I’m Gonna Make You Mine – Lou Christie – 1969

March 22, 2017

I'm_Gonna_Make_You_Mine_-_Lou_ChristieI love this song! From late 1969, Lou Christie’s hit single, I’m Gonna Make You Mine.

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  • Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco grew up in Pittsburgh, USA; by the time he was 19 he had a recording contract and was smart enough to adopt a stage name = Lou Christie.
  • Lou’s career had three phases; first, his pre-army days. While still in school, Lou wrote and recorded songs.  On leaving high school, he travelled to New York and worked as a session vocalist.  A record producer heard him, liked his falsetto voice and suggested he listen to The Four Seasons song, Sherry.  Lou loved it.  He got back together with his long time song writing partner, Twyla Herbert, and wrote, The Gypsy Cried.  It was released as a single and Lou’s career was on the way – the song peaked at #24 on the US charts.
  • A couple of other hits followed, as did Lou’s being drafted into the army – he didn’t release another charting single for two and a half years.
  • Next came the post-army career phase. On being discharged from the army, Lou signed with MGM and his career was reborn.  Apparently MGM disliked his first single, Lightnin’ Strikes.  The fans loved it – on Lou’s 23rd birthday, it hit #1 on the US charts.
  • For some reason, Lou was dropped by MGM. He worked under the Columbia for a short (and unfruitful) while, before signing with Buddah Records.  His first song with Buddah, I’m Gonna Make You Mine, was a 1 hit, peaking at #7 in the US.
  • Phase three began in 1971 and has continued through to the present day. Lou continued to make music but without the success of previous years.  He continued to tour.
  • In 1997, Lou released his first album since 1971.

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  • I’m Gonna Make You Mine was written by well-known bubble gum music producer, Tony Romeo.
  • It was recorded and released by by Lou Christie in 969.
  • I’m Gonna Make You Mine spent 12 weeks on the US singles chart, peaking at #7. It reached #2 in the UK.
  • It was the title track of Lou’s fifth album, his first on Buddah Records.
  • The song was ranked No. 60 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Hot 100 songs of 1969.
  • I’m Gonna Make You Mine lyrics.

i’m gonna make you mine – lou Christie – 1969 – video

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Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando – 1973

March 16, 2017

tieayellowribsmWho could forget this one – the #1 hit from Tony Orlando and Dawn, 1973’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.

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  • Tony Orlando first hit the charts as a 16-year-old back in 1961 but by the time the 70s began he’d given up singing. He’d had two solo top 40 hits and one as lead singer for the studio group Wind.
  • Having retired from singing, he became a music publisher for a a division of Columbia Records. It was here that he came across the song Candida.  Tony wanted to record and release the song but couldn’t use his name because of his role with Columbia.  So, it was released on Bell Records and labelled as being performed by the band Dawn – Tony on lead vocals and the four writers of Candida singing backup.
  • The song became an almost instant success, peaking at #3 on the US singles chart.
  • That was all it took – Tony wanted to sing again. They released a follow-up single, Knock Three Times, which topped the charts.
  • Tony’s recording company wanted a band to tour and promote the records. That lead Tony to ask former Motown/Stax backing vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson to join him and become Dawn – the band was known initially as Dawn featuring Tony Orlando.
  • Their third single also hit #1 – remember Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree?
  • That was followed by seven consecutive Hot 100 US hits, including the #1 US hit, He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).
  • In 1973, the band began calling themselves, Tony Orlando and Dawn.
  • In 1974 (through until December 1976), when The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour ended its run, CBS gave the band a television variety show entitled Tony Orlando and Dawn.
  • The band has reformed a number of times over the years, the last time being in 2015.

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  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown and recorded by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (later Tony Orlando and Dawn) in February 19, 1973.
  • The song reached #1 on both the US and UK single charts where is sat for four weeks. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and UK.
  • In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time.
  • The song is sometimes said to be about a released convict returning home, hoping his girl still loves him. Composer L. Russell Brown says this is wrong:

This is “NOT” the story of a convict who had told his love to tie a ribbon book to a tree outside of town. I know because I wrote the song one morning in 15 minutes with the late lyrical genius Irwin Levine. The genesis of this idea came from the age old folk tale about a Union prisoner of war–who sent a letter to his girl that he was coming home from a confederate POW camp in Georgia…. Anything about a criminal is pure fantasy….

tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree – dawn featuring tony orlando – 1973 – video

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It’s Too Late – Carole King -1971

March 5, 2017

its-too-late-carole-king-1971What can you say about one of the greatest song writers of all time – except that one of her greatest songs (my opinion) is her 1971 hit, It’s Too Late.

