Radar Love – Golden Earring – 1973

February 22, 2017

golden-earring-radar-love-cover-1973Formed in 1961 and still going strong today, Golden Earring must be one of the longest performing bands in the world – in all those years they have had only one major hit, but it was a massive one – Radar Love in 1973.

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Golden Earring began life in 1961 in the Dutch city of The Hague when two neighbours, 13-year-old George Kooymans and 15-year-old Rinus Gerritsen got together to form The Tornados.

  • By 1970 the band had added a couple of members to become the line-up that remains together today.  Although, other musicians have come and gone over the years.
  • Discovering that there was already a band named The Tornados, the boys changed their name to Golden Earring.
  • By the late 60s, Golden Earring were quite popular in The Netherlands and had had a number of hit records and, in 1969, they embarked on their first US tour.  By 1984 they had completed 13 US tours and played alongside acts such as with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum, and Eric Clapton. Between 1969 and 1984, Golden Earring completed 13 U.S. tours. During this period, they performed as the opening act for Santana, King Crimson, The Doobie Brothers, and Rush.
  • Following the success of Radar Love, the band became stars in their own right and, at various times, had Kiss and Aerosmith as their opening act.
  • Those living outside The Netherlands may not realise the popularity of Golden Earring in their homeland.  They have released 25 studio albums – seven of which have reached #1 on the Dutch album chart (the last in 2012).
  • Add to this 73 single releases of which 42 have made the Dutch Top Ten!
  • Outside of the Netherlands, however, they will be remembered for Radar Love.

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  • Radar Love was written by Golden Earring members George Kooymans and Barry Hay and recorded by the band in 1973.
  • It featured on the album Moontan.
  • There were three versions of the song: a 5:07 single, a 3:44 single edit and the album version which went for 6:21.
  • Radar Love, a #1 hit in the Netherlands, peaked at #13 in the US and #7 in the UK.
  • The song has been covered by a number of bands including, U2, R.E.M., White Lion, Blue Man Group, Def Leppard and Carlos Santana.  The White Lion version charted at #59 on the US singles chart.
  • Radar Love lyrics.

radar love – golden earring – 1973

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One Bad Apple – The Osmonds – 1970

February 19, 2017

one-bad-apple-cover-the-osmonds-1971The seventies saw a number of family bands hit the charts.  The Jacksons, The Cowsills, Sly and the Family Stone, Sister Sledge, The Partridge Family… well, maybe not the Partridge Family – At the forefront of these brother/sister bands were the Jacksons and The Osmonds.  The latter having a 1970 hit with One Bad Apple.

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  • The Osmonds were six brothers (six of eight brothers and a sister) who became teen idols in the early 70s.
  • The boys began as a barbershop quartet featuring, Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay.  They were joined by younger brothers Donny and Jimmy; changed their name to The Osmonds, and the rest is history.
  • the-osmondsTwo older brothers, George and Tom were born deaf and didn’t originally perform with the family band but, in later years, made several television appearances in the Osmond Christmas specials.
  • Donny and Jimmy, and sister Marie, went on to have successful solo careers.
  • The Osmonds continue to perform in various line-ups or as soloists today.  Collectively, the family has sold 102 million records worldwide and have a star on the Hollywood Wall of Fame.

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  • One Bad Apple was written by songwriter George Jackson and recorded by The Osmonds on October 26, 1970.
  • Released as a single, the B-side was a cover of The Hollies’, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.
  • Released in late 1970, One Bad Apple hit #1 on the US charts in February 1971, sitting comfortably there for five weeks.  It ended the year being ranked as #4 song for 1971.
  • The song is lifted from The Osmonds debut album, Osmonds.
  • George Jackson wrote the song with The Jackson 5 in mind – Michael Jackson apparently once said his brothers almost recorded the song but recorded ABC instead.
  • One Bad Apple lyrics.

one bad apple – the osmonds – 1971 – video

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Cold As Ice – Foreigner – 1977

February 14, 2017

foreigner-cold-as-ice-single-coverA couple of Brits and an American walk into a band and form, Foreigner; a band who go on to have multiple hit records including 1977’s, Cold As Ice. And, the next minute… it’s in an NFL Super Bowl advertisement!

