Middle of the Road (band)
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|Middle of the Road|
Middle of the Road in 1972
|Also known as||Part 4 (1967)
Los Caraca (1968-1970)
|Past members||Sally Carr
Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed success across Europe and Latin America in the early 1970s. Before Abba established themselves in the mid 70s the band were the sound of early Euro Pop with their distinctive harmonies and lead vocals from Sally Carr. Four of their singles sold over one million copies each, and received a gold disc. The tracks were "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (which went on to sell over 10 million), "Sacramento", "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum" and "Soley Soley". By early 1972 the group had sold over five million records.
Lead singer Sally Carr, drummer Ken Andrew, guitarist Ian McCredie and his bassist brother Eric McCredie, founded the band on 1 April 1970 in Glasgow, Scotland. They had already played together under the name Part Four since 1967 and later in Latin American style under the name Los Caracas.
Under the name Los Caracas they won the UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
They moved to Italy in 1970 because they had not found success in the United Kingdom. There they met the Italian music producer Giacomo Tosti, who gave the band their distinctive sound and gave them their international break.
The band had their first and biggest hit record in the United Kingdom with debut UK single, "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1971 and keep it for four more weeks. In all, Middle of the Road had five hit singles in the UK during 1971-1972. The band had especially strong success in Germany, where they achieved eleven Top 40 hits in 1971-1974. As an example of this, Frank Valdor was fast to adapt Sacramento as his "party records". Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep and Sacramento were played a lot on Scandinavian radio.
In 1974 early Bay City Rollers member Neil Henderson joined the band on guitar. He wrote and co-wrote songs for Middle of the Road (including the singles "Rockin' Soul" and "Everybody Loves a Winner" and 1974 albums, You Pays Yer Money and You Takes Yer Chance and Postcard, all released in Germany via Ariola like their first German LP, Music Music), but their commercial success could not keep pace with that of earlier songs.
- Sally Carr (born Sarah Cecilia Carr, 28 March 1945, Muirhead, Lanarkshire) - vocals, percussion
- Ken Andrew (born Kenneth Ballentyne Andrew, 28 August 1942, Bearsden, Glasgow) - drums
- Ian McCredie (born Ian C McCredie, 15 July 1947, Partick, Glasgow) - guitar, flute
- Eric McCredie (born 17 July 1945, Partick, Glasgow; died 6 October 2007, Glasgow) - bass
- Neil Henderson (born Neil Fulton Henderson, 11 February 1953, Glasgow)
- Anne Katherine Watson ..for a time in 1975 as guest keyboard player and vocalist (Born Anne Thomson 2nd December 1951) Partick, Glasgow and who did session work Black Gold Studios Kirkintilloch
- Lorna Osborne (born Lorna Bannon),
- Ian McCredie (born Ian C McCredie, 15 July 1947, Partick, Glasgow)
- Stuart McCredie
- Stephan Ebn
|Year||Album title||Chart positions|
|1971||Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep||−||3|
|1972||The Best of Middle of the Road||-||−|
|1971||"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"||1||2||2||1||1||2||Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep|
|"Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum"||2||15||−||−||6||5|
|1972||"Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)"||23||1||−||1||1||1|
|"Samson and Delilah"/"Talk of All the USA"||26||2||−||3||11||1|
|"Bottoms Up"||−||2||−||−||8||5||Drive On|
|"Samba D'Amour"||−||35||−||−||−||−||Music Music|
|"Honey No"||−||31||−||5||−||−||Drive On|
|1974||"Rockin' Soul"||−||31||−||−||−||−||You Pays Yer Money and You Takes Yer Chance|
|1976||"Everybody Loves a Winner"||−||43||−||−||−||−|