Monday, May 30, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jigsaw

Song:Sky High
Album:Super Hits of the '70s: Have A Nice Day Vol. 15

I bet many of you remember this 1975 top five hit but you know nothing about Jigsaw. Sky High was their only big hit but they did better in Europe and Japan. Jigsaw was formed in 1966 in Coventry and Rugby, England by guitarist Tony Campbell. The other key member was keyboard player Clive Scott. Later Des Dyer was brought in to replace the original drummer and he also became lead singer. Scott and Dyer wrote most of the band's songs. They released some singles and recorded albums for Philips and BASF. But Jigsaw went nowhere until their manager Chas Peate started his own Splash label. One of the band's songs Who Do You Think You Are was recorded by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. Peate made a deal for Sky High to be the theme of the 1975 film The Man From Hong Kong starring one time James Bond George Lazenby. It was played over the opening credits. Sky High became a hit in England and then it was picked up in the US by Wes Farrell's Chelsea label. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became a #1 hit in Japan when Sky High was used as Mexican pro wrestling legend Mil Mascaras' entrance theme. They continued to be very popular in Japan. Then Jigsaw signed with 20th Century Records. They were brought to Los Angeles to record with producer Rick Jarrard. So it looked like they were on the rise. But the album they recorded was shelved. Jigsaw split up in 1978 though Scott and Dyer continued to record as Jigsaw. After a 1981 disco album for Elektra, Scott and Dyer ended Jigsaw but they continued as a production and songwriting team for acts like Nikki French and Bad Boys Inc. You can get Sky High on this Rhino 70s comp. Clive Scott died in 2009 after an accident in his home. Here's video for Sky High by Jigsaw that was made to promote The Man From Hong Kong.

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