Thursday, April 28, 2016

In The 1970s Middle Of The Road


Originating from Scotland this group sold millions of real good bubble gum pop on both sides of the Atlantic. The band consisted of twins Eric (died in 2007) and Ian McCeadie and Ken Andrew. The leady singer was the famous blond lady Sally Carr, and they all formed the band in April 1970.

The group had been together before under the name of Los Coracus and won the British TV talent show called Opportunity Knocks in the late 1960s. The group actually moved to Italy in 1970 and met Giacomo Tosti who was a record producer, and under his direction the group started to have chart topping hits.


In 1971 Lally Stott wrote Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep and it went to No. 11in the UK Incidentally other versions of the song were released by other singers. Lally himself had the song at No. 1 in Austria and Mac and Katie Kisson had a top twent hit with it in the States. Stott was killed in a motorbike accident in 1977.
Stott also wrote Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dumanother 1971 hit which got to No. 2 in the UK The third hit that year was Soley Soley. A gold disc here for the Scottish group.

In their heyday,  Middle Of The Road recorded soundtracks for movies, sang backing vocals for Sophia Loren, appeared alongside artists as diverse as Nana Mouskouri and the Bee Gees,  performed in front of Kirk Douglas and Danny Kaye and Princesses Margaret and Anne, and at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Sally was even asked to pose for Playboy - an offer which she declined.


By the late 1970s, the hits had dried up and when her mum Cecilia died, Sally could not face singing the lines "Where's Your Mama Gone?" and "Woke Up This Morning And My Mama Was Gone" from Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In The 1970s Benny Hill

Benny was one of the most famous British TV comedy stars. His shows went global and his cheeky sexy 1970s jokes and great humorous songs made the man a legend. He worked for the BBC before transferring to Thames Television where The Benny Hill Show became a huge money earner for the network.

Benny was born in 1924 in Southampton. He actually also appeared in the 1969 film The Italian Job, but was far better known for his TV appearances and his cheeky songs. Benny had several songs chart in the 1960s including the amusing Harvest Of Love.

But it was 1971 when he scored a No. 1 with Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West, a song about a milkman that Ernie could relate to, as he used to be a milkman. It is all about a battle between milkman Ernie and Ted who drove the Bakers van. Sorry to say Ernie died in the song.

Benny himself lived alone in London. He was known to be gay and lonely. He also suffered a heart attack in 1992 and was told he needed a bypass, but Benny declined and a week later he suffered Kidney failure and died in April of that year.

Watch a 1970 Benny Hill Show here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpc5_3B5xdk&list=PLjagMYJhaYIUfqO8Ph7a_3vlPmdEhkkDi

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In The 1970s Melanie



She was always considered to be British by me, but in fact Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk was born in New York City in 1947. She had entertainment in her blood as she first sang in public at the age of four years old.

She got signed up by Buddha Records in 1969 where she had a hit with Bobos Party in France and Beautiful people in the Netherlands. She also had a hit with Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) which she sang at Woodstock and became a hit in several territories.

She left Buddha in 1971 and formed her own record company with her new husband Peter Schekeryk called the Neighborhood label. This gave her the ability to release Brand New Key from the album Gather me. The song went to No. 4 in the UK and No. 1 in the States, Canada and Australia. The song was about a girl roller skating trying to get the attention of a boy, but it also provoked problems. The song had sexual links in it which Melanie does not deny.

“Brand New Key' I wrote in about fifteen minutes one night. I thought it was cute; a kind of old thirties' tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols, and pretty obvious ones at that. There was no deep serious expression behind the song, but people read things into it. They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant. In some places, it was even banned from the radio.”
Brand New Key was covered later in the 1970s by The Wurzels.



At the end of 1970 Melanie had a UK No. 9 hit with her version of the 1966 hit by the Rolling Stones. She also had a small hit with Look What They Done To My Song Ma in 1971 in the UK, which was also covered by the New Seekers. In 1974 she had her last single top forty song in the UK charts with Will You Love Me Tomorrow a cover of the Shirelles 1960 hit.

