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HELLO, Mr. Jeff! I am writing from Mar del Plata, Argentina, and I am so glad to have found your official page on Facebook. I tell you that I love your videos and have posted on my Facebook wall many times (recently just shared San Bernadino). Yellow River and Iron Horse are the best known songs in my country and I very much like If Only, a beautiful ballad. Well, all your music is wonderful! I am very happy to know that you fond memories of your stay in Argentina, and I hope you visit us again soon. When your band was in Argentina in the 70s, I was a little girl, so I love to see a concert and wished your band could play at Mar del Plata.

Diana Patricia Labrador,
Argentina


JEFF, I'm 60 next year but back in the early 70's I was the estate's paper boy, delivering the Yorkshire Evening Post and always marveled at the gold discs on your hall or living room wall glinting through the window when I walked up the path. You and your group were our very own Yorkshire Beatles. Glad to see you're still thriving. Best wishes.

Dale Minks, UK


I REMEMBER listening to your great success and hits such as Yellow River, Iron Horse and San Bernardino. I am from Paraguay, was born and raised listening to your music, thanks to my father who instilled in me the good music. He never forgot the day you arrived to Paraguay in 1973; he recalls with tears of joy and begins to tell me all the details about that marvellous concert you gave at Asunción botanical garden. I hope you come back to give us a concert that will be a total success.

Emilio Mendez, Paraguay


"TODAY I came upon your profile on Facebook.
   "Just wanted to say I am 60 years old and since 1971 I've heard your music (Yellow River, San Bernardino, Iron Horse and many other songs), the music that was the symbol of an era of youth in my country (Argentina).
   "I have aged with the sound of your songs that still make me feel great and make my days pretty and nice. I see your latest Youtube videos and I wish I could hear you again in the near future.
   "I wish you the best for your life and THANKS for composing such beautiful songs that have cheered me and remind me the best part of my life. A big hug from Argentina."

Alicia Bdelakich, Argentina


Clapson"HELLO, Jeff.
   "Just a short message to thank you for your time for signing my records, it was great to meet you.
    " I was gutted to have missed last year's show itself at Amersham, hopefully the club will have you back.
   "I have been going there for years and it is always a very inviting environment, hopefully they gave you a warm welcome.
   "I had a time consuming journey home, but it was worth it having met you, as well as Phil and Cliff from Paper Lace."

Tony Clapson, UK


"DEAR Mr Christie, I was a kid in central California when Yellow River was originally on the radio.
   "Now at 52, I just returned to CA from my first trip to Europe. In Zurich I picked up a 45 pic sleeve of Yellow River, that in turn led to to the 20-minute youtube video all about the song. It's an amazing story about a great song.
   "I just want to thank you for providing some great background music to a wonderful time in my life."

Craig Daniel, USA


"HELLO, Mr Christie.
   "I am a young 56 years old, Canadian, from Victoria B.C. originally, now living in the mountains in Banff, Alberta.
   "We used to listen to Yellow River on transistor radios in the early 70's. Thank you for the great song.
   "I am an amateur musician. I will be learning Yellow River. Very nice emotion in that song. Brings back great memories. "

Brent Macarthur, Canada


"ONE hot afternoon during the carnival of 1974 things happened in my neighbourhood; it was Saturday , there was a big dance that night , and everything lived with a special joy.
   "I was 13 and listening to the radio waiting for that English band who was in Argentina recently and arrived in Buenos Aires during a tour of South America. There was a variety show in the afternoon which featured the band, and it was magical.
   "That afternoon those English long-haired artists came to my city, Quilmes, to a club named Cibasa , just a few blocks from my house.
   "The kids in the neighbourhood gathered in a corner under the shadow of a leisure centre, arranging to go to the club to dance; those kids were 15 to 22 years, they talked and I listened carefully because I wanted to go with them and be able to see these British stars.
   "Only those aged 18 or above could enter the dancing hall, and the younger ones who stayed with them got to see the musicians and hear the concert from outside the club.
   "A major promotion on TV and the radio was on and I did not miss any appearance of the group; for me they were amazing , I liked everything about them - dress, look , instruments, their playing and singing songs - and I had to see them regardless, so I prepared the best duds I had and about 9pm we all went out together walking towards the club.
   "The meeting with Christie approached. Months ago I had bought the LP "Christie: The greatest hits" and among my favorites were Yellow River , Iron Horse, JoJo 's Band and San Bernardino .
This was the second time the group came to Argentina and the first time in Quilmes , this time with a new member, replacing Vic Elmes on lead guitar. He was a chubby North American named Danny Krieger who was more of a rocker than Vic.
   "At 2am we were in the place when two brand new Fiat 1500 cars arrived; they parked there, a few meters from where we were, and out of one of the cars fell nothing more and nothing less than the band leader himself, Jeff Christie! A tall guy who looked like Leonard Nimoy , very funny and friendly.
   "They gave us a hi as they walked between us , I was petrified to see him so close. Behind was Paul Fenton , drummer, the bassist (Roger Flavell) and Danny Krieger, all entered a hallway adjacent to the club house to dress for the show.
   "I could not believe my eyes; half an hour later, the four came out dressed with the most beautiful outfits that I've ever seen ... velvet pants , satin shirts , boots with the colors of the British flag , and incredible long hair , make-up from another world , and so on.
   "The British boys came up the ramp with their guitars hanging on the back. That night Christie played their successes and touched some covers , and there was even a great jam session with Danny Krieger breaking it with his Les Paul .
   "This show was unique , unforgettable. That night I got home at 5 in the morning. I slept in my bed happy.
   "This is the story of my meeting with Christie, the band who left a very deep mark in my soul and gave me the musical passion for the rest of my days."

