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Brotherhood Of Man

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Brotherhood of Man in the 1990s

Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop, MOR, blue-eyed soul
Years active 1969–1984, 1986–present
Labels Pye, EMI, Dawn, Deram, Dazzle, Warwick
Website www.brotherhoodofman.co.uk
Members Martin Lee
Nicky Stevens
Lee Sheriden
Sandra Stevens
Past members Tony Burrows
Sunny Leslie
Sue Glover
Roger Greenaway
John Goodison
Hal Atkinson
Russell Stone
Brotherhood of Man are a British pop group who achieved success in the 1970s. They won the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest with “Save Your Kisses for Me”.

Created in 1969 by songwriter and record producer Tony Hiller, Brotherhood of Man was initially an umbrella title for a frequently-changing line-up of session singers. Early on, they scored a worldwide hit with the song “United We Stand”. By 1973 the concept had run its course and Hiller formed a definite four-member line-up consisting of Martin Lee, Lee Sheriden, Nicky Stevens and Sandra Stevens. This version of the group went on to score many hits around the world in the mid to late 1970s including “Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby”, “Angelo”, “Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In)” and “Figaro”. They achieved perhaps their biggest success in their native UK with three number one singles and four top twenty albums. The group under this line-up still continues today, performing shows throughout Europe. Altogether, they have released 16 studio albums, with worldwide record sales topping 15 million.

 

Original lineup
Brotherhood of Man were formed by record producer/composer Tony Hiller in 1969, and originally featured his co-writer John Goodison with Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie. Greenaway was also a songwriter and had co-written songs such as Gene Pitney’s “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart” and went on to co-write “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” by The New Seekers and “Melting Pot” by Blue Mink. Burrows was a well-known session singer, performing in various line-ups on hit singles such as the No.1 hit “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” by Edison Lighthouse (he was believed to have appeared three times on one edition of Top of the Pops – each time in a different group [this didn’t actually happen]). The two female members, Glover and Leslie were an act in their own right, releasing singles as Sue and Sunny.

The group came together in 1969 and began recording some songs with Hiller. Their first single “Love One Another” failed to chart, but the follow-up “United We Stand” (released in early 1970) was a worldwide hit. “United We Stand” was heavily played on British radio, and broke the American market. The single became a Top 20 hit in the UK, Canada, and US. The song has since been used as the closing theme for television’s Brady Bunch Hour and as an anthem for various causes. Burrows left the group soon after and as a four-piece, The Brotherhood of Man followed “United We Stand” with another hit, “Where Are You Going to My Love”. The song charted in the UK, Canada, and US and has since been covered by Olivia Newton-John and The Osmonds among others. A début album United We Stand followed soon after.

Over the next two years, the group continued in varied line-ups. Goodison left the group at the beginning of 1971 and was replaced by American singer Hal Atkinson, Greenaway left soon after and was replaced by Russell Stone. They had one more minor hit in the US (1971’s “Reach Out Your Hand”), but experienced no further success in the UK and were eventually dropped by their record company.

Current lineup
Keen to keep the established name alive, Hiller set about putting a new line up together. In 1972 he got together a trio of session singers, Martin Lee, Nicky Stevens and Lee Sheriden.

Sheriden was already known to Hiller as a songwriter and had a solo career. Lee had a solo single to his name and was a budding songwriter. Stevens had been classically trained, but had since adapted her vocals and was performing as a cabaret singer. The trio began recording together, but their first single, “Rock Me Baby”, due to be released at the end of 1972, was cancelled due to the release of the song by David Cassidy. Finally their first two singles “Happy Ever After” and “Our World of Love” were released in 1973. Neither single charted and soon after, another female vocalist was added to the line up, Sandra Stevens. Stevens (no relation to Nicky) had been performing as a big-band singer since a teenager in the late 1960s. She had sung with the Joe Loss big band and alongside Eve Graham (of The New Seekers) in club group, The Nocturnes.

