   Sleep   In   The   Subway'   a   Tony   Hatch   penned song   originally   sung   by   Petula   Clark   and   at   Christmas   of   1972   'Getting To   Know You'   from   the   musical The   King And I. In 1978 and 1979 Christmas songs were also performed by Noele in the series during festive specials. She   also   released   a   couple   of   singles. The   double A-side   'After All These Years   /   Goodbye'   (1981)   and   For   My   Daughter;   we   assume   to   be   Meg   singing To   Jill! (1974)   Before   soap   opera,   Noele   had   also   appeared   on   a   couple   of   1940s   recordings   of   West   End   theatre   show   album   tracks   and   1963's   Lunchbox   album from her popular magazine series. Paul Henry, Benny's Theme / Waiting At The Crossroads He   released   "Benny's   Theme"   with   the   help   of   the   Mayson   Glen   Orchestra   in   1978.   Not   exactly   a   song,   more   of   a   monologue   of   Benny's   love   for   his   ill-fated girlfriend   Maureen   this   song   had   an   instrumental   version   as   its   B-side   and   subsequently   has   become   more   popular,   issued   on   a   CD   in   its   own   right.   A   less successful single Waiting at the Crossroads was released in the early 1980s. Simon May, The Summer Of My Life May   worked   for ATV   in   the   music   department,   where   he   helped   create   a   number   of   the   Crossroads   songs   (Born   With A   Smile   On   My   Face   and   More   Than   In Love were two of them). However, he also had a minor hit himself in 1976 thanks to Crossroads. 'The   Summer   Of   My   Life'   was   used   within   many   episodes   surrounding   the   story   of   the   time   which   featured   that   of   Bob   Powell   going   blind   while   his   marriage also falls apart. It reached number 7 in the pop charts. The   version   used   on   the   soap   was   a   different   arrangement   to   the   one   released   as   a   single. The   series   also   used   the   instrumental   regularly   within   scenes. A follow-up   single,   We'll   Gather   Lilacs   didn't   have   quite   the   same   success   despite   being   a   great   version   of   the   classic   song.   His   final   ATV   hit   for   Crossroads was More Than In Love in 1981. May later moved to the BBC where he devised themes for such shows as EastEnders and Howard's Way. Stephanie De Sykes, Born With A Smile On My Face / We'll Find Our Day / It's Been A Long, Long Day She   had   a   1974   hit   "Born   with   a   Smile   on   My   Face"   after   the   song   featured   heavily   in   Crossroads.   She   played   Holly   Brown,   a   singer   who   had   checked   into the   motel   suffering   from   a   breakdown.   She,   however,   managed   to   recover   from   her   mental   problems   in   fine   time   to   sing   at   Hugh   and   Meg's   wedding reception. These   songs   "We'll   Find   Our   Day"   and   "It's   Been   A   Long,   Long   Day"   featured   on   the   Crossroads   Wedding   album, although   the   former   has   also   appeared   on   a   1970s   'best   of'   CD   -   complete   with   Noele   Gordon   and   John   Bentley doing a smoochy speech in the middle! The songs were written by Simon May. Rondo Veneziano, Sinfonia Per Un Addio (Venice Theme) Released   in   1983   as   'Venice   Theme'   due   to   its   use   on   the   episodes   set   in   Venice   featuring   Jill   and   Adam   on Honeymoon   and   the   surprise   return   for   two   episodes   of   Noele   Gordon   as   Meg.   The   music   is   actually   called Sinfonia Per Un Addio. The tune was also used by Independent Television for their autumn trailers of 1983. Speaking on TV-am Noele Gordon revealed she had suggested the music to producer Jack Barton. Shona Lindsay, Goodbye She   released   "Goodbye"   in   1988   to   mark   the   ending   of   the   first   series.   