Today we started Flying by celebrating one of the still living members of The Beatles, Mr Richard Starkey. Better known as Ringo Starr. He will be 69 years old on Tuesday the 7th of July. He was the oldest member in that very famous rock band from Liverpool, Great Britain. He released two albums in 1970. The first called Sentimental Journey, was an album with old standards. And the second called Beaucoups of Blues, was an album with country and western songs. I played two tracks from each of those albums.
I also played songs from the albums released by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison this year. They were all very busy producing solo albums after the break up of The Beatles.
When I started this program series in January 2008 I began with the year 1970. And now I’m back there. But I will play songs from 1980, 1990 and 2000 in the next show. So some of the albums I played songs from tonight have been on the show before. But the tracks I played has not been played before.
Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, later the male members of ABBA, released their first single and album in 1970 together. One song, ”She’s My Kind Of Girl”, went to be a smash hit in Japan. And this was two years before ABBA became a recording group.
I also played songs with Frida and Agnetha, the female singers of ABBA. In 1969 Anni-Frid met Benny Andersson. They became a couple already then. And Benny wrote a song for her together with Björn called ”Peter Pan”. That was an embryo to ABBA. And the rest of the songs from the solo carrier of Anni-Frid before ABBA was produced by Benny.
Creedence Clearwater Revival released two albums in 1970. Cosmos’ Factory and Pendulum. I plyaed two songs from each of those albums tonight. After Pendulum Creedence became a trio as Tom Fogerty left the group.
Hotlegs was also an embryo to something that would come later on. In this case 10cc. Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme was the members of Hotlegs. Graham Gouldman was in the US producing music on a contract for a recording company during this time. It only came out one album with Hotlegs. It was called Thinks: School Stinks. I played two songs from that album tonight.
Finally I played a track with Syd Barrett, the founder of the group The Pink Floyd. He was sacked out of that group in 1968 when he became to have serious drug problems together with mentally illness. But in 1969 he went into the studio to make his first solo album. That album was released early in January 1970 and was called The Madcap Laughs. I played the opening track from that album tonight.
Next week there will be no Flying as I will visit a concert. I will hear and see Mr Benny Andersson and his orchestra. It will be very nice, I think. But in two weeks I will be back.
Kenneth Thörnfeldt, Flying
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