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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 4: Get Down, Get Down, Get Down!


Welcome to volume 4 of  

my globetrotting series


BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!



I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great music performances that originated from TV studios, big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.



Join me now for another exciting

trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in Foreign Lands!



 MELISSA MANCHESTER 

TOPPOP
HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS

Whatever happened to Melissa Manchester?
It's been years since I gave the singer and
actress a thought. Turns out Melissa is still
releasing adult contemporary albums and,
as recently as 2010, taking acting roles.
Melissa first broke through in 1975 with
"Midnight Blue," an easy listening single
that topped the AC chart and approached
the top 5 on the pop chart. In the early 80s
Melissa made the transition to a New Wave -
synthpop style and scored the biggest main-
stream hit of her career with the long titled
"You Should Hear How She Talks About You,"
a single that reached the top 5 in the U.S.,
Canada and Australia. The first stop on
today's Biffle tour is The Netherlands
where Melissa performed her hit on
the Dutch TV series TopPop.

"You Should Hear How She Talks
About You" - Melissa Manchester
(Aug./Sept. 1982, highest chart pos.
#5 Hot 100/#4 Cash Box, from
April 1982 album Hey Ricky,
perf. on Dutch TV show TopPop)





 ABBA 

MUSIKLADEN
BREMEN, WEST GERMANY

The Swedish pop super group ABBA won
the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest singing
"Waterloo." Soon after, ABBA followed-up
with "Honey, Honey," a single that cracked
the top 30 in the U.S., wasn't released at all
in the UK (oddly) but became a major hit in
other European countries, particularly West
Germany where it peaked at #2 and lasted
four months in the top 5. It is no wonder
ABBA was invited to perform the song
on the German TV series Musikladen.

"Honey Honey" - ABBA
(October 1974, highest chart pos.
#27 Hot 100/#2 Germany, #4 Austria,
perf. on German TV series Musikladen)





 BOYS TOWN GANG 

TOPPOP
HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS

The Boys Town Gang was a San Francisco-based
disco/Hi-NRG band featuring local cabaret singer
and Diana Ross soundalike Cynthia Manley on
lead vocals. In 1981 Boys Town Gang released
a whale of a single on Moby Dick Records - a
whopping 15 minute long medley covering two
Diana Ross hits "Remember Me" and "Ain't No
Mountain High Enough." The following year
the band topped the charts in The Netherlands,
Belgium and Spain with another killer cover, the
Frankie Valli hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."
The Gang's version was used on the music video
game Just Dance 4. Here they are, the Boys Town
Gang, performing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
on the Dutch music television show TopPop.

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Boystown Gang (July 1982,
highest chart pos. #1 in
 The Netherlands, Belgium &
Spain/#4 UK, live perf. on TopPop)






 GILBERT O'SULLIVAN 

 (PAN'S PEOPLE) 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON

Irish singer and songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan
enjoyed his greatest success during the 1970s.
O'Sullivan's hit string in the U.S. began in 1972
with "Alone Again (Naturally)" which topped
the pop chart 6 non-consecutive weeks. That
same year O'Sullivan scored a top 3 U.S. hit
with "Clair," a song I simply don't remember.
I do remember this one - "Get Down" - a 1973
single that went top 10 in America and topped
the UK and Irish charts. When you check out
the clever choreography of Pan's People, the
female dance company on Top Of The Pops,
you'll be asking, "Who let the dogs out?"

"Get Down" - Gilbert O'Sullivan
(highest chart pos. #7 Hot 100,
#1 UK and Ireland, from the 1973
album I'm a Writer, Not a Fighter,
dance perf. by Pan's People
on Top Of The Pops)





 ANDY KIM 

HITS A GOGO
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Pop rocker Andy Kim has been called Canada's
answer to Neil Diamond. The rare video you are
about to watch is taken from a genuine bandstand
in a foreign land, Hits A Gogo, a Swiss pop music
TV show produced in Zurich.  Of special interest
in this clip are the go-go dancers that performed
as Andy sang his latest hit "So Good Together."
I'm guessing they are Pan's People, the troupe
you just watched in that Gilbert O' video, the
ones who gained fame on Top Of The Pops
and also appeared on numerous other TV
shows in the UK and across Europe.
Enough of this speculation
(aka babbling) - enjoy!

