Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Listening to Now: Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"

By Richard K. Barry

Paper Lace was a British pop group formed in 1967. They are considered a one-hit-wonder on this side of the pond, but had a bit more success over there.

"The Night Chicago Died" was their big hit as far as Americans are concerned. It was released in 1974. In England, they also scored with "Billy Don't Be a Hero," though Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods had the hit with it here.

Another song called "The Black-Eyed Boys" reached No. 11 in the UK and 37 in Canada.

When a friend recently mentioned "The Night Chicago Died," I did remember the name of the group, for what it's worth. It's just one of those trivia questions. 

The reason he mentioned it, by the way, is that he stopped into a barber shop in the east end of Toronto and learned that the man cutting his hair was the son of one of the original members of Paper Lace. I guess there are stories like that everywhere.

I have to say after listening to a few of their tunes, they're not half bad. 

(Cross-posted at Listening To Now.)


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  • I've seen them in real life at locking camp. They were brilliant. I had a great nite that nite

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:52 PM  

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