Lead singer Sally Carr, drummer Ken Andrew, guitarist Ian McCredie and his bassist brother Eric McCredie, founded the band on 1 April 1970. They already played together under the name Part Four since 1967 and later in Latin American style under the name Los Caracas.
Under the name Los Caracas they won the UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
They moved to Italy in 1970 because they had not found success in the United Kingdom. There they met the Italian music producer Giacomo Tosti, who gave the band their distinctive sound and gave them their international break.
The band had their first and biggest hit record in the United Kingdom with debut UK single, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1971 and keep it for four more weeks. In all, Middle of the Road had five hit singles in the UK during 1971-1972. The band had especially strong success in Germany, where they achieved eleven Top 40 hits in 1971-1974. As an example of this, Frank Valdor was fast to adapt Sacramento as his "party records". Songs like Chirpy Chirpy Chip Chip and Sacramento were played a lot on Scandinavian radio.
In 1974 early Bay City Rollers member Neil Henderson joined the band on guitar. He wrote and co-wrote songs for Middle of the Road (including the singles "Rockin' Soul" and "Everybody Loves A Winner" and 1974 albums, You Pays Yer Money And You Takes Yer Chance and Postcard, all released in Germany via Ariola like their first German LP, Music Music), but their commercial success could not keep pace with that of earlier songs.
Wiki: The Meters are an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Meters performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977. The band played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John. The Meters acted as the house band for Allen Toussaint's New Orleans soul classics of the 1960s and are responsible for bringing New Orleans second line grooves into popular music.
While The Meters rarely enjoyed significant mainstream success, they are considered, along with artists like James Brown, one of the progenitors of funk music and their work is influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and modern musicians working in the funk idiom. The Meters' sound is defined by an earthy combination of tight melodic grooves and highly syncopated New Orleans "second-line" rhythms under highly charged guitar and keyboard riffing. Their songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics. In October 2013, The Meters were announced as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees.
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Something of a cult figure in France, Albert Marcoeur is virtually unknown elsewhere. He is a very idiosyncratic artist, creating a musical universe where only his own rules are in force. One could say that he is the French Captain Beefheart, Henry Cow, Area or Frank Zappa, with complex music, sometimes humourous, at other times very serious. We are confronted by Marcoeur - the musical chameleon, always changing his patterns, so we never know exactly where to find him. The music is demanding and very inventive. Highly recommended for the adventurous listener. Try Album A Colorier (1976) for a starter.
wikipedia: Manfred Mann Chapter Three is the debut album released in 1969 by Manfred Mann Chapter Three. It was one of the three first albums released on the Vertigo record label. The principal members of the group were Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg. Mann played the organ and acted as the group's musical arranger, whilst Hugg handled vocals, played piano and was the chief song writer. The group was augmented by a five-piece brass section and several distinguished jazz soloists.
The core songs "Travelling Lady", "Snakeskin Garter", "Devil Woman" and "Time" define the album's sound: long, slow, doomy one chord riffs beneath sections of breathy vocals, powerful brass and free-form improvised solos. "Konekuf" is the same without the vocals, while "A Study in Inaccuracy" is simply freeform. "Sometimes", "One Way Glass", "Ain't It Sad" and "Where Am I Going" are shorter and more melodic, wistful songs centering around Hugg's electric piano, on which he turns in an able solo on "Mister, You're a Better Man Than I".
Current italian band that plays more in the spirit of the 70's than most of their contemporaries. MEN of LAKE mixes the influences of groups such as KING CRIMSON, a mix of psychedelic music ala early PINK FLOYD, Canterbury school, jazzy-pop from the Seventies, blues and psychedelic. "Out Of The Water" shows the maturity of their style with dark vocals & superb Seventies-like keyboards sometimes close to psychedelic.
Side one "Mumbo" – 3:54
"Bip Bop" – 4:14
"Love Is Strange" (Mickey Baker, Sylvia Vanderpool, and Ethel Smith) – 4:50
"Wild Life" – 6:48
Side two "Some People Never Know" – 6:35
"I Am Your Singer" – 2:15
"Tomorrow" – 3:28
"Dear Friend" – 5:53
bonus: 10. Mumbo Link 0:53
11. Give Ireland Back To The Irish 3:46
12. Mary Had A Little Lamb 3:34
13. Little Woman Love 2:11
14. Mama's Little Girl 3:42
All tracks written by Paul and Linda McCartney, except where noted.
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