Much of the blame for these awful records must lie with Brian & Michael, the pop duo best known for their 1978 number one hit Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs which, incidentally, also featured the St Winifrid’s School Choir on backing vocals. The pair went on to write and produce the hit The Sparrow for yet another kiddie choir (The Ramblers) in 1979 and It's 'Orrible Being in Love when You're Eight and a Half, a number 13 hit for Claire and Friends in 1986. My Mum is One in a Million was written by Gordon Lorenz, who also penned the equally horrible b-side have You Read the Story: a vile ditty about the birth of Jesus. Lorenz, who was one of the most prolific record producers in Britain producing over 800 albums (believed to be a world record), was also the author of There’s No-one Quite Like Grandma…..it’s all a bit incestuous, isn’t it?
Thankfully this musical aberration seems to have run its course; the Tansley kids follow up - Our Family/We’re Going to a Birthday Party - sank without a trace as did their album (also called Our Family) and they were quickly sent back to Derbyshire by EMI. It’s been a fair while since the UK charts last saw a kiddie hit. Let’s hope it stays that way.