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  • It’s difficult to believe Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein) is now 75 years old – for those of us who had the good fortune of growing up in the 60s and 70s, Carole has written a fair piece of the soundtrack of our lives.
  • Carole must surely be the most successful female songwriter of our times. She’s written or co-written a staggering 118 pop hits which have made the US singles charts.  61 of her songs have made the UK charts.
  • Carole’s music career began in the very late 50s as a song writer teaming up with her then husband, Gerry Goffin.
  • In the 70s, Carole began to sing her own songs. Her first album, Writer, didn’t fare too well but her second album, Tapestry – well, it hit #1 in the US (sitting there for a massive 15 weeks and remaining in the charts for 6 years) and #4 in the UK.  It sold over ten million albums in the US alone.
  • In all Carole has given us 25 solo albums with three of them, Tapestry, Music, and Wrap Around Joy, making it to the top of the US charts.
  • In all, that equates to around 75 million albums sold worldwide.
  • Carole has won four Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her song writing.

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  • It’s Too Late is a song from Carole King’s 1971 hit album Tapestry; Toni Stern wrote the lyrics and King wrote the music.
  • Released as a single in April 1971, It’s Tool Late reached #1 on the US and Canadian singles charts and #6 on the UK charts.
  • A double A-side single, the other side of the record featured I Feel The Earth Move.
  • It’s Too Late won the Record of the Year Grammy in 1972 and is ranked at #469 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
  • A number of artists have released cover versions including: The Isley Brothers, Billy Paul, The Stylistics, and Gloria Estefan.
  • It’s Too Late lyrics.

it’s too late – carole king – 1971 – video

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Indian Reservation – Paul Revere and the Raiders – 1971

February 28, 2017

paul_revere_and_the_raiders_-_indian_reservationAfter over a decade in the industry and 32 single releases, Paul Revere and the Raiders finally hit #1 in the US in 1971 with Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).

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  • Initially known as The Downbeats, The Raiders began as an instrumental band led by organist and founder Paul Revere Dick. That was in 1958.  By 1960 they had changed their name to Paul Revere & the Raiders and Mark Lindsay had joined the band as lead singer. (Remember Mark’s single, Arizona?)
  • In late 1961, Paul was drafted for military service. He became a conscientious objector and served as a cook at a mental institution for a year and a half of deferred service. Meanwhile, Mark Lindsay and the band continued to tour with a replacement pianist who went by the name of Leon Russell.
  • By 1962 Paul was back and, having signed to Columbia Records, the hits started coming. These included, Kick” (1966; ranked No. 400 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time), Hungry (1966), Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be? (1967) and the Platinum-certified classic #1 single Indian Reservation (1971).
  • By 1973, the band had produced around 20 charting singles and then, by 1978, the band had parted ways.
  • paulreveretheraiderskicks1963-1972-407649Gone but not forgotten – the punk and new wave 80s, saw fresh interest in the Raiders’ music; I’m Not Your Stepping Stone was covered by the Sex Pistols, Just Like Me was covered by Joan Jett and Pat Benatar. While David Bowie covered Louie, Go Home. The Who had earlier taken the same song and changed the title and lyrics to Lubie (Come Back Home). Kicks was covered by Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork as one of three new recordings included on their 1986 compilation, Then & Now… The Best of The Monkees.
  • The band reformed in 1978 and still perform today – in all over 35 musicians have been able to call themselves Raiders at some point in time, including Paul’s son, Jamie.
  • Paul died on October 4, 2014. He was 76.

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  • Indian Reservation’s full name is, Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).
  • The song was written by is a song written by the renowned, John D. Loudermilk and first recorded by Marvin Rainwater (aka The Pale Faced Indian) in 1959 – it attracted little (i.e. no) interest.
  • Indian Reservation’s second serious recording was by Don Fardon in 1968. It reached #20 on the US charts and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Then, in 1971, Paul Revere & the Raiders had a go – their version topped went all the way to #1 in the US and sold over two million coples.
  • It was Paul Revere and the Raiders’ first and only #1 hit.
  • BTW – The Raiders’ lead singer Mark Lindsay is part Cherokee.
  • Indian Reservation lyrics.

indian reservation – paul revere and the raiders – 1971

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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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Knock On Wood – Amii Stewart – 1979

February 9, 2017

amii_stewart_-_knock_on_woodLast Saturday I had the pleasure of enjoying two and a half hours with the incomparable James Taylor. As an encore he sang the Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper song, Knock On Wood – a song that has been covered by many artists in a number of genres, including Amii Stewart who has a disco hit with it in 1979.

