Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Tribute To Middle Of The Road

Middle of the Road 

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Middle of the Road
Middle of the Road in 1972
Middle of the Road in 1972
Background information
Also known asPart 4 (1967)
Los Caraca (1968-1970)
OriginGlasgowScotland
GenresPop
Years active1967–1976
LabelsRCA (1970-1973)
Ariola (1973-1976)
Websitemiddleoftheroad-popgroup.com
MembersLorna Osborne
Ian McCredie
Stuart McCredie
Stephan Ebn
Past membersSally Carr
Ken Andrew
Eric McCredie
Linda Carroll
Lorraine Felberg
Middle of the Road is a Scottish pop group who enjoyed success across Europe and Latin America in the early 1970s. Four of theirsingles sold over one million copies each, and received a gold disc.[1] The tracks were "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (which went on to sell over 10 million), "Sacramento", "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum" and "Soley Soley".[1] By early 1972 the group had sold over five million records.[1]

History[edit]

Lead singer Sally Carrdrummer Ken Andrew, guitarist Ian McCredie and his bassist brother Eric McCredie, founded the band on 1 April 1970 in GlasgowScotland. They already played together under the name Part Four since 1967 and later in Latin Americanstyle 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 producerGiacomo 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 Cheep Cheep andSacramento 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.

Current Members[edit]

  • Lorna Osborne (born Lorna Bannon),
  • Ian McCredie (born Ian C McCredie, 15 July 1947, Partick, Glasgow)
  • Stuart McCredie
  • Stephan Ebn

Original Members[edit]

  • Sally Carr (born Sarah Cecilia Carr, 28 March 1945, MuirheadLanarkshire)
  • Ken Andrew (born Kenneth Ballentyne Andrew, 28 August 1942, BearsdenGlasgow)
  • Ian McCredie (born Ian C McCredie, 15 July 1947, Partick, Glasgow)
  • Eric McCredie (born 17 July 1945, Partick, Glasgow; died 6 October 2007, Glasgow)
  • Neil Henderson (born Neil Fulton Henderson, 11 February 1953, Glasgow)

Discography[edit]

Singles
YearTitleChart positionsAlbum
UK[2]GERAUTSWINORNLD
1971"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"122112Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
"Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum"21565
"Soley Soley"52111Acceleration
1972"Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)"231111
"Samson and Delilah"/"Talk of all the USA"2623111
"Bottoms Up"285Drive On
1973"Yellow Boomerang"614282
"Kailakee Kailako"29521
"Samba D'Amour"35Music Music
"Honey No"315Drive On
1974"Rockin' Soul"31You Pays Yer Money And You Takes Yer Chance
1976"Everybody Loves A Winner"43
Albums
YearAlbum titleChart positions
GERNOR
1971Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep3
Acceleration132
1972The Best of Middle of the Road-
1973Drive On48
Music Music45
1974Postcard
All album releases were on RCA except Music Music, which was released on Ariola and Postcard.[citation needed]

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