memories of the ’70s – Candleshoe

Candleshoe.pngIn 1977, Walt Disney Productions brought a book to the screen for the holiday season: Candleshoe.

Based on the novel Christmas at Candleshoe by Michael Innes, the screenplay was written by David Swift and Anne Marie Sisson, with director Norman Tokar.

Starring Jodie Foster as Casey Brown and Helen Hayes as Lady St. Edmund along with David Niven as Priory the Butler and Leo McKern as Harry Bundage as a con-artist, the story was all about the search for a pirate fortune.

The movie was filmed on located in England, at Compton Wynyates, the home of the 7th Marquess of Northampshire.

Con artist Harry decides to rob Lady St. Edmund of hidden money that was left by St. Edmund’s late son, a pirate named Joshua St. Edmond. Harry has found the pirate’s late will which states the fortune is hidden at the family estate.

Harry convinces young orphan Casey to pretend to be Margaret, the long-lost grand-daughter of Lady St. Edmund, so she can start searching the estate for the money. Priory begins to realize Harry is not who he pretends to be, while Casey decides to find the fortune for Lady St. Edmund and not Harry, who is on the verge of losing her home.

A series of odd events and humourous happenings as only seen in a Disney film lead all the characters and the police in a wild search for the St. Edmund pirate fortune.

Released in mid-December 1977, the Disney film was one of many that Tokar directed for Disney and one of several that starred child actor Jodie Foster and sadly was the last film for actress Helen Hayes, who continued her acting career on the stage.

Writer David Swift, who had directed Pollyanna and The Parent Trap, had developed this film but disagreed with the casting of Foster and stepped down from directing the film.

Although not a big blockbuster in the Disney universe, the sweet story fit in well with what Disney represents, and became part of the memorable 1970s films for Foster.







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Lady Liberty

is under threat….(as seen in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District)…


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Great sign in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

come in sign

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memories of the ’80s – Broken Wings by Mr. Mister

downloadIn the mid 1980s, a song from an American band was a chart topper: Broken Wings by Mr. Mister.

Originally from Phoenix but based in Los Angeles, Mr. Mister was successful with its first album I Wear the Face.

Lead singer Richard Page was approached to become lead singer of Toto and Chicago but said no to both.

Co-written with band members Page, Steve George and lyricist John Lang, the song was inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s book Broken Wings.

With their second album, Welcome to the Real World, Mr. Mister released the first single, Broken Wings on RCA Records, in September 1985.

With a strong music video, the band’s new wave/pop single started jumping up the Billboard Hot 100 charts as well as the MTV video playlist. The black and white video showcased lead singer Page driving through the desert in a vintage Thunderbird car.

Hitting number one in December 1985, the song stayed at the top spot for two weeks, and became the first of three singles that hit the top 10 charts on Billboard from the album. The singles that followed were Kyrie and Is it Love?

The band was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1986 including Best Pop Band and toured with well-known acts including Tina Turner, Don Henley, Heart, The Eurythmics and Adam Ant. The band also appeared on the popular MTV Spring Break TV special.

Although not finding success with their next album, in the mid 1980s, Mr. Mister’s Broken Wings was the song of the moment.





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Little Red

as seen in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

Red riding hood

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memories of the ’70s – Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention

Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention German vinyl single.jpgIn the mid 1970s, the sounds of disco from Europe came to the Billboard charts in the form of Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention.

Producers and songwriters Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze put together the group, named for Levay’s nickname “silver”.

Although the first songs were recorded in studio with three session vocalists, Levay and Kunze looked for vocalists who could become the band.

Enter Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf and Linda G. Thompson to become the public version of Silver Convention, with producer Stephan Prager, who co-wrote and co-produced the dance song and album.

The first song written for the group was Save Me, which earned the Munich-based group its first single on the European charts, but with the studio singers. The song would become the lead song and name of the band’s debut album.

But the song Fly Robin Fly which became the group’s calling card. Released in September 1975 on Jupiter Records, the steady climb of the song, as it went from radio playlists to dance club request lists made it a number one single in November 1975 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is notorious for only having seven words to it lyrics – fly, robin, fly, up, to, the, sky.

The song also hit the charts in a variety of countries including Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Selling a million copies, the song was nominated and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1976.

And the song became one of the disco one hit wonders of the 1970s, and the first song to become a Billboard Hot 100 number one hit from a West German musical act.



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as a fish in water (spotted in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District):


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