Monday, April 25, 2016

In the 1970s White Plains


Of course, this is a place in the U.S., but it also was and from the early 1970s. The band formed out of the remnants of the Flowerpot Men in 1969. Tony Burrows the singer with so many 1970s bands was the vocals on some of the songs and along with band members Robin Shaw, Peter Nelson and Neil Landon who also worked with Cat Stevens, Englebert Humperdinck and had associations with The Jimmy Hendrix Experience too.

The band or more accurately the session musicians were brought together by John Carter who was responsible for such hits as Let’s Go To San Francisco, Beach Baby and Knock, Knock Who’s There by Mary Hopkin written for the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest.

It was 1970 when White Plains had a hit on both sides of the Atlantic with My Baby Loves Lovin’ written by the famous Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. In Australia the song was a hit by the Joe Jeffrey Group.
1970 also gave them I’ve Got You On My Mind getting to No. 17 in the UK was the last hit to feature Burrow and the writing of Greenaway and new session singers entered the group. The last hit of 1970 was Julie Do You Love Me a No. 8 hit.


The group were successful but really lacked a consistent image. So 1971 would be there final top twenty chart hit with When You Are King. One more fling at the chart in 1973 with a No. 21 hit called Step Into A Dream, and then that was it. But the song had TV play because it was used for the Butlins holiday camp commercials.




In Memory Billy Paul


He was born Paul Williams, but he was better  known us as Billy Paul from Pennsylvania USA. He was famously sacked from Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes for not dancing during performances.

Billy was a personal friend to the late Marvin Gaye and would often refer to each other as brothers.

In the UK, his first single was in 1972 was the famous Me and Mrs Jones reaching No.12 and No.1 in the States and won him a deserved Grammy too.

Billy Paul died in April 2016 aged 81.

From Wikipedia

The gold album and platinum single broke the artist on world charts, including the United Kingdom where the single entered the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart reaching number 12 in early 1973 In the years since then, the song has been covered numerous times, most notably by Freddie Jackson in 1992 and Michael BublĂ© in 2007. Paul recalled the Grammy win and the song's overall success: "Oh man! I was up against Ray Charles, I was up against Curtis Mayfield, I was up against Isaac Hayes. I was in the Wilberforce University in Ohio, I had to go do a homecoming – my wife and her mother went. And when I see Ringo Starr call my name, I said Ohhh... Yeah... The most sobering thing is to have a number one record across the whole entire world in all languages. It’s a masterpiece, it’s a classic."The song was PIR's first No. 1. In addition, the label was enjoying considerable success with their other artists including the O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Paul remembered the atmosphere at the label: "It was like a family full of music. It was like music round the clock, you know."






The singles that followed did not even make the top thirty in the UK,but they were still classics. These included Thanks For Saving My Life.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

In The 1970s Cher

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Cheryl Sarkisian was born in 1946 in California and by the 1960s, she had teamed up with Sonny romantically and professionally too.  1965 gave the duo the No. 1 U.S. hit I Got You Babe, which seems to have been a standard bearer for the duo ever since.

The “couple” were so at ease in public, which gave them their own TV series in 1970 called The Sonny And Cher Nitty Gritty Hour, they later moved to CBS in 1971 for the long running Sonny And Cher Show. The show went on to win 15 Emmy Awards and the guest list was amazing.

Tina Turner, Glenn Campbell,  Jackson Five and Neil Sedaka were just a few of the names that appeared on this groundbreaking series. Being in the public eye week after week made the job easier of getting great pop records into the charts.

1971 saw No.1 Billboard hit (UK No. 4) Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves coming from the album of the same name and a gold disc in the U.S. The song was originally called Gypsys, Tramps and White Trash. The song is all about a girl raised on a traveling show and the horrors that she sometimes endured.

Around 1974 Bono and Cher started to go through a very messy divorce, but still kept the TV show going for one more season. Cher appeared on many one off Cher titled shows and one even gave her a further Emmy in 1979. Sonny and Cher made their last TV appearance together on the Mike Douglas Show in 1979.

