Not a single; and two tracks which run together on the LP but the second one seemed appropriate for today.
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Another TV theme from the (very) early 1970s – for the first BBC drama series to be broadcast in colour, Take Three Girls – except it wasn’t just a theme as it became a minor hit for the folk band Pentangle.
For completeness here is the title sequence from the first series of Take Three Girls.
Arthur of the Britons, starring Oliver Tobias, was an agreeably gritty early 1970s TV series made by the Welsh ITV company Harlech and broadcast in the children’s “hour.” The theme was written by prolific film composer Elmer Bernstein. I always thought it had similarities to the theme of my mother’s favourite soap Emmerdale Farm (which only became Emmerdale in 1989.)
This isn’t one of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich’s big hits. It doesn’t feature Dave Dee at all and was recorded and released in 1970 after he left the group when the band had shortened its name to the remaining members initials. This track apparently has the first use of a Moog Modular Synthesiser.
Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies (Dozy): 27/11/1944 – 13/1/2015. So it goes.
I saw Jimmy Ruffin’s obituary in the Guardian this week. Another one down.
Perhaps forever haunted by What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, of which his version is still the best, he had relatively little other success.
I’ve Passed This Way Before didn’t seem quite appropriate. This one, more so.
Jimmy Lee Ruffin: 7/5/1936 – 17/11/2014. So it goes.
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.
Bernard William Jewry – aka Shane Fenton; aka Alvin Stardust. 27/9/1942 – 23/10/2014. So it goes.
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.
Raphael Ravenscroft, 4/6/1954 – 19/10/2014. So it goes.
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…..
There’s a video here of the band performing Have a Whiff on Me on TV but the picture quality is dreadful.
Ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone had a few solo hits in the 70s.
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.
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.
Brian Ferry: Let’s Stick Together