Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor – 1970

July 23, 2016

R. Dean Taylor Indiana Wants Me 1971Quite an unlikely Motown artist/producer, Canadian and white, R. Dean Taylor was once described as “one of the most underrated acts ever to record under the Motown aegis.”  R. Dean had two big hits – I Gotta See Jane (1968) and 1970’s Indiana Wants Me.

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  • Richard Dean Taylor was born in Toronto, Canada back in 1939.  He began his music career in 1961 and still works in the music business today.
  • R. Dean Taylor 1R. Dean in the US and UK for his three hits, Indiana Wants Me, Gotta See Jane (later covered by Golden Earring, and There’s a Ghost in My House.
  • Taylor began his career in Toronto before moving to Detroit in 1964, where he was hired by Motown Records as a songwriter and recording artist.
  • R. Dean’s first Motown single (on their V.I.P. label), Let’s Go Somewhere was Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, who had already produced five No. 1 scoring songs for The Supremes. In 1968, Taylor’s self-produced single Gotta See Jane, (co-written with Brian Holland), hit #2 on the UK singles chart. 
  • In the late 60s and early 70s, R. Dean found success as a Motown songwriter.  As part of the Motown writing and production team known as The Clan he wrote material for Diana Ross & the Supremes (Love Child), The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Four Tops, Jackie DeShannon, Marvin Gaye, La Toya Jackson, Graham Parker and Rick Danko.
  • In 1970, R. Dean signed to Motown’s subsidiary Rare Earth, which was dedicated to Caucasian artists.
  • R. Dean Taylor 2His first Rare Earth single, Indiana Wants Me, became a #1 hit in the US and Canada.
  • After a break from the music industry, R. Dean attempted a comeback during the early 1980s but found little success.
  • He owns his own record company, Jane Records.

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  • Indiana Wants Me was written and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor.
  • R. Dean wrote Indiana Wants Me after watching the movie Bonnie and Clyde.
  • The single features a police siren at the beginning.  Thes was removed from some copies supplied to radio stations after complaints that drivers hearing the song on the radio had mistakenly pulled over, thinking that the sounds were real.
  • Released in August 1970, Indiana Wants Me was a #1 hit in both the US and Canada.  It was R. Dean’s only US hit and his biggest hit in the UK where it peaked at #2 in May 1971.
  • Indiana Wants Me lyrics.

indiana wants me – r. dean taylor – 1971 – video

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Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull – 1971

July 19, 2016

 Jethro Tull Locomotive Breath 1971One of my favourite albums back in boyhood days was Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick – a concept album that was written and designed to parody the plethora of concept albums that were in vogue at the time.  Not often you hear Thick as a Brick on the radio but I did hear two great Jethro Tull tracks this week – Locomotive Breath and Living in the Past!  The former from 1971’s fabulous Aqualung; the latter from 1969’s, Living in the Past album.  Living in the Past was released and re-released at least four times, 1969, 1975, 1985, and then in 1993 (a rather more up tempo version dubbed, Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past).

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  • Active from 1967 through until 2012, Jethro Tull was a rock band formed in Bedfordshire, England.
  • Starting out as a blues band, Jethro Tull’s sound became unique when they began to meld elements of British folk music with hard rock characterised by the flute of lead vocalist Ian Anderson.  Other founding members were, guitarist Mick Abrahams (who, wanting to move in a hard rock direction, was replaced for a few weeks by Tony Iommi who formed Black Sabbath and was subsequently replaced by the fabulous Martin Barre), keyboardist John O’Hara, drummer Clive Bunker, and bassist Glenn Cornick.
  • Within two years of forming, Jethro Tull hit #1 on the UK album chart with Stand Up (1969) – a blues album not reflective of their later style.
  • In terms of success Jethro Tull made it! Over 60 million albums sold, including 11 gold and five platinum albums.
  • The band continued to tour until late 2011 although their last recordings were from 2003.  In 2014,Ian announced that the band was “finished.”

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  • Jethro Tull 2Originally playing a mixture of blues and Motown covers, the band initially had trouble getting repeat bookings so they took to changing their name frequently so clubs would book them without realising who they were.  Names used included, Navy Blue, Ian Henderson’s Bag o’ Nails, and Candy Coloured Rain.  Band names were invented by their booking agents’ staff, one of whom, a history enthusiast, eventually christened them Jethro Tull after the 18th century agriculturist. The name stuck because they happened to be using it the first time a club manager liked their show enough to invite them to return!

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  • Recorded between December 1970 and February 1971, Locomotive Breath first appeared on Jethro Tull’s 1971 album, Aqualung.
  • Locomotive Breath didn’t enter the charts until 1976 peaking at #62 on the US singles chart – despite that, it remained one of the band’s most popular live tracks.
  • Locomotive Breath has a long, rather wonderful, bluesy piano introduction and an equally wonderful flute solo halfway through.
  • Ian Anderson wrote Locomotive Breath endeavouring to create music that resembles a train chugging along.  The term “locomotive breath” refers to the steam exhaust from a steam locomotive with the song employing the imagery of an impending and unavoidable train wreck as an allegorical portrayal of a man’s life falling apart.
  • Locomotive Breath has been covered a number of times, notably by Styx on their 2005 album Big Bang Theory. 
  • A Swedish rock band, formed in 1995 by Janne Stark, has taken its name from the song.
  • Locomotive Breath lyrics.

locomotive breath – jethro tull – 1971 – video

living in the (slightly more recent) past – jethro tull – 1993

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The Logical Song – Supertramp – 1979

July 8, 2016

Supertramp The Logical Song 1979A difficult band to label, chocked full of keyboards and saxophones – Supertramp were one of the distinctive sounding bands of the 70s and 80s.  More an album band than a single band, they did find success with their 1979 single, The Logical Song.

