Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again – The Fortunes – 1971

May 1, 2019

Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling AgainTheir first hit, You’ve Got Your Troubles, was their biggest; all the way to #2 in the UK and #7 in the US. That was in 1965. By the 70s, despite releasing nine singles and five albums. The Fortunes were on their way back down the charts – although most 70s fans will remember Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again.

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  • The Fortunes formed in Birmingham, England in 1963.
  • Originally a vocal trio (Rod Allen, Glen Dale and Barry Pritchard), the Fortunes were backed by an instrumental group known as the Cliftones.
  • The band achieved international acclaim in 1965, when You’ve Got Your Troubles broke into the US and UK Top 10s. While that was their biggest hit, other hit singles followed including, Here It Comes Again, Storm in a Teacup, Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again, and Freedom Come, Freedom Go.
  • The Fortunes recorded a couple of US advertisements for Coca-Cola. First, in 1967, was a version of the theme tune, Things Go Better with Coke, then in 1969 the new slogan recording, It’s the Real Thing.
  • The Fortunes continue to tour today but with none of its original line-up.

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  • Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again was composed by song writing mastersm Tony Macaulay, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.
  • It was released by The Fortunes in May 1971, and peaked at #51 in the UK and #15 in the US.
  • Sonny & Cher covered Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again on their album All I Ever Need is You. A cover was also included as part of the extended LP version of Stars on 45, a number one medley hit from 1981.
  • Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again lyrics.

here comes that rainy day feeling again – the fortunes – 1971 – video

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When I’m Dead and Gone – McGuinness Flint – 1970

April 11, 2019

When I'm Dead and GoneWhen McGuinness Flint formed, they must have thought they were onto a good thing – their first single (When I’m Dead and Gone) went to #2 on the UK singles chart. Despite a star-studded line-up, however, the band slowly fizzled out.

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  • Active from 1970 – 1975, McGuinness Flint was a rock band formed by Tom McGuinness, former bassist and guitarist with Manfred Mann, and Hughie Flint, former drummer with John Mayall. The line-up also included vocalist and keyboard player Dennis Coulson, and multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle.
  • The band released their first album, McGuiness Flint, in 1970 and reaped instant success with the album making the UK top ten and the single, When I’m Dead and Gone peaking at #2. A subsequent single, Malt and Barley Blues, peaked at #5.
  • Despite releasing an album each year for five years (1970 – 1974 inclusive), the band never found ongoing success, however. This was, in part, due to disagreements within the band over whether their focus should be on performing live, or writing and recording songs.
  • As early as 1971, Gallagher and Lyle had left the band to record as a duo, and would enjoy major success in 1976 with their fifth album Breakaway. A number of different musicians would join, leave and rejoin the band over the following few years.
  • Tom McGuiness continues to record and perform as a member of both The Blues Band and The Manfreds, the latter outfit being an amalgamation of 1960s Manfred Mann members that has operated since 1992.

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  • When I’m Dead and Gone is a song written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle – members of English band, McGuiness Flint.
  • When I’m Dead and Gone was recorded and released in November 1970 as the debut single by McGuinness Flint, from their eponymous debut album.
  • The song peaked at #2 in the UK and #47 in the US.
  • When I’m Dead and Gone was released in time for the UK Christmas – the #1 Christmas single being a coveted prize; it made it to #2. Tom later said, “You can get to #1 in England and sell 200,000 total. But When I’m Dead and Gone was released over Christmas meaning it sold 400,000 and still didn’t make it to #1.
  • When I’m Dead and Gone was inspired by the life of blues musician Robert Johnson, hence the line, “Hey there, Ladies, Johnson’s free.”
  • When I’m Dead and Gone has been covered by Phil Everly, Adam Faith, Status Quo, and Def Leppard.
  • When I’m Dead and Gone lyrics.

when i’m dead and gone – mcguinness flint – 1970 – video

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UK Christmas #1’s

December 23, 2018

Step_Into_ChristmasAnyone who has ever watched the movie Love Actually will know the prestige that is accorded the single to top the UK singles chart on Christmas Day. According to that font of all knowledge – Wiki – “In the United Kingdom, Christmas number ones are singles that are top of the UK Singles Chart in the week in which Christmas Day falls. Novelty songs, charity songs or songs with a Christmas theme have regularly been at the top of Christmas charts. Traditionally the volume of record sales in the UK peaks at Christmas, with the Christmas number one being considered especially prestigious, more so than any other time of year. Many of the Christmas number ones were also the best-selling song of the year.

Not every #1 Christmas single has a Christmas theme and there have been some interesting songs to top the charts.

 list of #1 christmas songs of the 70s

Year Artist Song Title Weeks at #1
1970 Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking 6
1971 Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) 4
1972 Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover from Liverpool 5
1973 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody 5
1974 Mud Lonely This Christmas 4
1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 9
1976 Johnny Mathis When a Child Is Born (Soleado) 3
1977 Wings Mull of Kintyre / Girls’ School 9
1978 Boney M. Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord 4
1979 Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) 5

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Over the years, charity songs have made the list on several occasions, the quintessential example being, Do They Know it’s Christmas?

