Bye, Bye, Baby – Bay City Rollers – 1975

June 4, 2017

Bye Bye Baby Bay City Rollers 1975It had to happen – we had to feature the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” sometime! Remember, Rollermania!?  Apparently, it was huge in the mid-70s, maybe, like me, you missed it.  I do remember the boys coming to my part of the world sometime in the 70s and the outcry from fans and parents alike when they played for a mere 35 minutes.  Anyway, despite all that, they proved rather popular amongst some of you younger ladies with hits both sides of the Atlantic, including the 1975, UK #1, Bye, Bye, Baby.

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  • Beginning life as The Saxons in 1966 Edinburgh, The Bay City Rollers changed to The Bay City Rollers by throwing a dart at a map of the United States, which landed near Bay City, Michigan.
  • Within a few years they were being hailed as, “biggest group since the Beatles” – but then, so were a hundred and one other bands.
  • After three non-album singles, the boys released their first album, Rollin’. The 1974 album contained three hit singles.
  • 1975 saw the release of two albums, Once Upon a Star, and Wouldn’t You Like It?, and another four hit UK singles.
  • 1976 saw the US release of the single Saturday Night – failing to chart in the UK, it went to #1 in the US and the Bay City Rollers were labelled “international superstars.”
  • Move forward to today – the band, having had a number of hiatus’s and several changes of line-up continue to perform – though their last album was released in 1985 and the last single to even dent the charts was You Made Me Believe in Magic, back in 1977.
  • During the heyday of Rollermania, the line-up was, guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart John Wood, singer Les McKeown, bassist Alan Longmuir, and drummer Derek Longmuir.
  • In all, the band have sold 300 million records.

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  • Bye, Bye, Baby, aka Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio (from The Four Seasons).
  • First realised by The Four Seasons in 1965, it peaked at #12 on the US charts.
  • In 1967, a cover version was released by British band The Symbols – it reached #44 on the UK singles chart.
  • The Bay City Rollers released a version – it hit #1 in the UK in March 1975, and sat there for six weeks. It was the top selling single in the UK for 1975.
  • The song features in the movie, Love Actually.
  • Bye, Bye, Baby lyrics.

bye, bye, baby – bay city rollers – 1975 – video

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I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family – 1970

April 7, 2017

I think I love you - Partridge FamilyDebut single from debut album – straight to #1 – I Think I Love You from The Partridge Family!

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  • I think we all know the story – The Partridge Family, an American musical-sitcom. A widowed mother (Shirley Jones) and her five children somehow become pop stars.
  • The show ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, the band ran for almost exactly the same time span.
  • Apparently, the show was loosely based on The Cowsills; a real-life family band.
  • To promote the show, ABC released a series of albums and – did they play their own instruments? No.  David Cassidy sang, and Shirley Jones provided some BVs, but that was it.  No other cast member featured on any recording.
  • Of course, David Cassidy became a teen idol leading him to be signed as a solo act. David gathered his own band and toured across the USA, UK, Europe, Japan and Australia, singing his own songs and those of “his family.”
  • The Partridge Family’s biggest hit was back in 1970 – their debut single, I Think I Love You.
  • The band’s first album, The Partridge Family Album, peaked at #4 on the US album charts and sold over a million copies.
  • A number of hits followed: Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted, I’ll Meet You Halfway, I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, etc.
  • In just four years, The Partridge Family released 89 songs on 9 albums.

Even as late as 2017, David was touring and singing the old hits. He had his battles with drink, but now battles dementia and has retired from singing.

In 1971, The Partridge Family were nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category.

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  • I Think I Love You was written by Tony Romeo who previously wrote a number of hits for The Cowsills.
  • In 1970, I Think I Love You was released as the debut single by The Partridge Family, featuring David Cassidy on lead vocals and Shirley Jones on BVs.
  • The song went straight to #1 on the US charts – the band’s only #1 hit. It peaked at #18 on the UK charts.
  • I Think I Love You was 1970s top selling record in the US. It sold over five million copies, outselling the Beatles’ Let It Be, and making The Partridge Family the third fictional artist to have a #1 hit (after The Chipmunks and The Archies).
  • I Think I Love You lyrics.

i think i love you – the partridge family – 1970

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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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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.

julie, do you love me – bobby sherman – video

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My Baby Loves Lovin’ – White Plains – 1970

May 17, 2012

Now, here’s one a few of you will have forgotten about; The 1970 song, My Baby Loves Lovin’ by one-hit-wonders, White Plains.