"So Good Together" - Andy Kim
(Nov. 1969, highest chart pos.
#36 Hot 100, #15 Canada,
#37 Germany, from 1969
album Baby I Love You, live
perf. with Pan's People on
Mar. 3 1970 ep. of Swiss
TV show Hits à Gogo)





 GIDEA PARK 

TOPPOP
HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS

AMG characterizes Adrian Baker as "a would-be
British Brian Wilson" and "a veritable one-man
harmony band." Named after Baker's home town,
an affluent residential East London neighborhood,
Gidea Park is a band put together by the English
singer, songwriter and record producer. In 1978
the group released a fine medley of Beach Boys
songs entitled "Beach Boy Gold." Inspired by
the soundalike/tribute medley craze ignited in
1981 by studio groups like Stars On 45, Baker
and Gidea Park re-released "Beach Boy Gold"
in the summer of that year.  The single caught
the attention of the real Beach Boys and they
invited Baker to join the Beach Boys’ touring
band for a brief period in the early 80s. Watch,
listen and answer this question. Is it live?
Is it Memorex? Is it The Beach Boys... 
or is it Adrian Baker's Gidea Park?

"Beach Boy Gold" - Gidea Park
(orig. single released in 1978,
reissued in July '81, perf. on TopPop)





I hope you enjoyed vol. 4 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!

33 comments:

  1. Melissa is still singing and acting as well? I didn't know that.
    Most of those are new to me.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for reporting in, good buddy!

      That's correct. Although Melissa hasn't placed any singles on the charts since the end of the 1980s, she is still active in the 2010s as a singer, songwriter and actress. This post has several songs I haven't heard in decades including Melissa's and the ones by Gilbert O and Andy Kim.

      Thanks again for joining me, good buddy Alex!

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  2. Tom,

    Melissa Manchester had some great hits. It's good to hear that she was still performing as recent as 2010. I noticed a YouTube vid interview of her promoting a new CD released (Oct. 2017) The Fellas. Some if not all the songs are covers. I'm sampling it right now on iTunes as I leave my comment. This is a fun post with some artists I haven't thought about in a long time. How refreshing! As always, it's a pleasure to rediscover some lost mewsic from my past. Thanks for sharing, my friend. :)

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend!

      It's fun to remember Melissa Manchester. When she was at the peak of her popularity and chart performance I didn't pay much attention to her because I was into other styles of music. However, this long-titled song of hers was a big crossover hit and stuck in the back of my mind all these years. I was delighted to find a clean, clear video of Melissa performing the hit on TopPop - Netherlands. "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" garnered the 1983 Grammy for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance. In claiming the prize Melissa bested heavyweights Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Juice Newton and Laura Branigan - no small achievement!

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cathy!

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    2. Tom,

      Hmm, I didn't realize this song was a crossover hit. Now, that I think about it I knew the song was different from her other mewsic but just didn't make the connection. That's impressive that she beat out these other females artists you mentioned. Cool! :) Have a good weekend & thanks for stopping in to vote in my newest BoTB, my friend!

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks so much for returning to chat, dear friend. When an easy listening, jazz or country artist scores a major crossover hit on the pop chart, it makes sense that they would try to repeat that success by recording more material in the same vein. Brenda Lee had a large number of country crossover hits. Connie Francis proved she could rock 'n' roll with the best of them and she also recorded some fine pop and country style crossover hits. Some artists, however, immediately retreat back to their roots or change direction entirely and turn to gospel music, never again enjoying success in the pop category.

      Thanks again for your additional comment, dear friend Cathy!

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  3. It's turning into a Shady Day! Starting my day with not one but two Shady posts and both had music I'm digging, getting my day off to a fun start. Thanks for that!
    I totally enjoyed this edition of Bandstands in Foreign Lands.

    I hadn't heard Melissa Manchester's "You Should Hear How She Talks ABout You" in sooo long! Sounded so good. Her performance on TopPop wsa wonderful. That was a great kickoff Tom.

    Then you jump over to another fav or mine: Abba. I don't think I appreciated Abba when they were at their height but I love their music now. I remember my Mom buying one of Abba's albums back in the day. She really enjoyed them. They really do have a nice sound.

