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Lulu. Glasgow born 'shouter'

 

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The decade began after skiffles brief craze in the 50's went out of fashion but Lonnie Donegan continued to have hits into the 60's with songs like 'Commancheros'and 'My Old Man's A Dustman.' Traditional music was still present through entertainers like Andy Stewart who had a chart-topping song with his patriotic ballad 'Scottish Soldier' followed by the comic 'Donald Where's Your Troosers' which charted both in the early 60's and again in December 1989 when it reached No 9 in the UK. 'Donald,' featuring a kilted Stewart impersonating Elvis, gave joy to millions and made him familiar to British record buyers during this period. Today he is an icon for Scottish football fans, the 'Tartan Army' but in the early 60's he sounded the death knell of the traditional Scottish music scene.

Skiffle had introduced many Scots to Country and Western and one musician in particular, Angus Mackenzie, AKA yodeling maestro Karl Denver from Glasgow Springburn, had modeled himself on yodeling singers Slim Whitman and Frank Ifield. He had 11 hits in the UK charts between 1961 and 1964, the most popular being 'Marcheta', 'Mexicali Rose' and 'Wimoweh'. 'Wimoweh', an adaptation of an old African folksong, also charted in a number of countries throughout the world and reached Number one in Australia which consolidated his position as a major musical attraction.

Lonnie Donegan

Andy Stewart

Karl Denver

Karl Denver

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In the 50's Glasgow teenager Alex Harvey like many of his generation was inspired by records imported from the US. In the 60's groups like his 'Big Soul Band' performing American covers were influential attractions in the dance circuit. It was after witnessing Harvey's electric performance of the black American soul classic 'Shout!' that Lulu & the Luvers turned it into a top ten smash in 1964.

By the mid 60's the UK and US music industry dominated popular taste by manipulating media exposure and consequently the charts. Preference was for either English Pop bands like the Beatles who were writing their own songs, or slick American Soul and R & B acts. Scots did have a minor hit in 1964 with 'The Poets' who had written an original Pop ballad called 'Now We're Thru' produced by Rolling Stones supremo Andrew Loog Oldham. Their gimmick was to dress in the style of Scotland's 18th century bard Robert Burns and though they were popular among Scots they never transcended beyond. Most Scots bands in the middle 60's like the Poor Souls, White Trash and Dean Ford & the Gaylords preferred to cover black hits coming from the stables of Stax or Tamla Motown and as a result were marginalized by an Anglo American music coalition marketing their preferences. Beat gave way as Scots developed an appetite for rock, virtuoso Scottish performer Jack Bruce had chart success through classic rock themes 'I Feel Free' and 'Sunshine of your love' with supergroup Cream.

Big Soul Band

Alex Harvey's Big Soul Band

Lulu

The Poets

White Trash

Poor Souls

Jack Bruce

 

Pop success did come in the late 60's with Marmalade, a jam preserve tasty with toast and butter, but also the original popular Scottish group Dean Ford & The Gaylords. When in 1968 the bands name changed to Marmalade they had no less than three consecutive hits - 'Lovin' Things, Wait for me, Marianne' and a Beatles song 'Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da,' the latter being a smash hit throughout the world and selling more than 3,000,000 copies earned them a gold disc. Another song 'Baby make it Soon' reached a top ten position in the UK and then their first single after signing with a new label 'Reflections Of My Life' shot like a meteor to the top of the charts and the follow up 'Rainbow' reached No. 3. 'Reflections' and 'Rainbow' achieved world wide sales of over a million. During their career each new Marmalade release was eagerly sought after and as one of the finest groups in the UK they were in constant demand for gigs, radio and TV appearances.

Radio was instrumental in helping musicians achieve hit records and TV helped create hits for talent show winners like Lena Zavaroni and Neil Reid, but it's not until the 70's that Scots musicians made a significant impression in the pop charts.

Dean Ford & the Gaylords

Marmalade

Marmalade

Lena Zavaroni

Neil Reid

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