With a long band name featuring the (fake) first name of the group’s members, you should think that that was a sort of commercial suicide, but no, this British 60s pop squad scored a series of fab hits such as Bend It, Hold Tight, Don Juan, Zabadak and also THE LEGEND OF XANADU written by music composers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. As was the case with many of the group’s recordings, it had novelty elements — a trumpet section and the distinctive sound of a whip cracking in the chorus.
The classic cracker topped the British Single Chart on this day 55 years ago.
Supreme soul voice ROBERTA FLACK (born Roberta Cleopatra Flack, 86 years
ago in North Calorina) had a No 1 hit in the US (also in Australia and Canada), 50 years ago today, on 15 March 1973, with classic love ballad KILLING ME
SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG.
A year later it was Roberta Flack‘s version that made a future classic out
of the song. A bit cheesy for my liking, but Flack‘s voice is just exquisite
(like on her other vocal pearl The First Time I Saw Your Face, which
I like better).
It seems like megastar/songwriter and flamboyant personality/performer ELTON JOHN (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight 75 years ago) is around like
Well, it is when you have a look at his catalog. 31 albums (so far) in 52 years
plus 5 collaborative LPs and 10 movie soundtracks. But also a countless series
of hit singles, including the flaming classicCROCODILE ROCKfrom his 1973 LP Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.
The single went to the top of the UK Singles Chart 50 years ago today, on 3 February 1973.
The late genial singer-songwriter-rocker-performer LOU REED released
his imperishable signature classicWALK ON THE WILD SIDE (almost
370 million streams on Spotify) than 50 years ago, on 24 November 1972.
It was released along with that other masterstroke Perfect Day (more than
1962 million streams on Spotify) as a double A-side single. Both songs were
taken from Reed’s Transformer LP produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson.
Laurie Anderson about ‘Walk On The Wild Side’:
“It has the best bass line ever to push a pop song.”
The song peaked at #10 in the UK and #16 in the USA but kept
on selling over the years as it was re-released a couple of times.
Band: THE MARCELS Who: American doo-wop group from Philadelphia that
scored several hits in their short career (1959-1962).
Bass player Allen Johnson was the voice who started the song with the legendary line “Bomp-Baba-Bomp-Ba-Bomp-Ba-Bomp-Bomp-Vedanga-Bang-Bang-Vadinga-Bong-Ding”. He died today in 1995 from cancer, only 55. Rest in peace.
Single: BLUE MOON
It was a love ballad written by Connee Boswell
and by Al Bowllyal already in 1935 Score: No 1 in the US and the UK in 1961