Reflections of My Life – Marmalade – 1969/70

May 27, 2016

Marmalade Reflections of My LifeReleased in the UK in November 1969 and in the US in March 1970, Marmalade’s, Reflections of My Life is one of the greatest songs ever… (my opinion!)

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  • Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Marmalade began life in in 1961 as the Gaylords.  In 1966, they changed their name to The Marmalade.
  • Marmalade 1Between 1968 and 1972 the band had six UK top ten singles, including one #1; Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, in 1968 (which they recorded before The Beatles and without knowing it was a Lennon-McCartney song).
  • Around 55 years after their formation, the band continues to perform today, although the last of the original members left the band in 2010.
  • In that 55 years, and including The Gaylords era, around 30 individuals can lay claim to have been a part of the band, including Dave Dee of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich fame.
  • The Gaylords’ break came when, while visiting Scotland, The Tremeloes saw the band perform.  On their recommendation, then band was invited to travel to London and join The Tremeloes’ management agency.  On the advice of the new management they changed their name, first to The Marmalade, the simply, Marmalade.
  • A rather unusual aspect of the five-piece band was that they had two bass players – Graham Knight on four-string and Pat Fairley on six-string.
  • Popgroup Marmalade.A turning point for Marmalade came in 1967 when they played the Marquee Club in London as support to Pink Floyd.  They were soon touring as a support band for such acts as, The Who, Joe Cocker, Traffic, and The Tremeloes.
  • The opportunity for greater early 70s stardom was scuttled when their manager turned down (for good reason) the opportunity to open for Three Dog Night on a tour of the US.
  • Over the following years, Marmalade experimented with new sounds and by the mid-70s had reinvented themselves as a harder rock band (think Status Quo).
  • And so the journey of Marmalade continues – a band that produced one of the great pop songs of the 70s, but failed to consistently produce music of that standard as they struggled to discover a distinctive and enduring sound.  One thing cannot be denied, however – they were a great band!

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  • Recorded over three days in October 1969, Reflections of My Life was written by Marmalade’s lead guitarist Junior Campbell, and singer Dean Ford.
  • Released in the UK in November 1969, it was Marmalade’s first release on Decca records – they’d previously been signed to CBS.
  • The song peaked at #3 in the UK and #7 in the US.  Within months, it sold over one million copies worldwide.  It’s not sold over two million copies, over one million in the US alone.
  • Reflections of My Life features a fancy (for those days) reverse guitar solo.  That is, the guitar was recorded, the tape was turned over to play backwards, and Junior Campbell recorded over top of the original.
  • Reflections of My Life have been used in a number of movies and television soundtracks such as, Inside Deep Throat (the documentary movie covering the life of Linda Lovelace) and Life on Mars.  It was also used within the 1998 pre-election campaign by the UK Government.
  • In 2014, Dean Ford re-recorded the song with an acoustic arrangement (to be honest, the recording is not great – but the fact is, he wrote it and the song is fantastic!).
  • Reflections of My Life lyrics.

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Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves – Cher – 1971

May 20, 2016

Cher, Gypsys, Tramps and ThievesOne of the most dominant and endearing acts of the rock era, Cher had her first hit single in 1965 and is still performing today.  Released in 1971, Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves was her first solo #1 single and first solo gold record.

