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AM Matt

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The song "Good Friends?" by the Poppy Family reminds me of the song "Nouns" (from "Grammar Rock" 1974) on ABC "Funshine Saturday" mornings!!
 

GDB2LV

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Oh, that’s really sad. I liked her a lot. She opened for the Carpenters in Fresno, Ca. the first time I saw her. She came to my town a couple of years later. Fine voice and entertainer. RIP 😢
 

Mark-T

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I really liked her Love Song for Jeffrey (sp?) album and her version of Old Fashioned Way was the first one I ever heard.
 

Murray

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Helen Reddy had one of the clearest voices I've ever heard. My favorite songs of hers are "Peaceful", "Emotion", and "You and Me Against the World". RIP :cry:
 

GDB2LV

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My favorite HR tune, is Emotion, which has the same music as my favorite Kiki Dee song, Amoureuse. They just have completely different lyrics though. Released around the same time. Haunting melody.
 

Another Son

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Happy Birthday Olivia Newton-John!!! 72 years old today.
She continues to inspire me and I thank her for her gift of song. :love:

What's better than one Olivia...two of course :laugh:
She performed this hit twice on the Midnight Special.

I was watching this on the TV a minute ago. I’ve seen it many times before but This time, I suddenly realised that the woman at the beginning and the end is Olivia Newton-John.

 

GDB2LV

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I’m sure there are, from the Fresno concert. It was also a fundraiser for Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign run, Saturday May 29th 1976, Selland Arena. I made the trip 2 nights in a row. Same venue on Friday for Leon & Mary Russell with Firefall the opening act, on their first tour. Great weekend!
 

Another Son

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My favorite HR tune, is Emotion, which has the same music as my favorite Kiki Dee song, Amoureuse. They just have completely different lyrics though. Released around the same time. Haunting melody.
I liked the Kiki Dee song quite a lot at the time and thought that she had a slight resemblance to KC during the low notes. I don’t think I think that now, though - this was when I was a pre-teen.

For those who like Helen Reddy, just for your interest, there will be a very short tribute to her on Australian TV this Saturday morning, as follows:-

  • HELEN REDDY Imagination (MCA)
  • HELEN REDDY Interview on ABC Arts, 1973 (ABC)
  • HELEN REDDY I Am Woman (Capitol)
I think that all of these clips are probably readily available on YouTube already - the interview on ‘ABC Arts’ has been doing the rounds on Twitter these last couple of days, for example.

On the same show, fifteen No Doubt music clips are going to be shown and then fourteen Gwen Stefani clips.

So what’s the big thing about No Doubt at the moment? All I can find on the internet is that Gwen Stefani just decorated her house. We can be quite certain that No Doubt is definitely not touring here so.... I don’t know why all the clips.

The show is sort of a party all night to music idea, so that’s probably why not many Helen Reddy clips. The producers usually aim for the 16 to 35 crowd, probably assuming that none of their usual audience would have any idea who Helen Reddy was and that the 50 to 75s who would know probably won’t have been able to rouse themselves from their slumber by that time.
 

AM Matt

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The Poppy Family (Susan & Terry Jacks) "No Good To Cry". That song is NOT on the 1996 compilation CD "A Good Thing Lost: Greatest Hits". The song went to # 84 (Billboard Hot 100) in December of 1971. Remake of The Wildweeds 1967 song.
 

AM Matt

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That Poppy Family song "No Good To Cry" reminds me of Roxette "Listen To Your Heart" (from 1989) when the female singer is saying "yeah".
 

Harry

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Moderator
The Poppy Family (Susan & Terry Jacks) "No Good To Cry". That song is NOT on the 1996 compilation CD "A Good Thing Lost: Greatest Hits".
Ah, but it WAS on the rare CD compilation that was released by A&M in Canada just called GREATEST HITS:

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Malu Makana

The Fidler Angel


My memories of the Poppy Family starts with this song. I lived near the BC border and listened to Vancouver radio stations. This got lots of airplay. Great song, great voice.
 
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Harry

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When The Poppy Family's first album was being readied for US release, they re-did their big hit, "That's Where I Went Wrong" for the US market, giving it a less "countrified" sound. That's the way it was heard on US radio and on the US issue of the album.

When the two compilation CDs were compiled, Terry Jacks opted to use the original Canadian version of the song, except on the second CD called A GOOD THING LOST, he added the US single version in mono as the last track. Still unissued on official CD is the US stereo version of "That's Where I Went Wrong". Here it is lifted from my vinyl album:

 

Harry

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Loved their song Which Way You Goin' Billy?
Me too, but I fear that the song's title may have helped contribute to The Poppy Family just not getting the recognition it deserves. It's a two-fold problem.

[1] There was another 1970's song called "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods that topped the charts and is now often considered one of the worst records of that decade. The use of the name "Billy" in the title has probably helped condemn "Which Way You Goin', Billy?" just due to careless confusion.

[2] The group's name "The Poppy Family" conjures up a number of negatives, I suppose. "Poppy" is a sort of silly word, the name of a flower that also is the basis of the narcotic drug opium, and today is the name of a female singer whose career was elevated in the YouTube era.
 
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