Now signed to the Pye spin off label, Dawn, the quartet released their first single, “When Love Catches Up on You” in January 1974. It failed to chart, but the follow-up single, “Lady” became a hit in Europe. Encouraged by this, the group set about recording their debut album. The album Good Things Happening was released later in the year along with two more singles, but none of these found success. Before the record label folded, Brotherhood of Man released one more single in the Summer of 1975. This was the upbeat “Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby” and although failed to make an impression in the UK, became a big hit in Europe, reaching Number one in Belgium and Number two in the Netherlands as well as top 10 placings in other countries. Brotherhood of Man toured extensively in Europe, honing their stage act and harmonies, while Hiller, Sheriden and Lee worked on composing songs for their second album. Among them was a song Sheriden had largely written called “Save Your Kisses for Me”.

Eurovision victory Edit

Performance at Eurovision 1976
In early 1976, Hiller was keen for Brotherhood of Man to make an impact in the UK and decided to put “Save Your Kisses for Me” forward to the A Song for Europe competition. This year saw a change to the Contest in that, since 1964, one specific artist had performed all the songs (e.g. Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Lulu, etc.), but 1976 saw the return to the format in which any artist was eligible to enter. “Save Your Kisses for Me” made it to the final twelve songs and on 25 February, Brotherhood of Man took the title, beating the second placed act, Co-Co by two points. Now signed to Pye Records, “Save Your Kisses for Me” was released as a single in March and hit the No.1 spot two weeks before the Contest final. On 3 April, the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest was staged in the Netherlands and Brotherhood of Man performed the song, dressed in red, white and black with simple choreography devised by Guy Lutman. “Save Your Kisses for Me” took the title with an overwhelming victory. As manager Hiller stated;

“…”Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby” was a hit all over Europe in ’75. I firmly believe it opened the door for us a year later and helped us do well because they knew us – every weekend we’d travel to do TV spots in France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland”.

The song became a major hit around the world and made No.1 in many countries and returned the group to the US Charts. The song eventually sold six million copies worldwide and is still the highest selling Eurovision winner ever. In the UK, it stayed at No.1 for six weeks and earned them a platinum disc. It ended up the top selling single of the year and is currently one of the top 100 selling songs ever in the UK.

Post Eurovision success
The group had already recorded a second album and had been released in several countries a year previously. Following their victory, Pye released the album with “Save Your Kisses for Me” added. Entitled Love and Kisses, the album was a success in the UK, reaching the top twenty, as well as other countries, gaining a Number six position in Norway for instance. Soon after this, a follow-up single was released. Eager to cash in on their success, Pye decided against releasing anything from the album, as the earlier material had been more soul-based than the pop they were now successful with. The group instead released “My Sweet Rosalie” – almost a carbon copy of the previous hit, although the lyrical twist was that it was about a dog, rather than a child. The song failed to chart highly, only reaching Number thirty in the UK, but fared better in other countries, particularly Belgium where it made Number two. Concerned by the lack of success for the single, the record company did not release anything else in the UK for the rest of 1976, despite the fact that in Europe a new album of material was released along with singles in various countries: “I Give You My Love” in Germany, Spain and others and “New York City” in France.
Brotherhood of Man performing in 1977
Early in 1977, the group released their next single, “Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In)”. The song was a change to their previous hits in that it was female-led and much more in a contemporary pop style. The song was a hit in the UK, reaching the top 10 and fared well in Europe also. The album which had been released in Europe the previous year was now released in the UK with the new single added. The album, now titled Oh Boy!, did not follow their last album into the charts however.

By now the public were picking up on their similarity to ABBA who were currently dominating the charts around the world, this perception was cemented with the release of their next single, “Angelo”. Criticized by many for its similarity to ABBA’s “Fernando”, the song was released in the Summer of 1977 and was an instant success. The song rose to Number one in the UK Charts and became one of the biggest hits of the year as well as ending up among the 50 best selling singles of the decade. The group were invited to appear at the 1977 Royal Variety Performance, where they elected to sing “Angelo”, rather than their then current single “Highwayman”. Deprived of this vital promotion, the single failed to enter the chart (although was ‘bubbling under’ the top 50 at the time). It did however become a top 20 hit in both the Netherlands and Belgium. An accompanying album Images, similarly failed in the UK charts.