    As for Boys Town Gang: Ah, can we talk?? What was that??!!! I kinda couldn't stop giggling, watching the side-guys. The one was so stiff and the other, well, not sure what to say about him. Only that I didn't quite understand why they were necessary. Is that how all the Boys Town Gang's performances were, with Cynthia Manley in the middle and the two highly baffling dudes next to her? They were always a part of the Gang?? Maybe it's too early but I just didn't "get" them. But they did make me laugh and maybe that was their intended purpose? Although I doubt that...

    And then you brilliantly followed that with the Pan's People! hahaha. Gilbert O'Sullivan is another that I hadn't heard in ages. I do remember the song "Clair". I LOVE "Alone Again, Naturally" --- such a great song and deservedly a #1 hit.
    I remember "Get Down" too. But wow, the Pan's People's people sure needed to spend a little more time with the choreography! :) All through this song (and the Boys' Town Gang's before) I was thinking "Thank goodness that choreography has come so far over the last decades!" That was seriously some bad, albeit comical, stuff! I did adore the dogs though. You know that, right?!

    Re: Andy Kim: I don't really remember him. I think I recognized the song but I just don't remember the name Andy Kim at all... It's a good song though. I liked it.

    And Wow, Gidea Park sure has that Beach Boys sound down! Very cool that the actual Beach Boys invited them to tour with them for a bit.

    Now that you've successfully started my day (I was all ready to go back to bed after I fed the dogs), I have to go visit some 4M posts.
    Have a great day. Thanks for a great kickoff!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      I am very pleased to have you join me for not one but two posts. Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! I am always happy when you make it a Shady day. :)

      I'm thrilled to know that it has been a long time since you heard that song by Melissa Manchester. I try not to post music that is too familiar. I am not a huge fan of Melissa's output, but this particular single of hers, "You Should Hear...," made a big impression on me when it rode the chart in the summer and fall of 1982.

      I don't know much about Boys Town Gang. Chances are the two scantily clad men were not part of her act but were thrown in as eye candy for that specific performance on TopPop in Holland where this single hit #1 on the chart. Here's my thinking. The San Francisco based band probably had a large international gay following and that would explain the male "dancers" and their costumes. On an earlier B-T-G recording, lead vocalist Cynthia Manley sounds an awful lot like Diana Ross as she covers two of Diana's well known recordings: "Remember Me"/"Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The covers are in the form of a medley with a running time of more than 15 minutes! I have both of these Boys Town Gang releases in my CD collection.

      I'm glad you enjoyed watching those dogs on the "Get Down" number. As you noticed, one of the canines left the proceedings early, possibly driven way by the clumsy choreography of Pan's People. :) Clearly, at the end of the number, there were supposed to be five dogs sitting there so that each girl could stand behind a dog and give it a hug. As a result of the shortage, the lucky dog on the far right got hugs from two girls instead of just one. :)

      I'm sure you must remember Andy Kim's huge 1974 hit "Rock me Gently (rock me slowly." It reached #1 in the U.S. and Canada. Yes? No? There again, in that Andy Kim video, the dancers behind him did not seem all that graceful to me, What do you think? It so funny. One of the German TV music programs, Musikladen, is notorious for having go-go dancers that have been called "the worst disco dancers in the world." It makes you wonder how and why this was allowed to happen.

      Yessum, Gidea Park sounds more like the Beach Boys than the Beach Boys sound like the Beach Boys. :)

      Thank you again for coming to my music party, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. ... so enjoyed this musical ride, friend Shady ... at that my favourite radio station was Hilversum Dri ... now it's Sunny 94 ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you so much for coming down, dear Canadian friend!

      Are you saying that it's sunny and 94 degrees today in your neck of the woods? :) I'm very happy to know you enjoyed the musical ride and were not frightened off by those dogs in the "Get Down" video. :)

      Thank you again for being here, dear friend cat, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Lubbins lubbins lubbins, cat!

      :) :) :)

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  5. I have't thought about Melissa Manchester in years. I guess I considered her a bit of a one-hit-wonder.

    I remember the first two Gilbert O'Sullivan songs, but not the one you featured. Love the dogs in it, though a couple appeared a bit stressed with their panting. Sweet things. I'm glad they got all the loving at the end. :)

    ABBA often gets ridicule, but I always liked their stuff!

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      It's great to see you,. dear friend. Thanks a lot for stopping by!