Ricardo Bianchi, Argentina


JaneTRAVEL writer Jane Hayward outlined her memories of Yellow River in the January 2014 issue of Woman and Home magazine. She elaborates further:
   "Yes, the industry of human happiness is right! I can remember just how happy I felt dancing to the song now - the hotel band played it multiple times each night because everyone was asking for it.
   No one could hear it too many times. I can't imagine what it must be like having created a song that gets that reaction.
   I still feel just the same when I hear it now, 40 years later.
    I didn't understand that the lyrics were about a soldier, but I was captivated by the idea of leaving home for an adventure and sleeping underneath the moon - things I do for a living now."


"DURING the 1960s and 1970s, I collected record charts (surveys) from CHUM Radio 1050 in Toronto, Ontario. Now I am a retired teacher living near Toronto, and I collect autographs of music stars listed on my charts. Here is a chart with Yellow River on it."


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Richard Mills: Milton, Ontario, Canada


"GOOD to discover your website and read about something I'd only roughly known about, as I've been spending another lifetime in Somerset and Devon.
   
In July 1966 I was lead singer/guitarist with R&B York group The Crawdaddies, and we appeared at the Queen's Hall Leeds with The Outer Limits and The Who. There were thousands there that night, if you remember, and we had such a wonderful time. We only had basic amps and you let us use your amps for our two spots. I still get pleasure thinking about the gig. Our trio disbanded soon after as we followed other careers but it's great to have that memory.
   
Good to know that you went on to lots of greater things."

John Vickers: UK


"IT was 42 years ago - I was a 12 year old boy - I bought my first single: San Bernardino from Christie. The single is missed since many many years and I was unhappy because of that.
   A few days ago I found the yellow CD "Christie" with San Bernardino and Yellow River in an online shop and ordered it. Arrived yesterday and since today morning I am the happy listener again ... volume up in the car on the way to the office! Indeed, I have a top executive job, a luxury car - but the guitar riffs in San Bernardino are still the best ...
   
Viva the loud hair - and the long music!"

 Niklaus Locher: Switzerland


"BIG hugs to Jeff!
   Thank you for your song Yellow River, I like it very much.
   I love the website of Christie. I'd love to receive photos of you especially when drummer Paul Fenton was with the group, I always liked liked him very much. How can I locate him, does some e-mail?.
   I reiterate my love, from Latin America, from Chile."

Gloria Paiva: Chile


"I'VE just got to know you today, Jeff, through the music video taken in River Thames, London. But, I've known the famous song Yellow River for a long time (good things last forever). Wishing you all the best !"

Linda Lam: Hong Kong


"HOW do I apologize for 30 + years of thinking Jeff was Lou Christie (Lightning Strikes Again fame)? I grew up on a farm in Central Alberta, Canada, and my oldest brother had Yellow River on a cassette tape he recorded off the am radio. The quality was atrocious, but the great sound was there! Tonight while playing faves from the 60's/70's, my sons absolutely loved this song and because of technology thought I would send this note saying how I and my three musical sons love Jeff's song! It really stands the test of time and is definitely one for the ages. Thanks, Thanks , Thanks."

