Thursday, October 8, 2015

Billboard Top Ten 1971

Here are the Top Ten Billboard from 1971, a video reminder of the 70s music from across the Atlantic.

01 Three Dog Night Joy To The World
02 Rod Stewart Maggie May
03 Carole King It's Too Late
04 Osmonds One Bad Apple
05 Bee Gees How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
06 Raiders Indian Reservation
07 Donny Osmond Go Away Little Girl
08 John Denver Take Me Home, Country Roads
09 Temptations Just My Imagination
10 Dawn Knock Three Times

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Groups of the 1970s The O'Jays

Formed in Ohio in 1963 these school friends already had a few bands before naming the group O'Jays which was named after a famous local DJ called Eddie O'Jay. The group had a small number of hits in the 1960s.

By the 1970s the O'Jays were ready for a big hit and they had it with the amazing Back Stabbers in 1972. The album was also called Back Stabbers. The song is a warning to other men who do not realise their male friends are actually plotting to have fun with their wives or girlfriends. 

Lyrics to Back Stabbers.

In 1973 the group were to have their biggest hit with Love Train which was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. These guys wrote some classic singles in the 1970s including TSOP, Wake Up Everybody and The Love I Lost for other groups. The lyrics call for peace around the whole world.
Lyrics to Love Train.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

70s Music Artist Watch: Father Abraham

The 70s music would not be complete without a few truly awful records that got into the charts, well here is one that falls into that category.

Following the success of the Smurfs cartoon and comic series,that were drawn by Belgium artist Peyo, it was perhaps inevitable that the Smurfs would hit the pop world too. So in 1978 Father Abraham, born in  Netherlands in 1935 as  Petrus Antonius Laurentius Pierre Kartner,  he was a prolific song writer, and had chart hits, including a No1 in his home country.
He was asked to make a promotional song for the forthcoming movie "The Smurfs" and sold an astonishing 500,000 copies. The album was a hit too, and Kartner  continued to record Smurf records, selling over 25 MILLION copies worldwide, that's correct 25 MILLION.

The Smurfs are still going strong,and 70s music will not forget The Smurf Song, and as for Father Abraham, he is still going, as he wrote the 2101 Belgium entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

In The1970s Music Layla

The  70s music No.1 best selling single of 1970 in the UK was the amazing "Layla" by  Derek and the Dominos featuring of course the legendary Eric Clapton on the magical guitar.

The song  came from the album "Layla and  other assorted love songs"  released in late 1970.The song involves  ex Beatle George Harrison (Died 2001) , who was married to Patti Boyd in 1966 whilst making the Beatles film "A Hard Days Night", Eric was falling in love with Patti too.

Patti was born in  England in 1944, and first came to the public eye as a model in the 1960s and married George in 1966. Patti's sister went out with Eric, but left him when she realised "Layla" was all about her sister and not her.

The title "Layla" refers to a 12th  century story about a Persian poet Nizami  Ganjavi who lived 1141 to 1209,and was based on a short story called "Layla and Majnun". The other major guitarist on the single was Duane Allman from the US, who died the very next year 1971 after a motorbike crash, the bass guitarist Carl Radle died in 1980 from Kidney failure due to excess drinking.

Jim Gordon another musician murdered his mum in the 1980s.


70s music maestro Eric  Clapton  actually married Patti in 1979, but ten years later they were divorced for many reasons including drink problems and the fact he had other ladies in his life, and at least one child too.

Lyrics to "Layla"

Eric also wrote another 70s music classic in 1976 called "Wonderful Tonight" for Patti.

In the 1970s Billy Paul

When you hear this name you have that beautiful song flow through your mind. The one that we all thought was a little bit naughty back in the time. After all it was all about having an affair was it not?
Billy Paul was born in 1934 as Paul Williams and in the late 60s was touring clubs and bars in Philadelphia sharing the stage with such names as Roberta Flack and Miles Davis.

His first solo single debut hit in 1972 was the beautiful Me And Mrs Jones. A classic tale of infidelity, Paul’s unorthodox style enhanced the ballad’s sense of guilt. His later releases included ‘Thanks For Saving My Life’ (1974), which did not chart in the UK.

Thanks for saving my life
For picking me up
Dusting me off
Making me feel like
I'm living again
(Like I'm living again)
I'm so glad I ran into you
If I hadn't seen you
I would have been through

Moving on to 1976 and a smaller hit with Let’s Make A Baby, followed by Let ’Em In’ (1977) which was an adaptation of the Paul McCartney hit to emphasize lyrical references to Dr. Martin Luther King. I remember this  song had huge radio play on Capital Radio in London, but it was a not a huge national hit.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cozy Powell in the 1970s

Colin Flooks later became Cozy Powell and was one of the greatest drummers the UK ever had. In 1970 Cozy was on stage on the Isle of Wight stage with Jeff Beck himself and went on to record two albums with the Jeff Beck Group. So you still do not remember Cozy hits?

