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The Joy of the Single (2012)

Pop stars, musicians and music industry experts reminisce about their love affair with the now-defunct 7" single.


Chris Rodley


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Credited cast:
Mike Batt Mike Batt ... Himself
Rob Davis Rob Davis ... Himself
Fatboy Slim ... Himself (as Norman Cook)
Graham Gouldman ... Himself
Lavinia Greenlaw Lavinia Greenlaw ... Herself
Richard Hawley ... Himself
Noddy Holder ... Himself
Trevor Horn ... Himself
Holly Johnson ... Himself
Norah Jones ... Herself
Paul Morley ... Himself
Suzi Quatro ... Herself
Miranda Sawyer Miranda Sawyer ... Herself
Neil Sedaka ... Himself
Pete Waterman Pete Waterman ... Himself


Pop stars, musicians and music industry experts reminisce about their love affair with the now-defunct 7" single.

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Documentary | Music







Release Date:

23 November 2012 (UK) See more »

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BBC Productions See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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References Top of the Pops (1964) See more »


It's Over
Written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
Performed by Roy Orbison
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Just great.
17 October 2015 | by eolas-59221See all my reviews

Absolutely excellent documentary with real social merit. Viewed for first time today 17 October 2015 having recorded it on our television from latest BBC Four showing and it was absolutely full of memories.

Had the good fortune to meet some of the stars included many years ago - in the half- century range - either in Ireland or in London and of course often played most of them from that era on radio programs as well as personally. Probably still have some of the singles and hope to take time to search for them.

Couldn't find name for scriptwriter on merits (presume it was Christ Rodley?) and / or linking narrator (presume possibly also Chris Rodley?) - script was brilliant and without doubt will be quite educational for decades to come, especially for students of social history.

Well done and happy to have seen it even if some three years after its release.

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