Wayne Sperry: USA


"I'M the lucky fan who snapped up Jeff's lyrics at Bonhams last December (2010). Having been a devoted fan since the 70s, it was an amazing thrill to have got them. Somewhere I may still have an autograph Jeff gave me after a Christie concert in London in 1972. I was in my early teens and my parents only allowed me to go on condition they dropped me off at the door and picked me up afterwards! I didn't mind - nothing was going to stop me from going. Quite unbelievable that it was nearly 40 years ago - I remember it as if it were yesterday. Now all my children love Jeff's music too.
   What's prompted me to write is that recently, about four weeks ago, I was amazed to see Jeff at a hotel in north-west London. I didn't get a chance to speak to him as I was in a meeting at the time, and Jeff was talking to an elderly gentleman. I'm organising a party at the hotel for my 13-year-old son this weekend, and when I told him I'd seen Jeff there, he couldn't believe it. He was very disappointed not to have been there, as he'd been at school that day.
   The website is wonderful - after all those pre-internet years of wondering why no-one else seemed to remember Jeff and his music, there is (of course) widespread devotion on a global scale!"

Beverley N: England


"THANK you for the information on here on where Yellow River originally was to be! This has been my favorite song ever since I was a child. Not being able to get it out of my head after hearing this song one time in the early 1970's, I asked my father where Yellow River was, and was told it was in China. So I figured maybe that was where this song was about, and wondered what war it was about."

Carolyn King: USA


“I CAN'T remember what I was looking for, but several weeks ago I came across the Yellow River music video as the band performed the song while floating down the River Thames. I think I was about 12 years old when the song came out, and I remember hearing it on the radio.
   Now it stays in my head for long periods of time. Great song!
   I didn't think music videos appeared until the early 80s on VH-1. I'm just curious how this video came to be. How long did it take to film it?”

Joe Healey: via youtube


“I LOVED Yellow River when I was a young teen living in the Chicago area. I hadn’t thought of it in many years, but ran across it recently on youtube.
   Must have watched it (the Thames version video) a hundred times since then. The lyrics reminded me of the Civil War in the USA, so I researched your motivation in doing the song. I didn’t know back in ‘70 that you were into “Americana”. Most of us dreamed of being in London! Haha. (I finally got there in 1990.)
   Thought you might be interested to know about Tunnel Hill, GA, where there is a Civil War re-enactment on Sept. 10-11 of this year. There are other historical sites in the region such as the battlefield in Chickamauga and in Chattanooga, TN, Lookout Mountain. If you happen to be in the US, you might want to check it out. Chattanooga, TN, home of the famous “Choo Choo”, also has a railway museum. I’ve been living in this region for a few decades now.
   Just wanted to say hello and that your music is still appreciated.”

Diane Headrick: Tennessee, USA


“WHEN I was 13, my parents sent me to "church camp" for a week. We weren't allowed to bring radios, but I couldn't imagine not listening to music for a whole week, so I brought mine anyway. One day when we had free time I snuck into the woods with the radio. I was afraid of getting caught, so I only stayed for a few minutes. The only song I heard was Yellow River, so I'll always remember it fondly.”

Clete6: forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com, USA


YELLOW River is one of my all-time favorites, a wonderful slice of power-pop with just that right touch of melancholy in the arrangement. I first heard the song on a radio station in Wisconsin -- I was up at Camp Moshava in Waushara County -- in August, 1970, two whole months before it broke in Chicago. The radio station was very small -- I don't remember the call letters -- but they were also spinning Dionne Warwick's Paper Mache and Mama Cass' A Song That Never Comes that summer, as well as Shocking Blue's Never Marry A Railroad Man, so I had my transistor tuned to it every chance I got. When Yellow River debuted on the bigger stations, I was stunned. I had been afraid I would never hear that fantastic song again.”

Bobster: forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com, USA


“CHRISTIE’S Yellow River is a long-time favorite of mine, and one you just don't hear enough of on the radio. What a great, upbeat tune! Not only should deejays play this as a forgotten hit, but they should add it to their regular play list more often, too!”

Rich: forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com, USA


"Hi ! My name is Omar, I am 54 years old .
   I have seen the Christie band in Argentina, in1973 or 1972 , at the Bamako Club (Club Mariano Moreno), Wilde, Buenos Aires.
   I still remember when they came on stage dressed in coats of glossy paper that broke while they were playing."

Omar: Buenos Aires, Argentina


"I am so glad that I found you. You brought back my teenager days whe I had enjoyed a lot of your songs.
   I am originally from Brazil and I remember pretty much you have sold millions of copies of your LP over there.
   I am sure that lots of people love you forever, include me of course.
   I missed you a lots.  Today I am living in US for 20 years.
 