Cher followed this hit in the U.S. with singles like The Way of Love and Half Breed. But it was not until 1974 when she had her next hit in the UK and the States called Dark Lady.  
The song was all about a fortune teller and an unfaithful lover and the death of two people by gunshot. Very  romantic.

Single wise that was it for the 1970s, although Cher did have hits in the 1980s, and a No. 1 in the 90s too.  Although she did have a U.S. top ten with Take Me Home. During the 60s and 70s she had eleven top thirty hits and five albums in the top thirty. She had five gold albums too, and a string of platinum hits.

Cher had only one top ten hit in the 1970s. Amazing.


Sonny Bono died in 1998 in a skiing accident.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

In the 1970s Badfinger

The group from Wales turned out to be greatly popular, and followed by tragedy too. The group formed from another group called The Iveys in the 1960s; Bandfinger was created in 1968 by Pete Ham.

Pete was a songwriter, singer and played the guitar too. His first group dates back to 1961, but it was with the group Badfinger that he made his biggest impact. From the album The Magic Christian Music, which featured in the film called The Magic Christian. From that album came the song Come And Get It which was actually written by Paul McCartney. Needless to say it was on The Beatles Apple label.



Come And Get It opened up the film and was a million seller single. The film also featured other Badfinger (The Iveys) songs, including Rock Of All Ages and Carry On Till Tomorrow. The film starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. The song made the UK top ten.

No Matter What the next hit was written by the group and got to No. 5 in the UK. Peter wrote and sung this song. The song caused DJ's a lot of trouble as it had a false ending. Guaranteed to give the radio audiences a laugh when they DJ gets it wrong. The record company was not that happy to release it, but luckily for the group they did. The song came from the album No Dice which also had Without You on it. No Dice means not possible.


It was Tom Evans the band member that gave the album that name. Tom committed suicide in 1983 after arguments and court cases about the world royalties to the Without You song. He was already depressed fighting several cases. He also had in the back of his mind an argument ongoing with band member Mike Gibbins and the suicide eight years earlier of Pete Ham.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gerry Munroe In the 1970s

Gerry was discovered on the Thames TV show "Opportunity Knocks" with Hughie Green. He is not a name that sticks out from the 1970s pop world, but never the less he had four top forty hits in the charts.
His first 1970 single was a No.4 hit simply called Sally the Gracie Field song, followed by his version of Cry which got as high as No 38.

He is probably best known for the next hit called My Prayer, and this was his third UK hit single, the song itself goes back to the 1920s, and had been a hit for The Inkspots and Glenn Miller, to name just a few. The song dates back to 1939 and was written by Jimmy Kennedy.


Gerry was born in 1933 in Gateshead   and died in 1989 aged only 54. But luckily his music is still available, like his 1971 hit its A Sin To Tell A Lie a No. 13 hit which dates all the way back to 1936. His last hit in the top forty was Little Drops Of Silver.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

In the 1970s Ken Dodd

The famous Liverpool comedian had some big hits in the, and he had more in 1970s with Broken Hearted. Born in 1927 the king of British comedy Ken Dodd  OBE, already had hits and a number one in the 1960s called "Tears", this single got as high as number 15 last year, and was re-released for 1971 and it was his second hit of the 1970s.

Ken did not have his Diddy Men in the charts in the 1970. But he knew how tickled he was by having numerous TV appearances on the variety shows of the 1970s, including The Good Old Days. Ken Dodd is known as the man who can never get off stage and stop telling jokes.

The following lists are all the top thirty hits for Ken during the 1970s:-
When Love Comes Around Again
Just Out Of My Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)
(Think Of Me) Wherever You Are.
Yes Ken had more hits than is remembered by most.  In 1976 Ken was on the star bill to celebrate the queens Silver Jubilee where he sang Tears 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In The 1970s New World

Coming from Brisbane in Australia, this group started in the mid-1960s. They were originally called the New World Trio and consisted of Mel Noonan, John Lee, Robert Elford and John Kane. The group was given extra international exposure by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. With their help they were then signed up to the RAK label by Mickie Most.

