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Independent label: NCB Records. In 1976 the National Coal Board held a competition in which they invited people to compose songs about the importance of following safety procedures when you're working down a mine.  The winning entry, by Jack Birchall, was put to music by Ron Goodwin, recorded by Max Bygraves & the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and issued by the NCB as a single - the single was handed out, rather than sold. There is no catalogue number on the label, but a matrix number in the run-off reads 'GCB-2', which presumably refers to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band; this suggests that there may have been a GCB-1 of some sort.  Whether or not the song had any effect on mine safety is debatable; a few years later the Thatcher government rendered the whole subject redundant.  Along with the workforce. Distributed By NCB Records. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

 
76 Not Traced NCB GCB 1
76 Bygraves Max & Grimethorpe Colliery Band Do It The Safety Way NCB GCB 2

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