Rock On – David Essex – 1973

February 4, 2016

David Essex - Rock On 1973 - CoverSince releasing his first single in 1965, David Essex has managed 19 Top 40 UK singles – including two #1’s, and 16 UK Top 40 albums.  His first hit single was Rock On, in 1973.

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  • Born near London, David Albert Cook was singing in pubs and clubs by the time he was 16 years old.
  • In 1965 he recorded his first record, And the Tears Came Tumbling Down, and began touring with David Essex and the Mood Indigo.  David Albert Cook had become David Essex.
  • A further seven 60s singles followed but it was in acting/musicals that he got his first real break.  In 1971, David was cast the lead role in Godspell.
  • In 1973 he starred in the movie That’ll Be the Day and, in 1974, he appeared in the sequel, Stardust.
  • The same year he wrote, recorded and released Rock On.
  • Two #1 hits followed: Gonna Make You a Star (1974) and Hold Me Close (1975).
  • Blessed with rock star looks, David had a certain popularity with his female fans – he was voted #1 British male vocalist in 1974, his shows creating scenes of hysteria reminiscent of Beatlemania.
  • David Essex 2Other acting/musical roles have included: the musical version of The War of the Worlds (1978), Che in Evita (1978), Fletcher Christian in the musical Mutiny! (which he co-wrote in 1985).
  • David continues to perform today.  In 1999, he was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
  • Despite his stardom in the UK, he remains largely unknown in the US where his only hit, Rock On peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

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  • Rock On was written by English singer/songwriter David Essex.
  • The title track to his debut album, Rock on was recorded by David in 1973.  It sold over a million copies and peaked at #3 on the UK singles charts and #5 on the US charts.
  • David Essex 3Rock On featured on the soundtrack album to the 1973 film That’ll Be the Day, in which David had a starring role.
  • In 1988, David re-recorded the song with an updated lyric.
  • Cover versions have included: Michael Damian (1989) who took it to #1 on the US charts, Toni Basil, The Smashing Pumpkins (2001), Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor (1990), Def Leppard (2006), and Blondie (2012).
  • Rock On lyrics.

rock on – david essex – 1973 – video

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She’s a Lady – Tom Jones – 1971

March 14, 2015

TSince his first #1 single (It’s Not Unusual) back in 1965, Tom Jones has clambered all over the UK Top 40  Singles Chart 36 times, and the US Top 40  Singles Chart 19 times.  One of his most popular singles, She’s a Lady, was released in 1971.

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  • What can be said about Sir Thomas Jones Woodward?  Welsh singer Tom Jones has been performing since the mid-60s and, as we all know, is still going strong today.
  • Tom has had 36 Top 40 UK singles and 19 Top 40 US singles.
  • Tom won the 1966 Best New Artist Grammy – since then, too many awards to list.
  • Despite many well publicised affairs, Tom has been married to the same woman, Melinda, since 1957.

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  • She’s a Lady was written by Canadian singer/songwriter, Paul Anka.
  • Recorded by Tom Jones in 1971, his version went on to sell over one million copies.
  • She’s a Lady went on to become Tom’s highest charting US single to date hitting #2 in the US and #13 in the UK – he has had three #1’s in the UK and 20 Top 10 UK hits.
  • The She’s a Lady version sung by Tom is not the original – the lyrics of that version were too explicit for commercial release (even for Tom!) and so Tom and Paul rewrote them.
  • The B-side of Tom’s version track was My Way whose lyrics were also written by Paul Anka.
  • Tom Jones 1Paul Anka released She’s a Lady on his 1970 album, Paul Anka ’70s.
  • Paul and Tom recorded a duet on the song in 2013.  It was released on Paul’s album, Duets.
  • Ali Campbell (ex UB 40) and Shaggy released a cover version of She’s a Lady in 2009, on the album Flying High.
  • She’s a Lady has featured in at least six television programmes and twelve movies including: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Bend it Like Beckham, and Miss Congeniality.
  • She’s a Lady lyrics.

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Sugar Baby Love – The Rubettes – 1974

February 9, 2015

The Rubettes Sugar Baby Love 1974Another manufactured band, this time from the UK; back in 1974, The Rubettes hit #1 with Sugar Baby Love.

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  • In the early 1970s, Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington wrote a number of songs only to have them rejected by every recording artist they sent them to.  So, they did what any zealous songwriter would do; they created a band and called it, The Rubettes.
  • The Rubettes had immediate success with a #1 UK hit, Sugar Baby Love.  It peaked at #37 in the US.  They followed that with eight more UK top 40 songs.  They released ten albums, the last being in 1995, although they continue to tour (in one form or another) today.
  • The Rubettes AOn stage, The Rubettes are known for their trademark white suits and cloth caps.
  • By the early-2000s, the band had fractured in a number of ways so that there were two bands touring as The Rubettes.  A court case followed over the rightful ownership of the name (just as it had for The Beach Boys and Spandau Ballet).
  • On 21 September 2014, as part of the Rubettes 40th anniversary, original members, Alan Williams, John Richardson and Mick Clarke returned to the Olympia in Paris, the venue of The Rubettes’ first appearance in France in 1974 when Sugar Baby Love topped the French and European charts

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  • SunplusSugar Baby Love was written by UK songwriters Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington.
  • It was recorded by The Rubettes in late 1973 and released in January 1974.  It went on to spend four weeks at #1 on the UK charts and peaked at #37 on the US charts.
  • Sugar Baby Love was The Rubettes debut and most successful single.
  • The song was originally written for the Eurovision song contest but Showaddywaddy, the band it was offered to, turned it down.  Wayne and Tony then suggested the demo band release it themselves, on the condition they formed a real band.
  • Sugar Baby Love had something of a resurgence when it was featured in the 1994 movie, Muriel’s Wedding.
  • Sugar Baby Love lyrics.

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I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) – Genesis – 1973

November 8, 2013

Genesis - I know what I LikeA product of the 70s psychedelic era, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) was the first song of UK band Genesis to make the UK charts.

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  • Formed in 1967.
  • Over the years band members have included: Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Steve Hackett.
  • Founding member Anthony Phillips left the band in 1970 after recording their second album. He suffered terribly from stage fright and a doctor recommended he leave the band for the sake of his mental health.
  • Genesis have sold over 150 million albums.
  • The band’s first top 40 single in the UK was I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). In the US, it was Follow You Follow Me. Their only US #1 was Invisible Touch.
  • Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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  • I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) was Genesis’ first single to make the charts – it peaked at #21 in the UK.
  • I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) was released in August 1973.
  • I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) features on the album Selling England By the Pound.
  • The song is about a young fellow who is perfectly happy working as a groundsman – he especially likes mowing lawns.
  • Inspired by The Beatles, the song features an electric sitar riff and a low Mellotron note during the intro and ending which attempts to imitate the sound of a lawn mower.
  • I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) lyrics.

i know what i like (in your wardrobe) – genesis – 1973 – video


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