Monday, 25 October 2010

An Audience With Donny And Marie

Watched 'An audience with Donny and Marie' on Saturday night and it was absolutely brilliant! Gotta admit it was a great show!

And what a surprise Marie O was? My goodness, I never knew she was so funny. Who'd have thought it? To look at her you wouldn't think so. Both of them were funny, really great.

And it was really quite nostalgic to see them both back together doing a show on TV again. I remember watching 'The Donny and Marie Show' back in the 70's. It was a really good show actually. Now I will say that in the 70's I was not an Osmond fan, couldn't stand them actually. But, their show was good. Very entertaining. So on Saturday night it really took me back. I found myself singing along with 'Morning Side Of The Mountain' and 'Paper Roses' at one stage! Crumbs, never thought I'd see the day! Funny how songs that you loathed decades ago become strangely appealing as you get older and the 'nostalgia' gene starts to kick in! ("Cos he lived on the morning side of the mountain, and she lived on the twilight side of the hill.....") Aah.... The only disappointment was that they didn't sing 'Make the world go away'. Back in the 70's, that was the only Donny and Marie song I had thought was anywhere near half decent! I actually liked that one. (Would have never admitted it to anyone though!) But despite this minor area of 'deprivation', the show was great. It was a pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed it. And judging by all the beaming faces and the applause throughout, so did the studio audience!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The 'Church' That Wanted The World To End In The 70's

A member of my family once had Bible study lessons with the Jehovah's Witnesses, but I was never convinced of their authenticity. And it didn't help that they made predictions of the end of the world on several occasions that failed to come true! The Watchtower Society (JWs or God's organization) predicted that 1975 would usher in the Battle of the Great Day of God the almighty at Har-Mageddon! The views held about 1975 realizing the outbreak of the Great Tribulation and Armageddon was unquestionably being developed, taught, and promoted by the Watchtower Society. And where are we now! Thirty-five years later and no Armageddon, no Great Tribulation, and the Society is acting as if nothing ever happened in those years. They now even attribute any concerns over 1975 as just trouble making by apostate opposers. The Watchtower Society is unilaterally and totally guilty of perpetrating fraudulent Biblical interpretations, false prophecy, and apostate teachings. A few quotes from the Society around the 1975 Fiasco
Awake,5/22/69,pg15 If you are a young person, you also need to face the fact that you will never grow old in this present system of things. .....all evidence in fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years. a young person you will never fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in high school and thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone!

The Jehovah's Witness religion is false. It has a hatred for this world and anyone who doesn't belong to the organisation. It is false Christianity and nothing to do with God. The whole Watchtower Society organisation (which JW's put their faith and trust in) is a complete fraud. But even after endless false predictions of the end of the world, JW still don't get it.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Bay City Rollers

Love them or loathe them, The Bay City Rollers were the teenage phenomenon of the 1970s. To all those of you who wanted to marry a Roller, screamed at a baseball boot that once belonged to Woody or cherished a piece of Les' old fag packet, this one's for you . . .

Five young lads from Edinburgh; Alan Longmuir, Eric Faulkner, Stuart "Woody" Wood, Derek Longmuir and Leslie McKeown, took their name by sticking a pin into "Bay City" on a map (the group had previously been known as The Saxons - Saxonmania just doesn't have the same ring, does it?).

Signing to Bell Records in 1971, their chart debut was a remake of The Gentry's 1965 hit Keep On Dancing produced by Jonathan King. The record hit Number 9 in the UK charts, but their subsequent releases (We Can Make Music and Manana) were not successful.

In 1974, after a struggling seven year career with only one Top Ten hit (Keep On Dancing), their manager Tam Paton enlisted songwriters Phil Coulter and Bill Martin and dressed the band in tartan. Remember (Sha La La) was a Top 10 smash.

The Bay City Rollers were born and, for some of us, life would never be the same. By the time the band toured in October 1974 they had scored two more Top Ten hits (Shang-A-Lang and Summerlove Sensation) and 'Rollermania' had the UK in its grip.

Their debut LP, Rollin', topped the UK chart and by this stage, fans would do anything just to catch a glimpse of their idols - stand out in all weathers, waiting outside theatres, TV and recording studios.