      You might remember Melissa M's first crossover hit in 1975 entitled "Midnight Blue." Yes? No? You were a bit too young? Melissa is one of those artists who had a good string of hits on the Adult Contemporary chart but placed only three of her singles on the Hot 100 pop chart, her biggest being our featured song "You Should Hear..." Like another female singer that comes to mind, Bernadette Peters, who gained a pop hit with a cover of "Gee Whiz!" ("Look at His Eyes"), Melissa was unable to repeat the mainstream success she found with this exciting "new wavy" synthpop single.

      I am amazed at the discipline of those dogs on Top Of The Pops. All but one of the pooches stayed seated and watched patiently as Pan's People cavorted around them for three minutes. I'm surprised you don't remember "Get Down X3." It made quite an impression on me at the time and I was happy to find this clean, nicely restored video to post today.

      Glad you are not an ABBA hater. For some reason there seems to be many. I like them, too, and also like Aggie's post-ABBA solo albums.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Kelly!

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    2. Yes, Midnight Blue is the song I remember and, looking at my vinyl collection, it's the only LP I have by her. Evidently nothing beyond that impressed me enough to buy (if I ever heard any of it!).

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    3. Hi again, Kelly!

      Thanks for returning to the scene of the grime, dear friend, and for letting me know that you remember Melissa's mid 70s hit "Midnight Blue." By the time that easy listening favorite was charting, I was developing a taste for harder and heavier music and was collecting Kiss, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith. I never owned any of Melissa's records but do appreciate the new wave/synthpop hybrid featured in this post.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Kelly!

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  6. Hi Shady!

    Melissa does a great rendition of a sweet old song! Cynthia Manley would have done well to leave the boys in town for such a smooth rendering of a Frankie Valli fave.
    Antsy gals, nervous dogs and not a glimpse of Gilbert O'Sullivan? Oh, the anguish. I'm curious as to what he looks like.
    Andy Kim, I see, is as handsome and talented as ever, disembodied legs behind him notwithstanding ;-)
    What a thrill it must have been to be invited to tour with the Beach Boys!
    Terrific post, my friend. I can't imagine the time it must take to put it all together.

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      It's so nice of you to visit again today, dear friend. Thank you very much for dropping in! I'm glad you enjoyed the musical selections in my latest "Biffle" post.

      Regarding that Melissa Manchester number, my ears find it interesting that, in places, the arrangement of "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" sounds a lot like Madonna's "Material Girl," a song recorded by "The Material Girl" two years after Melissa's single hit the street. I wonder if anybody else can hear the similarities between the two hits.

      The dancers that flanked Cynthia on that Frankie Valli cover were rather awkward, but the recording itself is wonderful, in my opinion, a classic in its own right. I have it in my CD changer and never tire of listening to it.

      I'm surprised a couple of the readers do not know Andy Kim. In addition to the song featured in this post, the Canadian singer/songwriter scored hit singles with "Rock Me Gently," "How'd We Ever Get This Way?" and covers of two Ronettes songs, "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You." Andy Kim is nicknamed "The Canadian Neil Diamond."

      So pleased you enjoyed those beachy keen harmonies from the England's Brian Wilson wannabe Adrian Baker and his group Gidea Park.

      Thank you again for joining me today, diedre, and for composing this wonderful comment. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

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  7. What a fun post! Probably because I recognized almost everyone! The only ones new to me were Boys Town Gang and Gidea Park. The music was good with Boys Town but all I could think of when I saw the open vests was "Village People". Love Abba! We had a Doc who would play their music constantly. I think I was the only one who never complained. When you mentioned the dog thing with Gilbert I thought you were referring to the girls! Ha! Then I saw the actual dogs! The one video that made me laugh was Andy Kim singing between those legs in the beginning...I kept thinking, "don't look up Andy!" I loved the Gidea Park's Beach Boy stuff..you are right about them sounding like the real deal. That was fun and I enjoyed every thing today. Thanks for making me smile at a time when I don't always feel like doing that! You Rock Shady!

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    1. Hi, birthday girl YaYa!

      Thank you very much for spending part of your special day with me here in the Shady, dear friend. I am delighted to know you got so much enjoyment out of the videos I selected.

