created a storm when they turned down a chance to appear
at the Carl Allan awards, hosted by Prince Charles. Not
only was it seen as a snub, but it was unintentionally revealed
that the Tremeloes did the backing for Yellow
River. This article from New Musical Express.
THE TREMELOES GOT TO THE BALL, BUT THE
CHRISTIELLAS DIDNT GET TO SEE THE PRINCE
By Allen Evans
The Tremeloes speak to Prince
Charles at the awards
(Alan Blakley, Chip Hawkes, Dave Munden)
THATS show business
sometimes you score
and sometimes you misfire. Just after last weeks NME
went to press, the annual Carl-Allan Awards were happening
at the Lyceum ballroom, London.
Its the big prestige night of the Mecca
ballroom circuit, during which they give handsome Eros statues
to those who have done well during the year.
Usually two, and sometimes more, go to the pop
world, and this year the Tremeloes, always purveying high
standard music of universal acceptance, were named Top Group,
and the best tune award went to Yellow
River, by Christie.
So Christie, just back from abroad and a non-stop
touring bout, arrived for a rehearsal of the nights
events during the afternoon, wearing the informal gear they
Youre being presented to Prince
Charles tonight, so go away and smarten up. If you havent
got evening dress, a dark suit and dark tie will do,
they were told.
As it happened, living a gypsy always-on-the-move
life, they didnt have either and were so tired they
didnt care very much.
Christie pictured dining
at a supper bar
while the awards were on.
But smelling a good picture-story, a photographer
got them interested in a Wimpey bar supper, where he could
take pictures of the group eating when they should have
been dining in the Lyceum with the Prince, all done up in
Their manager Brian Longley, an ace publicist
who once got the Tremeloes their mentions, thought it could
make the papers too. And once a publicity man, always a
Anyway, Jeff Christie and the others decided
they couldnt go to the ball because, like Cinderella,
they hadnt the right clobber (and no fairy godmother).
So they didnt get to see the prince!
The Tremeloes, however, being all married and
respectable, living in Wentworth and Ascot and all, had
elegant evening suits. And lovely wives to take out for
a good night. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, were presented
with their trophy by Prince Charles, who chatted with them
for some time.
When Christie failed to turn up, the Trems were
a bit annoyed because they felt the other group were letting
the pop business down a bit.
It was then that Trem Alan Blakely remarked:
Well, dont worry, well accept the award
for Yellow River, we did the
This remark interested one of the listeners
very much. He pressed for more details and got a few from
the talkative Trem.
I thought nothing of it, said Alan.
Only later did I learn that I had been talking to
a reporter from the Daily Mirror. I didnt know who
Anyway, out came the Mirror the next day with
the story. The facts were revealed that the Trems
backing tracks, both vocally and instrumentally, were used
on Yellow River, and only Jeff
Christies voice was used as the lead vocalist, after
a lead vocal by Dave Munden had been erased.
At the time, remember, the Trems had sat on
the song for a year and Jeff, who wrote it, wanted to get
it out. The original Christie were willing to remake it,
but it seemed a good idea just to use the Trems backing.
And the Trems gained because their music company published
the number, which has since made a small fortune.
Since then Christie Jeff, Vic Elmes and
Paul Fenton have made all their own discs, San
Bernadino, and their latest, Man
Of Many Faces, due out in March, and their LPs, one
out already and one due in April.
Christie and the Trems have always remained
friends. Only a fortnight ago, at Hamburgs Top Ten
Club, they had a reunion when Christie came from a TV show
to watch the Trems do their act and to have a party afterward.
Both groups are working hard, Christie going
to Australia with America to follow, and the Trems sought
all over the world.
Maybe it could help further sales of the three-million
seller Yellow River, for the
thousands who buy every record the Trems make will want
Yellow River too now.
And from the extra money, maybe Christie can
buy evening wear and the Trems can give a party for all
the pop press, so that they know whos among them!