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  • Foreigner formed in New York back in 1976. Original members were Englishmen, Mick Jones (not to be confused with The Clash guitarist) and Ian McDonald (ex-King Crimson) and American vocalist, Lou Gramm, another Englishman, Dennis Elliott, and a couple more Americans, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi.  That’s quite a line-up – within a year they had a #4 US hit with Feels Like the First Time.  A couple of decades later, they are still going strong (with a few line-up changes) and have become one of the world’s best-selling bands with over 80 million records sold worldwide.
  • Included in their successes is the huge hit I Want to Know What Love Is, which reach the top of both the US and UK charts. Add to that, Cold As Ice (1977), Hot Blooded (1978), Double Vision (1978), Urgent (1981), and Waiting for a Girl Like You ((1981), and you got the potential for a pretty strong Greatest Hits album!
  • Foreigner have released ten studio albums and 47 singles. The singles release in recent years have failed to achieve great chart success and one would have to conclude, the band’s heyday was in the 70s and 80s.  Having said that, Foreigner continue to tour and play to large and adoring audiences.

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  • Cold as Ice was a 1977 hit for British-American band Foreigner. It was lifted from their eponymous debut album.
  • Written by Foreigner members, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Cold as Ice was originally the B-side of some versions of the single, Feels Like the First Time.
  • Cold As Ice peaked at #6 on the US singles chart and #24 on the UK singles chart.
  • Kanye West sampled Cold As Ice as part of the intro for his song Cold at Glastonbury 2015.
  • A cover version of Cold As Ice was used in a Wendy’s advertisement commercial during the 2017 NFL Super Bowl.
  • Cold As Ice lyrics.

cold as ice – foreigner – 1977 – video

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Thanks From Seventiesmusic

February 10, 2017

Hi folks,

Back in late 2016, seventiesmusic received our 500,000th visitor!  That’s half-a million people who have dropped by to listen to a song from the fabulous 70s.

Since our first blog in April 2011 (Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love), we’ve posted 270 times; sadly, some have been obituaries, and we’ve said farewell so some great 70s artists, but most have been about the songs and musicians that made up the soundtrack of my (and perhaps, your) youth.

Thanks for dropping by – I hope the five (almost six) years of posts have brought to mind some of the great (and some of the not so great) songs of the 70s.

May the sound continue to take you away…

GK


Knock On Wood – Amii Stewart – 1979

February 9, 2017

amii_stewart_-_knock_on_woodLast Saturday I had the pleasure of enjoying two and a half hours with the incomparable James Taylor. As an encore he sang the Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper song, Knock On Wood – a song that has been covered by many artists in a number of genres, including Amii Stewart who has a disco hit with it in 1979.

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  • Amy Stewart was only four years old when her father signed her up for singing and dancing lessons. Because there was already Amy Stewart registered with Actor’s Equity, he changed the spelling of her name to Amii.
  • Amii began her show business life as a dancer – she even studied ballet and modern dance. It was while touring with the stage production Bubbling Brown Sugar in 1975, that she met Barry Leng, a record producer who signed her for Hansa records.
  • Knock On Wood was her first single and it went straight to #1 in the US and #6 in the UK – she even earned a Grammy nomination for it. Her second single was a medley that included The Doors‘ Light My Fire.  That peaked at #5 in the UK but stalled at #69 in the US.
  • Amii now lives in Italy. She still performs but, more often it is in a stage show rather than a disco.  In 2000, she toured as part of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the part of Mary Magdalene.  Then, in 2003, she starred in the musical Lady Day, in the role of Billie Holiday; the musical was written and produced by her.
  • Amii released 17 albums, the last in 2012.

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  • Written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper in 1966, Knock on Wood was originally performed by Eddie. His version peaked at #28 on the US singles chart and spent a week at #1 on the US soul chart
  • The song has been covered by artists as diverse as Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967, Wilson Pickett, The American Breed, David Bowie (1974), Amii Stewart (1979), Eric Clapton (1985), Michael Bolton (1992) and James Taylor (last Saturday night).
  • David Bowie’s single is lifted from his 1974 David Live album.
  • Amii Stewart’s version of the song is the most successful. It was Amii’s debut single from her album of the same name.  Recorded late-1978, it was realeased in January 1979 and reached #1 on the US charts and #6 in the UK.  A remixed version was released in the UK in 1985, peaking at #7.
  • Knock On Wood lyrics.

knock on wood – amii stewart – 1979 – video

knock on wood – eddie floyd – 1967 – original version

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Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson – 1970

January 24, 2017

lynn-anderson-rose-garden-single-cover-1970Now, here’s a blast from the past. I was planting a rose garden at home the other day and, try as I did, could not escape this ear-worm; Rose Garden, Lynn Anderson’s 1970 country hit.

