Pickettywitch

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Pickettywitch
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop music
Years active 1969–1973
Labels Pye Records
Associated acts Polly Brown
Past members Polly Brown
Chris Warren
Bob Brittain
Martin Bridges
Mike Tomich
Keith Hall
Peter Hawkins
Brian Stuart
Paul Risi
Paul Riordan

Pickettywitch was a British pop group. Fronted by singer Polly Brown (also billed as Polly Browne), the group became best known for its hit single, "That Same Old Feeling", which was written by Tony Macaulay and John Macleod. It reached number five in the UK Singles Chart in 1970.[1]

Career[edit]

The original members were Polly Brown (vocals), Chris Warren (vocals), Bob Brittain (organ), Martin Bridges (guitar), Mike Tomich (bass guitar) and Keith Hall (drums).[2] Bridges and Tomich were replaced later in 1970 by Peter Hawkins (guitar) and Brian Stuart (bass), who would later be replaced by Paul Risi (guitar) and Paul Riordan (bass). The name Pickettywitch is often said to have been taken from a Cornish village through which their eventual lead singer, Polly Brown, had passed with her sister;[2] in fact, there is no such village, though there is a pub of that name at Yeovil in Somerset.[3]

Pickettywitch was signed by record producer John Macleod to Pye Records and released their debut single, "You've Got Me So I Don't Know" b/w "Solomon Grundy" in July 1969.[2][4] Their U.K.chart breakthrough came in early 1970 when the single "I Still Get The Same Old Feeling" hit the top 5. That single also made the top 40[5] on the Cashbox pop chart in the US a few months later and remains their only hit single there.

Two further singles also made the UK chart in that year - these were "(It's Like A) Sad Old Kinda Movie" (again written by Macaulay and Mcleod) (number 16), and "Baby I Won't Let You Down" (written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens) (number 27).[1][6]

In 1970, "Days I Remember" was received radio airplay. The single did not appear on record charts,[2] but "That Same Old Feeling" reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on the Cashbox pop chart in the summer of that same year. Brown left for a solo career in late 1972.[2][5]

Brown went on to a form a duo called Sweet Dreams, in partnership with Tony Jackson, recording a cover of the Abba song "Honey, Honey".[2] Brown then proceeded to have a successful solo career with hits in the UK and the United States.[2] Hall joined Gerry & the Pacemakers for five years, and has an active international career as a jazz drummer.

Brown continues to write and record music including blues material. There is a misconception that she died in 2006, this being due to the death that year of Sheila Rossall[7] who had been the lead singer of a latterday edition of Pickettywitch who - as New Pickettywitch - had worked the club circuit. Rossall had attracted some publicity in 1981 as a sufferer from total allergy syndrome, and Brown often faced questions about the illness as a result.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 426. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Pickettywitch | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Picketty Witch, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 3BG - pub details#". Beerintheevening.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Pickettywitch | Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Tributes to tragic former chart star". Blackpool Gazette. 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 

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