In 1971 they had a chart hit with Rose Garden which got to No. 15, but the cover version in the charts at the very same time went much higher. The singer was Lynn Anderson.


Their next hit, which is now mostly forgotten was Tom Tom Turnaround getting as high as No.6 in the UK. The group had two more top twenty hits, one more in 1971 and one more in 1972. The first was Kara Kara and the second was the more remembered Sister Jane.


The band was acquitted at the Old Bailey following a vote rigging allegation. This followed one girl voting for the group’s performance on the Thames Television talent show called Opportunity Knocks.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

In the 1970s Edison Lighthouse

This group was a one hit wonder. But what a song. The group was named after a lighthouse in Cornwall and was fronted by the man who seemed to be singing on every record in the early 1970s. He was Tony Burrows.

Tony Burrows was born in the UK in 1942 and his voice has been heard on so many hit singles, it is hard to believe that he is not more famous. Tony appeared as the lead singer with Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse in 1970. He also sang on My Baby Loves Lovin by Marmalade, Gimme Dat Ding and the excellent Beach bay by First Class. In fact he was so in demand that in 1970 he appeared on Top of the Pops three times in one show singing with three different chart-topping bands.
The No. 1 hit Love Grows was written by Tony Macaulay who wrote so many hits that they have sold over 50 million worldwide. Some of the biggest in the 1970s was David Soul with Don’t Give Up On Us and the New Seekers with I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony). He is also responsible for Build Me Up Buttercup.


The co-writer was Barry Mason who wrote classic Delilah for Tom Jones and Winter World Of Love by Englebert Humperdinck himself. The writers would both be awarded Ivor Novello awards, so it is no surprise the Edison Lighthouse tune was such a great hit. So great that it went GOLD in the U.S.

BBC Chart of the year 1979 - PART 1 - Tony Blackburn

In The 1970s Sherbert

The sign of a great song isn’t the chord sequence, the lyrics or the performance it’s the way that it seeps into your subconscious without you realising. The Australian band Sherbet’s one UK hit is one of those songs…………………

Sherbet were formed in 1969 by the merger of two Sydney bands, Clapham Junction and Downtown Roll Band, and while in the UK they may be remembered as ‘one hit wonders’ in Australia they were one of the most successful pop groups of the 70s. Before recording they honed their stage craft for 8 months during a 7 hours a night, 4 days a week stint at a Sydney disco. While this was followed by local chart success it wasn’t until 1972 that their big break came when they supported Creedence Clearwater Revival touring Australia. With a subsequent poll voting Sherbet the Top Australian Group of 1972 they had arrived.
While their first single release of 1973 was a cover (“Hound Dog” by Leiber and Stoller) it was the follow up “Cassandra” that highlighted the group’s major asset – the songwriting partnership of Clive Shakespeare (lead guitar, vocals) and Garth Porter (keyboards). During the next three years they notched up a number of chart hits in Australia and their album “Slipstream” sold in excess of 100,000 copies.
Ironically, it was only after founder member Clive Shakespeare left the group in 1976 that they hit the charts in the Northern Hemisphere with “Howzat”. Supported by an extensive tour the single made number 4 in the UK as well as making the charts across Europe and South East Asia and hitting the number 1 spot in Australia. The associated album meanwhile did even better going double platinum. Despite being followed by more success in Australia this was realistically the peak of their commercial success. The group split in the early 80s and, while they only managed the one UK hit, they left a formidable legacy in Australia – 20 consecutive hit singles and 17 albums (10 platinum).

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

In the 1970s America

Great name for a group. But the British influence was huge as the band members all came from the UK or had UK connections. Gerry Beckley had a British mum and was born in Texas in 1942 and played with the group The Vanguards in 1962. He spent a lot of time in the UK, as his father was often stationed there.

