The German magazine
Good Times ran a segment called MOMENTS in its May 2011
issue. It featured momentous occasions which altered the
course of music history. Its Number 5 Moment focussed on
the origin of Yellow River.
Moment lasted a full 165 seconds, or 2:45 minutes. In June
1970, the single Yellow River
came out, and many pop fans wondered as they saw the band's
name on the label and picture cover: Christie.
It belonged to the composer of the song,
Jeff Christie. He was already known by collectors of rare
UK singles, for his time in the Deram band The Outer Limits,
of which the Leeds-born singer and guitarist was a member.
And now this gigantic, commercial catchy
pop tune, which almost sounds like The Tremeloes.
But it didn't just sound like them, it
The songwriter Jeff Christie offered the
song Yellow River to the management
and they recorded the song. But Chip Hawkes and company
were after different sounds on the trip to do more "serious"
And because of their hesitation, Jeff
Christie had enough and tried to do it by himself. The song
went back and the producer Mike Smith had a different idea:
keep the already existing music, but let Jeff Christie do
the vocals by himself.
The rest is history: more than three million
singles were sold.
For The Tremeloes, it was an own
goal. When the Christie version was in the charts it was
too late. The Tremeloes recorded the song in Spanish, but
it was not that successful.
You can also find the Tremeloes' versions
on albums. But the money only went into Jeff Christie´s