I have your LP from 1970 and if you came here I will love to see you.
  God bless you. Hope somebody invite you to came to US."

Hozanna: USA


Malditos"HELLO to Jeff, I'm writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
   I wanted to tell him that here the love for his music grows daily.
   Me and my friends dream to see him play with his band in this country.
   I have from a country rock band, Malditos Gusanos, and Jeff has had a major influnce in our music."

Facundo Mansilla: Buenos Aires, Argentina


"HEY Jeff! I've always loved the song Yellow River. And as a resident of San Bernardino, I think that your song San Bernardino would be the perfect theme song as our city celebrates its bicentennial this year. Mayor Pat Morris also loves the song. I hope that 2010 finds you well. I hope that you can come back to San Bernardino this year! Best Wishes! "

Rory Murray: San Bernadino, USA


"IF only Christie, Elmes, Fenton and Lubin could make together their third and maybe fourth album in a modern studio. I guess those good old songs (which are not on their two first albums) could be something surprising to many people.
   I have always liked Jeff Christie's singing and those guitar solos of Vic Elmes. They were so melodic and almost "singing", that I must still nowadays plagiarise some of his licks. When For All Mankind came, it made me think of peace, our life and death, and all this stuff we fill our days with. Very special songs to me are I´m Alive and Freewheeling Man. Great rock ballads!
   We can speculate what would have come, if they continued together after Magic Highway. That line was almost progressive and fascinating. Of course those pop songs like The Most Wanted Man and Jo Jo’s Band were great in their simpleness. Great pop group."

Tarvo Laakso: Tampere, Finland


"I WAS a fan of Christie from the very beginning, from the early 70s. I have the original LP at home and also CDs, etc ... but the most grateful moment was the first time when my son (I have three sons) played Yellow River with his electric quitar. And he played it well."

Pasi Lehti: Finland


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Jeff in Argentina
Roger in Argentina

"SOMETIME along my life, I thought what happened with Jeff Christie, if he was still singing, what had been of his life?
   One day,looking for in the web, I found him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was magic!!! I am very ,very happy to see him.
   My name is Alicia and I am from San Martin, Argentina. When I knew Jeff, I was only 14 years old and he was 27. My friend Silvia and me followed him to all the places where he was: Club Atletico San Martin, Club Atletico San Miguel, Castrobarros, Sheraton. Every day, we went to Sheraton Hotel to see him. He was in the swiming pool with Vicky, Roger, a very beatifull girl (maybe she was your girlfriend) and the manager. When we saw him, we were very emotional, and nervous, and we didn't know what to do... but he was all for us!!!!!!! Jeff is the greatest!!!
   Here is an account of what happned on February 28, 1974, from my diary. We went to the Sheraton and we saw Roger who was sitting on an armchair beside the pool. He playfully hid from us when we tried to take a photo. Then he approached and signed us an autograph.
   We started to speak with him , and told us he had cut the beard because it was too hot, and he said that his hair was dyed.
   Then, we asked him where our idol Jeff was and he answered: maybe in the room ...but our English was poor and didn't know what "maybe" meant. The previous day we had seen Jeff with a girl (see the photo above) we thought Jeff was in the room with her, and we became sad!! The next day we brought a dictionary and asked Roger to look up "maybe" for us, and when we saw what it meant, we breathed and calmed down .. as if Jeff was only ours only and no-one else's!
   Also, Rogr told us that he liked to read French magazines. Then, he told us that had to go to eat. We asked him if we could come another day and continue talking with him .... and he answered : "Oh yes!! Tomorrow ha-bla-mos" :)
   We were crazy happy ... we didnt belive!!! It was a dream!!
   I have been trying to locate Argentina's TV shows with Jeff; I contacted someone from Channel 13 (I read in my private diary that Jeff had been there) but he said that the archives were affected by fire several times.
   I'm going to follow looking for it, if I know something, I will tell you immediatly. The problem is that we hadn't videos, DVDs, etc, back then. I have got a photo of Jeff I took of from black and white TV. I will send to you.
   I was very sad for Jeff when England was losing in the World Cup. I was cheering Jeff all the time by facebook and myspace.
   A big kiss for Jeff ... I love him so much and always remember his beautiful smile. Here above are some photos I took of him and Roger Flavell!!"

