Saturday, 8 January 2011

NS530 The Trammps [1975] - Hold Back The Night [Buddah 507]


b/w: Tom's Song
Format: 45
Label: Buddah
Cat No: 507/ BDS 437 (UK)
Year: 1975
Value: £5

This track should need no introduction as it crossed over onto the pop charts, however it was played as a new release on the Northern scene (probably starting life at the Blackpool Mecca) and 'dutifully' dropped as soon as it became 'popular' with pop audiences.  The Trammps are probably most famous for 'Disco Inferno' which was featured in in the movie Saturday Night Fever and subsequently went on to become a worldwide hit in the summer of 1977.  'Disco Inferno and 'Hold Back The Night' were their biggest hits followed by 'That's Where The Happy People Go' and 'Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart'.

An instrumental version of Hold Back The Night was titled 'Scrub Board' and was released in the UK  as a 45 on the B side of '60 Minute Man' BDA 321 from 1972.


The flip side 'Tom's Song' is a mellow philly instrumental.

The Trammps started their career as The Volcanos on Arctic releasing 'Baby' in 1965.  'Storm Warning' (with 'Baby' re-released on the flip) from the same year later became popular on the scene as did '(Its Against )The Laws Of Love'.  They recorded 6 45s on Arctic. and 2 on Harthon. They also recorded as The Body Motions.  They changed their name to The Trammps in 1972 releasing 'Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart'. 






1992 Remake By Ian Levine featuring Jimmy Williams (from Double Exposure) on lead vocals who replaced Jimmy Ellis in 1982 when he retired, along with the remaining original members of the group going back to when they were The Volcanos.



Scrub Board ('Hold Back The Night' Instrumental)



Tom's Song

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