Blondie 1977

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Blondie’s Debbie Harry on a single-page poster in Bravo of 22 December 1977. Blondie were coming to Germany for the first time to promote their debut singe “X-Offender”. I was 121 when I bought it; I don’t think I’d ever been turned on more before than by Debbie’s spoken intro; even if I couldn’t quite understand what she was saying.

Here’s the report that went with the poster:

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Uriah Heep 1977

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Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep on the backpage poster in Bravo of 22 December 1977. For some reason, the Heep’s 1971 song “Lady In Black” was becoming a hit again. Here they are performing (well, miming) it on the German Disco 77 show. See David Bowie’s old bassist Trevor Boulder at right-back.

Bravo charts December 1977

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The readers’ charts in Bravo of 22 December 1977. There are some very good sings here: ABBA’s “The Name Of The Game” being the best of the lot. Interesting that at least the Top 4 of the German charts are covers of international hits (from #1 down, by Umberto Tozzi, Raffaela Cara, Kenny Rogers and the Bellamy Brothers).

Number 5, the annoying and horribly catchy “Skateboard” was a parallel hit for Benny and, as an instrumental, by Copains. It was written by Boney M svengali Frank Farian. Here’s Benny singing it on the ZDF Hitparade. Note the complete lack of enthusiasm from the audience; but our Benny keeps smiling.