Coronation Street: Tales From the Street

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Why a story on Coronation Street in a music magazine? The answer is when the Coronation Street theme song starts, millions recognize the song and they know it is time for another episode for loyal ‘Corrie’ fans.

On 17 September 2010, Coronation Street became the world's longest-running TV soap opera in production celebrating 50 years since it first was first broadcast on December 9, 1960. For those of you that live under a rock, Coronation Street is a British soap opera set in a fictional town in Greater Manchester called Weatherfield and is produced by ITV Granada Television and shown across Canada on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation affiliates. Since first being aired, it has been one of the most financially lucrative programs on commercial television, underpinning the success of its broadcaster ITV and its franchise Granada Television.

The first episode was doomed for cancellation by entertainment columnists who predicted it would not last three weeks. However viewers were immediately drawn to the serial, won over by Coronation Street's 'ordinary' characters. With a variety of twisting plots from the original story of a student Kenneth Barlow to the plots of murder, suicides, bank robbery, liberated lifestyles and desperate housewives, Coronation Street remains a favourite soap opera throughout the world.

The identity of the trumpeter was not public knowledge until 1994, when jazz musician and journalist Ron Simmonds revealed that it was the Surrey musician Ronnie Hunt.  Just like the series itself this became a small dispute as, "an attempt was made in later years to re-record that solo, using Stan Roderick, but it sounded too good, and they reverted to the old one. But in 2004, a contradictory story that a young musician called David Browning played the trumpet on both the original recording of the theme in 1960 and a re-recording in 1964, for a one-off payment of £36 Finally June 2009, the Mail on Sunday resolved the matter. Browning conceded that Hunt recorded the original in 1960, but believed that his own re-recording in 1964 or 1972 had been used since that date. The stories on this theme song go on and on but, the song remains the same” another interesting musical off shoot for the Corrie gang was when the British rock band Queen produced a single "I Want to Break Free" in 1984 which is largely known for its music video where all the band members dressed in women's clothes, which parodied the characters and is considered as a homage to Coronation Street. The video depicts Mercury as a housewife, loosely based on Bet Lynch, who wants to "break free" from his life. Although Lynch was a blonde in the soap opera, Mercury thought he would look too silly as a blonde and chose a dark wig. May plays another, more relaxed housewife based on Hilda Ogden.

Wait don’t get your knickers in a twist just yet ole loyal ones. Tales from the Street featuring 4 cast members Reg Holdsworth (Ken Morley) Ashley Peacock (Steve Arnold) Claire Peacock (Julia Haworth) and Andy McDonald (Nick Cochrane) will be on the road telling their unique stories and secrets of the world’s most popular TV Drama serial “live on stage” starting in Toronto at the Jane Mallett Theatre 27 Front street right next to the Sony Centre. St Lawrence Centre of the Arts. Saturday March 10th at 2 pm and 8 pm.

The show doesn’t end there as they are slated to do an extended cross Canada tour “Tales of the Street” don’t miss it, check your local theatre listings for your chance to meet the cast in your home town, details on line at Tickets at Ticketmaster V.I.P meet and greet tickets still available.