Apollo 100

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For other bands with similar names, see Apollo (band) and Apollo 440.
Tom Parker in 1972 on AVRO's TopPop.

Apollo 100 was a short-lived British instrumental studio-based group that had a hit with the Johann Sebastian Bach-inspired single "Joy" in 1972.

The recording of "Joy" as performed by Apollo 100 is a nearly note-for-note remake of the arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (but with modern pop music flourishes like percussion and bass) recorded by the British band Jigsaw on their 1970 debut album Letherslade Farm.

Tom Parker was an accomplished arranger responsible for most of the successful arrangements from the Young Blood catalogue, such as the Top 20 American hit "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" and a number of Don Fardon's recordings. Parker is a multi-instrumentalist, having played keyboards, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and a number of other instruments from an early age. His first performances were in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, where he performed in a number of jazz clubs. Following this he was associated with a number of groups, including The Mark Leeman 5, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, and Eric Burdon with the New Animals. He put together the band in 1972, with drummer Clem Cattini, guitarist Vic Flick, guitarist Zed Jenkins, percussionist Jim Lawless, and bassist Brian Odgers. Their first single, "Joy", based on Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", rose to number 6 on the pop singles chart in the US. None of their subsequent efforts were as successful, and they broke up in 1973.

"Joy" has subsequently been featured in the soundtracks of the films Boogie Nights, One Day in September, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The US release of "Joy" was handled by the Memphis-based independent label Mega Records.

Discography[edit]

1. Apollo 100, LP, March 1972,[1] Mega M31-1010 Stereo

(Debut on Billboard Hot 100: Feb. 19, 1972 for 16 weeks; peak: 47th position.)

A Youngblood Production, Produced by Miki Dallon.

Side One
Side Two
  • Reach For The Sky (Tony Ritchie - Del Spence) (ASCAP) 2:31
  • Evil Midnight (Danse Macabre) (Saint-Saens, arr. Tom Parker) (BMI) 2:22
  • Air For The G String (J. S. Bach, arr. Tom Parker) (ASCAP) 3:41
  • Exercise In A Minor (Tom Parker) (BMI) 2:43
  • Classical Wind (Tom Parker) (ASCAP) 2:21
Apollo 100 Master Pieces
Studio album by Apollo 100 featuring Tom Parker. Painting: "The Man in a Golden Helmet" attributed to a student of Rembrandt (altered for album cover).
Released March 1972[2]
Genre Instrumental
Label Young Blood, RCA
Producer Miki Dallon

2. Master Pieces, LP, 1972, Mega M51-5005 Stereo

A Youngblood Production, Produced by Miki Dallon.

Side One
  • Amazing Grace (Trad. arr. Tom Parker) (ASCAP) 3:09
  • Custer's Last Stand (Tom Parker) (ASCAP) 2:27
  • Tristesse (Trad. arr. Tom Parker) (ASCAP) 3:14
  • Opus 5 (Tom Parker) (ASCAP) 2:52
  • Valleys (Joe Moretti) (ASCAP) 2:31
Side Two

The Australian release had a slightly different line-up. Master Pieces, LP, 1972, Young Blood SSYB-17 Stereo

Side One
  • Beethoven 9
  • Telstar
  • Nutrocker
  • Listening to Mozart
  • William Tell
Side Two
  • Amazing Grace
  • Custer's Last Stand
  • Tristesse
  • Opus 5
  • Minuet for a Funky Lady (previously released on single as B-side)
  • Valleys

Released by RCA Limited, Sydney, Australia

Although "Popcorn" is mentioned on the rear cover as included in the album, it does not appear in the song list.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard," Billboard Productions, Inc., New York NY, March 18, 1972, p. 48
  2. ^ "Billboard," Billboard Productions, Inc., New York NY, March 18, 1972, p. 48