The group battled on into 1978 with the release of “Figaro”, which brought them back into vogue and became their third UK Number one single. Many critics argued however that this song was simply cashing in on the success of “Angelo”, but although their titles are similar, there is little evidence to support this, as the two songs are very different. In May “Beautiful Lover” was released and another hit, reaching the UK top twenty, and spending three months in the charts. An album was released soon after, B for Brotherhood. The record company took no chances with this album, given the failure of their previous two, and so with a TV advertising campaign, the album entered the UK Charts, eventually peaking at Number eighteen – their most successful album so far.

As the year drew to a close another single, “Middle of the Night” was released along with a greatest hits compilation, Twenty Greatest. Apart from featuring all their own hits and a smattering of album tracks and new songs, the group re-recorded both “United We Stand” and “Where are You Going To My Love” for the album. Twenty Greatest became Brotherhood Of Man’s most successful album, reaching Number six in the UK Charts and spending fifteen weeks in the top 75.

Chart decline
1979 saw the group going into decline as the hits dried up. Three singles released in the first six months of the year all failed to make the charts as did their next album, Higher Than High. This was despite regular TV appearances and radio play, although the group remained popular on the live circuit. As Pye Records were due to fold at the end of the year, one more album was released in December to fulfill their contract. The album Singing a Song was made up of unreleased songs mixed with new material, but no singles were released from the collection.

Manager Tony Hiller set up his own record company in 1980, Dazzle Records. Brotherhood of Man released the first single on the label, “Honey Don’t Throw Our Love Away” which also did not chart, nor did the follow-up, a cover of the 1960s hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. An album was recorded but went unreleased, except for in Australia. Towards the end of the year, the group were offered a deal with Warwick Records to make an album of cover versions. Released in November, Sing 20 Number One Hits was the group’s take on 20 number one UK hits from recent years. The album was a hit, peaking at No.14 – their biggest chart success for two years. The album remained in the top 50 for two months and was awarded a gold disc for sales of over 100,000. Keen to release a follow-up, Warwick offered them a double album deal the following year. Released as a buy one get one free package, 20 Disco Greats / 20 Love Songs – again, a collection of recent chart hits, came out in late 1981. This album did not match the success of the first and missed the UK Charts. Tracks from these albums appear frequently on CD releases of the group, interspersed with their own hit singles.

In early 1982, Sheriden opted to leave the group to study for a degree in music. Hiller took on 28-year-old Barry Upton, an up-and-coming songwriter. Upton was later to write hits for many artists including Sonia and Steps.

The previous year, the UK had won the Eurovision Song Contest (the first time since Brotherhood of Man) with the two boy/two girl pop act Bucks Fizz. Within twelve months they had chalked up three number one singles and encouraged by their popularity, Hiller set about reviving Brotherhood of Man’s fortunes. In 1982, Brotherhood of Man signed a deal with EMI in the hope that the new pop revival would encompass them. Armed with a new single “Lightning Flash”, written by Hiller, Lee and Upton, the group were relaunched with a new contemporary image and sound. The song only reached No.67 in the summer of 1982, but was their first single to chart in nearly four years. A follow-up, “Cry Baby Cry” failed to capitalise on this, but nevertheless, the group began working on a new album.

In 1983, the songwriting team of Hiller, Lee and Upton entered a song for the A Song for Europe competition. Their composition, “When the Kissing Stops” made it to the final eight, but although initially tempted, the group decided not to perform the number themselves (“We all agreed it would be better to be remembered as winners, and we couldn’t bear to lose!” remembers Sandra Stevens). Hiller formed a male/female trio under the name Rubic to represent the song on 24 March 1983. The group lost out to another male/female trio, Sweet Dreams and ended up in fifth place. Despite its failure, Brotherhood of Man recorded the song and chose it as their next single. Released in the Summer of 1983, alongside their new album Lightning Flash, neither record made the UK Chart and this brought to an end their contract with EMI. “When the Kissing Stops” remains Brotherhood of Man’s final single release.

