In addition to Jeff Christie (born Jeffrey Christie, 12 July 1946, Leeds, Yorkshire, England) their vocalist, bassist and songwriter; they initially included guitarist Vic Elmes and drummer Mike Blakley (born Michael Blakley, 12 January 1947, Bromley, Kent, England).
Jeff Christie had initially worked with several bands including The Outer Limits, who released “Just One More Chance” / “Help Me Please” (1967) and “Great Train Robbery” / “Sweet Freedom” (1968).
In 1970, Jeff Christie offered his composition “Yellow River” to The Tremeloes. They recorded it to release as a single but changed their minds and allowed Christie to use the backing track himself. The result was a UK number one hit in June 1970, and subsequently #23 in the U.S., also accumulating more weeks (23) on the Hot 100 than any other entry on that chart completely inside 1970. It was a worldwide hit and was number one in 26 countries with global sales of over 30 million.
The follow-up single from October 1970, “San Bernadino” (misspelled if referring to, for example, San Bernardino, California), reached UK Number 5 and Number 1 in Germany, but only U.S. #100. Both tracks became flash songs on their eponymous debut album of that year, and it stayed on U.S. Billboard 200 chart for ten weeks. But the trio failed to sustain a lasting career, and Blakley was replaced by Paul Fenton (born 4 July 1946, Huddersfield, Yorkshire) just before the release of the band’s second album, For All Mankind (1971).
Lem Lubin (ex-Unit 4 + 2) was added to the line-up after the release of Iron Horse (1972), but the title track proved to be the band’s final hit single. The departure of Fenton and Lubin hastened the demise of the original line-up, but Jeff Christie returned with new members Terry Fogg (drums) (born Terrence George Fogg, 25 September 1945, Chesterfield, Derbyshire), Roger Flavell (bass), and Danny Krieger (guitar). A 1974 single “Alabama” / “I’m Alive” failed to resurrect the band’s fortunes, and new members Tony Ferguson (guitar) and Roger Willis (drums) were brought in to join Christie and Flavell.”JoJo’s Band”, written by Elmes, was a major hit for Christie in Argentina and Brazil, while the last Christie hit, “Navajo”, was Number 1 in Mexico.
Jeff Christie reformed the band in 1990 with members of UK band Tubeless Hearts, Kev Moore, Simon Kay and Adrian ‘Fos’ Foster. Tubeless Hearts tried to represent United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 with a Jeff Christie song, “Safe in your Arms”, but were unsuccessful. They continued to tour for a further 16 years all over Europe, Russia and Israel, recording intermittently. Following the release of Jeff Christie’s Floored Masters double album, the 1990 line-up of Christie embarked on a 2009 European Tour. In 2013, a Christie double album, “No Turn Unstoned”, was released, a collection of Christie demos and unreleased songs. (by wikipedia)
“Yellow River” is a popular song recorded by the British band Christie. Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single early in 1970. However, after the success of their then most recent single, “Call Me Number One”, and after considering it too pop-orientated for their future direction, they decided to follow it up with another of their own compositions, “By The Way”, which was only a minor Top 40 success.
Producer Mike Smith therefore took their vocals off the recording and added those of Jeff Christie. Released on 23 April 1970, it became an international hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for one week in June 1970. In the US, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
The actual location of Yellow River in this song is not specified, although the author, Jeff Christie, is on record as saying that it was inspired by the idea of a soldier going home at the end of the American Civil War. As the song was released during the Viet Nam War, it has been interpreted as being about a soldier leaving the US Military at the end of his period of conscription. Although, it was well known by those who fought in Vietnam that many more who fought in Vietnam were enlisted men, not drafted men. (by wikipedia)
Mike Blakley (drums)
Jeff Christie (bass, vocals)
Vic Elmes (guitar)
01. Yellow River (J.Christie) 2.45
02. Gotta Be Free (J.Christie) 3.12
03. I’ve Got A Feeling (J.Christie) 2.49
04. New York City (Blakey/Elems) 3.06
05. Inside Looking Out (J.Christie) 2.43
06. Put Your Money Down (J.Christie) 2.44
07. Down The Mississippi Line (J.Christie) 2.52
08. San Bernardino (J.Christie) 3.13
09. Country Boy (J.Christie) 2.39
10. Johnny One Time (J.Christie) 3.25
11. Coming Home Tonight (J.Christie) 3.01
12. Here I Am (J.Christie) 2.37
13. Until The Dawn (J.Christie) 3.20