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  • Born in Canada, very close to the US border, Lynn Anderson parents registered her birth in Grand Forks, USA, so that she would have US citizenship.
  • Lynn’s mother introduced her to music. Lynn was working as a secretary at a Sacramento radio station when one of her mother’s songs, All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers, was recorded by Merle Haggard.  Lynn’s mother signed with RCA Victor and toured with many of the country stars of the 60s.  One night, at an informal sing-a-long, a record producer heard Lynn sing.  He invited her to join his label and… a star was born.
  • In all, Lynn had twelve #1 and over 50 Top 40 hits on the US country music charts. She was nominated for a Grammy Award seven times and won a Grammy in 1971 for the Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
  • Lynn’s first hit was Ride, Ride, Ride, back in 1966 when she was just 19.
  • Outside of music, Lynn was an accomplished equestrian sportswoman, winning 16 national and eight world championships.
  • Lynn died of a heart attack on July 30, 2015.

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  • Rose Garden, also known as (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden, was written by is a song written by Joe South – a song writer and guitarist who played on some great albums including; Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence and Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools.
  • Rose Garden was first released by Billy Joe Royal in 1967 but the best-known version was Lynn Anderson’s cover, released in October 1970.
  • Lynn’s version sat at #1 on the US country chart for five weeks and made the top 3 singles charts in both the US and UK (and hit #1 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Norway).
  • The song won Lynn a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1971, and earned Joe South two Grammy nominations, Best Country Song and Song of the Year in the pop category.
  • Lynn once said of the song,

“I believe that ‘Rose Garden’ was released at just the right time. People were trying to recover from the Vietnam years. The message in the song—that if you just take hold of life and go ahead, you can make something out of nothing—people just took to that.”

  • k.d. lang and her band The Reclines covered Rose Garden on their 1987 album Angel with a Lariat. While failing to chart, it was k.d.’s first release in the US. Then, in 2005, Martina McBride included the song on her album of covers, Timeless – featuring classic country songs from the past.  Rose Garden was released as a single, peaking at #18 on the country singles charts.
  • Canadian band Kon Kan sampled parts of Rose Garden in their 1989 single I Beg Your Pardon – their song peaked at #15 in the US and #5 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Rose Garden lyrics.

rose garden – lynn anderson – 1970 – video

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Wildfire – Michael Murphey – 1975

January 16, 2017

wildfire-michael-murpheyKnown to sometimes appear in those lists of “Worst Song Lyrics of All Time,” Michael Murphey’s 1975 hit Wildfire has been described by David Letterman as, “haunting and disturbingly mysterious, but always lovely.”

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  • American Michael Murphey is a true cowboy – a lover of the outdoors, a native of Texas, a ranch owner and a writer and singer of western music.
  • With six gold albums to his name, Michael’s had 12 singles reach the American Country top ten.
  • Originally singing as Michael Murphey, since 1982 (yes, he is still performing) he has added his middle name and performed as Michael Martin Murphey.
  • Michael has been married four times. His first wife was Diana Vero, former secretary to Brian Epstein.  Diana was with The Beatles when they travelled through the US in 1964.  Their son, Ryan, has also made a name in the American country music scene.

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  • Wildfire was written by Michael Murphey and Larry Cansler, and was originally recorded by Michael.
  • It is the lead single from his 1975 gold album Blue Sky – Night Thunder, and is Michael’s highest charting US single, peaking at #2 on the US singles charts.
  • In all, Wildfire has sold over two million copies.
  • It is listed by the members of the Western Writers of America as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
  • In 2007, David Letterman, seemed to become infatuated with Wildfire. Over a course of several weeks and a number of episodes of The Late Show, he discussed the song and its lyrics.  Eventually, Michael was invited on the show to sing.
  • Wildfire appears in an episode of The Simpsons named Lisa’s Pony. Lisa plays Wildfire to her pony with her saxophone.
  • It hasn’t all been good for Michael’s tune – it has occasionally appeared in worst song lyric lists.
  • Wildfire lyrics.

wildfire – michael murphy – 1975 – video

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