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TOP OF THE POPS LP – Volume 21 SHM 770

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Top Of The Pops LP Sleeve - Volume 21 Hallmark SHM 770.
  • Year of Release:  1971
  • Unknown

The main benefit of having your latest hit covered by the Top of the Pops team was that it meant an extra payday for both the publishers and composers of the original hit record. Although few would admit it at the time, most artists were more than happy to see their latest hit single appear on any number of budget label cover LPs. This was certainly not the case however for a certain Benny Hill. While Benny was no doubt delighted to see his latest novelty hit ‘Ernie’ clinging to the top of the UK singles chart at the end of the year, giving him the much-coveted Christmas number 1, he was absolutely furious to find a cover version of his song appearing on this particular issue of Top of the Pops. After threatening to sue, Benny was horrified to discover that it was perfectly legal for anybody to record and release cover versions of absolutely any song whatsoever without having to obtain permission from the original composer. Benny was so outraged by this discovery that he vowed never to release another record again.
As it happens, the cover version of ‘Ernie’ that appears on this … Click here to read the rest of this post...

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