Brass Bands in Pop Music
This came from Charley Brighton. He was responding to my blog post about The Euphonium in Non-Classical Music.
Though not visually seen, during the 70's we played on many backing tracks to various pop songs in the charts, thought you might be interested in this from my history of the Hanwell Band;
Top of the Pops.
From the BRITISH BANDSMAN:
"For what is believed to be the first time, a brass band has appeared on the TV programme "Top of the Pops" which has an audience rating of 23 million." Two consecutive appearances were made with the Band backing Peter Skellern on his record "You're a Lady". In two weeks the record rose from No.43 to No.8 in the charts. Planned rehearsals for the National Finals have had to be interrupted as the management of the Band had 24 hours notice with which to get the Band to the studios. The record went on to achieve 3rd position in the charts.
At Lansdowne Studios the band were once again featured on backing tracks.The first of 2 sides were recorded with John Christie, Here's To Love and For The Peace of all Mankind, the second 2 sides were with John Clive, Hollywood Hero and Windows of Paris.Of the 4 tracks, Here's to Love was the only chart record and one which still gets heard each Christmas with it's backing tune of Auld Lang Syne.
Other records were made under the title of The New World Brass Band including "Theme From A New World " and "Love In The Park", both arranged and conducted by Andrew Pryce - Jackman, and produced by Jeff Jarratt and Don Reedman, through Carlin Music Ltd. And Pye Records.
Our other famous record was of course, The Floral Dance with Terry Wogan on vocals.
Side 2 was a ballad entitled "Old Rockin' Chair". Both were once again arranged and conducted by Andrew and produced by Mike Redway of Redrock Music. Released on the Philips label, it reached number 3 in the charts.