Sunday, December 13, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-The Tremeloes
Song:Silence Is Golden
Album:The Very Best Of...The Tremeloes
Brian Poole was the original leader of The Tremeloes when they started in 1958. They were called Brian Poole & The Tremeloes sort of like Buddy Holly & The Crickets. What confuses some fans is that The Tremeloes had their biggest success after Poole left the group. In 1961, Poole was the lead singer with Rick West on guitar, Alan Blakely on guitar, Alan Howard on bass and Dave Munden on drums. In 1962, Decca auditioned The Tremeloes and The Beatles and chose to sign The Tremeloes. Obviously that didn't turn out too well. They had some chart success in England but Decca dropped them in 1966. Poole and Howard left. Blakely took over leadership of the group and brought in bassist Chip Hawkes. They signed with CBS and their 1967 hit Silence Is Golden reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. West sang lead on that song though Blakely and Hawkes sang lead most of the time. Silence Is Golden was written by Bob Gaudio of The Four Seasons and was on the B side of Rag Doll in 1964. This comp from Sanctuary has all their hits. They had a couple more hits but weren't a factor anymore by the end of the decade. Alan Blakely continued to lead The Tremeloes until his death in 1996. Munden and West continue to day. Brian Poole has had a career as a cabaret singer. Chip Hawkes left for a solo career only to return in 1988. His son Chesney Hawkes has had some success and they work together today. Here's The Tremeloes performing Silence Is Golden 1967.