Hello, The Flying Machine was a studio project of British pop songwriters Tony MacAuley and Geoff Stephens. The touring group featured lead vocals by Tony Newman. They were a British pop band that in 1969 was renamed from Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours to The Flying Machine.
The group is best known for their 1969 hit record…SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME. The single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 4, 1969 on Congress Records. The single became a huge hit in the US and in December of 1969, SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME had sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The single climbed to #5 on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 14 weeks. Despite the fact that the song originated from England, the record did not chart at all on the UK Singles Chart. It was released on Pye Records label in England.
On February 21, 1970 The Flying Machine’s follow-up record entered the Billboard Hot 100. BABY MAKE IT SOON was a cover version of the song first recorded by Marmalade. The single did not have the success of their first hit and only charted at #87 on the Hot 100. They issued another single record, but it went nowhere. The Flying Machine split up after the singles release. The original members of the group were, Tony Newman, Steve Jones, Sam Kempe and Stuart Colman. Colman went on to a successful career as a session musician…record producer and a disc jockey on BBC Radio.
The Flying Machine and their one huge hit are still heard on oldies radio and that classic single is a reminder of the wonderful music that came across the ocean during the 1960’s…and became a part of the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.
CLICK ON THE SONG TITLE BELOW AND HEAR THE FLYING MACHINE SING THEIR MILLION SELLER…SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME.
Till the next time—Joe