Bravo 10 Nov 1977

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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

Smokie 1977

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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.

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Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman 1978

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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.

Bravo cover 26 May 1977

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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.