Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass – 1972

August 28, 2017

Brandy_-_Looking_GlassI love this song – one of the finest narrative songs around – Looking Glass and their 1972 hit, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).

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  • Elliot Lurie and Larry Gonsky formed the band Looking Glass back in 1969 while they were students at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
  • At the end of college, the band broke up but Elliot and Larry recruited Jeff Grob (drums) and
  • Pieter Sweval (bass) to create the more successful quartet that went on to produce the wonderful Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).
  • Looking Glass released just two albums; Looking Glass (1972) and Subway Serenade (1973). Two singles were released from their first album; one (Golden Rainbow) didn’t even dent the charts while the second (Brandy), went straight to #1 in the US and #51 in the UK!  Their second album featured the single Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne.  It peaked at #33 on the US charts.
  • By 1974, the Looking Glass dream was over. Elliot left to pursue a solo career.  The remaining band members found a replacement and changed their name to Fallen Angels, then Starz.
  • Starz is a heavy metal band – believe it or not – and still exists today performing to a cult following around the New Jersey area.

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  • Released on May 18, 1972, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) was written by Elliot Lurie and recorded by his band, Looking Glass. It featured on their debut album Looking Glass.
  • Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) reached #1 on the US singles chart and #51 on the UK charts.
  • Barry Manilow’s 1974 hit Mandy was originally titled Brandy. Also released in 1972 by Scott English; Barry changed the name when he covered the song to avoid confusion with Looking Glass’s monster hit.
  • Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) has been covered by Kenny Chesney, Ray Conniff and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
  • Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) lyrics.

brandy (you’re a fine girl) – looking glass – 1972 – video

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Dust in the Wind – Kansas – 1978

April 19, 2017

Dust in the wind kansas 1978Starting life as an early seventies album band, by midway through the decade, Kansas were churning out the hits, including Dust in the Wind.

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  • Kansas began life as The Reasons Why. That was back in 1969 when Lynn Meredith, Don Montre, Dan Wright and Kerry Livgren began gigging around their home town of Topeka, Kansas.
  • They changed their name to Saratoga, and began focussing on Kerry’s original material with Scott Kessler playing bass and Zeke Lowe on drums.
  • Then, in 1970, they merged with prog rock band, White Clover to become Kansas.
  • Initially, more an on album-oriented band, they hit the chards in 1976 with Carry on Wayward Son – #11 in the US and #51 in the UK (their only song to chart in the UK).
  • Kansas has produced 16 studio albums, the last in 2009. Eight of these have gone gold and three multi-platinum (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, The Best of Kansas).
  • They also had one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling single, Dust in the Wind.
  • Apart from a brief hiatus in 1984, the band had been together since 1973 and still tour today.

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  • Dust in the Wind was written by Kerry Livgren and recorded by his band, Kansas.
  • Dust in the Wind appeared on Kansas’ 1977 album Point of Know Return.
  • Dust in the Wind peaked at #6 on the US singles Chart in April, 1978 – it was Kansas’ only to ten hit.
  • The song sold over one million copies. Then, by 2008 had sold over one million downloads.
  • One of Kansas’ first acoustic tracks, the guitar line was originally a finger exercise for Kerry. His wife said she liked it so he wrote it into a song.
  • A parody titled Dust Up His Nose, was sung by Larry Rand in 1978.
  • Dust in the Wind lyrics.

dust in the wind – kansas – 1978 – video

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Thanks From Seventiesmusic

February 10, 2017

Hi folks,

Back in late 2016, seventiesmusic received our 500,000th visitor!  That’s half-a million people who have dropped by to listen to a song from the fabulous 70s.

Since our first blog in April 2011 (Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love), we’ve posted 270 times; sadly, some have been obituaries, and we’ve said farewell so some great 70s artists, but most have been about the songs and musicians that made up the soundtrack of my (and perhaps, your) youth.

Thanks for dropping by – I hope the five (almost six) years of posts have brought to mind some of the great (and some of the not so great) songs of the 70s.

May the sound continue to take you away…

GK


Rockabilly Rebel – Matchbox – 1979

November 25, 2016

matchbox-rockabilly_rebel_sEnglish rockabilly band Matchbox – Major Matchbox in Australasia – formed in 1971 and still active.  Possibly their best known hit is ’79’s Rockabilly Rebel.

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  • Matchbox formed in Middlesex, England, in 1971.
  • Still active today, the band has had various line-ups but two, Jimmy Redhead and Fred Poke have remained throughout.  Steve Bloomfield, who wrote a number of their hit songs, has been with the band since 1976.
  • Matchbox appeared in the 1980 film Blue Suede Shoes which detailed the revival of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll music scene at the time.
  • Matchbox’s biggest hits include Rockabilly Rebel (1979), Midnite Dynamos (1980), and a cover version of The Crickets’ When You Ask About Love.  The latter was their only top five hit.
  • In Australasia, Matchbox was known as Major Matchbox because an Australian band had beaten them to the name.
  • In recent years the band has been playing live throughout Europe, especially in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland and Sweden.
  • In all, the band has released 11 albums, a number of those compilations.  Their last true studio album was Coming Home in 1998.  Their last single was from their 1982 album, Crossed Line – it was produced by Kirsty MacColl.

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  • Rockabilly Rebel was written by Steve Bloomfield and recorded by Matchbox.
  • It featured on the band’s self-titled 1979 album, Matchbox; Major Matchbox in Australasia.
  • Rockabilly Rebel peaked at #18 on the UK singles chart.
  • Rockabilly Rebel lyrics.

rockabilly rebel – matchbox – 1979 – video

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Moviestar – Harpo – 1975

September 30, 2016

harpo-moviestar-1975Who remembers this one? Probably not many of us – but it was a hit back in 1975; Harpo’s groovy,  Moviestar.

