” Three Steps To Heaven ” is by Showaddywaddy, the Rock ‘n’ Roll revival group from Leicester in the United Kingdom. They formed in 1973 by joining together of two groups, Choise and the Golden Hammers, both of which played similar types of music.
The newly formed group had eight members, with the unusual set up of having two vocalists, two drummers, two guitarists, and two on bass. The original line-up consisted of Rod Deas, Trevor Oakes, Al James, Buddy Gask, Russ Field, Dave Bartram, Malcolm Allured, Romeo Challenger.
Showaddywaddy enjoyed popularity during the late 70s and early 80s with covers and their compositions, spending 209 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. They had ten singles reach the UK Top Ten with their version of Curtis Lee’s 1961 hit ” Under the Moon of Love ” becoming the group’s only UK Number One. The song spent three weeks at the top in 1976 and had sold over one million copies in the United Kingdom.
Most of the original line-up have now left the group. Lead vocalist Dave Bartram retired in December 2011 after 38 years ( he’s now the group’s manager ). Romeo Challenger and Rod Deas the only two founding members left. They have were joined by Ray Hatfield, Rob Hewins, Dean Loach and Andy Pelos. The new line-up still tours today.
The song was written by Eddie Cochran and his brother Bob. Eddie who was an American musician was born on the 3rd of October 1938 in Albert Lea, a city located in Freeborn County, in the southeastern part of the State of Minnesota. The town was named after topographer Albert Miller Lea, who during 1835 surveyed southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
From an early age Eddie got involved in music, he played in his school band and taught himself to play blues guitar. In July 1955, ” Skinny Jim ” was released as a single on the Crest Records label. Eddie’s first single, although not a hit at the time, is now considered by many critics and fans alike to be a rock-and-roll and rockabilly classic.
In February 1957 Liberty Records released his first album, Singing to My Baby. It was to be the only studio album released while Eddie was still alive. The album featured ” Sittin’ in the Balcony “, a cover of the Johnny Dee ( John D. Loudermilk ) song. Eddie’s version reached number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1957.
A taxi carrying Eddie, Sharon Sheeley ( his fiancée ), Gene Vincent and tour-manager Pat Thompkins crashed into a concrete lamppost near Chippenham in the county of Wiltshire, England. On the 17th April 1960 Eddie Cochran died from injuries sustained in a car crash while touring in the United Kingdom, he was just 21 years old.
Showaddywaddy’s cover version of ” Three Steps To Heaven ” was produced by Mike Hurst, the English musician and record producer. Mike Hurst ( Michael John Longhurst Pickworth ) was born on the 19th of September 1942.
In February 1962, he joined The Springfields after answering an ad in British weekly entertainment industry newspaper The Stage magazine. After The Springfields split in October 1963, Mike was involved in a band called the Methods.
Mike Hurst is credited with discovering Cat Stevens and Marc Bolan. He produced Marc’s first solo recording for record label Decca, ” The Wizard ” in September 1965. The single, released in November 1965, wasn’t a success failing to chart. As a producer, Mike has worked with many top recording artists including P.P. Arnold, Cat Stevens, The Spencer Davis Group, The Move, Billy Fury, Roy Wood and many tracks by Showaddywaddy.
The song was released on the 9th of May 1975 by record label Bell ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and was taken from their second album, Step Two.
The album, released on the 13th of June 1975, featured nine original songs and three covers. The album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 12th of July 1975 and reached a peak of number seven. The song also appears on their Greatest Hits album which reached number four on the chart in 1976.
Lyrically the song is talking about the feeling of love in three steps, Step One – You find a girl to love, Step Two – She falls in love with you, Step Three – You kiss and hold her tightly. The three steps indicate to feel like you’re in heaven, those are the three steps you should take.
” Three Steps To Heaven ” was a commercial success for Showaddywaddy. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 17th of May 1975 and reached a peak of number two. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart. It also charted in Ireland and Germany.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 1, Germany 39
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