Posted in 1970s, Events dear boy. Events, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 24 October 2014
A few days ago it was Raphael Ravenscroft, now Alvin Stardust. In the words of another 70s song, “They’re dropping down like flies, man.”
I don’t remember Alvin Stardust’s first pop incarnation. (Apparently on his comeback, Tony Blackburn – who has a running joke with Graham Norton that he still hasn’t been arrested – bumped into him backstage on Top of the Pops one week and said to him, “Didn’t you used to be Shane Fenton?) I’d heard the name but couldn’t put a tune or face to it.
I do, though, remember the 1970s records and leather clad appearances on TV – complete with outrageous size ring worn outside his glove – and thought he was rather sending up the rock hard man schtick.
I haven’t opted for either of his two big hits, Jealous Mind nor My Coo Ca Choo, though.
Alvin Stardust: Red Dress
Bernard William Jewry – aka Shane Fenton; aka Alvin Stardust. 27/9/1942 – 23/10/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1970s, Events dear boy. Events, Music at 8:28 pm on 22 October 2014
Sad to hear that the man who really played the signature saxophone solo of the 1970s, Raphael Ravenscroft, has died.
Apparently he wasn’t satisfied with his famous contribution to Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. “I’m irritated because it’s out of tune,” he said. “Yeah, it’s flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best.”
Judge for yourselves.
Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street
Raphael Ravenscroft, 4/6/1954 – 19/10/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music, Prog Rock at 12:00 pm on 17 October 2014
A bit of proggy psychedelia. Just for a change.
This sounds a bit like Nirvana (the real Nirvana) but it’s a bit too fuzzy and fussy.
One of Shy Limbs’ members was a certain Greg Lake.
Shy Limbs: Reputation
Posted in 1960s, Events dear boy. Events, Jethro Tull, Music at 11:26 pm on 11 October 2014
I just read today of the death of Glenn Cornick, first bassist for Jethro Tull. This was at the time when the band had a very bluesy sound.
At first I thought of marking his passing with Driving Song, the B-side of the Living in the Past single, but its last line isn’t very appropriate in this context.
Instead I’ve chosen Tull’s first – albeit minor – hit.
Love Story was the first time I’d heard Tull – it wasn’t till a few years later and the Living in the Past compilation LP that I realised there had been two singles before this; their first was credited erroneously as by Jethro Toe!
Jethro Tull: Love Story
Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick: 23/4/1947 – 28/8/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1970s, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 10 October 2014
A song with a venerable past and many variations on the title.
Very catchy, but not one of Mungo Jerry’s hits, though. It didn’t get much air time for some reason…..
Mungo Jerry: Have a Whiff on Me
There’s a video here of the band performing Have a Whiff on Me on TV but the picture quality is dreadful.
Posted in 1960s, 1970s, Friday On My Mind, Music, Reelin' In The Years, The Moody Blues at 12:00 pm on 3 October 2014
Ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone had a few solo hits in the 70s.
Colin Blunstone: Say You Don’t Mind
This was one of them. Unfortunately the video isn’t synched. (Perhaps he was miming in the first place, but it sounds like a live performance.)
The song’s writer Denny Laine (he of the early Moody Blues and of Wings) had recorded it in the 60s.
Denny Laine: Say You Don’t Mind
Posted in 1980s, Live It Up, Music, Science Fiction, The Moody Blues at 11:00 am on 26 September 2014
This is a curiosity. The theme from the 1987 TV series Star Cops. Written and performed by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues.
Star Cops Theme – It Won’t Be Easy (Without You)
This is how the opening credits looked.
Posted in 1960s, 1970s, Friday On My Mind, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 19 September 2014
Following on from Canned Heat last week, this live version of Let’s Work Together but more especially Brian Ferry’s reworking of the song as Let’s Stick Together may be deliciously ironic – or not – depending on the outcome of yesterday’s vote. I scheduled this post to appear today before knowing the result.
Canned Heat: Let’s Work Together
Brian Ferry: Let’s Stick Together
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 11:00 am on 12 September 2014
I’m away from home, so this song’s title seemed appropriate.
Canned Heat: On the Road Again
Posted in 1970s, Music, Punk, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 5 September 2014
This is an absolutely pitch perfect pop song. It’s the sort of thing that (for a while) was swept away by the advent of punk rock.
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)