Sweet, Bay City Rollers and Smokie — the leading candidates for the readers’ poll for Best Band of 1977 — on the cover of Bravo of 10 November 1977. This week 42 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:
• Star Wars: Two robots conquer the world (see Thursday)
• Three girls with both legs on the stage: Maggie Mae, Tina York, Elfie Graf
• Tom Petty: Blonde guy with a thundersound
• Leif Garrett private
• Rosetta Stone cooking at their live shows in Germany
• How teen girl lost a leg in motorcycle crash
• Shaun Cassidy shows off his dream house
• Schlager singer Tony Holiday: From fashion designer to hitmaker
A four-part series of profiles on the Smokie members started in Bravo of 1 September 1977, with drummer Pete Spencer first up. Smokie were also the running Starschnitt stars, as we saw a few weeks ago.
Smokie on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 23 May 1979.
Smokie on a superposter in Bravo of 16 November 1978. Perms ahoy!
Smokie, with “kissograms” on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 4 October 1979
The single page poster of Alan Silson in Bravo of 22 September 1977 completed the four-part portrait series of Smokie.
Suzi Quatro and Smokie’s permed singer Chris Norman on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 23 November 1978. The RAK label mates were having a hit with “Stumblin’ In”, a song whose single I bought, then hated, and lately discovered I rather like (still, it didn’t make A Life In Vinyl 1978).
The poster’s photo was taken during their performance on the Disco ’78 TV show. Suzi is quite adorable here.
Smokie on a centre-spread poster in Bravo 27 October 1977. Their hit at the time was a rather horrible reggae-tinged thing called “It’s Your Life”.
Nastassja Kinski features on the Bravo cover page of 26 May 1977. Inside was a double-page spread of black & white photos of Kinski, still a teenager, including a full-frontal nude photo from a movie.
On other pages, the excellent sex-ed guy Dr Korff discussed “friendship with sex”, and Bravo began a new “Starschnitt”; over several weeks you’d collect pieces of what would become a life-size poster of the featured subject, in this case Smokie.
Smokie on a double-spread poster in Bravo of 28 January 1978 to matk their victory in the readers’ poll for favourite band for 1977. Yes, Smokie!