Love Train Holly Johnson
Song Title: Love Train
Artist: Holly Johnson
Date of release: 1989
Description: ” Love Train ” is by Holly Johnson ( William Holly Johnson ), the English artist, musician, and writer. In 1977 Holly joined the punk band Big in Japan as a bassist, which formed in Liverpool, England. They became better known for the later successes of the band members rather than their music.
According to Liverpool’s daily newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, the band was ” a supergroup with a difference – its members only became super after they left. ” After his time in Big in Japan, Holly joined a group of musicians who would form the foundation of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The group was named after Holly after he saw a headline of an article about Frank Sinatra.
What Frankie Goes to Hollywood is best known for their controversial 1984 hit single, Relax. The single was one of the most successful songs of the 80s. Despite being banned by the BBC ( which helped sales ), the song sold two million copies in the United Kingdom alone.
It spent five weeks at the top and became the seventh best-selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart. After the success of their two following songs, ” Two Tribes ” and ” The Power of Love ” Frankie Goes to Hollywood was to become only the second act in the history of the UK Singles Chart to reach the top with their first three single releases.
After the group split in 1987, Holly embarked on a solo career in 1989 after a legal battle with his former record label, ZTT Records ( part owned by Trevor Horn or Buggles fame ).
” Love Train ” was written by Holly Johnson with production for the single by Andy Richards and Steve Lovell. Andy is a British–Australian pianist, composer, music producer and keyboardist. In 1977, Andy auditioned for Strawbs, the folk-rock band.
They are best known as ” Part of the Union “, released in January 1973. The single featured on their 1973 Album Bursting at the Seams, reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Their Album, Hero & Heroine, was listed by Rolling Stone magazine in 2015 as ” one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time “.
Andy went on to work with many artists including George Michael, Grace Jones, Rush, Annie Lennox, Gary Moore, Pet Shop Boys, Godley & Creme, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, OMD and Malcolm McLaren.
Steve Lovell, a record producer for over twenty years, produced Blur and Julian Copes first two solo Albums. Steve is now a member of a band called The Purple Pudding Clause With his wife Rachel his son David.
” Love Train ” was released in 1989 by record label MCA ( Universal Music Group ) and was taken from Holly’s debut Album Blast.
The Album, released in 1989, topped the UK Albums Chart for one week. It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) with sales of over 300,000 copies.
All tracks were written by Holly, except ” Atomic City “, which was written by Dan Hartman, who was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. Dan is best known for his 1978 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit ” Instant Replay “, which reached number twenty-nine in the US.
The single was recorded at two studios. The Studio Guillaume Tell, located at 20 Avenue de la Belle Gabrielle in Suresnes Paris and the Townhouse & Advision Studios, which was a recording studio in West London, built in 1978 by Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.
The track features a guitar solo from Brian May, the Queen guitarist. Also featured are backing vocals from Don Snow, known for his work with British new wave band, Squeeze and Lance Ellington, a specialist in swing and big ballads and the son of Ray Ellington ( Henry Pitts Brown ), the jazz and blues bandleader.
The accompanying music video was directed by Marco Cerere. The director studied Fine Art and Film at St. Martins School of Art, London. He went on to directed music videos for Limelight Productions in the late 1980s and early 90s, working with artists like The Blow Monkeys, Holly Johnson and Shack. Towards the end of the 90s, Marco started working with paint, print, photography and digital media and now exhibits in London and New York.
” Love Train ” was a commercial success for Holly. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending six weeks on the chart there.
In the United, Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 14th of January 1989 and reached a peak of number four. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 65
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 35, Austrian Singles Chart 17, Belgian Singles Chart (Vl) 15, Canadian Singles Chart 56, Dutch Singles Chart 12, French Singles Chart 9, German Singles Chart 4, Irish Singles Chart 5, Italian Singles Chart 21, Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo) 15, New Zealand Singles Chart 20, Norwegian Singles Chart 10, Polish Singles Chart 12, Swedish Singles Chart 14, Swiss Singles Chart 8
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