Fellow member Dan Peek who was very influenced by Christian music. He was born in the U.S. but educated in the UK where he met the other band members. Dan left the group in 1977 and died in 2011 aged 60. He and Dewey Bunnel formed America and produced their debut album in 1971 called America. The album did not do that well, but it did NOT have a track called A Horse With No Name. It was later added and the album did very well.



A Horse With No Name went Gold in 1972 and was written by Dewey. The song was written whilst the band were in Dorset in the UK, and was inspired by a Salvador Dali painting and Dewey travelling with his ad through the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico. The song was banned by a few stations in the U.S. because of an assumption t was mentioning drugs. But the single and the album still sold very well, with the album going platinum. The single went to No. 11 in the UK.

The U.S. follow up was I Need You that went to No.9 in the Billboard charts. At this point the group all went to live in California and produced their second album in 1972 called Homecoming which became a million seller. The group won a Grammy in 1972.

Ventura Highway was the first single from the album getting to No. 8 in the U.S. charts which is about clouds in the skies and the shapes they make when you are on a journey.

Sister Golden Hair went to No. 1 in the U.S. in 1975 and was inspired by Jackson Browne. Other hits followed including Tin Man that was produced by George Martin of the Beatles fame. The song refers to the character in Wizard Of Oz. Also from the album Holiday came another U.S. hit called Lonely People.

In the UK the group only really had one hit single.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In the 1970s Al Green



The American gospel and soul singer was born as Albert Green in 1946. Al was one of ten children in the family from Arkansas. Al sang and toured in the 50s and 60s.  He had success with Al Greene and the Soul Mates in 1967 and was heard by band leader Willie Mitchell who took him on his record label.
In 1970 Green had an album called Al Green Gets Next To You which produced several hit singles. Tired Of Being Alone hit the UK single charts in 1971 at No. 4 and was a gold single. The song was actually recorded in 1969. The follow up was also a gold single the same year.



Let’s Stay Together got as high as No. 7 and was produced by Willie Mitchell. It became the bestselling single in 1972 on the Billboard charts. 1972 gave Al two singles one at No. 44 called Look What You Done For Me.

The second was I’m Still In love With You a No. 1 stateside but got only as high as No. 35 in the UK, but a gold single in the U.S. Al could do no wrong with his songs on both sides of the Atlantic. As You Ought To Be With Me scored a top ten in the U.S. as his follow up, but did not chart in the UK.
1973 gave Al three hit singles in the top ten and two going gold too. But Al was about to have a shock as in 1974 he released a single called Lets Get Married which was a minor hit in the U.S. His girlfriend wanted to marry Al, even though she was not married. She threw hot frying pan of oil over him and then shot herself dead. This was a lucky escape for Al as he wounds were not too serious, but from that point he began to turn to religion and gospel music.

Amazingly the next hit in both UK and the States was Sha La La ( Make Me Happy) which became another Gold single in the U.S. The last hit single in the UK would come from 1975 called L.O.V.E (Love) which Al co-wrote with Marbon Hodges.

Al Green had eight top ten albums and twelve top thirty singles.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

In the 1970s Don Fardon


Donald Maughn was born in Coventry in the UK. He used to be with a group called the Sorrows in the 1960s, but he is remembered for his one hit wonder solo record called Indian Reservation from 1970 getting to No. 3 in the UK charts. The song was a million seller.
His song was in fact a cover version of the song, as it was originally done by John D Loudermilk who also wrote Tobacco Road and Ebony Eyes. He also had a No. 31 hit in the UK in the 1960s.
The song tells the story of American Indians being forced from their homes and their birth land in 1830 after orders from the then President Andrew Jackson. There have been many versions of the song, and lyrics do change a little from each performer.

Marvin Rainwater had a 1959 hit with it, but called it The Pale Faced Indian. And in 1971 the Raiders had another version of it that went to No. 1 in the U.S.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clux1gLimUo

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

In the 1970s Johnny Pearson

Not something that springs to mind in in remembering the music of the 1970s, but this Johnny Pearson was vital to the music of the charts. Because he was in charge of the Top Of The Pops orchestra for nearly twenty years. This of course is long before backing music was allowed on the show, because of union rules the music was played by the BBC and thus Johnny Pearson.