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  • Jan Harpo Torsten Svensson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and began his entertainment career as an actor in children’s theatre.
  • To kill time while touring, he began to write songs – to cut the long story short, in 1972, he signed a recording contract with Stig Anderson who assigned him to in-house record producers, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus aka ABBA.
  • harpo-1Benny and Björn were contracted to help Harpo with an album of his children’s songs in Swedish.  It all fell apart and Stig released Harpo from the contract.
  • Harpo almost immediately signed with EMI releasing two singles in 1973 which both became smash hits on the Swedish singles charts.
  • A number of other songs followed, one, Moviestar, achieved hit status throughout Europe and further afield.
  • In 1978, Harpo released the previously planned children’s album and an album of his favourite rock and roll songs; both in Swedish.
  • By 1980, he was ready for mainstream pop again.  Harpo signed to Mickie Most’s label, RAK and released one single, She Loves It Too.
  • Combining horse training with his musical career, Harpo had an accident in 1980. Starter, one of his horses, kicked Harpo in the face several times resulting in him losing the sense of smell and the sight in one eye. To show there were no hard feelings, Harpo dedicated his next album to his horse, Starter.
  • Harpo continued to record and produce music throughout the 80s and 90s.  Even as recently as 2005, he released an album of new material.
  • Harpo continues to tour today and remains popular in Germany.

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  • harpo-2Moviestar was written and performed by Swedish pop singer Harpo.
  • It was recorded on 27 February 1975, and features Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) from ABBA on backing vocals.
  • Moviestar reached #1 on the Swedish charts and #24 on the UK charts.  It also topped the charts in Norway, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
  • In July 1976, a Swedish language version of Moviestar was released.  It also reached #1.
  • The song has been covered by a number of little known bands and was used on the Swedish TV Channel TV4 the mid-90s for Nissan commercials.
  • Moviestar lyrics.

moviestar –harpo – 1975 – video

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Ebony Eyes – Bob Welch – 1978

September 14, 2016

bob-welch-ebony-eyes-1978From Fleetwood Mac to solo performer – Bob Welch’s highest charting solo hit came in 1978 with Ebony Eyes.

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  • Born in Los Angeles, Bob Welch was the son of Robert L. Welch, who worked as a producer for at Paramount Pictures.  He produced films starring, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, and TV programmes such as Bonanza.  Bob’s mother, Templeton Fox, was a singer and actress who worked with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre in Chicago and appeared in numerous television programmes and movies.
  • bob-welch-3In 1964, Bob joined the band, The Seven Souls, as a guitarist.  That year they lost a battle of the bands competition and a contract with Epic Records… the winners? Sly and the Family Stone.
  • When the band broke up, Bob played with a variety of bands but with little success until 1971.  That was the year he was invited to join blues band Fleetwood Mac.  With fellow newcomer Christine McVie, Bob helped steer the band towards the more melodic sound we know them for today.
  • What followed were a number of Fleetwood Mac albums and continuing friction within the band which saw onstage bickering, offstage frustration and lawsuits.
  • By 1974, Bob was Fleetwood Mac’s one and only guitarist.  The Heroes Are Hard album was released and, for the first time, the band cracked the US top 40 (#34 on the albums chart).
  • It was also Bob’s last year with the band; he resigned from Fleetwood Mac in December 1974 and was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
  • Of the Fleetwood Mac albums on which Welch appeared, American album sales totalled 500,000 units shipped between 1971 and 2000 for Future Games; 1 million units of Bare Trees between 1972 and 1988; and 500,000 units of Mystery to Me between 1973 and 1976, when it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America – these figures were important in later years when Bob sued the band for withholding royalties.
  • Meanwhile, the band’s new incarnation achieved superstar status with the albums Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977), which shipped 5 million and 19 million units in the US alone, both reaching #1 in the US.
  • Bitterness returned to the band when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, original band members Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were named to the Hall, as were Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.  Bob, however, despite anchoring the band for several years and five albums, was not.  Bob was quoted as saying,

My era was the bridge era.  It was a transition. But it was an important period in the history of the band. Mick Fleetwood dedicated a whole chapter of his biography to my era of the band and credited me with ‘saving Fleetwood Mac.’ Now they want to write me out of the history of the group. It hurts.

  • In 1975, Welch formed the short-lived trio Paris; other members were ex-Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick and former Nazz drummer Thom Mooney.
  • Bob WelchThen, in September 1977, Bob released his first solo album, French Kiss, featuring contributions from Mick Fleetwood, Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie.  It peaked #12 on US album chart in 1978 and yielded three hit singles: a revamped version of Sentimental Lady produced by Buckingham and McVie (#8), the Ebony Eyes (#14; featuring Juice Newton on backing vocals) and Hot Love, Cold World (#31).
  • Three Hearts, Bob’s 1979 follow-up album, peaked at #20.  Other solo albums followed, as did a close relationship with Guns N’ Roses.  Slash and the boys rehearsed in his garage and introduced him to a short lived cocaine and heroin addiction.  
  • Bob continued to release albums through the 90s and even in the 2000’s; his last being in 2011
  • On June 7, 2012, at the age of 66, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home.  His wife explained that Bob had undergone spinal surgery three months earlier.  Doctors told him that he would not fully recover. He was in serious pain and he did not want his wife to have to care for an invalid.

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  • Ebony Eyes was written and recorded by Bob Welch.
  • Ebony Eyes was the second single release from Bob’s album French Kiss and featured BVs by Juice Newton.
  • Ebony Eyes peaked at #12 on the US singles chart. 
  • The song should not be confused with the Everly Brothers hit of the same name
  • Ebony Eyes 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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