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And ever since , the battle for the number one spot has had us all talking as well as dancing. In this fascinating spin-off from everyuknumber1. He also counts down the influential events that shaped them, as we moved from rations to never having it so good. Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Cliff Richard were among those who transformed the lives of young people throughout Britain, and taught a country battered by war how to have fun again.
Find out which chart topper was written by an illiterate rapist who formed his own prison band. Learn about the strange early days of the charts, which led to the number one spot being held by two acts at the same time, with different versions of the same banned song. Who was the first woman to top the charts? And which hitmaker lives on as Cockney rhyming slang? Of the three famous versions out there, this is the best. She was in a relationship with Graham Nash at the time, though and he was there performing as part of his new supergroup with David Crosby and Stephen Stills.
Watching the events unfold on TV from her hotel room had a profound effect on the singer-songwriter, and she put pen to paper. Mitchell imagines meeting a child of God on their way to the site, starts to feel like she can be a part of a movement, and before you know it there are half a million likeminded souls. Her recorded version found its way on to her third album Ladies of the Canyon in March They had recorded a version with Jimi Hendrix while working on the song, released on the outtakes album Both Sides of the Sky They ditch the haunting melancholy of the original and turn it into a rather bog-standard rock anthem.
Which brings us to Matthews Southern Comfort. But who were they? When he was 12 the MacDonalds moved to Scunthorpe, close to where I live. He left school at 16 and worked as an apprentice signwriter, and by the mids he was performing in local bands. MacDonald moved to London in and formed surf music trio The Pyramid. In the winter of he was recruited to sing for the then-new rock band Fairport Convention, and was among the line-up to record their eponymous debut and follow-up What We Did On Our Holidays in However, the second LP by the band saw them moving toward the traditional folk for which they would become so influential, and Matthews departed during the making of Halfbricking in The line-up featured former Fairport colleagues like Richard Thompson, and included his own material as well as covers.
Matthews put together a touring band, called Matthews Southern Comfort minus the apostrophe , featuring lead guitarist Mark Griffiths and Gordon Huntley on pedal steel guitar from the album, plus new members Carl Barnwell on guitar, bassist Andy Leigh and Ray Duffy on drums.
The band kept their version of Woodstock faithful to the original, and it went down so well, the BBC contacted their label about it.
Matthews refused, but said it could become a single. Apparently Mitchell later told Matthews this was her favourite version of Woodstock , and I agree completely. This recording is sublime. But they refused to spend money on promotion upon its release in July. Three months to make it to number 1! Were the band pleased to be chart-toppers? Not really, it turned out. He went solo, and the rest of the line-up continued as Southern Comfort, releasing three albums between and When they collapsed Matthews continued to record while living in Los Angeles, working with Michael Nesmith of The Monkees at times during the 80s and 90s.
He has gone by the name Iain Matthews ever since In he moved to Amsterdam and continues to record and perform, sometimes reviving Matthews Southern Comfort or Plainsong.
Both are folk songs written to commemorate counterculture festivals and give them mystical meaning. And the next number 1 would be a very fitting postscript. Written by : Joni Mitchell. Weeks at number 1 : 3 31 October November. This tradition made stars of Samantha Fox and Maria Whittaker among others, but divided public opinion.
However it continued for 44 years, until Multi-talented American singer Freda Payne enjoyed an impressive six weeks at number 1 with this soul track, featuring noteworthy lyrics that have been much misunderstood over the years due to cuts made before its release.
Her younger sister was Scherrie, who became the final lead singer of The Supremes in time. Growing up, the elder Payne enjoyed female jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, which would later have an impact on her singing style. She attended the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts as a teenager, and also recorded jingles for the radio, as well as taking part and winning various talent shows.
Clearly, exclamation marks were popular back then. Payne spent the next few years dipping her toes into acting, until when she was contacted by old friends and hitmakers Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland Jr. Holland-Dozier-Holland had left Motown in and formed their own label, Invictus, also home to Chairmen of the Board and the first Parliament album, Osmium.
Her first single for Invictus was the long-forgotten Unhooked Generation. Band of Gold touched on an unusually adult theme for its time. They ended up sleeping in separate rooms, with her hoping he would return and try to make love to her once more.
So, what went wrong? The ambiguous lyrics have been open to interpretation — her husband must surely be impotent, or gay? Over the years, Band of Gold became popular in the gay community thanks to the latter theory, one that was borne out by an interview Lamont Dozier did for Songfacts songfacts. But according to Dunbar, the original version of Band of Gold explains exactly what the issue was. Led Zeppelin. Nick Drake. How to Order. International Shipping. Return Policy. Order Items by Catalog.
