House of Cards (Lynsey de Paul song)

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"House of Cards" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue and is one of their most covered songs. It was first released as a single by Chris Kelly (who went on to become the lead singer for Blackwater Junction) on the CBS label on 7 April 1972, credited as being written by Rubin (de Paul) and Green (Blue).[1] A few weeks later it was also released as a single by the UK artist Heart on RCA.[2] The UK born but New Zealand based singer, Rob Guest (formerly a member of the groups The Apparition and Shore Thing), also released his version of "House of Cards" as his first solo single on Polydor in 1972.[3] It also appeared as the lead track on his album Sing.[4] The song was also covered by the BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn and appeared as an track on the self-named album released in 1972 on RCA.[5] It was released for the first time on CD in 2012 on the Tony Blackburn compilation album The Singles Collection 1965-1980.[6]

In 1975, the Australian singer, John Christie, released a more uptempo, rockier version of the song, in contrast to the previous version which had been ballads. Christie's version was produced by his mentor Dave Clark, as a single on Polydor.[7] The song was also recorded by Gil Montana and featured as the B-side to his soul single "I Can't Live In The Dark Anymore", produced by Blue and arranged by Graham Preskett.[8]

Barry Blue recorded the song with new lyrics and the title "Billy" which was released as a single in 1977 on the Private Stock record label and credited to Blue, de Paul and Stephen Worth.[9] The track appeared on his Singles Collection compilation album released in 2002.[10]

Although it was originally recorded in 1972 for her debut album but not included (according to the CD credits), the reflective de Paul version of the song finally found its first release on her 2013 anthology CD, Sugar and Beyond: Anthology 1972-1974.[11] A live version of "House of Cards", along with "Sugar Me" by De Paul as well as an interview with her was released on the BBC Transcription Services album released to radio stations around the world in September 1972.[12]


  1. ^ "Chris Kelly (15) - House Of Cards (Vinyl)". 7 April 1972. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Heart (6) - House of Cards (Vinyl)". 28 April 1972. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Rob Guest - House Of Cards (Vinyl)". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
    - House of cards (Music, 1972). 8 February 2017. OCLC 152718067. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
    - "Apparition". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
    - "Rob Guest Albums: songs, discography, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Sing - Rob Guest | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  5. ^ "Tony Blackburn - Tony Backburn (Vinyl, LP)". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
    - "Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Tony Blackburn - The Singles Collection 1965-1980 (CD)". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  7. ^ "John Christie - House Of Cards (Vinyl)". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
    - "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Retrieved 2016-12-08.
    - "John Christie - House Of Cards / That's Enough - Polydor - UK - 2058 540". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Gil Montana - I Can't Live In The Dark Anymore (Vinyl)". 6 June 1975. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Barry Blue - Billy (Vinyl)". 28 May 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
    - "Barry Blue - Billy / Sitting On A Corner (Of A Love Affair) - Private Stock - UK - PVT 86". 11 February 1977. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Billy - Barry Blue | Song Info". AllMusic. 3 December 2002. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Lynsey de Paul - Sugar And Beyond Anthology 1972-1974 (CD)". 18 March 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
    - "Sugar & Beyond: Anthology 1972-1974 - Lynsey de Paul | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
    - "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  12. ^ "BBC Transcription Services". Discogs. Retrieved 9 July 2018.