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“A Night in the Life of Christie” article by Gordon Coxhill in Girl! Girl! Girl! annual 1972 (Purnell)

Contributed by Christopher Bentley on May 23rd, 2021. Artwork published in .
    “A Night in the Life of Christie” article (p. 60), left to right: Jeff Christie, Paul Fenton, Vic Elmes.
    Photo: Christopher Bentley. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “A Night in the Life of Christie” article (p. 60), left to right: Jeff Christie, Paul Fenton, Vic Elmes.

    Before I delve into this accompanying text I should like to thank Garrison Martin for his previous post about “School’s Out” / “Gutter Cat” by Alice Cooper, which enabled me to identify the font used for the heading of this article – Blanchard Solid. Using font identification sites had drawn a complete blank.

    As well as The Sun Annual for Girls 1973, with its “Sewing in in STYLE” article, another one of those girls annuals from the first half of the 1970s I briefly had in my possession in the latter part of the 2010s was Girl! Girl! Girl! from the preceding year. It was published by the now-defunct Purnell and Sons of Paulton, Bristol, with its title set in Arnold Böcklin.

    The image above shows the opening of an article by Gordon Coxhill, taking a peep into the life of a pop group, using Christie as an example thereof, the performance featured here being on Friday, 26th November 1971 at the Chelsea Village in Bournemouth, thanks to information here at the 'Bournemouth Beat Boom’ site, compiled by John Cherry. For further information on the Chelsea Village please see here at the 'More Venues’ part of the 'Bournemouth Beat Boom’ site. At the time of this article, written in 1971, Christie’s line-up was Jeff Christie on vocals, bass and keyboards, Vic Elmes (in the article, spelt 'Vic Elms’) on lead guitar and vocals, and Paul Fenton on drums. If any Fonts In Use readers could identify the photographer (it may have been Gordon Coxhill himself) could they please do so.

    Their greatest hit, “Yellow River” (1970) actually has a connection with the pop music of the former Soviet Bloc, about which I write at Girls Of The Golden East, via the Slovak-language cover, with its title literally translated as “Žltá rieka” (1971), by the Braňo Hronec Sound (A.K.A. Braňo Hronec Sextet), with Eva Kostolányiová and Eva Máziková, with Slovak-language lyrics by Ján Turan.

    Girl! Girl! Girl! annual 1972 (front cover)
    Photo: Christopher Bentley. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Girl! Girl! Girl! annual 1972 (front cover)

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