This is Bread, and a wonderful song that I confess makes me tear up a little if I listen to it too many times in a row. Written by David Gates, who wrote all of Bread’s hits. You recognize his voice. What an amazing goodbye song that works on so many levels. Goddammit. Hang on. Shit…Something in my eye.
About 5 years before Bread’s first record, he also WROTE one of the great, underrated one-hit wonder girl group songs, “Popsicles and Icicles” by The Murmaids. As innocent as it sounds, one thing of note about it is that it was a hit JUST before The Beatles’ plane landed at JFK, if you know what I mean. Listen to how sophisticated it sounds next to “Comedy and Tragedy”, one of the b-sides of the single (there were four):
Since the original Murmaids were disposable to the powers that be, the name of the group (but none of the members) were attached to this very odd cover of Traffic’s “Paper Sun”. So yes, The Murmaids’ “Paper Sun”. This is very much an oddity.
Those early Murmaids recordings were produced by Kim Fowley, who went on to produce and co-write this:
Here it is live:
Shortly thereafter, Fowley produced the album Ear Candy for Helen Reddy, which included this, her last Billboard Top 40 Hit, “You’re My World”. As you see, Kim Fowley was a pretty versatile guy. A Renaissance Man, if you will.
Helen Reddy sang backup on this (you can really hear her on the chorus):
Gene Simmons’ solo album from 1978 was nowhere near as compelling or entertaining as his enemy within KISS, Ace Frehley. Ace’s big hit from that record:
Which was a cover of:
Which was written by Russ Ballard, who also wrote:
…for his band Argent. It was covered by KISS. I won’t show the video here. You’ve all seen it. But Russ Ballard wrote some pretty good songs, including the irresistible:
And here it is performed by Cherie and Marie Currie.
Cherie Currie was the gal you saw singing “Cherry Bomb” when she was in The Runaways, produced by Kim Fowley, who produced The Murmaids who’s big hit was written by David Gates.