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Love Afair - Everlasting Love

 Originally formed in 1966, this London, England-based quintet comprised Steve Ellis (vocals), Morgan Fisher (b. 1 January 1950, London, England; keyboards), Rex Brayley (guitar), Mick Jackson (bass) and Maurice Bacon (drums). Although Ellis was barely 16 years old, the band performed frequently in clubs on a semi-professional basis. Fisher was briefly replaced by Lynton Guest and the following year Ellis, backed by session musicians, recorded a sparkling cover version of Robert Knight’s ‘Everlasting Love’ for CBS Records. By January 1968, the single unexpectedly hit number 1 in the UK and Love Affair became instant pop stars with Ellis’ cherubic looks gracing teen magazines throughout the nation. With Bacon’s father Sid overseeing the management, the band resisted the solicitations of more powerful entrepreneurs, yet failed to exploit their potential. Four more Top 20 hits followed, ‘Rainbow Valley’, ‘A Day Without Love’, ‘One Road’ and ‘Bringing On Back The Good Times’, but by 1969 Ellis had left to start a solo career. He recorded a few singles and the soundtrack to Loot before collaborating with Zoot Money in Ellis, who released two albums for Epic Records (1972’s Riding On The Crest Of A Slump and 1973’s ... Why Not?). Ellis later sang with Widowmaker, and in 1978 recorded a solo album (The Last Angry Man) which was briefly made available on cassette before finally being given a full release in 2000.

The remaining quartet recruited new vocalist Gus Eadon (b. Auguste Eadon; ex-Elastic Band) and began to steer the band in a more progressive direction. The second Love Affair album, released at the beginning of 1971, was credited simply to LA in an attempt to attract a more mature audience. The record was a commercial failure and six months later the band was dropped by CBS. They resigned to Parlophone Records as Love Affair but were unable to revive their fortunes. Bacon and Fisher left to form Morgan, recording 1973’s Nova Solis for RCA Records. Fisher later reappeared in Mott The Hoople and the Third Ear Band before releasing some bizarre solo material for Cherry Red Records during the 80s and launching a career in Japan. Bacon moved into music publishing and management, while Jackson worked his way up to become an important figure in the Alfa Romeo car group. A line-up of the Love Affair featuring no original members went on to issue obscure singles for Pye Records and Creole, before successively plundering the band’s name for cabaret/revivalist bookings.

Love Afair - Everlasting Love

Love Afair - New Day (1970)

Love Afair - New Day (1970)

The second Love Affair album was credited simply to L.A. The band had recorded a progressive album, inspired by Jethro Tull, and felt that a name change was necessary in order to attract more mature audiences.

Группа образована в 1 9 6 6 году в Великобритании. Стив Зллис - вокал Морган Фишер - клавишные Рекс Брейли - гитара Мик Джексон - бас-гитара Морис Бэйкон - ударные
Love Affair начинали как любительская группа, выступая в пабах и ночных клубах Лондона (у музыкантов время от времени возникали проблемы с полицией, так как певцу в 1 9 6 6 году еще не исполнилось 1 6 лет). Вскоре Морган Фишер покинул группу, а его место занял Линтон Гест - в новом составе Love Affair записали композицию Роберта Найта "Everlasting Love, которая принесла музыкантам контракт с фирмой CBS Records. В январе 1 9 6 8 года песня возглавила хит-парад Великобритании, и Love Affair мгновенно стали кумирами подростков всего мира. Менеджментом коллектива занимался Мо Бэйкон, отец барабанщика группы. Записав еще несколько хит-синглов (Rainbow Valley", "А Day Without Love", "One Road" и "Bringing On Back The Good Times"), в конце 6 9 -х годов Love Affair распались. Вокалист организовал новую группу Ellis, Морган Фишер присоединился к Mott The Hoople, а Морис Бейкон переквалифицировался в издателя музыкальной литературы.
Everlasting (CBS) - 1 9 6 9 New Day (CBS) - 1 9 7 0 Greatest Hits (Columbia) - 1 9 8 5 Everlasting Hits (CBS) - 1 9 9 3 The Everlasting (Columbia) - 1 9 9 6 No Strings Every (Angel Air) - 2 0 0 0. "

* Steve Ellis (born Stephen John Ellis, 7 April 1950, Edgware, London) — (vocals)
* Rex Brayley (born Rex Charles Brayley, 3 January 1948, London) — (guitar)
* Lynton Guest (born 28 November 1951, Leicester) — (keyboards 1967 to 1968)
* Morgan Fisher (born Stephen Morgan Fisher, 1 January 1950, Mayfair, London) — (keyboardist from 1968 to 1971)
* Maurice Bacon (born 26 January 1952, Southgate, London) — (drummer)
* Mick Jackson (born Michael Jackson, 27 January 1950, Bradford, Yorkshire) — (bass)

Their first single, "She Smiled Sweetly", written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, released on Decca Records flopped, but they reached the top of the UK Singles Chart in January 1968 with "Everlasting Love". By this time the group had relocated to CBS Records. The song was first recorded by Robert Knight, whose version had reached No. 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the autumn of 1967, and it was previously offered to the Marmalade, who turned it down as they thought it too pop-oriented for them.
Ellis had a similar vocal style to Steve Marriott of the Small Faces, and the production was similar to a Motown soul record. Controversy ensued when the group admitted they had not played on the record, but that all the work was done by session musicians, although such a practice had long since been common - and has continued ever since. Ironically their first recording of the song, produced by Muff Winwood, had featured them playing all the instruments. But the record label rejected this version, in favour of one produced by Mike Smith, recorded with a recording studio rhythm section, strings, brass, flutes and backing vocalists, arranged by Keith Mansfield - and Ellis the only member of the group to be heard.
Four further Top 20 hits followed, "Rainbow Valley", "A Day Without Love" (both 1968), "One Road" and "Bringing On Back The Good Times" (both 1969). Love Affair sold more singles in 1968 in the UK than any other band, except for The Beatles. At the end of that year they released an album, "Everlasting Love Affair".
The group became frustrated at being treated like teen idols, unable to hear themselves on stage because of the constant screaming, and at being pigeonholed as a "pop group". All the A-sides featured heavy orchestral and brass arrangements behind Ellis's vocals, with minimal participation from the others, although they wrote and played on the heavier B-sides themselves.
As Ellis wrote in the booklet notes to a later compilation CD, "Singles A's and B's", "In an attempt to break the mould we recorded a song far removed from the anthemic-like previous hits. The song was called "Baby I Know". Released at the end of 1969, competing with releases from other big names for a place in the charts over Christmas, it failed completely. Ellis felt the band had run its course, and he left in December 1969 for a solo career: "It felt like a mountain had been lifted from my shoulders". The rest of the band soldiered on without any further success, continuing briefly as LA with new vocalist, August Eadon (aka Gus Yeadon). Further releases likewise never charted.
The group has since been revived, though sometimes without any original members, for cabaret dates; and Ellis has also performed live with a reconstituted Steve Ellis's Love Affair.

1. Love Affair - New Day (4:23)
2. Love Affair - Walking Down The Road (3:13)
3. Love Affair - Gee's Whiz (4:40)
4. Love Affair - Gypsy (5:05)
5. Love Affair - Goodbye Brother, Farewell Friend (3:39)
6. Love Affair - Hurt By Love (5:51)
7. Love Affair - Bad Girl (4:14)
8. Love Affair - Nine To Five (5:05)
9. Love Affair - Thank You Bean (3:23)
10. Love Affair - Speak Of Peace, Sing Of Joy (4:30)
Love Afair - Everlasting LoveLove Afair - New Day (1970)

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