Saturday, September 25, 2021

Pop Tops - Mamy Blue (1971)


Pop Tops (or Los Pop-Tops) were a vocal/instrumental band, formed in 1967 in Madrid, Spain, with Phil Trim from Trinidad and Tobago as lead singer. Their sound was a blend of baroque pop with the soulful vocals of Trim.

Original set-up included

Phil Trim - lead singer
Julián Luis Angulo - guitar, vocals
Alberto Vega - saxophone, clarinet, vocals
Enrique Gómez - bass, trumpet
Ignacio Pérez - organ, piano
José Lipiani - drums
Ray Gómez - guitar

Some changes occurred in members:

Francisco Urbano Romero - drums (replacing José Lipani)
Rafael Guillermo Gertrudis - keyboards, piano (replacing Ignacio Pérez)

Their first release to gain attention was "Oh Lord, Why Lord" (1968), written by Jean Marcel Bouchety and Phil Trim. It was the first pop song to incorporate the melody of Pachelbel's Canon in D. That single's b-side, "The Voice of the Dying Man" (based on a Johann Sebastian Bach composition) was also recorded in Spanish as "La Voz del Hombre Caido".

They are best known for their 1971 hit "Mamy Blue", referring to a son's poignant song addressed to his departed mother about his childhood memories and life in general, sometimes spelled "Mommy Blue", "Mammy Blue" or "Mummy Blue", which was a Top 10 hit throughout much of Europe, Japan , and Canada (#42), and a minor Billboard Hot 100 chart hit in the United States . It was covered in the US by the Stories peaking at No. 50 in 1973. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a platinum record.[3][where?] The composer and lyricist of the French song "Mamy Blue" was Hubert Giraud. English lyrics were written by Phil Trim. The Pop Tops also recorded Italian and Spanish versions, with lyrics by Gefingal.

As follow-up singles they released "Suzanne Suzanne" (early 1972) and "Hideaway" (mid 1972).


 

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