In 1974 I was in the USAF stationed in the UK, and as told in an earlier post was in attendance of Alvin Lee's solo appearance at the RAINBOW in London for the recording of his live album IN FLIGHT. Among his backup band were former KING CRIMSON sax player Mel Collins, bassist Alan Spenner (formerly of JOE COCKER and THE GREASE BAND, and singers Dyan Birch, Paddie McHugh, and Frank Collins. I was impressed with the group, and was surprised to find that they were among the main components of a blue eyed soul band called Kokomo.
The other members of Kokomo were Neil Hubbard, guitar; former guitarist with BRIAN AUGER'S OBLIVION EXPRESS Jim Mullen; Joan Linscott on congas; Terry Stannard , drums; and Tony O'Malley piano and lead vocals. The group was breaking in right about the same time as other blue eyed soul acts, likeThe Average White Band and Hall and Oates, they were very talented, and appeared poised for great success in the UK. There was alot of buzz at the time about a new sound of "pub rockers", among them Hatfield and The North, Brinsley Schwartz, and Kilbourn and the High Roads.Kokomo went on the so called "Naughty Rhythms Tour" in early 1975...and that's when I saw the group at the CORN EXCHANGE in Cambridge, along with Dr. Feelgood and Chili Willi and the Red Hot Peppers.
That was one of the greatest and most memorable shows I have ever seen in 30 plus years of concert going. The place erupted into a dance party...Paddy, Frankie, and Dyan were superb, as was Tony. And there was no better sax player on the planet than Mel Collins. I bought their first album returned to the States, and championed their cause to anyone willing to listen.
Sadly, success was not to be for Kokomo. By 1977 the group had split, with most members going on to other projects, most notably Tony O'Malley joining 10cc for one of their last hits, The Things We Do For Love, and then on to a solo career.
They reunited briefly in the late 1980's, and members of the group still get together and perform as KOKOMO to a devoted following in Europe.
Below are some You Tube vids...leading off, from the self titled first album isAngel sung by Paddie McHugh, with slide show of the group, then and now.
Next, an audio only of the late Alan Spenner singing I'm Sorry Babe
Finally, a couple of videos from Tony O'Malley, with a recent reunion of original members Tony, Frankie, Paddy, Dyan, Mel,and Neil performing Bobby Womack's I Can Understand It in two parts....ENJOY!!!!
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".