Anything by the great John Prine.
Anything by the great John Prine.
CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP Middle of the Road
LADY-O the late Judee Sill (origional) Turtles (cover)
A few months ago, I thought about this great song - I haven't heard it for so many years on the radio (I started to think I imagined the song, that it never existed)Originally Posted by Jay F
Took a look on youtube, and there is the original music video, as I remembered it on MTV years ago... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftcyFZxnTro
This guy was a pretty prolific songwriter! Read this from Wikipedia:
Ballard (ex Rick Nicholl and the Rebels) was initially a guitarist (Hofner Club 60), appearing stage left, with Buster Meikle & The Day Breakers in 1961, together with Roy Ballard, Russ's older brother on piano playing behind him, Bernie Benson on bass to the right and Bob Henrit on drums. All 5 fired-up & rocking from the very first moment of their act, wearing their distinctive deep red jackets with black collars! After a stint with The Roulettes, backing Adam Faith, he then went on to join Unit 4 + 2 in the early 1960s, before becoming the lead singer and guitarist of Argent, writing their hit "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", which would later be covered by both Petra and Kiss. Ballard is most well-known as the vocalist on Argent's smash " Hold your head up ". In 1972, Ballard performed on Colin Blunstone's album Ennismore, which was produced by Chris White. Ballard also wrote the hit single, "I Don't Believe in Miracles", which featured on that album.
He left Argent in 1973 and pursued a solo and songwriting career. He wrote such hits as Three Dog Night's "Liar", Hot Chocolate's 1977 UK chart topper "So You Win Again", and Rainbow's 1980 hit "Since You Been Gone." Head East recorded the song first in 1978 for its self-titled album. The song also is featured on Ballard's second solo album Winning. He also wrote Rainbow's 1981 #3 (UK) hit "I Surrender". As a solo artist, Ballard charted once on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, when "On the Rebound" reached #58 in 1980. Progressive rock band Uriah Heep covered "On the Rebound" in 1982 on their album, Abominog.
Ballard also wrote and performed on Roger Daltrey's first two solo albums - Daltrey (1973) and Ride a Rock Horse (1975). Daltrey recorded some other Russ Ballard originals for his McVicar soundtrack, and his Under a Raging Moon and Can't Wait to See the Movie, albums. He did a tour with Roger Daltrey in 1985, playing guitar and even singing one of his own songs.
British pop band Hello recorded Ballard's "New York Groove" in 1975, reaching #7 in Germany and #9 in the UK.
Ballard also wrote the #17, 1981 hit for Santana, called "Winning", which appeared on their album entitled Zebop! and had previously been released by Ballard himself on his second solo album.
Ballard wrote and produced "You Can Do Magic" for the group America on its 1982 album View from the Ground. The single climbed to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1982, and helped resurrect the band's career. The following year, America brought in Ballard to produce their follow-up album, Your Move. One of its tracks, "The Border", which was co-written by Ballard with Dewey Bunnell, reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Borrowing from The Cure's Simon Gallup's 1981 "Other Voices" bass riff, Ballard wrote ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad's 1982 solo hit: "I Know There's Something Going On" (which was produced and featured drums played by Phil Collins). The track reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also penned "Can't Shake Loose" for fellow ABBA former member, Agnetha Fältskog, which peaked at #29 in the same listings.
His song "Voices" - from the album Russ Ballard - was featured in the Miami Vice episode "Calderone's Return: Part 2 - Calderone's Demise", which aired on 26 October 1984. The song was a brief hit on rock radio stations, peaking at #15 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. However, "Voices" stalled below the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #110. The song "In The Night", also from the Russ Ballard album, was featured in the episode "Calderone's Return: Part 1 - The Hit List". The show featured "Your Time Is Gonna Come" by Ballard later in its run.
As much as I liked "Voices" in the 80s until now I had no idea what an extensive backround Ballard had. I just assumed he was a one hit wonder on the rock chart. I had no idea he sang "Hold Your Head Up". I love so many of the songs he wrote, especially Rainbow-Since You've Been Gone. Thanks for posting about him.
Interesting choice, since that version of the song never charted here in the USA. It was a big hit in the UK, though.Originally Posted by jfrancispastirchak
Perhaps you are thinking of the Mac & Katie Kissoon version, which went to #20 here in 1971?
No one seems to remember this song, but I heard it often on WKXY (930 AM) in Sarasota back then.
I found the "Middle of the Road" version of the song on YT, but I've never been able to find a M&K Kissoon video performance of this song.
I used to have the 45 of the M&K Kissoon version, on Dunhill. Sold it with all my other 45s years ago. Great song, though!
BTW, I like MOR's song "Sacramento" a lot, you'd think this group was from the USA, however, they're from Scotland, and the Kissoon's are from Trinidad.
My exposure to Chirpy had to be MOR's, since that song was long gone when I moved west in '69. Some U.S. stations must have tested it, even if it never charted. Funny how Chirpy came back; I was grocery shopping in January, when I heard it on the oldies format playing on the store's sound system. First time I'd even thought of Chirpy since the '60s. My, that girl and those hot pants could make a grown man cry!Originally Posted by SolidGold16
;D ;D ;DOriginally Posted by jfrancispastirchak
That's entirely possible, and I suspect also that "Sacramento" was played a lot in Sacto, and Sally Carr could certainly get your attention
Not one of MOR's LPs or singles charted in the USA, too bad. They were pretty talented, and you can find all three of their singles on YouTube today.
They looked and sounded like a group from L.A., could've fooled me!
A friend of mine works in a grocery store, tells me they play 'Chirpy' on the Musak in the store. The only reason he knows the song is because I played it for him many times. I like a lot of semi-obscure hits from back in the late 60s - mid 70s. I was in heaven when the Rhino "Have A Nice Day" CDs came out a few years back. They covered a lot of songs I always wanted, with a few exceptions. I have pretty much completed my collection of songs that I ever want to hear, and rarely listen to the radio anymore - and I was a radio junkie back in the early 70s. I don't think that music will ever be duplicated in our lifetimes.
I only know the Mac and Katie Kissoon version which I like very much, such a happy song. I also discovered another great song of theirs on a Dutch oldies stream "Sugar Candy Kisses" which was a big hit in the UK (and much of Europe) in 1975 but didn't chart in the U.S for some reason.
Such an exhaustive look at Russ Ballard's career, yet no mention of Ace Frehley's cover of "New York Groove"? #13 in 1978-79.Originally Posted by SolidGold16
As for "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep," it is enjoying a bit of a resurrection on the new "Hippie Radio" station here in Nashville. http://www.hippieradio945.com Cool song, I can't recall ever having heard it before.
I concur with your prophesy about that music, that it likely will never be duplicated in our lifetimes. As a "radio junkie" back in the day, I'm wondering if you ever heard that other song I mentioned in my post, Lady-O, composed and sung by the late Judie Sill. Sill was a deeply introspective songwriter for her age. Her story is remarkable; she learned guitar while serving time in a juvenile facility for armmed robbery with an accomplice much older that her. Disparing over failure to achieve superstardom, she died of a drug OD in 1979. Lady-O was copied by The Turtles.Originally Posted by SolidGold16
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