We are justifiably proud here in Sheffield, of our music heritage. Whilst City's across the Peninnes have also had there fair share of musical talent, I love our home grown singers and bands just that little bit more.
In the sixties we had the gravel voice of the soulful Mr Joe Cocker and trying to find his way home to Amarillo was Tony Christie - who could often be seen clogging the roads around Ecclsall Road in his white rolls royce with his "TONIO" personalised reg.
The 80's was oh so big for music around these parts. The legend that still is Phil Oakey (alas with no hair these days, but very handsome) brought us the Human League. As well as appearing on Top of the Pops, they could often be found playing at "The Crazy Daisy" night club (what great names night clubs had in those more innocent times - no "Hedonism" in our day).
And then the most gorgeous Mr Martin Fry in his gold Lame suit in "ABC" - Lexicon of Love" still played on a frequent basis in this house.
I remember the first time I saw the video (which was a new fangled addition to music ) for "Temptation" by local band "Heaven 17. I was in "Berlinz" Bar (a "Bar" was also a new fangled idea around these parts too - up until then it had been "the pub " then " a nightclub"). The video was considered to be very naughty - but so tame by today's standards.
Then we gave you Jarvis Cocker and Pulp. I wasn't too keen on Jarvis back then - I was too "mature" for his student looks and music, but I love it now, and find it amusing how he is getting "cooler" as he is getting older.
Recent times have produced some great bands. I love John McClure and Reverend and the Makers (Heavy Weight champion of the world is a great tune).
And I'll leave you with my favourite song from the awesome Artic Monkeys - I love the way they mix modern urban poetry with truly great music (so great that when its used on TV etc on its own, without the words, it is still amazing).
This tune reminds me of when I was young and being a right mardy bum with my boyfriend!
So what musical talent has your town or city given to the world? I am afraid to say that Rotherham only gave the world "Jive Bunny" (hangs head in shame).