” Costafine Town ” is by Splinter, the duo from South Shields, England. Splinter formed in 1970 and consisted of Bill Elliott (William Elliott) and Bobby Purvis (Robert J Purvis).
They were well-connected from the start having worked with The Beatles for a while before working with George Harrison, who produced most of Splinter’s songs.
Their sound has been likened by many to that of the Badfinger, and The Beatles, Badfinger, known initially as The Iveys, had a hit with ” Come And Get It ” with the track was written and produced by another Beatle, namely Paul McCartney. ” Costafine Town ” has been described as being ” among the best Beatles songs that the Beatles never made. ”
” Costafine Town ” was released in October 1974 by record label Dark Horse ( formed by Beatle George Harrison in 1974 ) and taken from their debut album, The Place I Love, which was released on the 20th of September 1974.
According to the Shields Gazette website ( founded in 1849 and is oldest provincial evening newspaper in the UK ), the song’s writers Bill Elliot and Bobby Purvis got their inspiration for the song from Corstorphine Town in Shields, the stretch of the riverside between West Holborn and Templetown.
It was said, Wrongly as it turned out, that Corstorphine Town’s name came from Robert Corstorphine, who was the landlord of the Cookson’s Arms in the area during the 1830s. It later became known that his name was Robert Marsham and he’d merely adopted the name of Corstorphine.
In May 1974 George Harrison established a record label called Dark Horse Records. George started the label as the winding down of The Beatles Apple label had begun. He’d named the label after a song of the same name which was released in 1973 and Dark Horse the album, which was his fifth album released a year later on the Apple Records label.
The newly formed Dark Horse distinctive logo is said to have come from a label on a tin that George had found during his trip to India. The label on the tin featured the seven-headed horse Uchchaihshravas, which in Hindu mythology is a seven-headed flying horse created during the churning of the milk ocean. It is considered to be the king of horses and said to be of snow-white in colour.
George Harrison produced all the songs on Splinter’s album, including ” Costafine Town “. He also played a variety of instruments on the tracks. Some of the names appearing as production credits on the album are Hari Georgeson, Jai Raj Harisein and P. roducer, pseudonyms of George Harrison.
The song was a commercial success for Splinter. In the United States the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 on the 14th of December 1975 and reached a peak of number seventy-seven, it spent a total of eight weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 2nd of November 1974 and reached a peak of number seventeen. It spent three weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 77
UK Highest Chart Position: 17
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: New Zealand 8
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