Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 54 Soul & Disco Edition
Silver Convention is best known for their worldwide disco smash ‘Fly robin fly’. It was initially called 'Run rabbit run', but when German producers Silvester Levay and Michael Kunze heard a song on the radio called 'Run rabbit', they changed it into 'Fly robin fly'. The song with the sparse vocals, funky bass, hammering piano and repeating violins went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. After topping the American and English charts, Levay and Kunze chose vocalists Linda G. Thompson, Ramona Wulf and Penny McLean to be permanent members of Silver Convention. The next year they had another huge hit with the title track off their second album, ‘Get up and boogie’. Then success started to fade. Their concept album ‘Madhouse’ (when American Rhonda Heath replaced Thompson) brought only a minor hit single with ‘Everybody's talkin' 'bout love’. The group's 1977 single ‘Telegram’, chosen to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest, only became 8th. By the end of the decade, when the early disco sound became out of fashion, the group decided to break up. Ramona Wulf (the only remaining member throughout all the line-ups) has occasionally reformed Silver Convention with Penny McLean and Linda G. Thompson for TV-appearances. I selected 'You got what it takes', recorded in their heyday.
Three of the tracks (Darrow Fletcher, Garland Green and Elayne Starr) are from a brand new compilation album called ‘Masterpieces of modern soul, volume 4’, out on Ace Records.
Enjoy this new part of ‘Groovy, sexy and soulful’!
Gary Bartz – Keep Goin' On (1980)
Dave Valentin – Sidra’s Dream (1980)
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Voodoo Woman (1975)
CeeLo Green – Sign Of The Times (2015)
Moonshoes – Down By The River (2013)
Frankie Valli – Boomerang (1976)
Silver Convention – You Got What It Takes (To Please Your Woman) (1976)
Michael Pedicin, Jr. – That’s A Good One (1979)
Sex O’Clock USA – Baby Come On [Disco Mix] (1977)
Marilyn Chambers – Benihana (1977)
First Choice – Let Me Down Easy (1979)
Frank Popp Ensemble – Breakaway (2004)
Tommy Good – I’ve Gotta Get Away (1960s)
Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word (1967)
Dee Edwards – (I Can) Deal With That [Arsenii Edit] (1977)
Darrow Fletcher – No Limit (2012)
Garland Green – Just Loving You (1990)
Traedonya! – Simply Beautiful (2015)
Pools – Urrday Pool (2015)
Elayne Starr – Night After Night (1980s)