The Day Dave Edmunds Hit The Top
Growing up in Wales, Edmunds had kicked around with plenty of groups. He'd been in the 99ers and the Heartbeats with his older brother Geoff. He fronted a rockabilly-style band called The Raiders in Cardiff. He dabbled in blues-rock as part of The Human Beans, which soon turned into Love Sculpture. That band made the most impact, charting a 1968 hit with "Sabre Dance," a speedy reworking of Khachaturian's classical work. It went to the Top 5 in Britain, with support from John Peel.
But Love Sculpture wouldn't last long and less than two years after their one (and only) hit, the band members went their separate ways. Coming out of the break-up, Edmunds already had designs on what he wanted to do as a solo act. He wanted to cover Wilbert Harrison's blues song "Let's Work Together," and began creating a drastically different, un-bluesy arrangement. Edmunds plans were halted when the American group Canned Heat released their own version of Harrison's tune in August of 1970. more on this story
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