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Number One or nothing ...

Chaz Jankel is an English singer, songwriter, composer best known for being one of the guitarists of "The Blockheads". Little known as a singer despite his flagship single "Number one" which will go to the top of the hits, he is also the author of 2 songs today cult namely "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" interpreted by Ian Dury and "Ai no corrida" taken up by the inescapable Quincy Jones. Just for these 3 titles, we had to dedicate this article to him. To discover or rediscover. Discography (among others ...) :

• Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 1977

• Ai no corrida 1980

• 109 1981

• Questionnaire 1981

• Glad to know you 1981

• Without you 1982

• I can get over it 1983

• Number One 1985

• Looking at you 1985

• You're my occupation 1986


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1977 ... an early career that combines with many and sees the creation of this musical monument of the 70s, title he co-wrote with Ian Dury. Mighty reference !

1980 ... surely one of the BIGGEST hits of the 80s ! This version is not the most famous but it has the merit of being the original !

1981 ... the singer has everything to succeed but for the moment his compositions benefit more to others than to himself. At some point, it will still end up paying at least hopefully !

1981 ... he will have to be still patient to reap the fruits of his labor because what he offers on this title is not enough to allow him to enter the big leagues, it's obvious

1981 ... and it finally pays off with this first hit which will appeal to many others. The best is yet to come and we imagine that the rest will be great !

1982 ... a Chaz Jankel now at cruising speed and driven by a dynamic of success finally worthy of the name. A recognition that will have taken a long time to come, but largely deserved !

1983 ... on a reggae rhythm, an astonishing thing on his part, he delivers here a title which is otherwise nice but which is not likely to set fire to the Dancefloor unfortunately ...

1985 ... this one on the other hand will really set fire to all the Dancefloor ! The artist here simply signs one of the biggest Dance hits of the 80s and offers himself a direct ticket for posterity. MAS-TER-FUL !

1985 ... we go from one extreme to another. No more fire at Dancefloor, we go directly to the Intimist quarter of an hour. A title that will not really have the same level of success as its predecessor ...

1986 ... we start again in Dance mode but this time he abandons his place as a singer in favor of Brenda Jones story to finish the adventure in style. With a more than pleasant result !


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