Journey Back in Time|
week John Hayes takes a nostalgic trip back in time and rediscovers the hits and
week we visit May 1976, 29 years ago.
- ABBA (The Swedish winners of Eurovision two years previously
had gone Spanish or was it Mexican?)
Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood of Man (Eurovision winner
for the UK in 76 and well deserved)
Rock - Hank Mizell (See the John's Journey part of the
website for more info about Hank)
GB - Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks (So here's the link
with CW McCall who we heard earlier in the show. The very
funny Paul Burnett and his Radio 1 buddy Dave Lee Travis
were behind this rather English version of CW's No.2 hit
earlier in the year)
Bed - Fox (Noosha was her first name and her voice was
a one off)
Star - The Four Seasons (This later period of their music
with December 63 and Down The Hall was as good, if not
better than the early 60s period. Certainly it was more
Up And Boogie - Silver Convention (The importance of disco
could be seen in the charts - here's another that got
us down on the floor!)
You Know Where You're Going To - Diana Ross (1 JJBIT point
for the title of the film from which this came)
Is Too Short Girl - Sheer Elegance (The follow up to Milky
Way and Temptation would follow today's song - but only
Life Is Too Short Girl made the Top 10)
Connection - Isaac Hayes Movement (Would go on to have
a No.1 with a little ditty about some balls, having changed
his persona to Chef)
Angel - Frankie Valli (He featured last week in 1963 with
the Four Seasons. Thirteen years later, he was still having
hits and so were the Four Seasons)
By Myself - Eric Carmen (He would go on to record a song
for the film Dirty Dancing called Hungry Eyes - which
wasn't a major hit - but showed his harder rock edge)
Girls Girls - Sailor (One of two big hits for the group
- A Glass Of Champagne was their other)
Help Falling In Love - The Stylistics (Elvis had done
it, so had Andy Williams. Now it was the time of those
high pitched tight trousered chappies)
- John Miles (Every now and again there comes along a
major production in the singles charts - this was more
like an event, a film soundtrack than a single and it's
Of Mary - Sutherland Brothers and Quiver (One of our most
soothing songs in this week's chart. So who was Mary?)
Me Like I Love You - Bay City Rollers (Still around in
76? Yes, they were and this got to No.4 to be followed
by another No.4 later in the year - what was that called?
20 JJBIT points for the correct answer)
More More - Andrea True Connection (Recently parodied
by a furniture store for a TV advert, this was big in
the discos of May 76)
Hangover - Diana Ross (A star of the Sixties on Motown,
she emerged as The Supremes' most successful solo singers
and we may hear from her again before the end of today!)
Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers (If you were listening
to the adio in 76, this was played every hour, every show
throughout the summer and hasn't been off much since)
THE US HITS
Fever - Sylvers (Not to be confused with Sylver - a
Belgian female DJ who would have a small hit with Turn
The Tide in 2002!)
Back - John Sebastian (A non hit in the UK)
Me The Way - Peter Frampton (No.3 - Let Your Love Flow)
(This was great - a Brit in the US charts)
It was May 1976 and Britain had a new Prime Minister. His
name was James Callaghan and he had replaced Harold Wilson
who had resigned.
The parliamentary Labour Party had voted and Callaghan defeated
the left winger Michael Foot by 176 votes to 137. Denis
Healey, who had been a front runner for the job
been eliminated in earlier voting.
James Callaghan called for unity in the party.
However left wingers in the party met separately almost
immediately after the result and vowed to continue to attack
the Labour Government's economic policy.
Later in the month... Sir Harold Wilson's resignation honours
list would be published and it would include the maker of
a style of raincoat called Sir Joseph Kagan - who designed
the Gannex coat.
was reported that Mr Wilson's political secretary Lady Falkender
had helped draw up the list.
of America's most mysterious film directors and tycoons
Howard Hughes had died of a stroke aboard his private jet
as it flew him from Mexico to Texas. He was s70.
had left an estimated $1.5bn.
He had turned the money left to him by his father into an
even greater amount, investing in Hollywood, aviation and
Las Vegas property.
And he had a mysterious side.
Since the 60s he'd been virtually hidden away, in hotels
he had bought around the world, in his bid to secure perfect
he was dead, the veil of privacy was lifted as newspapers
and books reported on his life.
IN THE JUNGLE IN 76
that disco, pop and ballad world of the UK charts
of May 1976, there was one song which didn't seem
in the right place.
But it was, so much so, that it became the third best
selling single in one particular week.
However, it was an oldie. An 18-year oldie to be precise.
William M Mizell was 53 when his song Jungle Rock
made it into pop's history books.
was born at Dayton Beach in Florida in November 1923,
but moved to North Carolina with his adoptive parents.
He joined the US Navy and served in the second world
war, and when he was discharged, decided to take up
settled in Montgomery, Alabama, where with an acoustic
guitar, he would sing on local radio. One of the presenters
nicknamed him Hank after the legendary country singer
1956 Hank Mizell got together with another guitarist
and a bass player and managed to get a four nights
a week gig at a bar in Chicago.
years later he was invited by country singer Gene
Parsons to record on bhis new label - Eko Records.
Gene had turned his garage into a studio and that
was where Hank recorded Jungle Rock and a few other
sound was an earthy, rock and roll sound with a great
was a little controversy with the first pressings
of the record - they had the composer of the tune
as Jim Bobo. The single was re-pressed with Mizell's
name in its rightful place.
the B side was When I'm In our Arms which had Mizell
and Bobo singing together.
It failed to become a hit, and was re-issued in August
the following year but still failed to make an impression
in the US charts, despite a review in Billboard.
and Bobo continued playing live till 1962, when they
split up. Hank was married by this time, with four
children. He gave up music and became a preacher.
in 1971, a Dutchman by the name of Cees Klop found
one of those early Eko pressings of Jungle Rock and
included it on a bootleg LP called Rock N Roll Volume
Williams, a British DJ, started playing the track
in his disco Wild Wax Show. Charly Records, who had
re-issued songs by the Shang-ri Las and enjoyed great
chart success, released Jungle Rock. It made No.3
in the UK and went all the way to the top of the Dutch
got a silver record for his efforts in breaking the
search was now on for Hank Mizell. He was tracked
down to Tennessee and persuaded to come over to England
to appear on Top Of The Pops, on which he appeared
to mime to his big hit.
was lured back into a recording studio to make an
LP, which was re-released in 1999 on the German Repertoire
Mizell died two days before Christmas in 1992 in the
town of Murfreesboro in Tennessee.
John Hayes for his Journey Back In Time, a nostalgic look back at music and memories
from a chosen year, this Sunday from 9am on 103.5 & 95.3FM - BBC Essex.
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