STEVE HARLEY AND COCKNEY REBEL Scored Their Only No 1 Hit In The UK 45 Years Ago…

22 February 2020

This day 45 years ago, on 22 February 1975, STEVE HARLEY AND COCKNEY REBEL
scored their only No 1 hit in the UK with the sickly sticky humdinger MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP TO SEE ME). Harley wrote it after the band’s original members, except the drummer, left him. He said the song was “a finger-pointing piece of vengeful poetry. It’s getting off my chest how I felt about the guys splitting up a perfectly workable machine.”
Adding that his message was: “Look, you’ll learn how well we’re doing here, we’re doing
well, why are you doing this?'”
. The song featured on their 1975 album The Best Years
Of Our Lives
.

Here’s the original clip…

STEVE HARLEY: Facebook

Never understood why they didn’t also score a No 1 hit with their
debut single (1973), the brilliant symphonic ballad ‘SEBASTIAN‘…

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