You Are My Love Liverpool Express
Song Title: You Are My Love
Artist: Liverpool Express
Date of release: 1976
Description: ” You Are My Love ” is by Liverpool Express, are a British pop rock band. Heavily influenced by the Beatles, they formed in 1975 and changed changed their name just L.E.X in 1979. The original line-up of the band consisted of Billy Kinsley, Tony Coates, Roger Scott Craig and Derek Cashin.
In an interview with Adam Cummings of the Record Mirror dated the 19th of June 1976, Billy Kinsley explained how the band got their name ” I didn’t want it, i was sick to death of the Mersey tag, but we couldn’t think of a suitable name and eventually came up with Liverpool Express. ”
Although the band’s debut single ” Smile ” flopped, they had cut several tracks for the record company to show their diversity and songwriting skill.
The song was written by Billy Kinsley and Roger Scott Craig. Billy ( William Ellis ” Billy ” Kinsley ) is an English musician. He was a founding member of The Merseybeats and played with them until 1966. The group performed at The Cavern Club along with the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers during the 1960s. The Merseybeats is best known for their 1964 Million-selling single ” I Think of You “, the song landed the group their first Gold disc.
Roger Scott Craig is an Irish musician who began his career when he joined The Merseybeats in the early 1970s. He left Liverpool in 1981 and settled in California. A year later he joined the rock band Fortune, formed by brothers Richard and Mick Fortune in the late 70’s. The group spent much of their time recording demos for CBS and working in the studio. They did perform live gigs in clubs in and around Los Angeles. They split up in 1984.
” You Are My Love ” was produced by Hal Carter ( Harold Carter Burrows ) and Peter Swettenham. Hal was a pop music agent and record producer. He managed artists like Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, the Swinging Blue Jeans, The Equals, Mungo Jerry and Alvin Stardust. He got his first taste of show business as a ring-hand with Bertram Mills Circus. In the early sixties, he was contracted to produce the stage act and tour with The Kinks, The Troggs and The Who in the early 1960s. Later he decided to open his own agency and management company called The Hal Carter Organisation. Hal died at the age of 69 of liver cancer on the 13th of July 2004.
Peter Swettenham was a member of the 1960s British rock band Grapefruit. The band consisted of George Alexander, Mick Fowler, John Perry, Geoff Swettenham, Pete Swettenham, Malcolm Jelley, and Bob Wale. Grapefruit split up in late 1969. Pete went on to be a successful producer and engineer, he co-produced Ralph McTell’s 1976 Album Right Side Up. He has also worked with Jimmy Cassidy, Driftwood, Linda Ronstadt, Mott The Hoople and Thin Lizzy.
The song was released in 1976 by record label Warner Bros Records ( Warner Music Group ) and taken from Liverpool Express’ debut Album Tracks. The Album, released in June 1976, features two of the band’s most memorable songs, this one and ” Every Man Must Have a Dream “. Both of which reached the top twenty in the United Kingdom in 1976.
” You Are My Love ” which is one of Sir Paul McCartney’s favourite ballads, helped the group become popular in South America along with ” Every Man Must Have A Dream ” and ” Dreamin’ “, all which reached Number One on the charts there. Liverpool Express were the first band to play a major stadium tour there. The tour saw the band play to more than a quarter of a million people.
The band also toured the United Kingdom and parts of Europe supporting Rod Stewart. It was by personal request by HRH Prince Charles, that the band play at a Royal Gala show held in Liverpool.
” You Are My Love ” was a commercial success for Liverpool Express. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 26th of June 1976 and reached a peak of number 11. It spent 6 weeks in the top twenty and a total of 9 weeks on the UK chart. The song also charted in Germany, Ireland and Netherlands.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 11
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 39, Netherlands 16, Ireland 7, Brazil 1
Official Website: Liverpoolexpress.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/LiverpoolExpress