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  • Supertramp formed in 1969 and were originally known as Daddy.  By the time of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, they’d changed their name to Supertramp – a name inspired by the William Henry Davies book, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp.
  • Pivotal to the band were founders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson – not to mention the Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone.
  • Supertramp 1After half a decade or so of mainstream progressive rock, the mid-70s saw Supertramp incorporating more radio-friendly aspects into their work – it resulted in 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.
  • Supertramp was better known for their albums than their singles; Succesful albums included, Even the Quietest Moments, Crisis? What Crisis, and Breakfast in America ( a #1 album in both the US and UK).
  • Supertramp’s singles, though recognisable and still receiving airplay today, didn’t fare so well on the charts.  Most 70s fans will, however, remember Roger’s songs, Give a Little Bit, The Logical Song, Take the Long Way Home, Dreamer, and It’s Raining Again, and Rick’s songs, Bloody Well Right, Goodbye Stranger, and “Cannonball.
  • Supertramp continue to tour today but without Roger – he left in 1983 and tours today with his Breakfast in America tour.
  • In August 2015, Supertramp was forced to cancel their current tour when Rick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.  He is currently undergoing treatment.

Supertramp 2roger hodgson trivia

  • Before Supertramp, Roger was in band Argosy; a band with a short lifespan which featured the talents of one Reginald Dwight.

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  • The Logical Song was written by Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson.  It is autobiographical from his experience of ten years at boarding school.
  • Released as a single in March 1979, The Logical Song was one of four singles taken from Supertramp’s sixth album, Breakfast in America.
  • The Logical Song is Supertramp’s biggest chart hit in both the US (peaking at #6) and the UK (peaking at #7).
  • In 2001, German techno band Scooter released the song as, Ramp! (The Logical Song).  It reached #1 in several European countries and Australia.
  • The Logical Song appeared in The Simpsons episode I Married Marge, and the soundtrack of the film Magnolia.
  • The Logical Song won the 1979 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
  • The Logical Song lyrics.

the logical song – supertramp – 1979 – video

ramp! the logical song – scooter – 2001 – video

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Come and Get Your Love – Redbone – 1974

July 3, 2016

Redbone Come and Get Your Love 1974The first Native American band to have a #1 hit either at home or internationally! Redbone’s best known hit, Come and Get Your Love, peaked at #5 on the US charts in 1974.

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  • Redbone was formed in 1969 by brothers Pat and Lolly Vasquez-Vegas and became the first Native American band to have a #1 single in the US and internationally – their first single The Witch Queen of New Orleans topped the charts in Belgium in 1971.
  • The brother’s music career began with Pat winning a singing contest sponsored by Coca-Cola.  With it came a recording contract.
  • redbone 1The brothers moved to LA, formed their band and began playing in clubs around Hollywood and Sunset Blvd.  They worked hard writing material and playing guitar and bass on records by some familiar 60s and 70s icons such as, Tina Turner, Sonny & Cher, James Brown, Little Richard, and Elvis.
  • Peter DePoe and Robert Anthony Avila (aka Tony Bellamy) joined the band and they signed to Epic Records.
  • Pat always said it was Jimi Hendrix – himself part Cherokee – who inspired them to form an all-Native American band.  Meanwhile, Jimi once said Lolly was his favourite guitar player, and Pat his favourite bass player!  That’s pretty high praise.  Jimi also cited the Vegas brothers as his greatest musical influence!!
  • Redbone is cajun term for a mixed race person.
  • Redbone released their first album – Redbone – in 1970.  By 1977, they had produced seven albums and achieved five hit singles, including the #5 hit, Come and Get Your Love.
  • Redbone 2In 2008, Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame.  Then, in 2013, inducted into the NY Smithsonian.  In 2014, Pat was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement “Legend” Award from the West Coast American Indian Music Awards.
  • Tony died in 2009 and Lolly died in 2010.  Pat continues to tour as Redbone using an array of musicians.

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  • Come and Get Your Love was written by Lolly Vegas and featured on the 1973 album Wovoka by Native American band Redbone.
  • Come and Get Your Love peaked at #5 on the US singles chart in April 1974, spending 18 weeks in the Top 40 – it was the 4th most popular song of 1974.
  • It is Redbone’s highest charting song.
  • Come and Get Your Love exists in two versions; the shorter radio version and a longer version, with an introductory slow part, plus a longer repeated coda.  The song also features the use of an electric sitar.
  • In 1995, German band Real McCoy released a cover version.  It peaked at #19 on the US singles chart and #18 on the UK charts
  • Cyndi Lauper samples the main hook of Come and Get Your Love on her remix of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun which features on the soundtrack to the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.
  • Other movies to use Come and Get Your Love include: Dance Me Outside, Dick, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  It is the opening theme for Netflix’s animated-comedy series F Is for Family and featured in Sky UK’s advertisement for their superfast fibre broadband.
  • Come and Get Your Love lyrics.

come and get your love – redbone – 1974 – video – short version

come and get your love – redbone – 1974 – video – long version

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