Tuesday, August 28, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Firefall

Song:Just Remember I Love You
Album:Greatest Hits

Firefall was a country rock band that was successful in the late 70s. Just Remember I Love You was one of their three hit singles. The lead singer and main songwriter of Firefall was Rick Roberts. He was a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Guitarist Jock Bartley replaced Tommy Bolin in Zephyr. Roberts and Bartley met while Bartley was touring with Gram Parsons. They decided to form a band and contacted former Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne bassist Mark Andes. He had moved to Boulder, CO so it was decided that the band would settle there. They convinced guitarist Larry Burnett to move from Washington, DC to Boulder. They auditioned drummers but hired former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers drummer Michael Clarke. Firefall performed in local clubs and recorded a demo produced by Chris Hillman. Roberts, Bartley and Andes went on tour with Hillman. They were to perform in New York but Hillman got sick. Burnett and Clarke were flown in and this led to Firefall's record deal with Atlantic Records. Before recording their debut album, Roberts brought in high school pal David Muse. He plays sax, flute and keyboards. Firefall's 1976 debut album was certified Gold and You Are The Woman reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Firefall's second album was to be titled Tropical Nights. But Atlantic didn't like it and sent them back into the studio to rework it. Luna Sea was certified Gold when it was released in 1977 and Just Remember I Love You reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. By this time, burnout from constant touring started to cause tension in the band. They had problems with the third album Elan but it did well and Strange Way was another top 20 hit. They fell apart after that. Michael Clarke missed gigs due to alcohol problems. He left and so did Mark Andes. They were replaced but after the 1980 album Clouds Across The Sun, Larry Burnett checked himself into rehab for drug abuse. Then Atlantic dropped them. You can get all of Firefall's hits on this budget comp. Jock Bartley continues to lead a version of Firefall today. Rick Roberts retired in the 90s due to illness. Michael Clarke died in 1993. Here is Firefall performing Just Remember I Love You in Houston 1979.

1 comment:

  1. 1JoshI2:43 PM

    I remember seeing some version of Firefall at a small venue when I lived in Colorado in the mid 90s.