No-one could miss the fans in their bum-freezer jackets, tartan-edged ankle-freezers (trousers at half-mast), striped socks, baseball boots and tartan scarves tied around their wrists (with the name of their favourite Roller lovingly emblazoned on the back of their jackets). They would scream, cry and sing at the top of their voices the Rollers anthem ; B-A-Y, B-A-Y, B-A-Y C-I-T-Y etc etc.

Over the next three years, The Bay City Rollers would have 10 Top Ten hits (including three Number One's), five best-selling albums, and a clutch of US hits, including one Number 1.

In 1975, the Shang-A-Lang TV series premiered on Britain's ITV (running until August 17, 1977). In the same year during a BBC1 'fun day' at Mallory Park near Leicester, England, 40 female fans tried to swim across a lake to get to the band and had to be rescued (four of them were hospitalised). The Rollers were evacuated from the site via helicopter without performing.

In September of that year the band made their US TV debut, via satellite, on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell, and on January 3, 1976 - 13 weeks after being released in America - their single Saturday Night hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100. The Rollers were billed as the new Beatles and America was turning tartan.

In 1976, guitarist Eric Faulkner almost died after a drug overdose of seconal and valium at manager Tam Paton's house. In other incidents that year, Les McKeown was charged with reckless driving after allegedly hitting and killing a 75-year-old woman, and later found not guilty of firing an air rifle at a female fan. So much for being strictly non-smoking milk-drinking cherubs!

By the time the Rollers played a show in Shizuoka in Japan in 1978 things were falling apart within the band. Accordingly, when Les McKeown took to jumping around in a deranged fashion to attract attention, and invading other member's spotlights, Woody laid into him with punches and kicks. The Rollers' manic Japanese fans were horrified and the band split immediately.

These days the group are best remembered for their anthemic single Shang-A-Lang, press speculation as to whether the band actually played their own instruments in the studio (or on stage), and scandals involving their manager Tam Paton who was convicted on charges of drug dealing, dogged by allegations of sexual abuse and jailed for three years on a charge of gross indecency

More recently, drummer Derek Longmuir also found himself on the wrong end of the long arm of the law for alleged possession of child pornography.

Tam Paton died at his home in Edinburgh in April 2009, aged 70, after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

ELO - 10538 Overture

I have this tune somewhere but don't know where it is at the moment. Wish I could get my hands on it because I absolutely love it. Was glad to find this video online featuring the song. But in this vid, is that Roy Wood I see playing? My goodness. The Move. Wizzard. How many groups has he been in? I didn't realise he was in ELO as well! Anyway, despite his fun antics performing as part of Wizzard, he is obviously a very talented guy, along with the rest of ELO. And I really like the lead singer's voice!
(Update: I had mentioned before that I didn't know that Roy Wood had been in ELO. Well apparently ELO were formed from the ashes of the 60's group 'The Move' which Roy Wood had been in previously)

Friday, 15 October 2010


'A Photo from the first show of Supersonic with Linda Lewis, David Essex, Gilbert O' Sullivan, Suzi Quatro and Alvin Stardust.

Introduced,Produced & Directed by Mike MansfieldLondon Weekend Television/ITV Network1st Series: 6th September 1975- April 19762nd Series: September 1976-2nd April 1977

'Supersonic' Began in September 1975 as part of 'Saturday Scene' hosted by Sally James (When it acted as an occasional substitute for Kid Jensen's 'Rock on With 45').It was launched in it's own right on 6th september.Supersonic was a studio full of explosions,dry ice and bubbles.Debut performers included Suzi Quatro,Gilbert O'Sullivan,Linda Lewis and David Essex,then at No1 in the Charts.
· The Show Tapped into a new style of pop broadcasting,against a tired looking Top of the Pops,but after little more than a year,ratings and distribution had dwindled.The Final series began in September 1976 ,by this time 'Supersonic' had been relegated to the Midday slot as part of the newly-merged children's programme,'Supersonic Saturday Scene'.The Final Edition went out at 11.00am on 2nd April that year.The Guest Line-up included:The Kinks,Elkie Brooks,Marc Bolan,who played out with 'Soul of my Suit' and 'Sweet Little Rock'n'Roller',joined by Ray Davies,Dave Edmunds,John Lodge and Alvin Stardust.