Aly: San Martin, Argentina


"WAS that Jeff on the TV yesterday (Look North). It seems such a long time since I saw him walking hislovely setter on the playing fields.
   Good luck with the tune (Hat-trick of Lions), and yes I still have the other one well entrenched in my mind.
   Some good talent in this city. I'll be watching for your top spot!"

Alexandria Gregory: Leeds, UK


Epic album"CHRISTIE'S Yellow River album (in the US) was on Epic Records (with the famous yellow label, that was made with thick vinyl and labeled nonbreakable).
   Dave Clark 5 and others were also on that label as were the Yardbirds and others, like Jeff Beck Group, etc...). Those yellow Epic LPs are among the finest quality vinyl ever issued by any label in mass production BUT ultimately, it's as Berry Gordy's famous line says, "It's What's In The Groove That Counts!".
   
Christie's Yellow River is an outstanding song and the LP is good. In my opinion, artists and bands would greatly benefit from listening to some of the fine songs as well as LPs of the more obscure as well as the top acts of the day, especially from the 1968-1972 era.
   I think Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes has mentioned several times in the past during interviews that his band try and make their records sound like the production used on the great records from back then.
   Christie's Yellow River has all the great qualities that one wants in a record. Great sound, a tune or a groove that "stays" with you, great singing and excellent choice of how the instrumentation blends and the mix/overall sound.

    Google Christie - Yellow River and you'll come up with their promo film (what videos were called, before they were elaborate videos, eg MTV era 1981-onward). It's pretty good!
   
There were lots of great acts on the charts then and the creativity and imagination of all of them lifted the bar and creativity for everyone.
   The playing of many of the groups from that era was superior to the majority of today's acts appearing on TV. Back then there was less gadgettry and plug-in pedals etc to aid in achieving a certain sound, you either could play or you worked damn hard to get there. Not saying that there aren't some brilliant "players" and extremely competent groups today, as there certainly are, but the average or huge lot of them aren't as competent or versatile. "

Dr. R Lee: USA


"I DON'T know how strange it is to Jeff to hear from people who have never met him, but feel like they want to know everything about him.|
   I was only 16 when I heard Yellow River. At the time I lived in Mexico City, where I was born and had no real idea of what the song was about, only that I loved it.|
   At the time we had a sort of MTV, where the few popular videos were shown at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday evening. I waited for the song and thought about music and the people who create it.
   I moved to the States, I am now bilingual, a thorough lover of music, with a musician child who at times travels the world with his music. I was thinking about the people who have touched my life in meaningful ways and decided it was time to thank Jeff for the way in which he touched my life. I love his songs, and I am very proud to say that my children know his story and his music and that we all consider ourselves fortunate to know him.
   Just this weekend, we have been listening to Jeff's songs via utube, and he has become the topic of our weekend chats. We decide that we need more music like his!
   Thank you Jeff for all you do, and may God bless you with good health and many years of inspiration. I’m glad you quit smoking!"

Teresa Ahlstrom: USA


"MY name is Deb, and I totally love all your music. Yellow River is the greatest song ever. I know that you probably don’t ever get a chance to read all the letters from all your fans, but I figured I would write to you anyway. I am in grade 8 and my Dad has been teaching me to play acoustic guitar for almost a year now. He is a great teacher and a great dad. He has promised to get me an electric guitar for a graduation gift in June. My Dad loves your music too.
   I love you alot and I really hope to hear from you."

Deb Lillis: Ontario, Canada


"I AM a student at the Isle of Wight College studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Media. I planto use the song, Iron Horse, in one of my projects."

Graham Hammond: England


"CHRISTIE'S Picture Painter is a really great track.
   As someone who has bought their albums on CD (I wasn't old enough to be around when their records came out!), I've always thought that what held them back from bigger success, is they didn't seem to know whether they wanted to be a hard rock, country rock or pop band.
   Too heavy for the pop crowd, and not heavy enough for the rock crowd, but no one can question the songwriting skills.
   Anyone else agree?"

metalbearuk, via youtube


"HEY!!! Argentina loves Christie!!!!!!!!!
Best wishes!"

Malditos Gusanos: Argentina


" I AM a 40-year fan. First heard Yellow River on leave from Vietnam in Australia. One of my all time favorites. Still gets me going, and I turned my kids and grandkids on to it.
   Sure would be nice to get it on with a California tour. And I'll give Jeff a tour of SoCal in kind. Hope to see him some day. Even come for a vacation and he can stay at my place.
   Nothing I'd enjoy better on one of his visits than to shake the hand of or take to dinner someone who has provided so many years of musical enjoyment."

