MICHAEL MURPHEY–“WILDFIRE”

Hello,  Michael Murphey was born on March 14, 1945 in Oak Cliff, Texas.  He is a Country-Pop, singer/songwriter.  He first recorded as Travis Lewis of The Lewis & Clarke Expedition in 1967.  In 1984 he changed his music name to Michael Martin Murphey.  He has charted 29 country hits between 1976 and 1991.

His first pop hit charted in August of 1972.  GERONIMO’S CADILLAC on A&M Records climbed to #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.  His next hit is his classic recording of WILDFIRE on his new label, Epic Records.  The song entered the Hot 100 on March 29, 1975 and was an enormous hit.  Reaching #3 on the Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for 19 weeks.  WILDFIRE sold over 1 million records and Michael was awarded a “Gold Record”.  The single was also a #1 Adult Contemporary hit, holding the #1 spot for 1 week.

Michael would chart 7 records that became hits on the Billboard pop chart, but soon his country hits took him to a new level.  Songs like, WHAT’S FOREVER FOR and A LONG LINE OF LOVE…both #1 Country hits, are just a couple of his classic country sides.

WILDFIRE is the name of the pony in the song and the song is about the girl who rode her.  Classic, does not really say it all, but you get the picture.  This million-seller is one of the beautiful classics to come out of the mid 1970’s and Michael Murphey’s vocal in just awesome.  Although this great song is not from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”…I’m giving it a place in that era, it is just that wonderful of a song.

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER-284

Hi,  Thanks for stopping by today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  YOU’RE THE APPLE OF MY EYE by The Four Lovers was a #62 hit in 1956.  It was the first hit by the group that would become, The 4 Seasons.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1958 The Everly Brothers charted a song that became a #1 hit on, the Billboard Top 100, the Billboard R&B chart and the Billboard Country chart.  Can you name this Everly Brothers classic recording?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY–2/27/1965

Hello,  The week of February 27, 1965 through March 6, 1965 found these songs at the #1 spot in their genre’s

THE BILLBOARD SINGLES CHARTS

Billboard Hot 100–THIS DIAMOND RING–GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS  (ITS 2ND WEEK AT #1)

Billboard R&B chart–MY GIRL–THE TEMPTATIONS  (ITS 5TH WEEK AT #1)

Billboard C&W chart–I’VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL–BUCK OWENS  (ITS 2ND WEEK AT #1)

Billboard Adult Contemporary chart–KING OF THE ROAD–ROGER MILLER  (ITS 3RD WEEK AT #1)

THE BILLBOARD ALBUMS CHARTS

Pop–BEATLES ’65–THE BEATLES  (ITS 8TH WEEK AT #1)

R&B–SHAKE–SAM COOKE  (1ST WEEK AT #1)

Country–I DON’T CARE–BUCK OWENS  (8TH WEEK AT #1)

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER-283

Hi,  Thanks for stopping by today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA  by Eydie Gorme is her only Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit.  It charted at #7 in 1963, she has charted 24 hits on the Billboard Pop chart from 1956-1972.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1956 this group that later became The 4 Seasons, charted their first Billboard Top 100 hit.  Can you name the song and the name of the group in 1956?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

THE TOYS–“A LOVER’S CONCERTO”

Hello,  The Toys are a female R&B vocal trio from Jamaica, Queens, New York.  Members include Barbara Harris, June Montiero and Barbara Parritt.  The Toys were discovered at a talent show by their future manager Vince Marc.  They signed to record on Bob Crewe’s DynoVoice record label.  Their first hit was a song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell.  The songs melody is based Johann Sebastian Bach’s MINUET IN G MAJOR from J.S. Bach’s NOTEBOOK FOR ANNA MAGDALENA BACH. 

The song,  A LOVER’S CONCERTO made it Billboard Hot 100 debut on September 11, 1965.  The Toys huge hit climbed the chart to #2 and held the #2 spot for 3 weeks.  Their hit record also  became a big hit in the UK.  World wide sales of the single record was reported to be over 2 million copies.  The Toys were awarded a “Gold Record” by the RIAA in 1965.

The group followed up their hit in December of 1965 with another Top 20 record,  ATTACK.  Their single charted at # 18 on the Hot 100.  The Toys would tour with Gene Pitney and were on most of the major TV music shows, Shindig, American Bandstand and others.  In 1967 they changed record labels and recorded for Musicor.  They did not chart a Hot 100 hit for the label.  In 1968 The Toys disbanded.  In their charting career they had 4 songs that would be Hot 100 hits.  The group will always be remembered for their time in the sun, when the air waves were filled with their classic sounds of…A LOVER’S CONCERTO…a song that is just as beautiful today as when it was first a hit in 1965.

The Toys great recording has been covered by many top artists through the years…The Delfonics, Sarah Vaughan, The Supremes and many others…but their version is without a doubt, the ultimate…a wonderful recording now living in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll.

Till the next time—Joe