The Flying Machine

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: 60s 70s bubblegum oldies classic rock pop seen live soul british easy listening soft rock adult contemporary british invasion one hit wonder british rock 60s british 60s british rock british 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Not to be confused with the US outfit from James Taylor’s pre- Apple Records days, this Flying Machine was the brainchild of British writers and producers Tony Macaulay and Geoff Stephens. Recorded by session musicians, ‘Smile A Little Smile For Me’ failed to chart in the UK, but it soared to number 5 in the US in November 1969. For the purposes of touring, a group was assembled from the remnants of the British hit group, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, wherein Anthony Newman (rhythm guitar/vocals), the sole surviving original member, was joined by Steve Jones (lead guitar), Stuart Colman (bass) and Paul Wilkinson (drums). A follow-up single version of ‘Baby Make It Soon’, first recorded by the Marmalade, scraped the American Hot 100 the following year, but the group, somewhat ungratefully, grew frustrated with their pop-orientated style. A final single, ‘The Devil Has Possession Of Your Mind’, suggested a change of direction,...

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