INTERVIEW: Racey’s Richard Gower on brining The Seventies Hit Makers to Newcastle

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Earlier this week we took a phone call from the lead singer of 70's hitmakers, Racey. We chatted to Richard Gower about the show he's bringing to town, how to write a hit and why he thinks pop music from the 70s keeps finding a new audience generation after generation.


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ABOUT RICHARD GOWER

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ABOUT RICHARD GOWER

On their return to the U.K from Denmark RACEY was spotted by famous Record Company Producer Mickie Most whilst playing at the Three Queens Pub. Despite the fact that 1977 was the height of punk rock boom and clean-cut bands were considered unfashionable, Mickie Most was impressed by the bands live performance and original songs and signed them to his R.A.K label. The summer of 1978 saw the release of RACEY's first single "Baby It's You". Although the single had some critical acclaim, radio stations were reluctant to programme the song and it only reached the lower end of the charts. In November 1978, the band second single "Lay Your Love On Me" was released and became an enormous Christmas hit. It sold over 950,000 copies in the U.K alone. It went on to become a chart hit all over Europe and a No.1 hit in Australia and New Zealand. In March 1979 RACEY released their next single "Some Girls", a song written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who originally had written the song for Debbie Harry and Blondie but following the success of "Lay Your Love On Me" wanted RACEY to record the song instead. The song became a massive hit for RACEY reaching No.1 in 12 countries, eventually selling over 7,000,000 copies worldwide. The song is still a favourite with Radio Stations worldwide. The bands first album "Smash And Grab" was released in 1980 and sold over 1,000,000 copies reaching No.1 in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and many other European countries. It reached the accolade of Treble Platinum status in Australia where it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. RACEY eventually earned 35 Gold, Silver and Platinum Sales Awards. During the early 1980's RACEY continued their run of hit singles including "Boy Oh Boy", "Such A Night" and "Runaround Sue". In 1983 Tony Basil recorded the RACEY song "Kitty" and re-named it "Mickie" and made it a worldwide hit single. By the mid-1980's the bands initial success had run its course, so the band decided to take a break to concentrate on other activities, Mickie Most then signed RICHARD GOWER to R.A.K Publishing as a songwriter of great success with over 30 songs published and recorded by such artists as Kandidate, Smokey, Suzi Quatro and Hot Chocolate. Hot Chocolate had a worldwide Top 10 single with "I Gave You My Heart".

ABOUT THE SHOW

Three of Britain's highly-successful Pop Groups of the Seventies are touring Australia together on the Same Bill in November 2017, proudly presented by ABSTRACT ENTERTAINMENT. They include Original RICHARD GOWER, Former Lead Singer of RACEY, whose hits included "Baby It's You", "Lay Your Love On Me", "Some Girls", "Boy Oh Boy", "Runaround Sue", "Such A Night" - earning them 35 Gold, Silver and Platinum Sales Awards; Glam Rock group THE RUBETTES featuring ALAN WILLIAMS, had a Worldwide No.1 hit with their hugely famous pop classic "Sugar Baby Love", followed by a quick succession by a further 15 International Hits including "Tonight", "Juke Box Jive", "I Can Do It", and "Baby I Know" to name but a few; and finally the Original 70's group PAPER LACE featuring PHIL WRIGHT, who launched themselves on the Entertainment scene and started studio recording singles until 1974 with "Billy Don't Be A Hero", "The Night Chicago Died", "The Blackeyed Boys", "Hitchin' A Ride 74", "So What If I Am" and two Albums made up the 30,000,000 plus U.K record sales achieved by this fantastic hit pop and rock band.

You can purchase tickets for the show here - https://www.westsnewcastle.com.au/events/the-seventies-hitmakers


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