1970, Christie were voted by UK listeners as the best singles
band of the year. Here's an extract of how the leading music
journal of the time, The Record Mirror, reported the event.
write us off as a group who have nothing to say musically,
just because we've had success with pop records."
So speak Christie, a group not even in existence
nine months ago, but now emerging as the top British singles
group for 1970 on the strength of Yellow
River and San
trio has been well-managed by Brian Longley and have travelled
the world since Jeff Christie's own and often turned-down
River zoomed up to number one.
Christie say that while they make commercial
hit records, they make more progressive music
Will Christie make that chart hat-trick?
If the first hit record is hard to find, then
the follow-up is usually that much harder.
Christie made it when San
Bernadino trundled up the charts after Yellow
River .. and now the three lads are worrying
themselves grey over the third part of the hat-trick.
It was Brian's faith that launched the debut
Jeff had toted his tapes, River included, round
umpteen undiscerning publishers and recording executives.
Eventually they got to Brian, then involved with Marmalade
and the Tremeloes. Marmalade didn't rate Yellow
River. The Trems
did, but instead brought out Call
Me No 1.
Jeff returned to Leeds, where he watched football
and made the occasional club appearance.
Then Brian called him down to London. Jeff arrived at 4am,
talked until dawn, and it was agreed that he would record
the song himself, along with a couple of other musicians.
That was eight months ago. Now Christie are
number one singles group in Britain. They've travelled the
world, from South America to Sweden. Television in Italy
brought an immediate offer of a 17-day tour there.
Yet, says Brian, there have been problems with
people who dismiss the group as lightweight.
"People write about the group as just
a pop band who have nothing to say musically," he said.
just haven't seen the group on stage that's all I
And Jeff himself said: "I just don't want
our records to carry our act. We've improved out of all
recognition - and believe me, our act stands up on its own."
groups placed in the UK Top 10 included Mungo Jerry, Herman's
Hermits, Free, The Kinks, and The Tremeloes.