More Of The Same Mixture

We talked last week of my musical era and I probably discounted the 70’s which was a little unfair as there was still plenty to enjoy . From 1972 came the remarkable talent of Peter Skellern who may have been the first person to introduce the brass band to a pop record. Without further ado ……

Peter Skellern 1947 to 2017 died of a brain tumour aged 69. RIP Peter.

From 1974 there’s a record I love (amongst many) by a group who took the world by storm and ended the same way. The lead singer and writer of most of the hits Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983. An agreement with the band was that they would not play any of his songs. This was broken leading to a feud that carried on for years. Mr Hodgson still tours playing the songs he made famous with the group. This is one of the best.

Now we nip back to the 60’s for one of my favourite groups of all time. This record came out in 1966 and is perhaps not the one you usually hear when something of theirs is played. I hope you like it. This group were the epitome of vocal harmony.

As a treat I’m giving you a hit single from 1990 which is almost the limits of my real musical knowledge (I stopped listening to music soon after though some gems did sneak into my brain occasionally which we may sample in the future).

Notice anything about the fantastic vocal harmony here? This is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas along with two daughters of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. I’d say there was some talent inherited there. They formed in 1989 and still perform.

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget the hugs even if they still can’t be given in person. Lets heal the world with love.

Massive Hugs to you all.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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29 Responses to More Of The Same Mixture

  1. jilldennison says:

    I hadn’t heard either of the first two before. I liked Peter Skellern’s song, but not so much Supertramp’s. Of course, I am familiar with the last two, and of the four offerings, that last one by Wilson Phillips is my favourite, and I’ve played it a couple of times on my music posts. Nice variety!

    Cwtch

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  2. Keith says:

    David, thanks for highlighting these songs. You were not incorrect to discount the 1970s to an extent. Having lived through it, there were periods of time, where the music and lyrics lacked substance. To me, the beginning was very strong and it sort of was adrift in the middle of the decade with a lot of repetition. Even though, good music was made throughout, there were some songs that left a lot to be desired, in my view. I remember an article that noted The Eagles’ “Hotel California” seemed to restore order to the 1970s when it was released at the end of the decade. I won’t name songs or groups, but when they come on the radio, I seek another station. Keith

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    • davidprosser says:

      Whenever I hear punk I automatically think 70’s. I can understand people fighting back with different music styles but usually there’s music involved.. I rarely listen to the radio so I don’t have your problem but sometimes it’s unavoidable, Golden Brown by the Stranglers was an exception then The Eagles released us into the 80’s
      Hugs

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      • Keith says:

        David, agreed on the punk. And, while there were some excellent disco songs, there was a lot of songs that repeated the same banal lyrics over and over. In high school, the girls fawned over the front man KC, but the strength of the songs was in the Sunshine Band. The over and over lyrics left a lot to be desired, although the girls liked the looks of KC. I liked The Spinners (“Games People Play”) and Earth, Wind and Fire, e.g. Keith

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      • davidprosser says:

        I’ll have to check the Spinners out Keith as the only ones I know are an English Folk Group or the Detroit Spinners and the only version of Games People Play was by Joe South.
        Hugs

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      • Keith says:

        David, check out “Mighty Love” and “Rubberband Man” as well. The latter is a fun song with clever lyrics. Keith

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  3. Thank you for this, David. I enjoyed all of these. I have always been amazed by the close harmony of Wilson Phillips. Hugs.

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  4. Clive says:

    I think you’re definitely wrong to discount the seventies! So many great bands, the era of the singer-songwriter, but then punk and disco came along and spoiled everything! I never really liked the Peter Skellern one but it was good to see a brass band making the cross over from folk music, where they had long been a feature. I liked Supertramp, and this was one of my favourites of theirs, along with Bloody Well Right. Nice to hear some good harmonies in your other two choices, too – I’m a sucker for good female vocals!

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    • davidprosser says:

      a for reminding me of advent of disco which I forgot to include with punk. There were good bands but they weren’t in the ascendency. Bloody Well Right would have been my second choice. I’m glad you enjoyed the other two choices for the good female vocals. I’m sure there will be plenty more of those to come.
      Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        I think it probably depends on what you were listening to at the time. I’d just about given up buying singles by the early 70s, and paid less attention to the charts. There were loads of good album bands around, but not many of them made the singles chart. My uni years were 72 to 75 and I have fond memories of the music from those days.

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  5. inavukic says:

    Ah Supertramp! So many hours spent listening and dancing to them ❀

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  6. Hi David, I tell myself always that we cannot bring back those days. I keep trying anyhow. Nice selection. Hope your week is going well.

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  7. acflory says:

    lol – at last! My era. πŸ˜€ I did listen to songs in the 60’s but it wasn’t until the 70’s that I found the combination of beat and melody that that made my heart sing. Supertramp was and is, one of those magical combinations. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  8. You’re a Lady is. My favourite here.

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  9. The Mamas and the Papas were favourites of mine, too. Huge Hugs!

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  10. literaryeyes says:

    In the 60s and early 70s singing was still a “thing.” The Beatles and the Bee Gees have stood the test of time. The Mamas and Papas were awesome. The musical harmonies of all three groups were complex and even when sad had a strength and/or optimism about them. The Beatles were the happiest but the M & Ps took you on a journey, while the Bee Gees’s harmonies went round the world touching everyone with universal feelings.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Perfectly described. I usually sat I loved the 60’s and then the 80’s when music returned But I even found some music in the 70’s. I’ll add Simon and Garfunkel to your list as real singers with real music. I love your taste.
      Huge Hugs

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