He also composed TV themes like ITN’s News At Ten and Captain Pugwash. But not many people remember he actually made the UK top ten with a TV theme.

Sleepy Shores  was a beautiful piece of music that became popular because of a BBC drama series called "Owen MD" starring British actor Nigel Stock.

Johnny died in 2011 aged 85.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

In the 1970s The Equals

Formed in 1965, this group was fronted by Eddy Grant with Derv and Lincoln Gordon from Jamaica, along with Pat Lloyd and John Hall. The group also had the twins Lincoln and Derv Wilson.

Their only single as The Equal sin the 1970s was Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys which to No. 9 in the UK.
Eddie was born in 1948 in Guyana and moved to the UK in the 1960s and played with a band in North London. Eddy suffered from a collapsed lung in 1971 and had to leave the group, he also had heart issues and after his rest he went solo. He released three albums in the 1970s that all went nowhere at all.

Eddy did not give in and in the 1979 had come back fighting with Living On The Front Line. A 1979 top twenty UK hit on the Mercury label. Bigger things were to come in the 1980s with Electric Avenue. Although The Equals only just touched the 1970s as a group, Eddy would remain a huge influence in pop culture just as he did in the 1960s and the 1980s.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

In The 1970s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Nope I am not getting mixed up with the classical charts. We are still talking about the pop charts, and in particular the charts from March 1972 when classic met pop.

The Austrian orchestra has members that are hand-picked and undergo a thorough and lengthy trial to even get into the Orchestra. So for that very reason it is one of the best Orchestras in the whole world. It tracks back to around 1842.

So the most popular orchestra in the world was in the charts why? Well it was down to a huge TV series of the time called The Onedin Line set in the mid-1800s. The show use a piece of music called Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from the ballet Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian. Such a mouthful was cut down to the theme from the Onedin Line when it was released.


The music was stirring, and went well with the film of a clipper on the sea at full mast. The show lasted from 1972 to 1980. The main actors were Anne Stallybrass and Peter Gilmore (died 2012). Anne and Peter were married in real life too. It seemed to be the last chart entry for the Austrian Orchestra.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Singles 1979


Here are the top ten best selling singles in the UK for 1979
Top Hits of 1979
   1 Art Garfunkel Bright Eyes
   2 Blondie Heart Of Glass                                 Article about Blondie
   3 Cliff Richard We Don't Talk Anymore          Article about Cliff Richard 
   4 Boomtown Rats I Don't Like Mondays
   5 Dr Hook When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman
   6 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
   7 Tubeway Army Are Friends Electric                  Article about Gary Numan
   8 Blondie Sunday Girl                                      Article about Blondie
   9 Roxy Music Dance Away                            Article about Roxy Music  
   10 Lena Martell One Day At A Time

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Top Ten Singles 1978


Here are the Top Ten Best Selling Singles in the UK for 1978


 Hits of 1978
   1 Boney M Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring   Article about Boney M
   2 John Travolta and  Olivia Newton John You're The One That I Want
   3 John Travolta andOlivia Newton John Summer Nights
   4 The Commodores Three Times A Lady
   5 The Bee Gees Night Fever              Article about Robin Gibb
   6 Father Abraham Smurf Song      Article about Father Abraham
   7 Abba Take A Chance On Me    Article about Abba
   8 Brian & Michael Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs
   9 Boomtown Rats Rat Trap
   10 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights

Top Ten Singles 1976


Here are the top selling singles in the UK from 1976.

Top Hits of 1976
   1 Brotherhood of Man Save Your Kisses For Me Article about Eurovision Song Contest
   2 Elton John & Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart
   3 Pussycat Mississippi
   4 Abba Dancing Queen  Article about Abba
   5 Dr. Hook A Little Bit More
   6 Chicago If You Leave Me Now
   7 Abba Fernando  Article about Abba
   8 Tina Charles I Love To Love  
   9 Demis Roussos The Roussos Phenonemon (EP)
   10 Showaddywaddy Under The Moon Of Love

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Top Selling Singles 1975


Here are the Top Ten best selling singles in the UK for 1975.