The   song   was   not   a   cover   of   the   Noele Gordon   single   from   six   years   earlier;   it   was,   in   fact,   the   1987-1988-theme   tune   with   again   music   performed   by Max Early and Raf Ravenscroft. The   theme   had   been   revamped   into   an   electric   guitar   style   pop   version,   however,   Lindsay   -   like   Noele   Gordon   - was more suited to theatrical performances and this is how she performed the lyrics. Bill Buckley, Meg Is Magic Now   a   well-known   radio   and TV   presenter,   Bill   Buckley   at   the   time   was   a   newspaper   reporter   for   the   local   Express And   Star.   But   in   the   summer   of   1981   Bill released   a   record   called   'Meg   Is   Magic.'   It   was   all   part   of   the   Crossroads'   fans   campaign   to   save   Noele   Gordon   from   being   written   out   of   the   soap.   Bill,   along with   fans   of   Noele's   character   Meg   Mortimer,   protested   outside ATV   Centre   in   Birmingham,   all   waving   'Meg   Is   Magic'   banners   and   singing   this   song.   Over   100 fans turned up to support the actress. It   didn't   save   Meg,   but   it   did   give   Bill   some   early   television   fame   appearing   on ATV Today.   Bill   told   CAS   how   he   bankrupted   the   record   company   with   "Meg   Is Magic"   as   they   made   thousands   of   copies   expecting   a   huge   demand   for   the   single.   The   track,   however,   didn't   sell   well,   despite   backing   from   the   national press, local radio stations and even Radio 1 and Radio 2. Carl Wayne, The Crossroads Theme - Standing At The Crossroads Carl   Wayne   arrived   in   Kings   Oak   as   Colin   the   Milkman   and   found   himself   singing   a   little   tune   within   the   programme,   it   appeared   at   the   end   of   the   episode directly   before   the   wedding   of   Vince   Parker   (Peter   Brooks)   and   Diane   Lawton   (Susan   Hanson).   The   music   was   the   regular   Crossroads   theme   and   the   scenes showed   Carl   walking   around   Sutton   Park,   Sutton   Coldfield,   singing   the   song.   Vince   and   Diane   also   featured   in   the   footage.   You   can   see   the   main   original lyrics lower down on this page, as written by Peter Ling. Kate Robbins, More Than In Love Robbins   appeared   as   Kate   Loring   in   1981,   and   with   the   help   of   Chris   Hunter   recorded   a   song   in   the   basement   of   the   motel.   She   performed   the   song   a number of times, including on Adam Chance's boat! The song "More Than In Love" was a huge hit reaching number 2 in the UK charts. Kate   is   now   better   known   now   as   a   comedian   and   impersonator,   she   became   a   regular   voice   on   Central   TV's   Spitting   Image   satirical   series   and   hosted   her own   comedy   series   in   1988.   She   recently   starred   in   BBC   Birmingham   soap,   Doctors   -   however,   there   wasn't   any   singing   involved   this   time.   This   was   penned by ATV music writer Simon May. Crossroads Cast, The Wedding Album The   album   is   worth   having   just   for   the   fact   there   is   a   stereo   remix   of   the   1965   Pye   single   of   the   theme   tune   on it.   Most   tracks   are   all   the   cast   having   a   good   old   fashioned   sing-a-long,   however   a   duet   by   Noele   and   John Bentley   feature   as   well   as   both   of   them   getting   to   do   a   solo   song   each.   There   are   also   two   tracks   by   Stephanie De   Sykes   on   the   album.   Cast   at   the   recording   includes   Larry   Grayson,   Jane   Rossington,   Susan   Hanson,   Elisabeth Croft, Peter Brookes, Ann George, Roger Tonge and Ronald Allen. Ian Paterson, The Scottish Collection With   the   popularity   of   Crossroads   in   1965,   this   release   was   the   first   not   to   be   issued   in   connection   with   the programme   directly.      The   actor   Ian   Paterson,   who   played   Meg   and   Kitty's   brother   Andy,   was   hired   to   record   an album   to   'cash   in'   on   the   characters   Scottish   background.   The   album   was   released   by   Thistle   Records   and contained   songs   such   as   Marching   Through   The   Heather,   The   Northern   Lights   of Aberdeen   and Afton   Water.   