Thursday, August 13, 2009

൯ MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep|Tweedle Dee|Soley Soley|Samson&Delilah|Yellow Boomerang|

Middle Of The Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe and Latin America in the early 1970s. Three of their singles sold over one million copies each, and received a gold disc. The tracks were "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (which went on to sell over 10 million), "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum" and "Soley Soley". By early 1972 alone the group had sold over five million records.

The band had its first and biggest hit with debut UK single, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" to win UK #1 in June 1971 and keep it for four more weeks. In all, Middle Of The Road had five hit singles in the UK Singles Chart during 1971-1972. The band had enduring success only in Germany, where they achieved eleven Top 40 hits in 1971-1974.

Lead singer Sally Carr (born Sarah Cecilia Carr, 28 March 1945, in Muirhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland), drummer Ken Andrew (born Kenneth Ballentyne Andrew, 28 August 1942, inBearsden, Glasgow, Strathclyde), guitarist Ian McCredie (b. Ian C McCredie, 15 July 1947, in Partick, Glasgow, Strathclyde), and bassist his brother Eric McCredie (born 17 July 1945, inPartick, Glasgow, Strathclyde died 6 October 2007) from Glasgow founded the band on April, 1st ("All Fools Day") in 1970. They already played together under the name Part Four since 1967 and later in Latin American style under the name Los Caracas.

In 1974, very early Bay City Rollers member, Neil Henderson (b. 11 February 1953, Glasgow) joined the band on guitar. He wrote/co-wrote enough songs for Middle Of The Road (including 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 fist German LP, Music Music), but their commercial success could not keep pace with the earlier songs. [wikipedia]

Totally forgotten about this band when I saw its name and I was saying to myself 'where the world is this place called middle of the road'. Oops..


reanaclaire said...

i remember this song.. that time i think i was around 10 years old? hahaa..cannot remember..

CheaHS@n said...

I cant remember which year they came to Penang..