Friday, July 24, 2009

Thunderclap Newman

Surely the song "Something in the Air" by the group Thunderclap Newman holds some sort of record for being on the most movie and television soundtracks beginning with 1969's THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. The group, originally consisting of only three members, was handpicked by the Who's Pete Townshend as a vehicle for his friend Speedy Keen. Keyboards were done by a Jazz drummer named Andy Newman while later Wings member Jimmy McCulloch, then age 15, took guitar. Townshend himself produced their debut album and played various instruments on this and other tracks. The group, augmented with a couple other musicians, played a very few live gigs before self-destructing but here's their original promo film (ie: music video) for what has been called the greatest one-hit wonder of them all!

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