Band Aid spent five weeks at #1 over Christmas 1984. Band Aid II repeated the feat for three weeks over Christmas 1989. Band Aid 20 took the song to #1 again in 2004 (four weeks).

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody has made the #1 slot twice – in 1975 and again in 1991.

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The Beatles and the Spice Girls have both managed to score the #1 slot three years in a row;

The Beatles 1963 – 1965 with I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, and Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out.

The Spice Girls with 2 Become 1, Too Much, and Goodbye.

The Beatles had a fourth Christmas #1 in 1967 with Hello, Goodbye.

2018

This year’s #1 is, LadBaby with We Built This City.

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Step into Christmas never made it to #1, peaking at #24 on the UK singles chart and #56 in the US. It made the UK charts again in 2017, peaking at #11.

Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by Elton John, Step into Christmas was released as a stand-alone single in November 1973 – the B-side was Ho, Ho, Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas).

Step into Christmas was later included as a bonus track on the 1995 remastered re-issue of the album Caribou and appears on various Christmas compilation albums.

Two versions of the song exist with different vocals.

In December 2018 the song was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 400,000 copies.

Step into Christmas lyrics.

step into Christmas – elton john – 1973 – video

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Don’t Give Up on Us – David Soul -1976

October 25, 2018

Dont give up on us david soul 1976Just to prove that it’s not just in the 2000’s that otherwise average singers can achieve hit records simply due to celebrity status gained in other fields of endeavour, this week we visit David Soul, the American-British actor (and avid Arsenal FC fan) who had not one but two #1 UK hits back in the 70s. This is his first hit – Don’t Give Up on Us.

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  • David Soul is nothing if not talented… born in Chicago, he turned down a professional baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox in order to study political science. While studying, he learned the guitar and was smitten with music. He began to play clubs and appear on television.
  • Gradually, his acting took over. He appeared on such American classics as The Merv Griffin Show, Flipper and Here Comes the Brides (also featuring Bobby Sherman). On the strength of his television work, Clint Eastwood cast him in the movie Magnum Force.
  • For those of us who remember David in his heyday, we know him as Detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson from Starsky and Hutch, a hit television series which aired from 1975 – 1979.
  • During the mid- to late 1970s, David returned to singing. He recorded a number of hits which included, Don’t Give Up on Us (1977) which reached #1 in both the US and UK, and Silver Lady (1977) which reached #1 in the UK, but peaked #52 in the US. Between those two hits, he had a #2 UK single, Going In With My Eyes Open.
  • In all, between 1976 and 1978, David had five UK Top 20 singles and two Top 10 albums. In the late 70s, he toured extensively in the US, Europe, Far East and South America.
  • In the mid-1990s, David moved to London and, in 2004, became a British citizen.
  • David continues to work as an actor and singer.

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  • Don’t Give Up on Us was written by song producer Tony Macaulay and sung by David Soul.
  • A huge hit, the song spent four weeks at #1 on the UK singles chart in January and February 1977, and one week at #1 on the US singles chart in April 1977. It sold 1.16 million copies in the UK. It was the 9th greatest hit of the 1970s in the UK.
  • Don’t Give Up on Us was rated #93 in VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders because, although David had at least two more hits in the UK, he never again broke into the top 40 in the US.
  • In 2004, David recorded a new version of Don’t Give Up on Us. The story goes that he felt embarrassed when hearing the song by chance in an elevator as sung by Owen Wilson in the film version of Starsky and Hutch.
  • The song was also used in the film Johnny English Reborn (2011).
  • Don’t Give Up on Us lyrics.

don’t give up on us – david soul – 1976 – video

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United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man – 1970

August 12, 2018

United we stand - 1970From the very first month of the 70s, a #1 UK hit, Brotherhood of Man’s, United We Stand.

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  • The original line-up of Brotherhood of Man featured some people pretty well-known in the UK music scene. The band was formed by record producer/composer Tony Hiller, and included his co-writer John Goodison with Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie. Roger Greenaway was also a songwriter and had co-written hits such as Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart and Melting Pot. Tony Burrows was a well-known session singer, performing in various line-ups on hit singles such as the No.1 hit Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse. The two female members, Glover and Leslie were an act in their own right, releasing singles as Sue and Sunny.
  • That was back in 1969. The band’s first single was a flop but then came United We Stand which was a hit on the UK, Canada, and US singles charts.
  • Brotherhood of Man had a number of follow-up hits (and a number of personnel changes), including two #1 UK hits, Save all your Kisses for Me, and Angelo.
  • Save all your Kisses for Me was the winner of the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest – it remains one of the biggest selling Eurovision songs of all time.
  • As mentioned, the band went through a number of changes of line-up and eventually split in 1984. In 1986, the band began to perform on the live circuit but decided against trying to make it onto the charts again. They have, however, released two albums since that time, The Butterfly Children (1992) and Greenhouse (1997).
  • Brotherhood of Man continues to tour often playing to venues packed with people who remember with fondness their harmonies and catchy pop songs.