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So, I was thinking it’s been a while since we had any bubble gum music on this seventiesmusic blog. Then, I’m in Big Fresh grabbing some milk and on comes White Plains‘ hit, My Baby Loves Lovin’ and, for a couple of minutes I’m in 70’s bubble gum heaven.

tony burrows – mr bubble gum

If you know anything about 1970s bubble gum music you’ll know the name Tony Burrows. You see, the bubble gum bands tended to be manufactured bands. First a song was written. It was recorded by session musicians and, if it was a hit, a band would be formed to travel around and perform it.

Tony Burrows was a bubble gum songwriter, extraordinaire. Check this out

Tony Burrows was (and still is) a session singer from the UK. He is credited with providing the lead vocals for on hit singles for more groups than any other recording artist n history. And that includes on the UK and the US singles charts.

Tony sang the lead vocals for:

That’s pretty good going!

On February 26, 1970, Tony set a record that stands to this day – he became the only person to ever appear on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops fronting three different bands in the same show: Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, and Brotherhood of Man.

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Though named after a town in the USA, White Plains were a British band. White Plains began as The Ivy League. Then, with a few personnel changes, became The Flower Pot Men before another personnel change or two saw White Plains born.

trivia time

The Flower Pot Men contained two founding members of Deep Purple – Jon Lord and Nick Simper.

back to white plains

White Plains had only one hit – My Baby Loves Lovin’. It was recorded very late in 1969 and was released in very early 1970. By the time of release, Tony Burrows had left the band but that didn’t stop them trying. They toured and recorded until 1976 but never came close to another hit record.

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  • My Baby Loves Lovin’ was written by the hit writing duo, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and featured the voice of bubble gum star, Tony Burrows.
  • My Baby Loves Lovin’ was recorded on October 26th 1969 and released on January 9th 1970
  • My Baby Loves Lovin’ features in the 1993 movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
  • Tony Burrows left the band immediately after recording My Baby Loves Lovin’ so, in the video clip below the band’s bass player, Robin Shaw, is seen lipsyncing the words.
  • Elton John did a version of the song on an album titled, Chartbusters Go Pop: 16 Legendary Covers from 1969 – 1970 as sung by Elton John – see video below.
  • My Baby Loves Lovin’ lyrics.

my baby loves lovin’ – white plains – 1970 video

my baby loves lovin’ – cover version by elton john – 1970 video

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Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse – 1970

November 24, 2011

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) only just sneaks into 70s music. Performed by one hit wonders Edison Lighthouse, it made it to #1 on the UK singles chart on 31 January 1970.

generic bands / generic music  –  the chicken or the egg?

Which comes first, a band or a hit song? Usually you’d assume it’s the band. They get together, write some music, play some gigs, put out an album and, hey presto, if they’re lucky they get a hit record. Not always so in the 70s.

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) was written by a pair of songwriters known as Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason. It was then recorded by Tony Burrows – who is a story in himself, more about him soon – and released as a single.

The song became a hit.  That meant appearances on television music shows.  That meant a band had to be quickly assembled. Somebody uncovered a little known group called Greenfields who, after a week of rehearsing, appeared on Top of the Pops as Edison Lighthouse where they mimed (Milli Vanilli eat ya heart out!) Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).

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The creation of hit songs in the studio by session musicians was a common phenomenon in the late 60s and early 70s. Songs like Sugar, Sugar by The Archies and Tracy by The Cufflinks were all hits before the bands were put together to promote them.

One singer who shared a number of hits with a number of such bands is Tony Burrows. Now, before you ask, “Who?” consider this; Tony Burrows is credited with singing lead on hit singles for more groups than any other recording artist ever. And that includes both the UK and US Singles’ Charts.

Consider this – Tony sang on:

  • Edison Lighthouse’s Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – February 1970.
  • White Plains’ My Baby Loves Lovin’ – March 1970.
  • The Pipkins’ Gimme Dat Ding – April 1970.
  • The Brotherhood of Man’s United We Stand – June 1970.

In February 1970, Tony became the first and only person to ever appear on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops fronting three different bands in one single episode. He sang for Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, and The Pipkins – that’s pretty amazing but, that’s the 70s for ya!