      Those male models (I hesitate to call them dancers) that performed with Cynthia as Boys Town Gang do indeed bring to mind The Village People. They should have had them dressed as a construction worker and an Indian chief. :) Hokey as their performance was visually, I really do love their cover of Frankie Valli's big hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

      I'm happy to find another ABBA lover in the crowd. I can imagine going under the knife in the OR and hearing a medley of ABBA songs as the anesthesia takes effect and I drift into unconsciousness. :)

      I smile when I watch that "Get Down" dance routine by Pan's People featuring four obedient dogs and one that went a.w.o.l. early on. It's sad to remember that a dog's life span is short and those beautiful animals are all dead and gone by now.

      That is a very unusual Andy Kim video and it took me quite a while to gather what little info I could about it. I am guessing that the dancers are Pan's People because they made the rounds and danced on other European music TV shows in addition to TOTP. I'm excited to know you enjoyed the medley of Beach Boys songs performed by the English group Gidea Park.

      I am very happy to be able to make you smile as a tough week draws to a close. That's what genuine friends are for. Thank you again for coming to the party, dear friend YaYa and, once again, happy birthday to you!

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  8. The songs were far more recognizable to me than the bands, but a lot of familiar music here. It's funny how favorite bands drift out of favor, still performing and obviously selling some records, but not hitting that top spot again.

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    1. Hi, Shannon!

      Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories, my new friend! I am very happy to see you. Thanks for coming!

      Most readers can "name that tune" more easily than they can i.d. the artist, group or band. Over the years I have enjoyed presenting "one hit wonders" of the pop chart - artists that mainly perform in the easy listening, jazz or country categories - that struck gold once or twice in their careers with crossover pop hits. Melissa Manchester is one. Bernadette Peters is another, and check out Nancy Ames and her unique pop single "Friends And Lovers Forever" which, by song's end, sounds a lot like the McCoys hit "Hang On Sloopy":

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWeWCPJnV28

      Thank you again for joining me, Shannon. I am honored welcome such a gifted author to my corner of the blog world. I hope you will come and see me again. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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  9. Oh my word those 2 guys from Boys Town Gang look like they were plucked straight from a 70's porn movie!

    You can't beat Pan's People!

    I was quite surprised to see the Abba girls pouting etc. I always thought they were squeaky clean!

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    1. Hi, Joey!

      I am delighted to see you back here, good buddy. Thank you very much for dropping by!

      A couple people have remarked about those male "dancers" with Cynthia Manley in Boys Town Gang. They certainly do look like a couple of fugitives from the movie Boogie Nights, don't they? :)

      Let me reason this out with you and see if you agree. The dance music act Boys Town Gang rose to popularity in the early 80s. I remember that period very well for the proliferation of clubworthy covers of hits of the past. The Dutch band Stars On 45 made a big splash during the period with their drum track driven cover medleys of hits by the Beatles, Stones, ABBA, Stevie Wonder and other popular artists. Boys Town Gang gave us two gems of the genre with covers of hits by Diana Ross and Frankie Valli. Groups like these and the dance oriented material they recorded and performed was very popular with the international gay community, and so it is my theory that the two gentlemen used in that BTG performance on TopPop were window dressing intended to please the gay audience. It would have helped matters if they had been better dancers. :)

      I'm glad you appreciate the female dance troupe Pan's People. I have come to think of Pan's People as a cursed dance company because I read that a disproportionate number of the original members, approximately half of them, including a few of the girls that danced in the Gilbert O and Andy Kim videos in this post, are deceased. They died way too young due to illness. It makes you wonder.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, good buddy Joey!

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  10. I've always liked, Can't Take My Eyes off of you. That was a good remake by Boys Town Gang.

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Welcome back to SDMM, dear friend! Thank you very much for taking a look and a listen to my BIFL ("Biffle") #4 post.

      It starts with a great song, I always say, and Frankie Valli's hit single of the 60s "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a great song. The early 80s dance music group Boys Town Gang produced a capable cover that I never tire of hearing. I'm glad you like it, too.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry, and have a nice weekend!

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  11. It's been so long since I heard "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" I didn't recognize the title. Fortunately, I recognized the song once the video started.

    That video with the dogs reminded me of the time Elvis sang to a basset hound on the Steve Allen Show (before I was born but it's exists on film.)

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks a lot for coming over on the weekend, good buddy. I'm pleased to see you!

      I have a theory about very long song titles. More often than not, the record doesn't sell as well as songs with one, two or three word titles. There are a few exceptions but not very many. Melissa Manchester's single with the rather cumbersome title "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" nevertheless became a crossover hit.