Brotherhood of Man continued to perform in concert throughout the UK and Europe, but less than a year later, Upton elected to leave to work on other projects and the group decided to split. This ended their twelve-year working relationship with Hiller.

Reformation

Brotherhood of Man in the late 1980s
In 1985, Brotherhood of Man reunited for a one off TV appearance and they discussed getting back together. Over the next year, and now back with Sheriden in place of Upton, the group decided to manage themselves and begin performing again. In late 1986, the group were back on the live circuit, but decided against attempting a chart comeback.

In 1990, Martin Lee got together with songwriters Paul Curtis and David Kane to compose a musical based on The Butterfly Children books by Angela and Pat Mills. The musical had its world premiere at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow, to open the 1990 Glasgow City of Culture and ran for a month and was performed by the Mitchell Theatre for Youth. Just three months later, the show transferred to the larger Kings Theatre in Glasgow and ran for two weeks. The show transferred in late 1992 to London’s West End. Brotherhood of Man recorded the songs themselves and the nineteen track collection, available on cassette only, was available to buy at the theatre. The album was never commercially released, although some tracks did make it onto tie-in cassettes to go with the books a few years later. The Butterfly Children, essentially a children’s show, featured many differing styles of music from rap to rock and country and western to the more familiar pop the group were known for. The show’s run ended after a short season, and has not been performed since.

In 1991, the group went back into the recording studio and made an album of re recorded hits and some new material with Dutch producer Eddy Ouwens. Not only was this their first recording for eight years, but it was their first without Hiller. The album remains unreleased in the UK, but was released in Spain under the title Grandes Exitos and in some other countries as The Golden Hits of Brotherhood of Man.

The group continued to perform live throughout the nineties mainly on the cabaret circuit and Holiday Camps such as Butlins. In 1997, they recorded another album, based on their live show. Again, the album contained re-recordings of their hits as well as cover versions that they perform in concert, such as “1999” by Prince and “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner. The album contained one new song, the title track “Greenhouse”, rescued from the 1991 sessions. Like the previous album, this was never commercially released and was only available to buy at their shows.

As the 2000s dawned, the group went into semi-retirement and cut back on touring. However, in 2002, they devised a new live show based on their roots in the 1970s. Entitled The Seventies Story, the show comprised a trip through the decade, with the group performing well known songs from each year along with a narration of contemporary events. The group returned to the studio and recorded an album of the show’s songs. Again, this album was not released in shops, but was available on CD at the show’s venues. The tracks did get a general release later on however on various compilation albums. In 2004, the first Brotherhood of Man DVD was released, featuring TV performances of many of their singles.

To date, the group still do occasional shows with both The Seventies Story and with their own material. Most recently they have teamed up with the current incarnation of Bucks Fizz and together they perform as a two-part show. They frequently play to sold out houses, The Seventies Story being particularly successful in receiving good reviews.

Brotherhood of Man still find themselves in demand on both the Nostalgia and gay circuit. They have appeared a number of times at London’s G-A-Y theatre and regularly appear on TV both in the UK and abroad, mostly around Eurovision time each year. In 2006, they appeared at the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest gala held in Denmark, where they were voted in the top 5 Eurovision songs of all time – the highest of any UK entry.

In 2009, Cherry Red Records released the first four albums by the Eurovision line up as two double CDs. This was the first time these albums were available on CD.