How about the top ten hit Dance With The Devil which has to be one the best drum hits ever in the charts and had a big name on the base. Her name was Suzie Quatro who went on to have a No. 1 hit with Can The Can.

Cozy has a second hit called The Man In Black which got to No. 18 and which no one seems to every recall, including me. But Cozy went on to chart again as a group member of Rainbow with hits such as Since You’ve Been Gone.

His only other top ten hit was in 1974 with Na Na Na

Cozy died in a car accident in 1998 on the M4.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In The 1970s Steeleye Span

This British folk group I tried not to like in the 1970s, but I failed. They were pretty good actually and they are just SO SO British. The group was formed back in 1969 by Ashley Hutchings who had just left Fairport Convention and through his folk contacts managed to pull many members into the group throughout its history. The group was named after a character from a song called Horkstow Grange. Nope I have never heard of it either.

So are you struggling to remember any of their hit songs? Well the first hit single in the 1970s was in 1972 called Gaudette which actually was a Christmas carol from the 16th century and is found  in Piae Cantonis in 1592. Maybe one of the oldest songs to hit our charts?

Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!

The song was sung in Latin and was still a hit. When did you last hear a Latin hit in the charts? The song had no instruments and was voices only. Despite all this it was a top twenty hit in the UK.

The group released many singles and had a cult fan base, but chart wise they only had one other hit in 1975 called All AroundMy Hat. This song dates back to the 1800s and is about a man saying goodbye to his girl as he has been found guilty of a crime and is being 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

70s Music Chart January 3rd 1970 part two

This is the second article on the BBC charts of the 3rd January 1970, as this was a chart that started in the 1970s it obviously had a great amount of music from the end of the 1960s, so that why on this one occasion we have two postings for the weekly chart. We now countdown the charts from no.10 to no.1.     Jumbo time This is the year that the impossible happened as we did see an Elephant fly, well a Jumbo, well a Jumbo jet really that came to the UK, and has been part of the world of aviation ever since. The original Boeing 747 was produced by the Boeing Company, and this was the year that the Jumbo jet actually flew commercially.

The wide body plane had two levels, allowing having the huge amount of passengers or huge payloads. The design and manufacturer started in the mid-1960s, and was developed from ideas by the American Airforce and the  then President of Pan AM Juan Trippe , who really believed this had to be the future of passenger airlines, and he even linked it to world peace too. Pan Am ordered 25 planes, so he was putting his money where his mouth was. In Seattle the factory was set up and the planes grew. And in January 1970 the wife of President Nixon christened the first Pan Am plane as Young American, later changed to Clipper Victor in Washington, and the first flight from New York to London Heathrow was January 22nd 1970, but a substitute plane had to be used as the first one overheated.

The first flight to the UK carried 332 passengers and 20 crew and around 30,000 pounds of cargo, and was watched by the world as it touched down in London, although 30 passengers did not show for the journey, as the flight had been delayed by six hours, and those people either cancelled or got another flight to the UK.   The captain on the flight was Robert Weeks who flew the 225 foot, five storeys high Jumbo across the Atlantic on the maiden voyage, and landed at 14.14 GMT. The Jumbo was now here and the Brits had placed an order for eleven and soon it would be a huge financial success as it would be very cost effective, as carrying so many passengers than over air planes meant a quicker return.

Within six months the Jumbo would already reach its One Million passengers, and within one year it would be seven million and have seventeen airlines using the amazing Jumbo jet. In August the Jumbo had a hijacking en route to Cuba from New York. When it landed at Cuba even Castro came out to look at this huge plane on his land, and even had a meeting with the airline pilot Captain Watkins. Castro was concerned that when the hijacking was over that the plane would not be able to take off on such a small runway. Luckily it did, and it flew back to the US with all problems sorted. The most famous Jumbo incident was not until the late 1980s when a Jumbo jet was flying over Lockabie in Scotland, when a bomb went off on board and killed everyone on the flight. 259 on board and 11 on the ground. This was Pam Am flight 103, and years later Gaddafi and Libya were found to be responsible for the bombing.

No. 10
Without You by Tom Jones
Sex bomb Tom Jones born in 1940 was so huge in the 1960s and would be a huge star in the 1970s, especially with his TV shows.
Article about Tom Jones This week Tom appeared on the BBC singing "Delilah" in "Pop Goes The Sixties".

