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Dave Bartram

Dave Bartram, the lead singer with Showaddywaddy, is 70 this week.

In 1973, two groups from Leicester, Choise and the Golden Hammers, amalgamated to form Showaddywaddy taking their name from some of the typical backing vocals of songs from the early 60s.

They were an eight-piece band formed of two singers, two guitarists, two bass players and two drummers. They appeared on the talent show New Faces and won their heat and came second in the grand final at the end of 1973.

Six of their first eight hits were written by the band and were well respected but in a change of direction in 1977, they began covering rock and roll songs of the 1950s and 60s and lost a number of fans, but, however, gained others.

The band fell apart in the early-mid 80s with various members being replaced but the hits had stopped in 1982.

Let’s remember the last hit written by the band in 1976 and the one that preceded their only chart-topper Under the Moon of Love. This is Trocadero.

Ry Cooder

Ryland Cooder was born in Los Angeles and is celebrating his 75th birthday this week.

He made his name in the late sixties when he was playing with Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. In 1968 he began doing session work for the Rolling Stones and throughout the 70s and 80 he released a number of singles and albums as a solo artist.

In 1979, he made history when his Bop Till You Drop album was the first commercial album to be recorded digitally and spawned, arguably his best-known song in the UK which was a cover of Elvis Presley’s 1961 hit Little Sister.

Let’s enjoy this live performance from The Old Grey Whistle Test.

 

Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday is 72 this week.

He was born in Dallas, Texas and when he was 22 headed to Los Angeles where he formed his first band Meat Loaf Soul, a name coined by Meat’s football coach because if his size. He released a few singles, but struggled because, as he claimed on an interview with a New Zealand radio interview, no one took him seriously in the music industry.

He went on to appear in the L.A stage production of Hair, he broke off for a U.S tour and then returned to the same show but this time on Broadway in New York. In 1973, he was invited to join the cast in the original production of the Rocky Horror Show where he portrayed Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, the how was a success and it led to him being cast as Eddie in the film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In 1975, he and Jim Steinman began work on what was to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell. Two years in the making, it finally surfaced in 1977. To date, it has sold approx. 44 million copies worldwide.

He continued to appear in many film and TV productions as well as releasing the albums Dead Ringer (1981), Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983), Bad Attitude (1984) and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) – the latter containing his only UK number one hit I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).

In 1997, he had a cameo appearance as a bus driver in the film Spiceworld.

Let’s remember and enjoy one of the singles released from Bat Out of Hell which, astonishingly only reached number 32 in the UK singles chart.

T.Rex

It was 40 years ago this week that Marc Bolan died in a car crash in Barnes. The car was driven by his girlfriend, the singer Gloria Jones who recorded the original version of Tainted Love and also write the 1979 disco hit Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet for Gonzalez.

T.Rex first hit the UK chart in 1968, under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex, with Debora. After three hits they shortened the name to T.Rex and chart 20 hit singles including the four chart toopers; Hot Love, Get It On, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru.

Let’s enjoy his last top 20 hit, from 1976.