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9:14am on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022:

Not for You


In the amusement arcade where I worked most weekends in my teens, there was a jukebox. It wasn't refreshed very often, so we got to hear the same tracks over and over again. Most of them weren't labelled — the manager would just go and press all the buttons as a way of providing background music when even he was sick of listening to Max Bygraves on an 8-track tape. We therefor didn't know who sang the singles or what they were called, and in an era with no Internet it wasn't easy to identify them.

We got "Lido Shuffle" by Boz Scaggs, because one of the other bingo callers was a fan. We also got "Oh What a Night" by Frankie Valli (which turned out to be called "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"), I think because one of us heard it on the radio once. "Capture your Heart" was one we knew the title of (because it repeated it 14 times) but not the group — Google informs me it was Blue. Likewise, "Down at the Club" (it took us awhile to figure out wasn't called "Down at the Cloe", which is what it sounded like to us) was a song we knew, but probably wasn't the version by the Drifters as that would be too old for a 1970s jukebox.

One of the songs I quite liked was "It's Not for You". I never did discover who recorded it, until yesterday. It transpires its actual name is "If Not for You" and it was an Olivia Newton-John cover of a Bob Dylan track. I wish she hadn't have had to die for me to find out.

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