Yellow River (song)
|Single by Christie|
|from the album Christie|
|B-side||Down the Mississippi Line|
|Released||April 23, 1970|
|Genre||Rock, pop rock|
|Label||CBS (UK) Epic (US)|
|Christie singles chronology|
"Yellow River" is a popular song recorded by the British band Christie. Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single early in 1970. However, after the success of their then most recent single, "Call Me Number One", and after considering it too pop-orientated for their future direction, they decided to follow it up with another of their own compositions, "By The Way", which was only a minor Top 40 success.
Producer Mike Smith therefore took their vocals off the recording and added those of Jeff Christie. Released on 23 April 1970, it became an international hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for one week in June 1970. In the US, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
The song is the thoughts of a young Confederate soldier during the time of the United States Civil War [justification? ]whose time in the army is over, and he is looking forward to returning to his home town in the country on Yellow River. The actual location of Yellow River is not specified. The British video had the group on a barge sailing down the River Thames through London.
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||23|
The Tremeloes' unreleased version, featuring lead vocals by drummer Dave Munden, has subsequently appeared on various compilations of their greatest hits, both in English and also in Spanish as "No Comprendes", as it appeared as a single by them in Spain and in various South American countries, where they had always been popular.
"Yellow River" has spawned a host of cover versions by artists as diverse as R.E.M., Leapy Lee, Elton John, The Compton Brothers, Middle of the Road, Tubeless Hearts and a French version "L'Amérique" by Joe Dassin released at the same moment in May 1970?, as well as a Finnish version "Tuulensuojaan" by the eclipsed Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen. The Russian version "Толстый Карлсон" ("Fat Karlsson", after Astrid Lindgren's children book) was recorded by the Soviet pop-group "Поющие Гитары" (Singing Guitars) in 1971. The Lithuanian Theater group "Keistuoliu Teatras" (Weird Theater) recorded a version by the same name, in Lithuanian called "Geltona Upe". an Israeli version "Nahar Tzahov" was recorded by Danny Sanderson & Shimi Tavori.
In Australia, Christie's version of Yellow River gained only limited airplay due to the 1970 radio ban. Local bands Jigsaw from Melbourne and Autumn from Sydney both had success with cover versions.
A Spanish adaptation was recorded by the Mexican group Banda Pachuco, with the title "En mi mundo" (In my world), in 1996 for their album Lowrider.
A German version was recorded in 1971, named "Lemme Ria".
In the Brazilian version of the song. Yellow river became "E ela é horrível", meaning "And she is ugly".
A French version was made in May 1970 by Joe Dassin named "L'Amérique" for the album "La Fleur aux dents".
A Polish pastiche, based on the original song, was made in 1999 by the rock-swing band Czarno-Czarni. The title "Jedzą rybę", meaning "They're eating a fish" refers to the Polish pronunciation similarity of that expression to "Yellow river" originally pronounced.
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