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.

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I am one of those baby boomer's, who had the pleasure, and the FUN to grow up in the 1970s. The 70s music was so diverse, and the charts were for everyone from 8 to 80. That was when POP was fun, and the top forty really meant something as it was a shared experience. I have tried in this site to bring back the memories of the 70s, not just the pure pop, but also the heavy guys like Floyd and Black Sabbath. Everything had a place in the music of the 70s, and everything has a memory for one of us 1970s boomers.