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  • Singer, actress, television star, fashion icon, Cher has done it all.  Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1946, Cher dropped out of school at just 16 years of age, moved to Los Angeles and took acting classes while supporting herself by working as a dancer in the clubs along Sunset Strip. 
  • In 1962, Cher met singer Sonny Bono – he was working for Phil Spector at the time.  Cher became Sonny’s housekeeper.  Sonny introduced Cher to Phil and she scored a number of gigs as a backup singer on recordings such as the Ronettes’ Be My Baby and the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.
  • Around 1964 Phil produced Ringo, I Love You; Cher’s first single which she recorded under the name Bonnie Jo Mason – it was hugely unsuccessful.
  • By 1965, Sonny and Cher had become husband and wife and were on the way to stardom.  They released their first single, I Got You Babe, which reached #1 in both the US and the UK.
  • Cher 2Cher began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) which peaked at #2 on the US charts.
  • By the early 1970s The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was being watched by over 30 million viewers every week.  It played for three years.
  • Cher had numerous solo hits throughout the ‘70s including Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, Half-Breed and Dark Lady.
  • Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975 but Cher’s career kept going as she reinvented herself with the 1979 disco-oriented album Take Me Home.
  • Cher has appeared on Broadway and in such films as Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), and Moonstruck (1987).  The latter earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • Her next musical peak came in 1998 with the album Believe – the title track became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK.
  • Still wildly popular, in 2008 she signed a $180 million deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years.
  • Cher’s awards include, an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a special CFDA Fashion Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Cannes Film Festival Award.
  • She has sold 200 million records worldwide and is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on the US singles charts in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s.

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  • Cher 3Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves was the title track from Cher’s 1971 album – her seventh solo album – although the album was originally called Cher.  It was renamed to capitalise on the success of the single.
  • Released in September 1971, the song was written by Bob Stone.
  • Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves was Cher’s first solo a #1 US single.  It achieved gold status in the US.
  • The video for the song was Cher’s first solo music video.
  • The song has been covered by, Cilla Black, Nirvana (with some lyric changes), and English punk rock band Anti-Nowhere League.
  • Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves has also appeared in a number of television programmes including: The Simpsons twice, first where a character named Richie Sakai sings the song in the karaoke room the Simpson family visits and second, when a mechanical Cher doll is placed to distract the paparazzi in front of Ned Flanders’ house; The X-Files; and Gilmore Girls.
  • Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves lyrics.

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Who Do You Love? – Juicy Lucy – 1970

May 9, 2016

Juicy Lucy Who do You LoveThis song was on one of the first records I ever bought, 46 years ago!!  I’d all but forgotten about it until I went to the record launch of a local muso the other day and discovered one of the backing guitarists was none other than Juicy Lucy guitarist, the amazing Glenn Ross-Campbell.  So, here is Juicy Lucy’s 1970 hit, Who Do You Love?

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  • Juicy Lucy was formed by vocalist Ray Owen, steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell, and saxophonist Chris Mercer, after the breakup of The Misunderstood, way back in 1969.
  • The name, Juicy Lucy was purloined from the name of a character in Leslie Thomas’, The Virgin Soldiers.
  • The band continues to perform to this day – their latest album being released in 2006.  The line-up, however, has changed a great deal.  In all, over 23 individuals can lay claim to have been members of Juicy Lucy at one time or another.
  • The band’s latest incarnation toured with Nazareth in 2007 and played the Cambridge Rock Festival that year.
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    Glenn Ross Campbell – Still going strong at 70!

    Glenn Ross Campbell left the band in 1972 and subsequently played with a number of well-known artists including being a member of Joe Cocker’s backing band.  Prior to this he had played with Jimi Hendrix!  In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine described his work with The Misunderstood as,

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page rolled into one.

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  • Bo Diddley wrote and recorded Who Do You Love? in 1956.  It became an integral part of his repertoire and has been subsequently covered by numerous musicians.
  • juicy-lucy-1Who Do You Love? was recorded by Juicy Lucy in 1970 and released as their first single – it peaked at #14 on the UK singles chart.
  • Who Do You Love? has been covered by many artists inclucing, Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks (featured in The Band’s movie, The Last Waltz), Quicksilver Messenger Service, Brownsville Station, The Doors, John Hammond Jr., Michael Nesmith (as Michael Blessing), Carlos Santana, Townes Van Zandt, George Thoroughgood and The Destroyers, Johnny Winter, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Bo Diddley’s version #133 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  In 2010, the song was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
  • Who Do You Love? lyrics.

who do you love? – juicy lucy – 1970

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