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 DEBUT HOPES SINK
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!