10 September 2010

TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: Vanity Fare 1970

Vanity Fare (often misspelled due to the similarity of the novel and magazine title as Vanity Fair) were a UK pop/rock group formed in 1966, best remembered for the hit Hitchin' a Ride, which found worldwide success in the Summer of 1970

The school friends formed the band in Kent, England in 1966, originally calling themselves The Avengers. They played local clubs until they were spotted by entrepreneur Roger Easterby who became their manager and producer, and who then facilitated obtaining their first recording contract. 

 As Vanity Fare, they achieved a UK hit single with their very first release, a cover of I Live For The Sun (originally recorded by The Sunrays in 1965) in the summer of '68. 

Following two more singles, Summer Morning and Highway Of Dreams, both of which failed to make the UK Singles Chart, they then released their biggest UK hit: Early in the Morning. It reached #8 in that country in August 1969 and #12 in the US in early 1970. In the end, the record sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. 

For their next release Hitchin' A Ride (below) they added a keyboardist- and to great effect: the song was an instant success, providing a second million-selling hit. It reached #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and #16 in the UK in January 1970, as well as selling briskly in quite a number of other countries. 

And I've liked it since I first heard it -when just 8 years old- as an early 70s AM radio standard on my Panasonic ball-and-chain radio...


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Al said...

A thumb goes up, a car goes by, it's nearly 1 am & here am I hitching a ride."

Oh the memories. & better than 99.9% of what's out there today.

Reaganite Republican said...

Yeah, it's funny how back then this and Raspberries, etc where looked at as just bubble gum... where now they sound like hall of fame musicians compared to most of the "songwriting" out there today

Matt said...

"where now they sound like hall of fame musicians compared to most of the "songwriting" out there today."

Truer words have never been said. These folks played. They didn't need a supercomputer to cover up the fact they can't sing. They actually could do it.

Reaganite Republican said...

Right on, Matt-

Kieth Richards said: "Playing live is me life's blood really... I love it. Any band who can't play live- well, they're only half a band as far as I'm concerned."

I guess ole Kieth wouldn't find much to interest him out there today. One thing that gets me is that the only good stuff is depressing... back in the 70s, far more uplifting pop music, I'd like to enjoy my day if possible!

Randy-g said...

Sometimes I am grateful for my age, so much better than what I hear today.....

Reaganite Republican said...

Agreed Randy, we were lucky to grow up then, life was simpler and music far better- I saw some incredible bands in their prime, too

But the young ones that want something better can seek this stuff out... I listen to Duke Ellington and Chuck Berry, both before my time by decades

Trevor Brice said...

Thank you for all the heartwarming words!
Love and peace
Trevor Brice
Lead singer of original Vanity Fare through the hits and up to 1979.


Reaganite Republican said...

You ROCK, Trevor... thanks for dropping by!

Randy-g said...

A British rocker says thank you to RR! There is a God....Good work RR, damn good work!

Matt said...

Damn! That's impressive RR.

Keep on Rockin' Trevor!

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