Monday, January 09, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Vanity Fare
Song:Hitchin' A Ride
Album:Ultimate 70s Collection
The British group Vanity Fare had their biggest success with Hitchin' A Ride in 1970. They had a couple of other hits but most folks will only remember Hitchin' A Ride. They were from Kent, England. Lead singer Trevor Brice, guitarist Tony Goulden, drummer Dick Allix and bassist Tony Jarrett formed The Avengers in 1966. They went to school together. Roger Easterby became their manager and changed the group name to Vanity Fare. They signed with Page One Records with US distribution from Bell Records. They had a couple of hits in England and then reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Early In The Morning in early 1970. Then they added keyboard player Barry Landeman and Hitchin' A Ride reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1970. Hitchin' A Ride was written by the team of Peter Callender and Mitch Murray who have written many songs together. After a US tour, Allix and Goulden left and were replaced by Eddie Wheeler and Mark Ellen. Vanity Fare continued to record but nothing charted and the group faded into obscurity. You can get Hitchin' A Ride on this Collectables 3CD various artists budget comp. Wheeler and Ellen lead a version of Vanity Fare on the British oldies circuit today. Here's Vanity Fare performing Hitchin' A Ride on Top Of The Pops May 1970.