Saturday, February 24, 2007

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Gallagher & Lyle "Breakaway" 1976

The pop duo phenomenon that spawned such acts as Simon & Garfunkel, Brewer & Shipley and Seals & Crofts was pre-dated by the duo formed by songwriters, guitarists and vocalists Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle. Initially attracting attention as songwriters of Dean Ford & the Gaylords' single, "Mr. Heartbreak's Here Instead," Gallagher & Lyle went on to record as a duo and members of McGuinness Flint and Ronnie Lane's group, the Last Chance Band. Gallagher and Lyle continued to balance their performances and recordings as staff songwriters for the Beatles' Apple label, writing "Sparrow" and "International" for Mary Hopkin. The title track of their sixth duo album, Breakaway, was later covered by Art Garfunkel.

Gallagher & Lyle first played together in Largos, a small town in Argyle, Scotland., near Glasgow. Relocating to London in 1967, the duo became full-time writers at Apple. Three years later, they joined with Tom McGuinness and Hughie Flint to form McGuinness Flint. Although they recorded two successful singles, "When I'm Dead and Gone" and "Malt and Barley Blues," the group disbanded in 1971. Recording their self-titled debut duo album for Capitol, Gallagher & Lyle switched to the A&M label by their second effort. Their first release on A&M, however, was a reissue of their debut album. In the spring of 1974, Gallagher and Lyle joined Ronnie Lane's Last Chance Band, remaining with the group until May 1974. The duo balanced their work with the band with additional duo albums, How Come and The Last Cowboy. They continued to record on their own following the breakup of the group. Breakaway was released in 1975, Love on the Airwaves in 1977 and Show Down in 1978. Switching to the Phonogram label, they recorded their final album, Lonesome No More in 1979. Following a tour to support the album, the duo went their seperate ways. Lyle continued to write, in collaboration with Terry Britten, reaching his peak with "What's Love Got to Do With It," covered by Tina Turner, and "Just Good Friends," recorded by Michael Jackson. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide


Blogger roby said...

Hello Lizardson;
fantastic blog and I'm an old visitor of it and always enjoyed your great taste for music..;
A favour now...can you please upload Plainsong "In Search Of Amelia Earhart" 1972??
You gave a link to the other site but now it is removed from it and no way to get it again.
I thought that in such a case, since you have posted the details too, you could have a link to it yourself..
Please, I really look forward for that record.
Thanks anyway for the wonderful music

25 February, 2007 03:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello - Good blogging my friend. Is there any chance you could repost Anno Domini 'On This New Day' - Most of the songs only play in one channel. Keep up the good work.

26 February, 2007 18:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great album! Thank you and salud!

27 February, 2007 08:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for signposting all the wonderful music, lizardson!

Just one quibble: Simon & Garfunkel predated Gallagher & Lyle by many years. S & G's big hit (Sound of Silence) came out in 1965; but before that the duo were known as Tom & Jerry--and had their first hit in 1957 (Hey, Schoolgirl):

01 March, 2007 01:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit, I never knew I could get down on an album like this the way I have. What a smooth and diverse selection of songs. Thanks for this. I never would have found it otherwise.

03 March, 2007 03:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of getting other hard-to-find Gallagher & Lyle albums, like Willie & the Lapdog?


04 March, 2007 16:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...






13 March, 2007 01:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love to hear this again - could you repost please

cheers Pete - north Scotland

01 July, 2007 05:18  
Blogger bearwil said...

i agree with Pete. It's a real pity the file is gone. Re-upping it would be great.

09 August, 2007 01:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - Great site but could you please re-up this G & L file as I would love to hear it ?

Thanks !

22 November, 2007 20:38  
Blogger stevedarn said...

Could you re-up this one please. Great album. Great blog too thank you.

19 March, 2008 19:41  
Blogger bearwil said...

Yeah. it's a real pity it's gone. Can you re-up it, please? If you want to please another guy, the one who asked for Plainsong's In Search Of Amelia Earhart I still have it downloadable at RS and I don't mind you posting this wonderful album on your great blog. So feel free to grab it, here's the link:
Here you'll find the cover scans:

06 July, 2008 09:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please, it again!!

23 February, 2009 22:02  

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