Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Retro Vinyl Find:The World Of The Brotherhood of Man

Think of The Brotherhood Of Man and you are immediately taken back to 1976 and the groups British Eurovision Song contest entry Save Your Kisses For Me. However, that was not the beginning of the group by any means. 

The group was put together in 1969 by record producer and songwriter Tony Hiller and featured Roger Greenaway, Tony Burrows, Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie and Hiller's co-writer John Goodison. Roger Greenaway was also an established songwriter having penned hits for Gene Pitney and Blue Mink as well as forming half the singing duo David and Jonathan with Roger Cook. 

Sue and Sunny were sisters and very much in demand backing vocalists that had already had a taste of success providing backing vocals for Joe Cocker on the 1968 Number One With a Little Help From My Friends.

The World Of Brotherhood Of Man found in a Carmarthen charity shop a few weeks ago for 50p is a compilation piece from Decca's successful World of series originally released in 1973. 

It was the groups third album, featuring single and album tracks from permutations of the  groups  original line-up except Maybe The Morning which featured the new line-up that still exists in 2014, Martin Lee, Lee Sheriden, Nicky Stevens and Sandra Stevens.

United We Stand, perhaps the best remembered track on this album and Where Are You Going My Love? would later go on to be re-recorded by the new line-up for a 1978 20 Greatest Hits album which also contained later successful hits Save Your Kisses For Me, Angelo and Oh Boy (The Mood I'm In).

The Brotherhood Of Man Official Website
Tony Hiller Website

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