in Disco 45 No 2 (1971). The magazine was a monthly publication
which printed popular song lyrics of the time. The article
a rehash of the band's origin was printed
next to lyrics for San Bernadino.
was a smash hit for Christie, that fine country-rock
group who record for CBS. But really it wasn't intended
to be recorded by Christie at all!
Jeff Christie, leader of the three-man group,
offered the song to the Tremeloes. The Trems liked it but
changed their minds.
So Jeff and his colleagues lead guitarist
Vic Elmes and drummer Mike Blakley decided: why not
record the number ourselves? Yellow
River shot to No 1 in the hit parade, which isn't
a bad way of getting compensation for the Trems not recording
the song, is it?
Christie have gone from strength to strength.
True, they've lost the services of drummer Blakley
Paul Fenton is Christie's percussionist at present. But
another single, San Bernadino,
followed on an upward direction in the singles charts.
Christie have continued to polish up their
stage act and have been garnering plaudits from far and
wide they scored a great success in South
America at the end of 1970.