Members
Tony Burrows in concert. Taken on May 17, 2008.
Brotherhood of Man I (1969–1972)

John Goodison (1969–71)
Tony Burrows (1969–70)
Roger Greenaway (1969–71)
Sue Glover (1969–72)
Sunny Leslie (1969–72)
Hal Atkinson (1971–72)
Russell Stone (1971–72)
Brotherhood of Man II (1972–present)

Martin Lee (1972–present)
Lee Sheriden (1972–81, 1986–present)
Nicky Stevens (1972–present)
Sandra Stevens (1973–present)
Barry Upton (1982–84)
Brotherhood of Man discography

Albums

United We Stand (Deram, 1970)                             We’re the Brotherhood of Man (Deram, 1972)

The World of the Brotherhood of Man (Decca, 1973)
Good Things Happening (Dawn, 1974)
Love and Kisses (Pye, 1976)
Oh Boy! (Pye, 1977)
Images (Pye, 1977)
B for Brotherhood (Pye, 1978)
Twenty Greatest (K-tel/Pye, 1978)
Higher Than High (Pye, 1979)
Singing a Song (Pye, 1979)
Good Fortune (Dazzle, 1980)
Sing 20 Number One Hits (Warwick, 1980)
20 Disco Greats / 20 Love Songs (Warwick, 1981)
Lightning Flash (EMI, 1983)
The Butterfly Children (1992)
Greenhouse (1997)
The Seventies Story (2002)Lei Abejoror CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted.

James & Bobby Purify

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James & Bobby Purify

Genres Rhythm and blues, soul
Years active 1965–1971, 1974-1980s
Labels Bell, Casablanca
Past members James Lee Purify
Robert Lee Dickey (“Bobby Purify” I)
Ben Moore (“Bobby Purify” II)
James & Bobby Purify were an R&B singing duo, whose biggest hits were “I’m Your Puppet” in 1966, which reached number six in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and in a re-recorded version number 12 in the UK Singles Chart (in April 1976), and “Let Love Come Between Us” in 1967, which reached number 23 in the US. The original “Bobby Purify” (Robert Lee Dickey) was replaced by a second “Bobby Purify” (Ben Moore) in the 1970s.

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Photo of James & Bobby Purify  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of James & Bobby Purify (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Paper Lace (Band)

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Paper Lace in 1974

Origin Nottingham, England
Genres Pop, rock, power pop, pop rock
Years active 1967 to the present day
Labels
Polydor
Bus Stop
Website www.paperlace.org
Members Carlo Paul Santanna, Chris Raynor, John Raynor, Graham Wyvill
Past members
Phillip Wright
Cliff Fish
Roy White
Dave Manders
Michael Vaughn
Chris Morris
Peter Oliver
Jamie Moses
Paper Lace are a Nottingham-based pop group who rose to sudden, brief success in 1974. They are known to Americans as a one-hit wonder; however, they had other hits in the UK. Their best known songs are “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” and “The Night Chicago Died”.

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The Rolling Stones 1990/1992

It’s so hard for me to wait, I take the stairs, because the elevator is too slow to open the doors, waiting for the microwave, longer than five minutes is killing me, so calling for pizza and then watching some mindless speech from Obama (which makes me sick), just to waist time until it comes. I’m even waiting for the iPhone 7, which is coming out in September or October, so waiting for a Rolling Stones album is the worst thing possible, but that’s what I had to do from 1989 until 1991 and when I got my album,  had to wait for another two years for a greatest hits album, which most came from other greatest hits albums. I was so disappointed. It took another two years for another one, will this torcher ever end, I hope so for my next post, will be empty of music and feeling, from me !!!

Brian Wilson

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Black and white photograph of Wilson standing onstage looking out to the audience. He is wearing a casual long-sleeved shirt.
Wilson performing in England in 2009

Birth name Brian Douglas Wilson
Born June 20, 1942 (age 74)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Origin Hawthorne, California, U.S.
Genres
Rock pop art rock outsider
Occupation
Musician singer songwriter record producer
Instruments
Vocals keyboards piano bass guitar synthesizers
Years active 1961–present
Labels
Capitol/EMI Sire/Reprise/Warner Bros. Brother/Reprise/Warner Bros. Giant/Warner Bros. Caribou/CBS Nonesuch/Elektra Walt Disney
Associated acts
American Spring The Beach Boys California Music Hale & the Hushabyes The Honeys Stephen Kalinich Kenny & the Cadets Jan and Dean Andy Paley Van Dyke Parks Joe Thomas Don Was The Wilsons Wondermints Gary Usher
Website brianwilson.com
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass
Baldwin HT2R Theater Organ
Moog synthesizers
ARP synthesizers
Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group. Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music by critics and musicians alike.

