Hold Your Head Up – Argent – 1972

February 20, 2016

Argent Hold Your Head Up 1972The only charting single from a band remembered fondly for their 70s progressive rock – Argent’s 1972 hit, Hold Your Head Up.

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  • Argent were founded in 1969 in England by keyboardist Rod Argent, formerly of The Zombies.
  • Other members included: Jim Rodford who also played with The Kinks and The Swinging Blue Jeans; Bob Henrit and Russ Ballard, both members of The Roulettes; Bob was also in The Kinks.
  • Argent’s biggest hit (their only one to reach the charts) was 1972’s, Hold Your Head Up.
  • Argent recorded the original version of God Gave Rock and Roll to You.  It was written by Russ Ballard and later a hit for Kiss.
  • Between 1969 and 1976 Argent released seven albums before disbanding.  The original lineup reunited in 2010 for a short UK tour.

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  • Hold Your Head Up was written by Rod Argent and Chris White.  It appeared Argent’s third album, All Together Now.
  • Hold Your Head Up was Argent’s only single to chart; it peaked at #5 in both the US and the UK.
  • There were three versions of the song: the 6:15 long album version, the single version of 3:15, and the DJ edit which runs for 2:53.
  • Rick Wakeman cited the Hammond B3 solo as the greatest organ solo ever.
  • Covers include versions by, Steppenwolf, Uriah Heap and The Zombies.
  • Hold Your Head Up lyrics.

hold your head up – argent – 1972

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Julie, Do You Love Me – Bobby Sherman – 1970

February 10, 2016

Bobby Sherman Julie Do You Love Me CoverI know this blog is supposed to be about 70’s songs I hear on the radio during the week… well, I haven’t heard this one for years.  However, I did get to sing it to a lady named Julie this week!!  I was in a group talking about names and the aforementioned lady commented that she hated her name because there was a song about it and her husband insisted on singing it to her at the most inappropriate times.  “Fortunately,” she said, “it’s not very well known so I doubt if anyone here would know it.”  Cue for yours truly to launch into a stirring rendition of Bobby Sherman’s 1970 hit, Julie, Do You Love Me.  Do any of you remember this “classic?”

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  • Born in 1943, Bobby Sherman was a teen idol during the 60s and 70s.
  • Bobby was discovered by Sal Mineo – a 60s actor who appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause.  In 1962, Sal wrote a couple of songs for Bobby oversaw their recording.  Two years later, Sal was singing with his band at a Hollywood party and asked Bobby to join in.  An agent was there and the rest, as they say, is history.
  • Bobby’s career stuttered along until early 1968 when he was cast in the role as Jeremy Bolt in the television series Here Come the Brides (Also in the cast was David Soul another television star to have a 70s hit or two).
  • Bobby Sherman 2Bobby then appeared and sang in an episode of The Monkees.  He later appeared in an episode of that other 70s series, The Partridge Family and has appeared on The Mod Squad, Ellery Queen, Murder She Wrote and Frasier.
  • Bobby went on to release 107 songs, 23 singles and 10 albums between 1962-1976.  They earned him seven gold singles, a platinum single, and five gold albums.  That included seven hits on the US Top 40.
  • His highest charting single was in 1969 when Little Woman peaked at #3.
  • Bobby’s only venture onto the UK singles chart was with Julie, Do Ya Love Me which peaked at #28 in November 1970.  Interestingly, White Plains had a cover version on the charts at exactly the same time.  It peaked at #8.
  • Bobby’s concerts featured screaming women of Beatlemania proportions.  So much so that to this day Bobby suffers hearing loss.
  • Bobby stopped singing professionally in 1975 but, in 1998, appeared in concert as part of The Teen Idol Tour with Peter Noone, and Davy Jones.
  • Bobby Sherman 3In 2005, Bobby was ranked #8 in TV Guide’s list of TV’s 25 Greatest Teen Idols.
  • Bobby is now officially retired… for the moment anyway.

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  • Julie Do You Love Me was written by songwriter Tom Bahler who also penned hits for Cher (Living in a House Divided) and Michael Jackson (She’s Out of My Life).  He’s also worked with artists as diverse as Jan and Dean and Billy Joel.
  • Released by Bobby Sherman in mid-1970, Julie, Do You Love Me peaked at #3 in the US and #28 in the UK – it was Bobby’s only UK hit.
  • The song was covered by White Plains who had a #8 UK hit with it.
  • Julie, Do You Love Me lyrics.

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Rock On – David Essex – 1973

February 4, 2016

David Essex - Rock On 1973 - CoverSince releasing his first single in 1965, David Essex has managed 19 Top 40 UK singles – including two #1’s, and 16 UK Top 40 albums.  His first hit single was Rock On, in 1973.

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  • Born near London, David Albert Cook was singing in pubs and clubs by the time he was 16 years old.
  • In 1965 he recorded his first record, And the Tears Came Tumbling Down, and began touring with David Essex and the Mood Indigo.  David Albert Cook had become David Essex.
  • A further seven 60s singles followed but it was in acting/musicals that he got his first real break.  In 1971, David was cast the lead role in Godspell.
  • In 1973 he starred in the movie That’ll Be the Day and, in 1974, he appeared in the sequel, Stardust.
  • The same year he wrote, recorded and released Rock On.
  • Two #1 hits followed: Gonna Make You a Star (1974) and Hold Me Close (1975).
  • Blessed with rock star looks, David had a certain popularity with his female fans – he was voted #1 British male vocalist in 1974, his shows creating scenes of hysteria reminiscent of Beatlemania.
  • David Essex 2Other acting/musical roles have included: the musical version of The War of the Worlds (1978), Che in Evita (1978), Fletcher Christian in the musical Mutiny! (which he co-wrote in 1985).
  • David continues to perform today.  In 1999, he was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
  • Despite his stardom in the UK, he remains largely unknown in the US where his only hit, Rock On peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

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  • Rock On was written by English singer/songwriter David Essex.
  • The title track to his debut album, Rock on was recorded by David in 1973.  It sold over a million copies and peaked at #3 on the UK singles charts and #5 on the US charts.
  • David Essex 3Rock On featured on the soundtrack album to the 1973 film That’ll Be the Day, in which David had a starring role.
  • In 1988, David re-recorded the song with an updated lyric.
  • Cover versions have included: Michael Damian (1989) who took it to #1 on the US charts, Toni Basil, The Smashing Pumpkins (2001), Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor (1990), Def Leppard (2006), and Blondie (2012).
  • Rock On lyrics.

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