Top Hits of 1975

  
 1 Bay City Rollers Bye Bye Baby
Article about Bay City Rollers
   2 Rod Stewart Sailing
   3 Stylistics Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) Article about Stylistics
   4 Windsor Davies & Don Estelle Whispering Grass
   5 Tammy Wynette Stand By Your Man
   6 Bay City Rollers Give A Little Love Article about Bay City Rollers
   7 David Essex Hold Me Close Article about David Essex
   8 Art Garfunkel I Only Have Eyes For You
   9 Roger Whittaker The Last Farewell
   10 10CC I'm Not In Love Article about 10cc

Thursday, March 17, 2016

In the 1970s White Plains

Of course this is a place in the U.S. but it also was and from the early 1970s. White Plains formed out of the remnants of the Flowerpot Men in 1969. Tony Burrows the singer with so many 1970s bands was the vocals on some of the songs and along with band members Robin Shaw, Peter Nelson and Neil Landon who also worked with Cat Stevens, Englebert Humperdinck and had associations with The Jimmy Hendrix Experience too.

The band or more accurately the session musicians were brought together by John Carter who was responsible for such hits as Let’s Go To San Francisco, Beach Baby and Knock, Knock Who’s There by Mary Hopkin written for the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest.

It was 1970 when White Plains had a hit on both sides of the Atlantic with My Baby Loves Lovin’ written by the famous Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. In Australia the song was a hit by the Joe Jeffrey Group.
1970 also gave them I’ve Got You On My Mind getting to No. 17 in the UK was the last hit to feature Burrow and the writing of Greenaway and new session singers entered the group.



 The last hit of 1970 was Julie Do You Love Me a No. 8 hit.

The group were successful but really lacked a consistent image. So 1971 would be there final top twenty chart hit with When You Are King.



One more fling at the chart in 1973 with a No. 21 hit called Step Into A Dream, and then that was it. But the song had TV play because it was used for the Butlins holiday camp commercials.

Disco Nites 1970s Vinyl Record

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hot Action from K-TEL

Punk Sid Dies in 1978


John Simon Ritchie was born in 1957, and in his short life he would have fame and money and more. The problem of course was that he could not handle it, and a bright spark was dead at a very early age.

His name Sid Vicious got his name from Sex Pistol member John Lyndon who named him after his pet hamster called “Sid” that had bitten John. The name stuck, and for the rest of his life the Sid surname gave him an image that really fitted the Sex Pistols anarchic image.

Sid was in his first band “The Flowers of Romance” in 1976, he also appeared in “The Clash Keith Levine” and was also considered for the “The Damned” but he never showed up. He joined the Sex Pistols in 1977 after Greg Matlock had left. He fitted in so well into the group, in fact the manager later said that he would have considered putting Vicious as the front-man if Lyndon not been there.

In 1978, things just started to go wrong. The Pistols were deteriorating on the US tour; it got so bad that the group split up after a concert in February of that year. Also at this time Sid had met Nancy Spungen, who had been following many bands and even tried to get with Johnny Rotten, but ended up with Sid. They both became addicted to heroin and their lives just fell apart even more, although Sid did play occasionally with the “Clash” and “Rat Scabies” and ex Pistols member Matlock.

In October 1978 Nancy died at the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan. She was found by Sid on the floor with a stab wound to her stomach, the stab came from a knife that Sid had purchased. Sid was arrested and charged with murder.

In his confused and drugged up state he admitted to stabbing her, but denied killing her. He ranted on how much he loved her, but also how she treated him like “Shit”. Ten days after this Sid tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrists; he was taken to Bellvue Hospital, where he was later charged with assault against Patti Smith's brother. He later was sent to jail for 55 days and was released on February 1st 1979.