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  • Amy Stewart was only four years old when her father signed her up for singing and dancing lessons. Because there was already Amy Stewart registered with Actor’s Equity, he changed the spelling of her name to Amii.
  • Amii began her show business life as a dancer – she even studied ballet and modern dance. It was while touring with the stage production Bubbling Brown Sugar in 1975, that she met Barry Leng, a record producer who signed her for Hansa records.
  • Knock On Wood was her first single and it went straight to #1 in the US and #6 in the UK – she even earned a Grammy nomination for it. Her second single was a medley that included The Doors‘ Light My Fire.  That peaked at #5 in the UK but stalled at #69 in the US.
  • Amii now lives in Italy. She still performs but, more often it is in a stage show rather than a disco.  In 2000, she toured as part of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the part of Mary Magdalene.  Then, in 2003, she starred in the musical Lady Day, in the role of Billie Holiday; the musical was written and produced by her.
  • Amii released 17 albums, the last in 2012.

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  • Written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper in 1966, Knock on Wood was originally performed by Eddie. His version peaked at #28 on the US singles chart and spent a week at #1 on the US soul chart
  • The song has been covered by artists as diverse as Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967, Wilson Pickett, The American Breed, David Bowie (1974), Amii Stewart (1979), Eric Clapton (1985), Michael Bolton (1992) and James Taylor (last Saturday night).
  • David Bowie’s single is lifted from his 1974 David Live album.
  • Amii Stewart’s version of the song is the most successful. It was Amii’s debut single from her album of the same name.  Recorded late-1978, it was realeased in January 1979 and reached #1 on the US charts and #6 in the UK.  A remixed version was released in the UK in 1985, peaking at #7.
  • Knock On Wood lyrics.

knock on wood – amii stewart – 1979 – video

knock on wood – eddie floyd – 1967 – original version

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Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson – 1970

January 24, 2017

lynn-anderson-rose-garden-single-cover-1970Now, here’s a blast from the past. I was planting a rose garden at home the other day and, try as I did, could not escape this ear-worm; Rose Garden, Lynn Anderson’s 1970 country hit.

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  • Born in Canada, very close to the US border, Lynn Anderson parents registered her birth in Grand Forks, USA, so that she would have US citizenship.
  • Lynn’s mother introduced her to music. Lynn was working as a secretary at a Sacramento radio station when one of her mother’s songs, All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers, was recorded by Merle Haggard.  Lynn’s mother signed with RCA Victor and toured with many of the country stars of the 60s.  One night, at an informal sing-a-long, a record producer heard Lynn sing.  He invited her to join his label and… a star was born.
  • In all, Lynn had twelve #1 and over 50 Top 40 hits on the US country music charts. She was nominated for a Grammy Award seven times and won a Grammy in 1971 for the Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
  • Lynn’s first hit was Ride, Ride, Ride, back in 1966 when she was just 19.
  • Outside of music, Lynn was an accomplished equestrian sportswoman, winning 16 national and eight world championships.
  • Lynn died of a heart attack on July 30, 2015.

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  • Rose Garden, also known as (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden, was written by is a song written by Joe South – a song writer and guitarist who played on some great albums including; Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence and Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools.
  • Rose Garden was first released by Billy Joe Royal in 1967 but the best-known version was Lynn Anderson’s cover, released in October 1970.
  • Lynn’s version sat at #1 on the US country chart for five weeks and made the top 3 singles charts in both the US and UK (and hit #1 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Norway).
  • The song won Lynn a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1971, and earned Joe South two Grammy nominations, Best Country Song and Song of the Year in the pop category.
  • Lynn once said of the song,

“I believe that ‘Rose Garden’ was released at just the right time. People were trying to recover from the Vietnam years. The message in the song—that if you just take hold of life and go ahead, you can make something out of nothing—people just took to that.”

  • k.d. lang and her band The Reclines covered Rose Garden on their 1987 album Angel with a Lariat. While failing to chart, it was k.d.’s first release in the US. Then, in 2005, Martina McBride included the song on her album of covers, Timeless – featuring classic country songs from the past.  Rose Garden was released as a single, peaking at #18 on the country singles charts.
  • Canadian band Kon Kan sampled parts of Rose Garden in their 1989 single I Beg Your Pardon – their song peaked at #15 in the US and #5 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Rose Garden lyrics.

rose garden – lynn anderson – 1970 – video

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