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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Post 472 - The Revival – Viva Bobby Joe – Rudi’s In Love

Craig Scott was a former Dunedin bank clerk, who also had a strong interest in rock and roll. He started singing and playing bass guitar for Dunedin band, “The Klap”, and then joined Dunedin's top band, “Fantasy” in 1968. This group had relocated to Christchurch by the end of 1968. Shortly after arriving in Christchurch, Craig met up with four guys who had a band called “Blues Revival”. Craig joined them as vocalist and in February 1969, at the suggestion of Ray Columbus, they shortened their name to “Revival” and changed their image and repertoire. This had an immediate success for the group and in May 1969 they won the Christchurch section of the National Battle Of The Bands competition. This caught the attention of HMV's Peter Dawkins and he brought them to Wellington to record a single. The result was a cover of a current song by the Equals, and it outsold the original very well. The single was "Viva Bobby Joe" b/w "Rudi's In Love" (HR 377). The flip side was also a cover of a song by the British group Locomotive. The single made it to number 14 on the National charts in 1969. Although it was a success the band enjoyed, this pop style wasn't really what most of the members felt comfortable with, so when Craig was offered a solo career in April 1970, nobody else in the group minded and they broke up.


Tony Francis said...

Nice one Garry.

I have always liked The Equals version of this track, and this is a good version.
It's interesting that the 2 original songs are both reggae style songs, but they have both been pretty much "popped up" for release in Australia / New Zealand.
I don't think that reggae got much of a go on Antipodean radio at that time. Desmond Dekker's Israelites and The Equals Baby Come Back are about the only 2 reggae styled tracks that I can remember cutting through on the charts.

Frank Calabrese said...

Tony you forgot another early Reggae/Ska type hit in Australia - Millie's My Boy Lollipop being a hit, plus Dave & Ansell Collins Double Barrell in 1971

Tony Francis said...

I'm old - I'm allowed to forget :-)