 On that night he went for a meal with his girlfriend Michelle Robinson, and he was now clean from drugs. But during the dinner another party brought drugs along and Sid took some. He injected three times and was found dead during the morning.

A few days later his mother found a suicide note.
We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye
  

Then there followed a public argument on where Sid should be buried. In the end his ashes were scattered in a Jewish graveyard where Nancy had been buried the previous year. They seemed like a 1970's version of Bonnie and Clyde.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Top Selling Singles of 1974


Here are the Top Ten Best Selling Singles in the UK for 1974

Top Hits of 1974
 
  1 Mud Tiger Feet   Article about Mud
   2 Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun  Article about Terry Jacks
   3 Paper Lace Billy, Don't Be A Hero
   4 Three Degrees When Will I See You Again Article about Three Degrees
   5 George McCrae Rock Your Baby
   6 David Essex Gonna Make You A Star Article about David Essex
   7 Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting
   8 Charles Aznavour She
   9 Rubettes Sugar Baby Love  Article about Rubettes
   10 Ken Boothe Everything I Own

Friday, March 11, 2016

In Memory Keith Emerson



Keith Noel Emerson was born in England in 1944 and died in March 2016 and was the master of keyboards. He was only 16 when he managed to get his first organ on hire purchase and in 1969 played on the Moog Synthesizer.

He was eventually part of Emerson, Lake and Palmer which formed in 1970.

The band became very popular after playing at the Isle of Wiight concert in 1970. The band continued to release successful albums until they disbanded in 1979.

The group only ever had one single hit in the UK charts in the 1970s and that was Fanfare For The Common Man from the 1977 album Works Volume.

    

This from Wikipedia





With ELP, Emerson added the Moog synthesiser behind the C-3 with the keyboard and ribbon controller stacked on the top of the organ. The ribbon controller allowed Emerson to vary pitch, volume or timbre of the output from the Moog by moving his finger up and down the length of a touch-sensitive strip. It also could be used as a phallic symbol, which quickly became a feature of the act. When the Minimoog entered the act it was placed where needed, such as on top of the grand piano. The same location was also used for an electric Clavinet keyboard, used almost exclusively for the encore piece "Nut Rocker".
During the Brain Salad Surgery tour of 1974 (one show of which was documented on the 3-LP set, Welcome Back My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends), Emerson's keyboard setup included the Hammond C-3 organ, run through multiple Leslie speakers driven by HiWatt guitar amplifiers, the Moog 3C modular synthesiser (modified by addition of various modules and an oscilloscope) with ribbon controller, a Steinway concert grand piano with a Moog Minimoog synthesiser on top of it (used for the steel drum part on Karn Evil 9, 2nd Impression), an upright acoustic-electric piano that was used for honky-tonk piano sounds, a Hohner Clavinet and another Moog Minimoog synthesiser. Emerson also used a prototype polyphonic synthesiser produced by Moog, which was the test bed for the Moog Polymoog polyphonic synthesiser. The original synthesiser setup as envisioned by Moog was called the Constellation, and consisted of three instruments – the polyphonic synthesiser, called the Apollo, a monophonic lead synthesiser called the Lyra, and a bass-pedal synthesiser, called the Taurus. Moog eventually produced the Moog Taurus bass pedal synthesiser as a separate instrument, as well as the Polymoog Synthesiser and Polymoog Keyboard. The Apollo polyphonic synthesiser is currently at a keyboard museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Emerson still owns the Lyra synthesiser.
Occasionally Emerson used a pipe organ, when available. In particular, at the Newcastle City Hall he used the Harrison & Harrison pipe organ for the introductory section of Pictures at an Exhibition. The organ is located at the rear above the stage, at the top of a series of steps where choirs can stand. The end of the introductory passage is followed by a drum roll, covering the time while Emerson descended the steps. While all went well for the recording used to produce the album, the debut tour performance at the same venue ground to a halt as the power failed, just as Emerson arrived at the Hammond organ to open the next part of the piece. After a lengthy delay the performance continued with only the Hammond L-100 functioning.