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Christie was a British pop band formed at the end of the 1960s.

In addition to Jeff Christie (born Jeffrey Christie, 12 July 1946, Leeds, Yorkshire, England) - vocalist, bassist and songwriter; they initially included guitarist Vic Elmes and drummer Mike Blakely (born Michael Blakely, 12 January 1947, Bromley, Kent, England) who is the younger brother of The Tremeloes’ Alan Blakely.

Jeff Christie had initially worked with several bands including The Outer Limits, who released “Just One More Chance”/”Help Me Please” (1967) and “Great Train Robbery”/”Sweet Freedom” (1968), and Acid Gallery, whose single “Dance Around The Maypole” (1969) was written by Roy Wood.

That year Jeff Christie offered his composition “Yellow River” to The Tremeloes. They recorded it to release as a single, but when they changed their minds they allowed Christie to use the backing track themselves. The result was a UK number one hit in May 1970, and subsequently #23 in the U.S…

The follow-up single, “San Bernadino” (October 1970) reached UK Number 7 and Number 1 in Germany, but only U.S. #100. Both tracks became flash songs on their eponymous debut album of that year, and it stayed on U.S. Billboard chart for ten weeks. But the trio failed to sustain a lasting career, and Blakley was replaced by Paul Fenton just before the release of the band’s second album, For All Mankind (1971).

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  • m_r_Pink

    It's amazing, i think! ! ! !

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Psych_Chris

    Only 318 listeners? I thought this band was bigger than this, and I just LOVE Yellow River, what a song!

    10 Oct 2010 Reply

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