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  • Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) is the fastest climbing number 1 hit record in history.
  • Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) peaked at #1 on the UK singles chart on January 31 1970. It stayed there for five weeks. It also reached #5 on the US chart and #3 in Canada
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad – who went on to become the brunette Abba girl – covered Love Goes (Where My Rosemary Goes) in 1970. It was called, Där du går lämnar kärleken spår (Where you go, love leaves traces).
  • The piano on Love Grows (Where my Rosemary Goes) is played by session musician, Rick Wakeman.
  • Edison Lighthouse did release a follow-up to Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes). It was called, It’s Up to You Petula – it made no impression whatsoever on the charts.
  • Edison Lighthouse’s Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) features in the closing scenes of the movie Shallow Hal and is in the movie Little Manhattan where it’s sung by Freedy Johnston. It’s also mentioned in the movie Reservoir Dogs – you hear a DJ talking about it and introducing it in the background as the movie action takes place. The actual song is not played, however.
  • Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) features in an episode of television drama, The Sopranos.
  • Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) lyrics.

Där du går lämnar kärleken spår by Anni-Frid Lyngstad.


Tracy – The Cufflinks – 1969

April 8, 2011

The Cufflinks Album - Tracydisclaimer

Yes, I know… bubblegum music…. hardly what you expected after a post featuring Led Zeppelin.

bubblegum defined

For the uninitiated, Bubblegum music was a real music genre, just like disco, punk, heavy metal and that cowboy stuff that granddad listens to.

More than a style, however, Bubblegum music really a clever marketing ploy.  It was;

  • a big part of the musical landscape from 1965 – 1975.
  • aimed to appeal to teens and preteens.
  • based on the sales of singles, not albums.
  • created more its monetary value more than its musical value.
  • repetitive and easy to sing along to with simple chords and words.
  • usually about romance but often with a double entendre.
  • devoid of any musical solos – especially guitar solos!

but here’s the thing

Most bubblegum music was contrived by producers and marketers using session musicians and not real bands.  For this reason, many of the songs were destined to become one hit wonders by bands that no one ever saw. e.g. 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Banana Splits, and The Archies.  The latter being a cartoon group whose hit Sugar, Sugar, was Billboard Magazine’s #1 single for 1969 and the most successful of all bubblegum songs.

Many of the ‘bands’ spawned huge merchandising empires.  Their marketing included Television shows, comic books and a plethora of merchandise.  Such bands included The Monkees, Josie and the Pussycats and H.R.Pufnstuf.

how I met tracy

Tracy is the first record I ever bought.  Sad but true – but remember, I redeemed myself by buying Whole Lotta Love pretty soon after.

And why did I buy Tracy?  Because I liked it, okay!  It was fun and soft and sugary, just like all of life was back in 1970.

20c it cost me.  I wandered down to Edwards Sounds one Friday night expressly for the reason of buying it.  Then I did what we all do when we get a new record – I went home and played it over and over.  It must have driven my parents crazy but then, when a guy’s only got one disc what’s he supposed to do.  I’ve still got it.  That’s a bargain, work it out 20c worth of entertainment spread out over 41 years.

Life is so much simple when you’re a kid.  You must have noticed that.  No commitments, no responsibility.  And bubblegum music reflected that.  It was light and breezy.  If bubblegum was a season it would be summer for sure.

The other thing to remember is that way back then – in the olden days – bubblegum music wasn’t as “soft-pop” as it seems today.  It was middle of the road stuff.  It was cool to like this sort of stuff (or is that just wishful thinking?)

The Cufflinks Greatest Hits And it was so easy to sing along to.  In true bubblegum style of the 210 words in the Tracey-lyric, 132 of them are “bah,” as in, bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah  (everyone now) bah-bah-bah-bah…. I think you get the idea.

The thing I can’t believe about the Cufflinks is that they actually released a greatest hits album – Tracy was the only song that ever charted with any real success.

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  • When Tracy was released there was  no such group as The Cufflinks.  The voice is provided by Ron Dante a record producer and session musician.  He recorded the vocal track 15 times and over-layed it so that it sounded like a full band.
  • Ron Dante also sang the lead vocals on the song Sugar Sugar by The Archies – another band that never existed.
  • And, one more thing about Ron Dante – he was Barry Manilow’s record producer – man, this guys career just went from one dizzy height to another!
  • Unlike most bubblegum ‘bands’ The Cufflinks did put out an album.  It took Ron Dante a day and a half to record the entire thing!
  • Tracy became so popular (12 weeks in the American Top 40) that a band with real people was formed and, wait for it, it still tours.  Although the only remaining original member is the guitarist – kind of weird, if you ask me.
  • There is a Tracy by The Cufflinks Facebook page.  From the entire world’s population, 15 of us have hit the like button.  That makes me one in about 53 million!
  • Tracy lyrics.

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So, what’s your favourite Bubblegum song?  Click the comment button and tell us about it – everyone wants to know!