By Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March
Published by Edit Pros
Ever wondered what happened to your favourite pop stars from when you were a teenager? Well, the authors of these two volumes are on a mission to help you out!
The first volume features five American acts, The Association, The Kingston Trio, Chris Montez, The Spiral Starecase, and Bobby Vee plus two British combos, Herman’s Hermits and The Zombies. Between them, they accumulated seven number 1 hits in the US charts and and many of them are still performing to this day, though many in a somewhat altered state! Their stories are told as a unit, detailing their careers and then individual members are given their own section with a more personal slant on their lives and achievements. Not all band members are included - it is as if only the chosen ones are included in the latter section, obviously some did not care to get themselves involved, or had fallen out with whoever provided the overall information.
In volume two, the bands included are The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, The Moody Blues, plus the duo Sam and Dave, and solo artists Donnie Brooks, Bobby Goldsboro and Ray Stevens. Other than the Moody Blues, who came from Britain, all of the acts were American. The format of this book is the same as the first, again with glaring omissions, most notably with the biographies of the Moody Blues, as the life stories of only two of the seven 'permanent' musicians involved are told in detail.
I was eager to read these books to find out what happened to some of the groups and singers who played my kind of music in the 60s and 70s, but overall, I was disappointed. Good idea, shame about the result.