70s Music Artist watch: The Goodies

The Goodies were a British trio who became really famous for their TV series "The Goodies",the popularity of the programme allowed them to have some really off the wall chart hits.

The Goodies on TV.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

70s Artist Watch:The Kinks

Formed in London in 1964 by Ray and Dave Davies, other members came and go, but the group hit the 70s music scene still running. The first album in the 70s was " Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoaround,Part One" an album that takes a satirical look at the music industry,and two massive hits came from it the first we will play is the famous "Lola". 

"Lola"  written by Ray was a song about a man and his relationship with a Transvestite in London, and its said to be based on the groups manager  Robert Wace , who had been dancing with a black lady.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

70s Music Chart Top Ten January 1970

Lets take a look at the pop charts from January 3rd 1970, the music charts of the 1970 has the legacy of the 1960s included, so this makes it a very special chart indeed.
Lets look at the stars and the songs that we sang and danced to when the music charts meant something very important.
These charts represent the British charts as broadcast by the BBC.

Click here to see the chart details

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

70 Music Artist Watch: Bay City Rollers

It is hard to convey  to people who do not know this group to tell you that in 70s music this group was the 70s version of Beatles mania, yes they were that big. But after the fame and the "money" things went so bad that the Rollers just seemed to have vanished from history, but as you will read here they were the 70s.

They were formed in 1966 as The Saxons, but changed the name after looking at a map of America, it was that easy. The brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir formed the group, and as group members came and go, and some went to join Pilot, another Scottish group.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

70s Music Compilation of the 70s

When I was searching the You-Tube network for music of the 70s, I came a cross a lot of compilations, but some had copyright issues and the sound had been removed(Spoil sports).

But this one stays intact, so lets enjoy it together and remember the music of the 70s.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In the 1970s Watch:Blondie

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein founded the group Blondie in 1975, both group members were in an earlier group called The Stilettos, and that's where they first started their romantic involvement.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

70s Music Artist Watch: Tony Hatch

Born in 1939 in England Mr Tony Hatch was already and composer, writer for the pop charts and for TV and film too. He even during the 1970s had live music shows, the man was indeed very talented.

To find out more about Tony's TV work in the 1970s, see this article.

His pop career was already huge from the 1960s with songs like "Downtown" by Petula Clark and "Dont Stand In The Subway".

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In The 1970s Strawbs

This group had their big hit Part Of The Union back in January 1973, and it went so well with the tough times. Remember the unions were asking for more and more money and the government fought hard to control the rising inflation. That song caught the mood the day and I remember it being played on the Jimmy Young Show on Radio One. The group even toured with the amazing Supertramp too.

But the Strawbs were around long before 1973, as they were formed as the Strawberry Hill Boys back in the 1960s. The group had so many famous band members pass through over the years including Rick Wakeman, Hudson and Ford. But through most of the sensational 70s the group was led by Dave Cousins who even in 2012 was still fronting the group.

The first single hit in 1972 was Lay Down (not one that I can instantly recall) which came from the album Bursting At The Seams and the lyrics of the single were based on the New Testament. That is probably why I do not recall it.

But of course, the big hit was Part Of The Union in 1973 from the same album. The single just missed out on being No.1, but the song was sung loud and proud at Chrysler factories for sure. The song was written by then band members Hudson and Ford, who later left the group and had their own hit called Burn Baby Burn.

Now I'm a union man
Amazed at what I am
I say what I think, that the company stinks
Yes I'm a union man
When we meet in the local hall
I'll be voting with them all
With a hell of a shout, it's "Out brothers, out!"
And the rise of the factory's fall

After such a huge hit  we all waited for the next big single hit. We waited but it did not happen as the next single peaked at No. 34 and was called Shine On Silver Sun. Another hit that my aging memory cannot remember.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

70s Music Compilation of the 1970s

Time to see how many of these classic music of the 70s you can recognise.

You get extra points for dancing along, so put on those flares and Boogie.

Even I will admit when I watched this the first time there were singles I had not heard for many many years, and those records here were all chart records, so my brain has a hole in it.

Music of the 70s enjoy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

70s Music Artist watch: Jean Michel Jarre

This Frenchman born in 1948, made a leap from classical to synth pop, and became so famous not just for his  music of the 70s, but his amazing large scale lazer and light shows that accompanied his thought provoking music.

