Monday, May 23, 2016

UK TOP 40 22-28 MAY 1977

UK TOP 40 SINGLES CHART FOR W/E 28TH MAY 1977 featuring hits from Rod Stewart, The Trammps, 10CC, Marvin Gaye, Boz Scaggs, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Bryan Ferry, Elkie Brooks, Andrew Gold, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Heatwave, The Stranglers...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Sensational Seventies Spectacular with the SAS

Eurovision Song Contest 1975 and 76/77

After the previous excitment of Brighton last year and the win by Abba, the Eurovision became even more important. This was 1975, and the contest was held in Sweden. The  British entry was The Shadows with Let Me Be The One. A record that did nothing really, although it managed to limp into 9th place.

Eurovision Song Contest 1973 and 1974

1973 the contest was hosted in Luxembourg. This was also the year that the contestants did NOT have to sing in their native language. Therefore the songs were now going to be understood by a much bigger audience.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

In The1970s Tavares

These guys originated from the U.S. and are sometimes refereed to as the Tavares Brothers.
  • Ralph — Ralph Vierra Tavares (born December 10, 1941)
  • Pooch — Arthur Paul Tavares (born November 12, 1943)
  • Chubby — Antone Lee Tavares (born June 2, 1945)
  • Butch — Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr. (born May 18, 1948)
  • Tiny — Perry Lee Tavares (born October 24, 1949)

They performed in the 1960s as Chubby and the Turnpikes. In 1973 they became Tavares. Big hits in the U.S. but it was not until 1976 when they charted in the UK charts with Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel written by Freddie Perren who produced Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive.

The follow up hit was the classic floor filler on a Saturday Night called  Dont Take Away The Music

In 1977 they had a minor hit with The Mighty Power Of Love and a top five hit with Whodunnit. The song mentioned many fictional detectives who were trying to solve this case of missing love. One detective mentioned was Kojak!

Two more hits followed in 1977, the first being a No. 16 hit called One Step Away. The next single was the big one and went on to appear in the film and the soundtrack of Saturday Night fever. It was the classic More Than A Woman. They won a Grammy for that song in 1979.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In The 1970s Elkie Brooks

Elaine Bookbinder was born in the UK in 1945 and spent most of the 1960s doing the cabaret circuit. She also worked with the Beatles, Small Faces and Animals. In 1971 she joined the group Vinegar Joe which included the vocals of Robert Palmer. Her husband Pete Gage was also a member.

When the group disbanded she went solo with A&M Records. Her album Two Days Away produced by Elvis writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which gave her several single UK chart hits.

Pearl's A Singer tells the story of a singer who did not make the big time. This was followed by Sunshine After the Rain from the same album and both charting in 1977. In 1978 the hits continued with Lilac Wine a song from the 1950s written by  James Sheldon.

Her last top twenty single hit of the 1970s was Dont Cry Out Loud  written in 1976 by Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen.

Eurovision Song Contest in the 1970s

For those that live around Europe (Australia included), once a year since the 1950s the Eurovison Song Contest is held. This contest is to find a group that will be the best of the best in Europe, and is voted by every participating country. Needles to say the politics of the region play very high.

With all its many flaws it brings in a huge live TV audiences of around 100 million people.

The music is so hard to categorise, as almost anything seems to go.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In Memory Lou Reed

October 2013 saw the death of one of the most influential pop artist there has ever been. Lou was born in 1942 and went on in the 1960w to be the leader of the group Velvet Underground. It was Andy Warhol, who saw the group and helped influence Lou to write some great songs. The group failed to make any money, but were part of the 60s fabric.

In the 1970s he went solo. In 1971 he had his first album which featured backing vocals from Rick Wakeman of Yes. The album was not a great seller and his next album on 1972 was co produced with the help of David Bowie and produced the single Walk On The Wild Side. The song about pimps, hustlers and sex workers was an instant hit. Some radio stations banned it to begin with and the BBC struggled with it too. Herbie Flowers was also on the single with the beautiful saxophone sounds.

Lou only had one single in the UK charts during the 1970s.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Great 70s Podcast Promo

Kid Jensen's Roundtable on Radio 1 27-07-79

In The 1970s ISSAC HAYES

Mr. Issac Lee Hayes was born in 1942 in Tennessee and became a session singer for Stax records in the 1960s He then started to write songs and he co-wrote Soul Man in 1967 with David Porter, and became a huge hit for Sam and Dave.

In 1970 Issac released two albums called The Isaac Hayes Movement and To Be Continued. But I was the film Shaft was to be Isaac’s greatest hit.

The film about a black detective called Shaft was a huge box office success and Issac wanted to star in it. Instead, he got the job of singing the theme. The film was No. 1, the album was No.1 and the single was No. 1 in the U.S. The song won two Academy Awards, one BAFTA, two Golden Globe and three Grammy Awards.

By the mid-1970s, Hayes sued Stax records and Stax let him go without financial penalty. Issac was in big debt, but never the less he co purchased the basketball team Memphis Tams.

Hayes had a small 1976 come back with a UK disco song called Disco Connection, but he did better in 1991 with a No. 1 featuring him called Chocolate Salty Balls. Issac Hayes died in 2008 from his second stroke aged only 66.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In The 1970s Congregation

Nope this not anything religious at all. This British band was originally called The Congregation who had a Stateside No. 29 hit, but a UK No. 4 hit with Softly Whispering I Love You, on Signpost records. The band consisted of Brian Keith and session singers only. It was a one hit wonder.

It was also a cover from David and Jonathon, who were really Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook they and named after the biblical characters.

Softly, whispering I love you,
echoes of your voice are calling still through my dreams,
softening the chill of the breeze.

Through my window,
I can see the moonglow
painting silver shadows on a rose-colored land;

A world that we walk hand in hand
in a day of gold
colored by the glow of new love.

Oh, Woman, I can feel your warm face ever close to my lips
and the scent of you invades the cool evening air.

I can close my eyes and you´re there in my arms still
and I know your soft kiss,
turning into music every beat of my heart,

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

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


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.

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