Nigel French’s My TouchTunes

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Leaving the cool 90s cassette collection of Parveen Sharma behind we enter springtime in the UK with the warmer tone of vinyl as Nigel French, Business Development Manager at Sound Leisure, steps up to the plate. Combining classic 45s from the 60s with era-defining LPs from the decades following, this selection of melodious memories is also the first in this series to feature Ken Dodd!

Nigel has been an active presence within industry since the 80s leading to him becoming part of the Sound Leisure team in 2013 as the company’s National Sales and Business Development Manager. Bringing years of experience in the sector, machine operation, international sales and a passion for classic jukeboxes, Nigel’s hands on approach to his role reflects the hand built skill used to craft the retro machines he now distributes for the family run business, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.

First song you remember hearing?

The radio was never off in our house growing up and I used to love Excerpt from a Teenage Opera by Keith West (Grocer Jack) so much I learnt every word. I liked it as it had children singing the chorus and being one myself at the time, I joined in.

Song from your teenage years?

Into The Valley by the Skids, along with B-side T.V Stars where everyone just screams ALBERT TATLOCK in the chorus. I can remember dancing to this at a Scouts disco and making the DJ play it over and over again.

First single ever bought?

My Friend Stan by Slade. It was a PopEX with the middle dinked – a jukebox phrase you don’t hear too often now. My local shop had a box of these from a company called RP Products in Drighlington who used to make a lot of components for the gaming industry back in the day.

First album ever bought?

Ken Dodd And The Diddymen. My brother who is 10 years older than me was going to Bradford so I gave him my Christmas money to get me Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, he got drunk and thought it would be funny. Luckily, I loved that album!

Song you sing to in the shower?

Peter Sarstedt’s Where Do You Go To My Lovely. What a class song that is!

Song that is a guilty pleasure?

My parents were big Val Doonican fans and I still love his songs but his version of Elusive Butterfly is the one. Once in school we had to reverse the letters of a famous person’s name, I changed Val to Lav Nacinood which my class thought was hilarious.

Song that makes you want to dance?

Penthouse And Pavement by Heaven 17 – a class group and a class song. I had the frilly shirt with the wedge hairdo and I looked so cool plus I’ve always been a great dancer!

Song you can no longer stand?

We Built This City by Starship. It does my head in and the less said about the stupid sausage roll version the better!

Song you want played at your funeral?

Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven. I do not believe there is a heaven but I love this track. Alternatively, I’d go for the whole of Dark Side of the Moon.

Last song you heard before now?

Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich.This was on as I got out of the car to go into the office and I was singing at the top of my voice. I do have a great singing voice!

First song you paid for on a jukebox?

ELO’s Mr Blue Sky. I was 15 and had been served my first pint of Worthington E at Jacomellis in Leeds, the beer was awful but I thought I was dead hard and finished the whole pint without been sick!

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