      I never missed an episode of The Steve Allen Show. (Yes, I'm that old). Allen, his "Man On The Street" sketch and his supporting cast of character actors that included Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Louis Nye, Pat Harrington Jr., Bill Dana and Jim Nabors, greatly influenced my style of humor. I also loved the fact that Allen regularly featured rock 'n' roll acts such as Elvis the Pelvis.

      Thanks again for joining me, good buddy Kirk, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  12. Hi Shady. I'm going to try this again. I remember Melissa Manchester, but not this song! I really like it "You should hear how she talks about you". A great song, and well performed video!

    We all love Abba, but, again I don't remember this song "Honey Honey". In fact, I don't remember hearing them in the 70's, but who knows-I didn't know the 'Boys Gibb' from the 60's were going to be the fabulous Bee Gees of the 70s and 80s either!

    I have to get on the band wagon with Michele and LL Cool Joe about "Boys Town Gang"...where was the gang? That is a great song, and, I kept waiting for the two guys to join in with some fantastic harmonies, or at least put shirts on! I guess they did do a pretty good 'cha cha' though, lol!

    Gidea Park didn't do such a bad job on the Beach Boy medley. It looks like they put a lot of work into the video, and it's pretty impressive that they were invited to do some touring with the real Beach Boys!

    All in all, this post is pretty cool, Shady! You managed to drag some interesting acts out and dust them off for us to sample. I have heard of Gilbert O'Sullivan, just don't know where. I thought he wrote "The Mikado"...oh, that was Gilbert and Sullivan, lol! I'm still a bit delirious from my flu. Have a great week, 'Steamboat Shady'!♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you so much for coming, dear friend! I am very happy to see you today and I hope you are feeling better and on the way to a full recovery after your bout with the flu. (Scootie, too!) I was told by Mrs. Shady that this year's flu vaccine was not very effective in preventing people from contracting this particular strain.

      I'm glad I was able to introduce you to some recordings you never heard before. I hadn't even thought about that Melissa Manchester single in decades and was thrilled to find a pristine video clip of her performing it on Dutch TV.

      It doesn't surprise me very much that you don't remember ABBA's "Honey Honey." The single merely cracked the top 30 stateside but did much better on the European charts.

      Details about the disco/Hi-NRG band Boys Town Gang are sketchy. Wiki sez a San Francisco DJ wanted to put together an act that would appeal to the city's large gay community. He auditioned hundreds of male and female singers and picked local cabaret singer Cynthia Manley as front woman for the group. As you might have noted in the clip, the BTG's discofied version of Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is essentially a Cynthia Manley solo. If any male vocalists were used on the recording they were probably studio session singers. The dapper dudes you see dancing with Cynthia on TopPop were probably just "eye candy" placed there to entertain the gay male audience. Here again, it doesn't shock me that you don't remember Boys Town Gang. Their 1980 single about San Francisco's gay night life entitled "Cruisin' the Streets" (on Moby Dick Records :) reached #5 on the U.S. Dance chart, but their cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" failed to chart in the U.S. However, as you might have read in the post, "Can't Take My Eyes..." topped the chart in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, reached #4 in the UK, and was also big in Japan.

      Thank you again for dragging yourself out of your sick bed to be here for me today, dear friend Suzanne. Please get well soon and have a good week ahead!

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  13. I'd forgotten about Melissa Manchester. So she's acting now and still putting out albums? That's great because I loved her voice.

    ABBA gets mixed reviews at our house. I enjoy them and do a little dancing while I sing along. My husband--not so much. I save ABBA for those times I'm alone.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks a lot for coming over. I'm glad you didn't miss this edition of "Biffle." :)

      I bought the "Waterloo" single and, for the next thirty years, it was the only ABBA record/song that I owned. Then, in the new millennium, out of the blue, I caught ABBA fever and bought most of their catalog on CD plus four solo albums released by Aggie F. Aggie, by the way, is only a few months younger than Shady. I remain a big ABBA fan.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cheryl!

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  14. Hmmmm....I did write here but, for some reason, it didn’t take. I like Melissa Manchester and wondered where she went. Oh yes, I LOVE ABBA! I have all their albums including a Spanish album but their outfits have always been horrid. As for that funky gal with those male dancers...hahahaaaaaa. The guy on the right is really into it and love their cha cha movies. Have a great day Shady!

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