Brotherhood Of Man United We Stand [Hallmark]
- Released: June 6, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Hallmark
- 1.United We Stand
- 2.Save Your Kisses For Me
- 3.My Sweet Rosalie / Oh Boy (The Mood Im In)
- 5.Tie A Yellow Ribbon
- 7.Puppy Love
- 9.Dont Give Up On Us Baby
- 11.Let Me Sleep On It
- 13.Beautiful Lover
- 14.Middle of The Night
- 15.Where Are You Going To My Love
Originally assembled in 1969 by songwriter and producer Tony Hillier, the initial line-up was little more than a collection of the top session singers of the day, including the ubiquitous Tony Burrows, to record Hillier s 'United We Stand'. A smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, 'United We Stand' became adopted by the American gay community as something of an anthem, thus ensuring the group s follow-up 'Where Are You Going To My Love' also attracted attention. After a further couple of minor American hits, Brotherhood Of Man was put into storage for almost five years. Then, in 1976, Tony Hillier came up with a song that he intended entering into the Song for Europe competition, 'Save Your Kisses For Me'. As the competition required a group to perform the song, he pulled the name Brotherhood Of Man from the shelf and recruited Nicky Stevens, Sandra Stevens (no relation), Lee Sheridan and Martin Lee, almost an identikit line-up to that of Abba, and won not only the UK competition but the Eurovision Song Contest itself. The song hit the top of the UK charts and made the Top 30 in the US, and there were to be further UK number ones in 'Angelo' and 'Figaro' over the next few years. Although the hits came to and end in 1982 (after a chart absence of four years), Brotherhood Of Man mark two continue to perform and tour today and also re-recorded all of their hits for this album.
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