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by Skylark

There's a great write-up in the blog "7 Inches Of 70s Pop" (run by Adrian Qiana) featuring this rare and oft-forgotten love ballad which emanated from Canada via the band 'Skylark' in 1972:

'Skylark' was a Canadian band that benefited from a Canadian law and a Victoria police officer, to have a Top 10 hit in the US. It was also the first taste of success for future songwriter/producer David Foster, who played keyboards in the band. David had a friend who was a cop named David Richardson. He had written a poem about his girlfriend and passed it along to the band. Guitarist Doug Edwards wrote some music to the tender lyrics, and 'Skylark' recorded it for their debut LP in 1972. Another track, "What Would I Do Without You", was released as the first single from their album, but it flopped. But 'Skylark' had the Canadian law on their side. In 1971, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission made it a requirement for radio and TV broadcasters to play a certain percentage of Canadian-produced entertainment. At AM radio station 'CKLW', programme director Rosalie Trombley decided to satisfy this requirement by playing this song constantly for 3 months when no one else was, which made 'Capitol' think about releasing it across the fence in Detroit. And from there it spread across the country like 'wildflower' ... see, AM radio used to have "the power"! In the wrong hands, this song could've sounded like a sad "Hallmark" card. But singer Donny Gerrard wraps his soulful voice, slinking around and through the words like an acrobat, wringing every bit of emotion that Dave the Policeman felt when writing those lyrics. Many folks have covered this song, but no-one comes close to Donny's delivery. One unintended lyrical 'faux-pas': after a sympathetic plea to understand the hard life this woman has, he refers to her as his 'one possession' – can't imagine that went over well with the feminist movement! Plus, if you have it in you, it's a great song to wow the crowds at your local 'karaoke' haunt.

A more modern 'discovery' of mine, I like to listen to this quite often when I'm in a chilling mood. What lovely words! Hope you all enjoy it.
1972 - Capitol - Canada
Posted: 4th January 2016
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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