The Magic Highway


There were grand plans for Christie's first public appearance — at the Rome Pop Festival. But this event got cancelled and the group's debut was at a far less salubrious venue. This was the cover story from Disc and Music Echo magazine, June 6, 1970.


CHRISTIE'S original plan to launch themselves publicly at the much-heralded Rome Pop Festival has been shattered by news that the three-day festival had been cancelled! Ten Years After, Chicken Shack and Family were other names set to appear.

   Says festival agent Keith Rossiter, responsible for all British and American acts at the event: "The festival was cancelled at the request of the Rome police because of political unrest in the city. It will now be held on June 12, 13, 14, and I hope that everyone previously booked will be able to appear."
   The group, still topping the chart with Yellow River, now makes its public debut at Llanelly Glen Ballroom, followed by Felixstowe's Pier Ballroom.
   The single is released in America this week, and the group has already guested on Mama Cass' TV show. Later this month they return to the studios to cut three new Jeff Christie songs - Inside Looking Out, Put Your Money Down, and San Bernadino - one of which wil be their next single.
   The Tremeloes have recorded Yellow River in Spanish as a single in South America. Leapy Lee's version is released in America this week, and 10 other cover versions are also on release through the Continent!