While Meg, Kitty and Andy were originally from Scotland, none had Scottish accents. Allen and Blewitt, I'm Gonna Watch Crossroads From   the   same   people   behind   'The   First   And   Last   Noele   (see   below)   came   this   'tribute'   to   the   programme.   The same   'Brummie   accent'   talks   his   way   through   his   love   of   Crossroads   which   contains   a   reggae   style   version   of   the theme   and   a   little   nod   to   Coronation   Street   at   the   end.   EMI   Records   released   it   in   1981.   'EMI   5192'   is   its   code   number.   Only   worth   buying   if   you   like   songs that   sound   like   they're   playing   at   the   wrong   speed   when   they're   not.   "I'm   gonna   watch   Crossroads   kid,   I   tell   you   why,   cos   its   number   one."   included   in   the lyrics. The Gay Gordons, The First and Last Noele Another   from   1981   in   celebration   of   the   leading   star   of   Crossroads,   Noele   Gordon.   Released   by   Street   Corner   Music,   the   sleeve   of   the   record   was   a   copy   of a   tabloid   newspaper   with   the   headline   'Goodbye   Meg!' The   vinyl   was   released   in   the   UK   by   Gull   Records. Again   the   same   voice   as   heard   on   I'm   Gonna   Watch Crossroads   at   an   equally   odd   slow   sounding   speed.   Lyrics   include,   'Noele,   Noele   I   guess   you   miss   the   old   motel. You're   at   the   Crossroads   of   your   life   and   we all wish you well." Kathy Staff, Benny From   the   tiny   independent   record   label   Monarch   an   attempt   to   cash   in   on   the   popularity   of   Crossroads   character   Benny   Hawkins   played   by   Paul   Henry.   Paul himself,   as   noted   earlier,   had   tried   to   make   music   of   his   character   in   song   a   few   years   earlier   but   it   was   co-star   Kathy   Staff   in   1983   who   turned   to monologue   and   music   to   pay   tribute   to   the   village   idiot.   Written,   produced   and   arranged   by   Mike   Sammes   Kathy   spoke   the   story   of   Benny   in   'character'   as Crossroads   Motel   cleaner   and   friend   of   Benny,   Doris   Luke.   In   the   same   year   Staff   teamed   up   with   Last   of   the   Summer   Wine   co-star   Bill   Owen   to   record another song. Nora Batty’s Stockings concerned Kathy's sitcom character and the admiration for her by Compo played by Owen. The Toy Dolls, Glenda And The Test Tube Baby The   first   test   tube   baby   in   soap   even   has   a   funky   little   track   about   it.   Glenda   and   Kevin   and   their   'test   tube   baby'   form   the content   of   this   song   by The Toy   Dolls.   When   performed   live   the   audience   sing   the   chorus!   Lyrics   include   "Things   were   looking gloomy   and   Glenda   she   was   sad,   Kevin   had   been   out   with   Carol   Sands,   but   Glenda   she   thought   surely,   it   can't   be   that   bad,   if I had a baby..." Graham Whettam - Race With Time This   old   track   from   the   1940s   was   famously   used   in   Crossroads   as   Jill   (Jane   Rossington)   rushes   to   the   QE2   liner   to say her farewell to Meg (Noele Gordon) who has quit the motel for a new life in America. Theme Tune Lyrics Standing At The Crossroads, Performed by Carl Wayne, Lyrics written by Peter Ling. (9-note motif) # I stand at the Crossroads, without you beside me, there's no-one to guide me, which way will I go? #   Gone,   lost   on   the   breeze,   drifting   like   a   cloud   way   up   above   me,   that   was   love,   so   hard   to   please,   flying like a bird, far, far away. # My life at the Crossroads, my dream far behind me, of love, long ago. #   Now   where   is   our   song   of   love,   where   are   all   the   words   saying   you   love   me,   tho'   the   road's   winding   and long, maybe you'll be here with me, one day. # My life at the Crossroads, my dream far behind me, so much to remind me, of long long ago. # We'll meet at the Crossroad, then promise forever, we'll make it together, wherever we go.
Musical Motel
Pictured: Top: Tony Hatch and Sue Nicholls Then: Bill Buckley & protesters Next: Kate Robbins Bottom: Kathy Staff
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