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Chesney’s Still The One And Only!

I’m so glad that pop legend (that’s right LEGEND!!!) Chesney Hawkes went ahead and opened the ice rink in Hastings, despite the barrage of complaints from Twitter users who had hoped that someone ‘more famous’ would be doing the honours. If by more famous, they mean some WAG or reality TV ‘star’ who would gladly attend the opening of an airline sick bag, then they could have had their pick of anyone. For me however, Chesney is still the one and only.

Rewind back to 1990, Chesneymania had struck and there was a new heart throb on the pop block. It seemed as though we couldn’t get enough of that blond mane and trademark mole as Chesney was EVERYWHERE! From appearing as the lead role in Buddy’s Song with Roger Daltry to topping the charts in 1991 with The One and Only, an alien from the planet Zyxzzkkot would have known who Chesney Hawkes was as there wasn’t a magazine cover his famous face didn’t grace or a television show he wasn’t due to appear on. The nation knew when he coughed, sneezed and what he ate for breakfast.

I get all sentimental over Chesney Hawkes for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, he’s a reminder of my teenage years. Secondly, he was famous during a period when mainstream pop was actually rather good. My friends and I watched Top of the Pops religiously and followed mainstream chart music. Thirdly, like most teenage girls, I did have his poster on my wall and daydreamed about how he would have to do battle with Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block for my affections (a girl can dream!) Fourthly, we were reading the novel Buddy’s Song by Nigel Hinton in English when the film was released. This meant that although I had to read the book, I didn’t have to study it (and got to watch Chesney Hawkes over and over again. Great bonus!) And fifthly, he was responsible for one of the catchiest songs of all time. More than twenty years later, the aptly titled The One and Only still prevails.

That’s why the fuss about Chesney opening the ice rink at the Christmas market in Hastings was laughable. Admittedly, his celebrity status may have peaked in the early nineties but he’s still working as a musician and come on… everyone over the age of 25 (which is most of the population)has heard of Chesney Hawkes. Locals with a great deal of time on their hands launched a childish ‘Go Away Chesney’ campaign after learning that the star opening the ice rink was not going to be Suggs.  “Why couldn’t we have Mick Jagger or Rod Stewart? Or even good old Cliff?” One local was quoted as saying. Goodness why stop at Mick or Rod? Maybe national treasure and future queen of England, Kate Middleton might have had half an hour free to perform the honours!

Chesney responded with dignity and good humour. Hawkes stated, “I’ve been booked to open the ice rink in Hastings and it seems that someone’s complained that I’m not famous enough. Well I am now. Whoever started this, please get in touch. The least I can do is buy you a drink. Look forward to seeing you next week Hastings.”

Looks like Chesney had the last laugh all right!

 

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Our Idols, The Sound Of Our Youth

 

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Southfork Will Never Be The Same Again.

It’s exactly a month today since we lost acting legend Larry Hagman – and I still can’t believe it. Like most kids growing up in the 1980s, I had a bit of a penchant for glitzy, glam American soaps like Dynasty and Dallas – even though I know I was a bit on the young side! I don’t know how or why my mother allowed me to stay up past my bedtime to view such shenanigans but I did and I have fond memories of watching JR’s dastardly deeds along with my mum. I also have fond memories of watching Hagman’s classic comedy series, I Dream of Jeannie, weekday afternoons with my grandad, after school.

Although he was an established actor who had starred in films and TV series’ such as Nixon, Superman, Primary Colors and Nip/Tuck,  it is his role as evil oil baron JR Ewing for which he will forever be synonymous. Who can forget that smirk… the dirty chuckle… the non-stop plotting and scheming? “Of course it’s fun to play the villain,” declared Hagman during filming back in 2011. And as we all know, it’s a role he played to perfection.

Ken Kercheval, who played JR’s arch rival Cliff Barnes, once said that in real life, Hagman was the complete opposite of the conniving character he played so well in Dallas. That could well be true. I remember his appearance on Channel Five’s Open House With Gloria Hunniford and he came across as the most down to earth man and the only wicked thing about him was his sense of humour. The fact that some of his fellow cast mates were at his bedside when he sadly passed away speaks volumes.

It’s fitting that in the end his ashes were scattered across the ranch at Southfork. Larry Hagman wasn’t just the star of Dallas; he was Dallas. the new series will not be the same without him.

R.I.P Larry. Thanks for the entertainment. x

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Gone Too Soon, TV Shows

 

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