Bill Martin, who has actually passed away of heart failure aged 81, created a songwriting collaboration with Phil Coulter that developed the United Kingdom’s very first Eurovision Song Contest winner, “Puppet on a String”.
Carried out by a barefoot Sandie Shaw at the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, in 1967, it was likewise the duo’s very first British No 1 single and a worldwide hit.
Extremely, the vocalist then invested the majority of her profession slamming the tune. “I disliked it from the very first oompah to the final bang on the huge bass drum,” she when stated. “I was instinctively fended off by its sexist drivel and cuckoo-clock tune.”
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Nonetheless, she ultimately acknowledged the significance of her third and final No 1 hit by tape-recording a revamped variation of it in 2007 to mark her 60 th birthday.
A year after this Eurovision win, Martin and Coulter followed it up by coming 2nd in the competition with “Congratulations”, performed by Cliff Richard— although there were claims that vote-rigging deprived it of the leading spot.
The title progressed from their technique of songwriting, Coulter developing a melody and his partner penning the lyrics. One day, Martin was presented with a tune starting with the suggested words: “I believe I enjoy you, I believe I love you, I believe the world is fine if you will say you’re mine.” Telling his partner these were rubbish, Martin developed: “Congratulations and events, when I inform everyone that you’re in love with me.” The single went to No 1.
In the 1970 s they followed patterns by penning– and producing– pinches hit teenybop and glam-rock bands, the majority of successfully the Bay City Rollers Martin and Coulter composed half the tracks for the Edinburgh band’s advancement initially album, Rollin’, which reached No 1 in 1974 and stayed in the charts for 62 weeks.
The songs included 3 top 10 songs of that year, “Remember (Sha-La-La-La)”, “Shang-a-Lang” and “Summerlove Feeling”, while another Martin-Coulter number, “All of Me Likes All of You”, was a standalone hit.
Then came a No 1 in the United States with an additional tune from the LP, Saturday Night, in1975 But the band had actually dropped Martin and Coulter by then to focus on writing more of their own product.
The pair promptly proceeded to steering glam-rockers Kenny to inform success, penning all 4 of their Top 20 songs, “The Bump” (1974), “Fancy Trousers”, “Baby I Love You, OK!” and “Julie Ann” (all 1975), after finding them rehearsing under the name Chuff in a banana storage facility.