Category: YouTube clip of the week

Bryan Ferry

The elegant man Bryan Ferry is 75 years old this week.

The former teacher formed Roxy Music in 1970 and two years later had their first hit Virginia Plain. Bryan was one of a few singers who like Rod Stewart and Phil Collins, to name a couple, to had a concurrent career both as a member of a group and a solo artist at the same time and his began just one year after with A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Roxy Music had one UK number one with a cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy which they recorded as a tribute to Lennon who had been murdered just two months earlier. Ferry’s most successful solo single was a cover of a Wilbert Harrison song from 1962 called Let’s Stick Together. Harrison, in 1970, re-recorded his own song and re-titled it Let’s Work Together. Canned Heat covered it the same year under that title and it reached number two.

Bryan’s version used both titles and reached number four in the summer of 1976. Let’s remember his version complete with the cameo apperaance of Jerry Hall on yelps!

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

He was born Michael James this week in 1940, so he’s 80 years old this week.

He formed the Vagabonds in 1960 with an all black line up and performed predominantly ska and reggae music. In 1970, he broke up the group and asked his bass player, a white man called Alan Wood to form a new Vagabonds with an all white line up.

In 1976, their come back song was I@ll Go Where Your music Takes Me which peaked at number 23 but the follow up, Now Is The Time, went to number five.

Let’s remember that hit from Top of the Pops.