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  • United We Stand was written by Tony Hiller and Peter Simons (aka Johnny Goodison) and recorded by UK band, Brotherhood of Mad.
  • The song was first released in January 1970 – it was their first hit, peaking at #10 on the UK singles chart and at #13 in the US.
  • United We Stand has been recorded by over 100 different artists.
  • The song was later included on an album of the same name.
  • United We Stand lyrics.

united we stand – brotherhood of man – 1970 – video

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Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying – Gerry and the Pacemakers – 1970

July 16, 2018

dont-let-the-sun-catch-you-crying-Gerry and the PacemakersOriginally released in 1964, in 1970, Gerry and the Pacemakers re-released Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying.

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  • Gerry and the Pacemakers formed in 1959 under the name, Gerry Marsden and the Mars Bars – a name they were forced to change after a complaint from the Mars company.
  • The band’s initial line-up was Gerry Marsden, his brother Fred Marsden, Les Chadwick, and Arthur McMahon.
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers had a lot in common with The Beatles: they came from Liverpool, they were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin.
  • They were the first act to achieve #1 on the UK Singles Chart with their first three single releases: How Do You Do It?, I Like It, and You’ll Never Walk Alone. It was 20 years later that fellow Liverpool band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, equalled that record. Amazingly, despite a number of subsequent hits, Gerry and the Pacemakers never had another #1 UK single.
  • By 1966, the band’s popularity was waning and they split. Gerry became a popular cabaret and children’s TV entertainer.
  • The band reformed 1974 and, until recently, still toured. The band’s last show was in Wales on 15 March 2017 when Gerry Marsden collapsed onstage. As he was helped offstage he explained to the audience that he was scheduled to undergo knee surgery the next week.

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  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying was written by the members of Gerry and the Pacemakers, recorded in 1964, and released in April 1964 in the UK and May 1964 in the US. That first release peaked at #6 in the UK and #4 in the US – it was the band’s highest charting US single.
  • The song was first recorded by Louise Cordet, a singer who had previously toured with both Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Beatles.
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers’ version was produced by George Martin
  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying was re-released in April 1970; this time it didn’t bother the charts on either side of the Atlantic.
  • Artists to cover the song include: José Feliciano (1968), Rickie Lee Jones (1989), Gloria Estefan (1994), and Jeff Buckley.
  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying lyrics.

don’t let the sun catch you crying – gerry and the pacemakers – 1964 and 1970 – video

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Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina – Julie Covington -1976

July 6, 2018

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina - Covington - 1976Originally recorded for a concept album, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina went on to become the best-known song from the Webber/Rice musical Evita.

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  • Julie Covington is an English actress and singer, known for her appearances in musicals such as, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, and recent versions of Guys and Dolls.
  • Julie rose to fame through her recording of the song, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina. That wasn’t her only foray onto the UK single charts, however. Julie had two other singles on the UK charts, OK? (peaked at #10 in 1977), and Alice Cooper‘s, Only Women Bleed (peaked at #12, also in 1977).
  • Julie first appeared on television as a schoolgirl, on a 1969 episode of David Frost’s TV show. From that appearance, she secured a recording contract.
  • What followed, was a number of appearances in stage musicals. Her first being Godspell with David Essex and Jeremy Irons.
  • In 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber saw Julie perform. She was offered the title role in the original studio recording of their musical Evita—a role Elkie Brooks had previously turned down. When the musical itself was in the production stages, Julie was offered the role of Eva Peron, she declined and the role was given to Elaine Paige. Julie later expressed some regret at her decision, but explained that she did not like Eva Peron and that without some positive feeling for the person she had preferred to turn the role down.

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  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina is a song recorded by Julie Covington for the 1976 concept album, Evita. It was later included in the 1978 musical of the same name.
  • Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina was written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
  • In the musical, Evita, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina appears at the opening and near the end of the show, initially as the spirit of the dead Eva exhorting the people of Argentina not to mourn her, and finally during Eva’s speech from the balcony of the Casa Rosada.
  • Released on November 12, 1976, the song hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and in six other countries. It was the #1 selling song in Australia in 1977.
  • The Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, and Sinéad O’Connor all covered the song. It was sung by Lea Michele and Chris Colfer in the TV series Glee. And, Madonna, who played the lead in the movie version of Evita, received positive reviews for her singing of Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.
  • The song was also banned in the Philippines during the dictatorship (1972–86) of President Ferdinand Marcos. The life of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Marcos’ wife, is similar to that of Evita Peron.
  • Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina lyrics.

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