Sunday, 25 March 2012

Jocky Wilson Says

Anyone of a certain age must surely feel a slight twinge of sadness at learning of the death of the former world darts champion Jocky Wilson. Back in the 1980s, he was the real face of darts for those of us who weren't proper fans, but enjoyed a bit of unlikely entertainment, especially if it had Sid Waddell commentating.

His death will presumably prompt retellings of the time when Dexys Midnight Runners were on Top of the Pops performing Jackie Wilson Says in front of a massive picture of Jocky. This tale is generally trotted out to prove how ignorant the BBC can be on occasion, so it's worth noting the real story: it was actually a joke on the part of the band, and the Top of the Pops crew went along with it.

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