View Catalogs Online. Safe Shopping Guarantee. Buy a Gift Certificate. Customer Reviews. He was an original member of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention from to before leaving and forming his own band, Matthews Southern Comfort, which had a UK number one in with a cover version of Joni Mitchell 's song " Woodstock ".
In , he changed the spelling of his first name to Iain and has been known as Iain Matthews ever since. Influenced by both rock and roll and folk music , he has performed as both a solo artist, and as a member of various bands. He was a member of Fairport Convention during the early period when they were heavily influenced by American folk rock and sang on their first three albums before leaving in He initially embarked upon a solo career before forming the bands Matthews Southern Comfort and then Plainsong.
He continues to tour regularly with the current version of MSC and a new album "The New Mine" is due for release at the end of March Matthews' family moved to Scunthorpe , Lincolnshire, when he was twelve years old. On leaving school at sixteen, he initially worked as an apprentice signwriter for a local painting and decorating firm.
During the British pop music explosion of the mids, he sang with several local bands in Scunthorpe and then moved to London in the spring of , taking a job in a Carnaby Street shoe shop, Ravel. During the recording of Unhalfbricking in , as Fairport increasingly drew their material from a traditional British folk repertoire, Matthews found out he had not been invited to a recording session and, after a short discussion with producer Joe Boyd and Ashley Hutchings, left the band and departed on a musical direction of his own.
In Matthews recorded his debut solo album, Matthews' Southern Comfort , which was rooted in American country music and rockabilly.
This was his first significant experience as a songwriter, although the band did also cover versions of Neil Young and Ian and Sylvia songs.
He followed it up by forming a working band, Matthews Southern Comfort using the name of his first album, but without the apostrophe , releasing two more albums in short succession, Second Spring — UK 52  and Later That Same Year The band went through various different line-ups and toured extensively for the next two years.
They had one commercial success, a cover version of " Woodstock " by Joni Mitchell which was a number one hit single in the UK Singles Chart in October Matthews' Southern Comfort Second Spring Christgau's Record Guide. Watkins, however, soon discovered that his studies were going to be affected and dropped out of the band, to be replaced by Andy Leigh who had just left the band Spooky Tooth.
Not long after that Roger Swallow also decided he wanted to leave and he was replaced by Ray Duffy, late of the band Marmalade , who stood head and shoulders above the half dozen drummers who auditioned to be Swallow's replacement. Their style of three-part harmonies mixed with country rock appealed to English music fans at the time and they toured the UK extensively, beginning in February with a gig at the Mothers club in Birmingham, a triple-header bill alongside Fairport Convention and Fotheringay.
MSC also recorded some nine radio sessions for the BBC, the best of which were eventually released on the album Scion. These discs at the time were typically only made available to overseas radio stations for broadcast purposes and were not made available for sale to the general public.
The third version by Matthews Southern Comfort became the best known version in the United Kingdom, and was the highest charting version of the song worldwide, reaching the top of the UK music charts in There was a big listener response to the song; people wanted to know where they could buy the record, which of course did not yet exist.
Howard and Blaikley wanted the band to record it with a view to putting it on their forthcoming album Later That Same Year but Matthews argued against that and wanted to keep the album as he had originally intended it to be. Interest in the record was initially slow; it made a cautious entry to the UK charts at No.
Chart success and its attendant media coverage and obligations did not, however, sit at all easily with Matthews,  nor did the increasing spectre of being labelled as a country rock band. His discontent came to a head in late November at the soundcheck for a gig in Birmingham where he abruptly quit there and then and returned home to London.
Overdubs and new vocals were recorded, some drums were added and thus, some forty years after What We Say - Matthews Southern Comfort - Matthews Southern Comfort / Second Spring (CD) original band had broken up, a new Matthews Southern Comfort album Kind Of New was released in He appeared with Andy Roberts at the Cambridge Folk Festivalwhich led to the first of what became several changed versions of Plainsong. What We Say. Entitled "Words And Music", the tour covered some 11 venues in England and Scotland at which both Matthews and Clayton talked about various episodes from the book and Matthews performed live as solo artist; he was joined on stage for one night of the tour by former Plainsong bandmate Andy Roberts, at The Greys in Brighton. In Octoberit was announced that Creedence Clearwater Revival no longer existed. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Dave Matthews Band, Southern Comfort 1, Gainsbourg must have loved that. By the time he was in his early twenties, he changed his name to Serge Gainsbourg.
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