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The Flying Machine was a British pop band, which was in 1969, renamed from Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours.
The Flying Machine is best known for its major hit single in 1969, “Smile A Little Smile For Me”, which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (on Kapp Records’ Congress record label) Their first record which was self titled was released by Janus Records in 1969. By 12 December that year they had sold a million copies of the record, and it was awarded a gold disc by the R.I. A.A. [1] The song was penned by the songwriting pairing of Tony Macaulay and Geoff Stephens. Despite originating from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the record had no presence at all on the UK Singles Chart, despite its initial release there on Pye Records.

A follow-up single, a cover version of “Baby Make It Soon”, first recorded by Marmalade, achieved the U.S. Hot 100 the following year, but the group reportedly grew frustrated with their pop-oriented style. A final single, “The Devil Has Possession Of Your Mind”, suggested a change of direction, but the Flying Machine split up following its release.

Bassist Colman went on to a successful career as a session musician, record producer and BBC Radio disc jockey.

Band members

* Tony Newman (born 1947, Rugby, Warwickshire, England) - vocals, guitars
* Steve Jones (born 1946, Coventry) - guitars, vocals
* Sam Kempe (born 1946, Rugby) - vocals


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  • Marcioivam20105

    "Smile a little smile for me...Rose Marie" is all I Want it............

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • savoy35

    The devil has position of you mind was charted and it's missing on this list!

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Trigun112

    beatle5 is talking the truth, just amazing.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • beatle5

    The Album Flying Machine is absolutely one unknow treasure.

    4 Jan 2007 Reply

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