Independent label: Grandstand Records was Part of Jim Simpson's Big Bear Records of Birmingham, Grandstand concentrated on items of local interest.  Its issues were few and far between: Dave Ismay's, 'A.S.T.O.N. V.I.L.L.A.' (GRR-1) and Ray King's 'West Bromwich Albion' (GRR-2) both came out in April 1979; by 1981 the numbers had only got as far as GRR-3 Bill Buckley led a campaign demanding the reinstatement of Meg Richardson (Noele Gordon) outside the ATV studios of Crossroads in Birmingham and performed the protest song Meg Is Magic, and GRR-4 didn't appear until 1985. An EP featuring the top 3 entries in a song contest run by the City of Birmingham Market Developments to celebrate the Bull Ring's 21st birthday. The Salty Dog track is singalong Folk; Milestone Express provide a hint of Rock 'n' Roll; while the Open Roaders sound like a Country band. The package is filled out with Malcolm Stent's 'Saturday Night In The Bull Ring', which has the same tune as 'Messing About On The River' and was popular locally in the early '80s. Distributed By Big Bear Records. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

79 Dave Ismay  A.S.T.O.N. V.I.L.L.A.  GRANDSTAND GRR 1
80 Ray King West Bromwich Albion GRANDSTAND GRR 2
81 Bill Buckley  Meg Is Magic GRANDSTAND GRR 3
85 Various Artists  Songs From The Bull Ring CITY OF BIRMINGHAM MARKETS GRR 4

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