In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, arranged and produced Pet Sounds (1966), considered one of the greatest albums ever made. The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, Smile, was cancelled for various reasons, which included Wilson’s deteriorating mental health. As he suffered repeated nervous breakdowns, Wilson’s contributions to the Beach Boys diminished, and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. Following a court-ordered removal from the care of psychologist Eugene Landy, Wilson started receiving conventional medical treatment, and in the late 1990s, he began performing and recording consistently as a solo artist. He remains a member of the Beach Boys’ corporation, Brother Records Incorporated.

Wilson is considered a major innovator in the field of music production, the principal originator of the California Sound, one of the first music producer auteurs, and one of the most famous examples of the outsider musician. According to Erik Davis, “Not only did [he] write a soundtrack to the early ’60s, but Brian let loose a delicate and joyful art pop unique in music history and presaged the mellowness so fundamental to ’70s California pop.” The A.V. Club wrote that Wilson was among “studio rats … [that] set the pace for how pop music could and should sound in the Flower Power era: at once starry-eyed and wistful.” Only 21 years old when he received the freedom to produce his own records with total creative autonomy, he ignited an explosion of like-minded California producers, supplanting New York as the center of popular records, and becoming the first rock producer to use the studio as its own instrument. Wilson effectively set a precedent that allowed bands and artists to enter a recording studio and act as their own producers or co-producers.

His honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004) and The Smile Sessions (2011). In lists published by Rolling Stone, Wilson ranked 52 for the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” in 2008 and 12 for the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” in 2015. In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its “50 Greatest Producers Ever” list, elaborating “few consider quite how groundbreaking Brian Wilson’s studio techniques were in the mid-60s.” He is an occasional actor and voice actor, having appeared in television shows, films, and other artists’ music videos. His life was portrayed in the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy, which received a wide release in 2015.

1910 Fruitgum Company

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The 1910 Fruitgum Company performing live on November 17, 2007

Background information
Origin Linden, New Jersey, United States
Genres Bubblegum pop
Years active 1965–1969, 2007–present
Labels Buddah
Members Frank Jeckell
Mick Mansuetto
Bob Brescia
Glenn Lewis
Keith Crane
Past members Mark Gutkowski
Floyd Marcus
Steve Mortkowitz
Pat Karwan
Rusty Oppenheimer
Isaac Hirsch
Mike Edell
The 1910 Fruitgum Company is an American bubblegum pop band of the 1960s. The group’s Billboard Hot 100 hits were “Simon Says”, “May I Take A Giant Step”, “1, 2, 3, Red Light”, “Goody Goody Gumdrops”, “Indian Giver”, “Special Delivery”, and “The Train”.

The band began as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. The original members were Mark Gutkowski, Floyd Marcus, Pat Karwan, Steve Mortkowitz, and Frank Jeckell – all from Linden, New Jersey.

During 1967, they were signed to Buddah Records, where they released five LPs under their own name and a variety of singles, as well as appearing on the LP The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, which sounded like the usual Buddah studio band in spite of its promotion as a “bubblegum superjam”. Their first hit single, “Simon Says”, was written by Elliot Chiprut. During the recording process, the band changed the beat and patterned the song after “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. “Simon Says” soon became a success, hitting #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart and was heard in the 1968 Frederick Wiseman documentary High School.

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The original five members of the 1910 Fruitgum Company circa 1966; photo taken at the home of Floyd Marcus.
The band started touring, opening for major acts such as The Beach Boys. They went on to release the hits “Simon Says”, “May I Take a Giant Step”, “1, 2, 3, Red Light” (U.S. #5), “Special Delivery” (U.S. #25) ,”Goody, Goody Gumdrops”, and “Indian Giver” (U.S. #5).

