Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom – 1970

September 20, 2014

Bobby Bloom - Montego Bay - 1970 coverThis week’s song is another one-hit-wonder; Montego Bay, a 1970 calypso-style hit for the late Bobby Bloom.

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  • Bobby Bloom was an American singer-songwriter of some accomplishment but, with his life cut short, ended up a one-hit-wonder.
  • Bobby’s career began in the early 60s in a band named, The Imaginations.
  • In 1969, he was hired to write and record a Pepsi advertisement. That led to his being signed to a record label and recording his one hit – Montego Bay.
  • As a songwriter Bobby co-wrote the song Mony Mony (a hit for Tommy James and the Shondells and Billy Idol) and Sunshine, a hit for The Archies.
  • Bobby suffered depression for much of his life and died aged 28 in February 1974. The official cause of death – accidental shooting while cleaning his gun.

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  • Montego Bay was written by Bobby Bloom and Jeff Barry.
  • Montego Bay is about the city in Jamaica.
  • The song peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and #8 on the US chart.
  • Trivia: In the master tape, Bloom breaks into a verse of Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ at the end of the recording. The single version fades out before it, however.  That was done to avoid paying royalties for use of the Rodgers & Hammerstein song (although the full version does appear on the Bobby Bloom Album and has received frequent airplay).
  • Montego Bay has been covered by a number of artists including New Zealander Jon Stevens whose version hit #1 in New Zealand on January 18, 1980.
  • Montego Bay lyrics.

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Question – The Moody Blues – 1970

September 4, 2014

Moody Blues - QUestion 1970The Moody Blues’ highest charting single was at the beginning of their career; Go Now back in 1964.  They are (arguably) best known for their 1967 single, Nights in White Satin.  Their last single release was in 2003; but, in the middle there somewhere were the 70s and their 1973 Top 40 hit, I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) and 1970’s, Question.

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  • Formed in Birmingham, UK, in 1964, The Moody Blues still going strong today.  Oops, did I say strong?  Truth be told, the current line-up includes only one member (John Lodge) of the original band.
  • The origin of the name is rather strange… they had hoped that, by calling themselves both the MB’s and The MB Five, they would attract sponsorship from the M & B Brewery.  When no money was forthcoming, the MB morphed to The Moody Blues.
  • A founding member of the band was Denny Laine who went on to join Paul McCartney in his band, Wings.  Within just a few years, Denny was replaced by Justin Hayward who answered an ad in the paper (placed by, of all people, Eric Burdon).
  • In 50 years of music, the band have sold over 55 million albums worldwide.  They have 18 platinum and gold discs; their best known hit singles being, Go Now, Nights in White Satin, Question, I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band).

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  • Written by Justine Hayward, recorded on January 24, 1970 and released on 24 April,1970, Question was lifted from the Moody Blues’ sixth album, A Question of Balance.
  • While the album hit #1 in the UK and peaked at #2 in the US, the single peaked at #2 in the UK but failed to make the US singles chart.
  • Originally, Question was to have been named A Question of Balance, but was shortened to Question.
  • Question is about the Vietnam War and express Justin’s feelings towards it:

Why do we never get an answer, when we’re knocking at the door/ With a thousand million questions about hate and death and war?

  • Question was, unlike many of the band’s more complicated recordings, recorded in one take, and was originally two separate songs—a fast one and a slow one.  Listen to the song and you can hear the difference in tempo between the two parts.
  • The London Symphony Orchestra is the only band of note who has dared release a cover of Question—an orchestral version from the 1978 album, Classic Rock: The Second Movement.
  • Question lyrics.

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i’m just a singer (in a rock and roll band) – the moody blues – 1973

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