Tip of My Tongue (Lynsey de Paul song)

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"Tip of My Tongue" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue (originally registered as "On the Tip of My Tongue").[1] It was first released as the fifth single by Brotherly Love (a Liverpool-based group composed of three brothers, Mike, Ronnie and Lee Carroll, who are brothers of impressionist Faith Brown)[2] with the song "I Love Everything About You" as the flip side on CBS Records in 1973 and was produced by Phil Wainman.[3][4] The group performed the song on the Granada TV programme Lift Off With Ayshea on 22 June 1973.[5] The song received positive reviews from the British music press,[6] and the brothers were interviewed about the single[7] but it did not reach the UK Singles Chart.[8] Barry Blue was credited as "Barry Green" on this release.[9][10]

The female soul trio Ellie (aka the Hope Sisters - Ellie, Christine and Kathy) released their version of "Tip of My Tongue" produced by Barry Blue as a single (backed by "Someone's Stolen My Marbles") on the Fresh Air record label in the UK, on London Records in North America and on the Phillips label in Germany, France and Australia in 1974.[11][12][13] They performed the song on the German TV music program, Hits a Go Go, on 22 October 1974.[14] The song was also included on the German 1975 compilation album Various – 26 Original Top Hits.[15] It was also chosen as record of the week by Dutch DJ Frans van der Drift at Radio Mi Amigo on 29 December 1974.[16] Ellie Hope went on to form Liquid Gold where she was the lead singer. The song's co-writer, Barry Blue, released his own recording of the song as an album track in 1974,[17][18] and this version was later on the compilation album The Very Best of Barry Blue released in 2003.

In 1977, the Canadian band, Great Rufus Road Machine, a pop band from Kitchener, Ontario, recorded the song and released it as a single, with "Can't You Do It Now" as the B-side of the single.[19][20] It was also included as the lead track on their self-named album.[21][22]

The British band The Dooleys also recorded their version of the song as a track on their 1981 album, Secrets, which was suggested by the album's producer Barry Blue.[23] The album was renamed The Dancer for its release in Japan and made number 41 on the Japanese Albums Chart.[24] The Dooleys version of the song was finally released on CD in 2013 on the Full House / Secrets double album.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the Top of My Tongue". Repertoire.bmi.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  2. ^ "Brotherly Love". Nostalgiacentral.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. 1973-04-27. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. ^ "Brotherly Love - Tip Of My Tongue / I Love Everything About You - CBS - UK - S CBS 1403". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. ^ "TV Pop Diaries 1973". Tvpopdiaries.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ Record Mirror, 21 April 1973, p. 26
  7. ^ Record Mirror, 23 June 1973, p. 7
  8. ^ "Brotherly Love Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  9. ^ "Brotherly Love (2) - Tip Of My Tongue (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. 1973-04-27. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  10. ^ "Brotherly Love". Nostalgiacentral.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  11. ^ "Ellie (24) - Tip Of My Tongue (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  12. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  13. ^ "Ellie (24) - Tip Of My Tongue". Discogs. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  14. ^ Video on YouTube
  15. ^ "Various - 26 Original Top Hits". Discogs. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Radio Mi Amigo persoonlijke hittip". Radiotrefpunt. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Barry Blue - Barry Blue (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  18. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. 1973-09-17. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  19. ^ "The Great Rufus Road Machine - Tip Of My Tongue (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  20. ^ "Great Rufus Road Machine - Tip Of My Tongue / Can't You Do It Now - Axe - Canada - AXE.51". 45cat.com. 2015-09-13. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  21. ^ "The Great Rufus Road Machine - The Great Rufus Road Machine (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  22. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Great Rufus Road Machine". Jam.canoe.com. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  23. ^ "The Dooleys - Secrets (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  24. ^ "The Dooleys - The Dancer". Discogs. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  25. ^ "The Dooleys - Full House / Secrets (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  26. ^ "CD Album: The Dooleys - Full House / Secrets (2013)Z". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 8 January 2018.