The original group disbanded in 1970.

Mark Gutkowski, the original lead singer, last performed in 1977 in Europe with the Ohio Express, The Hollies and The Music Explosion.

Early during the 21st century, original members Frank Jeckell and Floyd Marcus put the act back together, along with a few musicians, and started touring again. They performed a concert on November 17, 2007 at the Caravan of Stars XIV, in Henderson, Tennessee. Also appearing at the show were Dickey Lee, Jimmy Gilmer, Carol Conners (of The Teddy Bears), Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, Jim Yester (of The Association), Jerry Yester (of The Lovin’ Spoonful), and Eddie Brigati (of The Young Rascals).

 

The Rolling Stones 1988/1990

Ever since Some Girls, I’ve been collecting anything about The Rolling Stones. Unlike The Beatles, which I started to collect in 1973, but wasn’t their when they were together, I was collecting The Rolling Stones from 1978 and I thought I’d be able to buy their albums on the same day it was released, but I kept waiting and waiting for the new album, that never showed. The Beatles announced, their split, but no words from The Rolling Stones.

I started to get interested with The Who at this point, which I was buying anything about The Who (I’ll be texting them soon), The Doors, The Kinks (I’ll also be texting about them soon), The Monkees (soon I’ll be texting them), Aretha Franklin (she be one I’ll be texting soon), Sam Cooke, Otitis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel (I’ll be doing them next),  The Supremes (I’ve already texted about them), Marvin Gaye (I’ve already started on him) and Motown, which this waiting has caused me.

Sometimes, a bad effect turns good, and since I don’t like to wait my money went to someone else. I already have Eric Clapton’s LP (someone else I’ll be texting about) and David Bowie (he’s from the 1960’s, so I’ll be texting him year by year like the others), so for me, this period of The Rolling Stones was a Blessing and not a curse, but I still want a new album from The Rolling Stones, or announcement that they broke up, because the wait was too much for me.

Then came Steel Wheels in 1989 and my wait was over. The album is too long for me to upload, so I hope the next one will be shorten. The only other album that year is The London Years, with all of their albums and 45’s from the 1960’s, which is great to have and I know a true Rolling Stones fans have !!!

The Rolling Stones 1986/1988

No album came out for another 8  years and their, which everyone thought it means theirs no longer to be The Rolling Stones, but we know better !!!

The Rolling Stones 1984/1986

Between 1964-1966, The Rolling Stones made 2-3 albums a year, which was common in those days. Between 1967-1983 one album per year, which even today performers do, but between 1984-1987, The Rolling Stones didn’t release any album.

Why, because after 20 years, of touring, they needed a vacation from each other and do solo projects.

Mick Jagger released his second album and Keith Richards finally released his first. The future of The Rolling Stones was unsure.

This wasn’t the 1960’s, where The Rolling Stones were treated as gods, the 1980’s were used to bands breaking up into solo or other bands. The 1980’s buying CD’s public knows that if one band or singer isn’t on the charts, then another one will take it’s place. So in the 1980’s generation, The Rolling Stones didn’t matter, but to those who been in the 1960’s and 1970’s did.

By 1986, there were rumors of a new Rolling Stones album, which will be released in 1987. Other then that, this post is meaningless, but I like it and that’s why I’m posted it !!!

The Rolling Stones 1982/1984

As I texted you on my last post, 1982 has nothing to do with The Rolling Stones, well 1983 does, with the album Under Cover, however I don’t have the space to upload it now. The title song is great, but the rest, seems as though they really wasn’t trying. If it was any other band, this album would be a One Hit Wonder and be hard to find, maybe that’s why the next Rolling Stones album wasn’t released until 1987.

1984, Americans were ready to vote for President Ronald Reagan, so The Rolling Stones not releasing an album wasn’t what they had on their minds.

once I get another upload, I’ll upload Under Cover, but I won’t be doing that for awhile !!!

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