THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1974-Number 22 single.
Best Bit-At 2.23. How about this for recognition. It is said that Morrissey had told Noel Gallagher in a Los Angeles bar, about this song. Gallagher then went and wrote the song ‘Riverman,’ having been inspired by hearing ‘Pinball.’
Brian Protheroe was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England on June 16, 1944, he probably would have been a very well known musician, but his first love was being an actor. His first job was with his local repertory theatre in Salisbury in 1966. In 1968 he met Martin Duncan who was also a actor, and musician, over the next few years they collaborated on various musical, and artistic projects. In 1973 Protheroe was playing the part of a pop singer in a play called ‘Death on Demand,’ when a representative from Chrysalis Records heard a song he had written for the show, this led to a three Album contract, and the release of ‘Pinball’ as his debut single.
‘Pinball’ is autobiographical, Protheroe has explained.’I was out of work, and living in a flea ridden room in Covent Garden. The song came out of the mundane things I saw over the course of the weekend, but it was also a plaintive, sad cry for the Beatles splitting a few years before.’
‘Got fleas in the bedroom, got flies in the bathroom, and the cat just finished off the bread.’ (miaow.)
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For a list of all the best 1000 songs click on the blog at www.barryphilipsdiscos.Pinball by Brian Protheroe reached #22 on the UK Charts in 1974.