Mike Blakley's departure
made the news in all the music papers.
story was front page news for Disc, September 19, 1970.
CHRISTIE have lost drummer Mike Blakley, brother of Tremeloes
star Alan Blakley. He quit to work behind-the-scenes in pop.
His replacement is 23-year-old Paul
Fenton, formerly with a group called the Contrasts, from Huddersfield.
His first appearance with the Yellow
River hit-makers was at Scarborough last Saturday.
Says group manager Brian Longley:
"The split was quite friendly. Mike will be working for
his brother's music publishing firm in future. We're very
happy with Paul. Jeff Christie and Vic Elmes have known him
for some time."
Paul joins Christie in time to help
promote their follow-up, San Bernadino,
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TOP and RIGHT: How some other papers reported
A few months earlier, in the May
23 issue, Mike had featured in a regular Disc column where
current chartmakers were asked to comment on other hits in
the Top 10.
Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky
really appeals to me. It's very straightforward and great
for teenyboppers to dance to.
World Cup Squad song is a good joke. Great for football
I can't see the success of Frijid
Pink's House of the Rising Sun.
The Animals' version was alright, but never really appealed
to me either.
Stevie Wonder's Never
Had a Dream Come True is knockout; he can't do a thing
wrong. He really swings and this one moves like nothing on
earth. Next to Ray Charles he's the greatest!
CCR are tremendous. Travelling
Band is back to basic rock-and-roll but they've given
it a new approach, it's the ultimate.
Hollies are fantastic, but their
song sounds like any other Hollies record. It's time they
tried other fields.
Moody Blues and Question
are brilliant. They're knockout on stage and the most different
group around. They're going to be big and deserve to be."