Jean Michel Jarre  first came to be known by the masses when he released Oxygene in "1976", it sold over twelve million copies, not bad for a debut album. Using just three synthesizers and some basic editing materials he produced futuristic music of the 70s.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

70s Music Artist watch: Dire Straits

Back in  the Queens Jubilee year of 1977, a group was formed with two brothers, they being Mark and David Knopfler ,who along with Pick Withers and John Illsley became Dire Straits. The group arrived right in the middle of the punk outbreak, so after making a demo tape they took it to a BBC Radio London DJ,Charlie Gillett to ask him if he rated it. He heard "Sultans of Swing", and played it on his show, which led to a record contract and the rest is history in the music of the 70s..

Sunday, August 16, 2015

In Memory 2010: Gregory Isaacs

Reggae star Gregory Isaacs has died at the age of 59 (born in 1951) at his London home following cancer of the lungs in 2010.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

70s Music Artist watch: Perry Como

Mr Perry Como born in 1912, was acutlly called Pierino Ronald Como, and had some small chart success in the music of the 70s, his parents came from Italy. In his time Perry was a film and TV star and a great singer, in my young days I always got him confused with Andy Williams, not a bad mistake to make I  am sure.

Its fair to say that his best work was prior to the 1970s, however he was still very popular and wouyld appaer on British TV at a few Royal engagements, and was still perforning at the London Pladium in the 1970s.

Perry died in 2001.

In 1971 he had a small UK hit called I Think Of You

Here he is in 1973 with "And I Love You So" a song actually written in 1970 by Don Mclean, who himself had a great influence on the music of the 70s.

Perry Como sings one of his best 70s songs "And I Love You So".

Saturday, August 8, 2015

In the 1970s Slade

Based on single sales only this group would be the most successful band of the 1970s. Slade were so big, that they seem to actually appear on Top Of The Pops every week during the early 1970s. They were bashing out glam rock hit after hit after hit. The group formed in Wolverhampton by lead singer Noddy Holder

The group in 1970 were a well-known live band on the circuit, and so they released a song from their tour called Get Down And GetWith It on Polydor which actually charted on the BBC charts. The follow up hit was the deliberate misspelt hit called Coz I Luv You written by Noddy Holder and co band member Dave Lea, it was written in thirty minutes and became a huge hit.

The misspelt hits continued with Look Wat You Dun got to No.4  and Tak MeBak Home  got to No.1.

Also Mama Weer All Crazee Now was a huge European No.1

The last hit of 1972 was Gudbuy T Jane which was a huge worldwide hit, well not everywhere as the U.S. managed to get it only to number 68. 1973 and Slade release a single called Cum On Feel TheNoize which entered the chart at No.1. The next single was called Sqweeze Me Pleeze Me which amazingly entered the chart AGAIN at number ONE. This had never been done by two singles in concession, and now SLADE were a worldwide phenomenon, well everywhere but the U.S.The single was a hit, but Slade did not really want to release it, and they hardly ever played it afterwards.

The next hit was My Friend Stan, but the record that you will hear for ever more was Merry Xmas Everybody, where Noddy shouts out “Merry Christmas” at the end of the song. This has made Noddy the writer a very rich man. The song is played all over the world, and has become as part of Christmas as Little Drummer Boy has.

In Memory 2010: General Norman Johnston

General Norman Johnston was best known as the lead singer in the group Chairman Of The Board. He was born in  1943 and died October 2010, and when we look at his time  and influence on the music of the 70s, we may not have known his name, but we know his music. Here is Chairman Of The Board 1970 hit "Give Me Just A Little More Time".

The song is about a man asking for his ex lover back, and the record was written by Holland and Dozier and Holland Jnr, but because of a legal battle they called themselves Edythe Wayne on the record.

In the 1970s Jasper Carrot

A really silly name, but this well-loved comedian also had a huge chart success with Funky Moped. Jasper was born Robert Norman Davis in 1945, and in 1969 started to sing folk songs for a living. 
Then Jasper entered the 1970s by developing his MC skills, in which he would start putting in a lot of jokes and adlibbing to get the belly laughs from the audiences.

In 1973 he released an album called Jasper Carrot which includes sketches from his act. One of the most famous was real insurance claim details, which Jasper turned into golden comedy moments. This brought him more attention by TV, and he became a school yard hero.

Jasper O.B.E. had a huge hit with Funky Mopped in 1975, but although that was the record that was played on the radio non-stop, and it was the record he would perform on BBC Top Of The Pops, it was not really that record we were playing; it was in fact the naughty B side.

