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:
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.
Swedish singer Siw Inger on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 22 December 1977.
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.
Kiss on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 22 December 1977.
Tina Charles on a single-page poster in Bravo of 6 October 1977
A year earlier Charles had a mega-hit with “I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)”, followed by four Top 20 hits in West Germany that year. In 1977 she had one German Top 40 hit, and that was it for the charming English disco singer.
Ramones on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 6 October 1977
Alas, none of these four are alive today…
Elvis Presley in a pic from the ’50s on an A2 superposter in Bravo of 6 October 1977, to go with a feature on his career.
Aerosmith on the back-page poster of Bravo of 6 October 1977, to coincide with their German tour.
Don’t let it be said that Bravo didn’t know how to rock: Ramones and Aerosmith posters in one edition!
Status Quo like you’ve never seen them before on an A2 superposter in Bravo of 6 October 1977.