The B side was called The Magic Roundabout which was a rude parody of the children’s animated series from France also called The Magic Roundabout. The whole song contained Innuendo and cheeky jokes about the characters within the series. It was especially amusing as it really made the wholesome characters of the TV series something to really laugh about in the school playground. Of course the radio stations at that time would never mention it, and would stick totally to playing the A side. But we all knew better didn’t we?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

70s Artist Watch:Leif Garrett

Born in 1961 this guy became a teen idol both in TV and in the THE MUSIC OF THE 70S pop charts. His good looks and talent made him a worldwide celebrity. His pop career we will look at, but it came to an end in 1979 after he was involved in a car accident, in which his passenger was left paralysed. This left Garrett with a $7 million fine, and  doubt on his actions on the day of the accident.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

In Memory 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 Benny 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 for some reason Benny declined and a week later he suffered Kidney failure and died in April of that year.

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” was the next hit was written by the group and it 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.

Without you was not a single hit for Badfinger. It was a hit for Nilsson, who had a worldwide hit with his version. It made the record company a fortune, but it has always been disputed on how the band had access to the royalties. The song won a Grammy and an Ivor Novello award.

Back in 1973 to 75, and for a few years the group was in constant court cases over the bands manager failure to sort out huge financial problems. Pete Ham could take no more. He committed suicide aged only 27 in 1975. In his suicide note he said that the business manager was responsible for his decision to kill himself. Stan Polley was that manager (he also managed Lou Christie). Polley is assumed held on to the money for Badfinger. The full facts may never come out as Polley died in 2009.

Day After Day was a 1972 hit from the album Straight Up and produced by Beatle George Harrison who died in 2001. Todd Rundgren also produced when Harrison left for a concert in Bangladesh. It was a U.S. hit in 1971 and a January 1972 hit in the UK. Pete Ham wrote this song, as he did the next and last chart hit called Baby Blue.

Baby Blue was about a woman Pete had dated whilst touring in the U.S. If you are in Europe you may never have heard of the single, well that is because it never got released in the UK. It was a big hit in the U.S. reaching No. 14.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In Memory Val Doonican

Michael Valentine "ValDoonican was born in Ireland in 1927 and died in August 2015. His big break came in the 1960s when he was on Sunday Night at the Palladium. He was an instant success and went on in the 1960s and 1970s to have his own Saturday night TV show on BBC1 where nearly 20 Million would turn in every week.

Most of his hits were in the 1960s,but here is his 1972 hit Morning.

In the 1970s Baccara

These two ladies were from Spain who formed the group way back in 1977. The girls (ladies) were Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendiola both born in the early 1950s. The two girls met and teamed up more as dancers in Spain with a dance group called Venus. They also studied ballet, and appeared in night clubs and on TV too.They moved from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands where there sang Spanish folk style music to the tourists, one of the tourists was high up in RCA and help to get the girls a recording contract as Baccara. Baccara was Black Rose as a reference to what the girls normally wore, like black skirts to dance in.

Composers Rolf Soja and Frank Dostal wrote their first hit Yes Sir I Can Boogie. Frank was also partially responsible for some of the songs from the Smurfs and The Goombay Dance Band. Yes Sir I Can Boogie was recorded in Holland and went on to sell a whooping sixteen million copies, and still holds the Guinness Book Of Records for the highest selling female duo.

They were also the first female duo to have a number one record in the UK. However the single did not chart at all in the U.S.

The group released three albums in the 1970s called Baccara, Light My Fire and Colours. They also had a compilation album out in 1978 called The Hits Of Baccara, which had only two hits on the album.

The second hit was Sorry I’m A Lady which, which was No. 1 all over Europe, but only got as high as No. 8 in the UK charts, but that seemed to be it for the group. They did make a sort of comeback in 1978 with an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest called Parlez-Vous Fran├žais?

1970s Top Ten by Steve Hill

The music of the 70s, was a mix of everything, from novelty records,disco,rock,country and so so much more. In an occasional series we ask readers to come up with their Top Ten of the 1970s.
Steve is a UK born guy now living in Asia and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music, so I hope I get nothing wrong here.

In The 1970s Ashton Gardner and Dyke

Tony Ashton from Lancashire in the UK became a singer and composer. After playing several groups in the 1960s he started up his new group in 1970 called Ashton Gardner and Dyke. Tony also wrote the score to the 1971 film The Last Rebel and appeared with numerous groups including Deep Purple. Tony sadly died in 2001 aged 55.
Kim Gardner was born in 1948 also worked with Rod Stewart and Kim also died in 2001 from cancer.
Roy Dyke worked with Medicine Head and Family.
They really only had one chart hit but it was a brilliant dance track called Resurrection Shuffle
Put your hand on your hip
Now you let your back bone slip.
Put out your tongue
Put your head in the air.
Make a ‘V’ sign
And you just don’t care.
Now you feel free
You gotta loose control.
All Gods children gotta
Little bit of soul.
You don’t have to think
You don’t have to move

Band members[edit]