Chuck Dozier: California, USA


"I JUST discovered the song Yellow River. I couldn't believe the song when I heard it. I'm not musical at all but I knew right away that Yellow River was an incredible piece. I want to tell Jeff how much I liked it."

Stephanie Seglin: Maryland, USA


"FOR those of us of a certain age, it's hard to divorce the song Yellow River from the television advert from the early seventies that used its tune and chorus hook to promote the wonders of 'Yellow Pages' - "Let your fingers, do the walking, Yellow Pages". And so on.
   I used to wrongly believe that the chart topping song was a re-written widescreen version of the advert itself.
   Musically, we're back in Edison Lighthouse Anglo power pop mode as Yorkshireman Christie recounts the thoughts of someone finally returning from an unspecified war to their home and lover in Yellow River.
   It would be very convenient to point to the contemporary war in Vietnam as its inspiration, but the song also talks about 'cannon fire' which suggests something more historical, though this of course could be metaphorical.
   But whatever, it's this lack of specifics that ensures Yellow River didn't come pre-stamped with a sell by date, making it a song for all ages and all conflicts.
   It has a chorus that sells the song, because regardless of any anti-war message it may or may not have, it's pure bubblegum at heart, albeit bubblegum wearing its father's trousers and on that level at least it manages to pull itself clear of the box marked 'period piece'."

Andrew: UK, via the web


"I HAVE been hooked on Christie music since the early 70s since I heard about them for the first time.
   Here in Malta I do radio programs consisting of 50's, 60's, 70's and country music, especially Christie kind of music.
   Thank you guys for all the contribution you had given to the music world, and all the happiness you have brought into our lives."

David Agius: Marsascala, Malta


"ONE Sunday morning I was listening to Dick Clark's radio show, with music of the 60's and 70's and he played Yellow River, and after all these years I still love it!
   I've got the CD with this song in it and I keep playing it over and over again!!
   Thank you Jeff Christie for this lovely song!!
   Any plans of touring the US?"

Martha G: Florida, USA


MEET one of the youngest Christie followers in the world!
   Christie fans Isabel and Wilhelm-Eric Berwanger, who have covered Jeff's songs, are getting their daughter Sandy hooked on Jeff's music even before she can read! The duo hope next to cover a German version of Both Ends of the Rainbow.
   Isabel and fellow fan Rainer Frank also previously sang a specially composed song for Jeff's 60th birthday.

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sandy



"IN the 1980s I recall sitting in the oldest bar in Cincinnati, Ohio, listening to tales of how the place used to be a speakeasy during Prohibition days - "Do you want to see the bath tub where gin was made?"
   Vintage pictures hung on the walls...mostly female beauties from the 20s and pre-1900s. The music was eclectic, folk, jazz, Bluegrass.
   One Wednesday night a guest guitarist (friend of a friend's friend) got up to play with the a couple of guys from the Katie Lauer Bluegrass band ... his name was Tony King. I've got a lot of respect for bluegrass musicians, my friends were into that kind of music, but country and bluegrass isn't my cup of Darj (although I'm a Kentucky woman - like the Neil Diamond song).
    I listened politely to Tony King play his guitar, my mind drifting, when from out of the blue the unmistakable intro of Jeff Christie's Yellow River made my heart skip a beat. I was spellbound at how wonderfully the song carried over to another genre.
    From that moment, Yellow River became for me etched in time and memory as perhaps one of the most perfect popular songs ever composed.
   Thanks for letting me share my story of hearing Yellow River played in a very unlikely place, by an unlikely musician. I just now Googled the name, Tony King, and came up with a match for a guitarist of a well-known country duo, Brooks and Dunn ... wonder if it's the same guitarist?
   I watch the Christie videos on YouTube more than I like to admit. My two kittens adore Yellow River .. when they hear the intro they come running. Their names are Piper and Syd ... after early Pink Floyd. My bad. I should have named them Christie and River.
   I lived for a brief time in Leicestershire with my English husband, and I miss all of his mates talking about the music they grew up with, which is the music I adore - British pop and rock of the 60s and 70s. My English chap is no longer with me, and when I think of England my heart still melts, but I'll always have the music.

jukebox christie

SPOTTED by a fan from the Isle of Man: Christie still being played in a jukebox!

 Thank you for posting the videos on YouTube, and a big thanks to Jeff Christie for exporting pure bliss across the pond and around the world."

Marsha
: USA


"MY name is Natalia and I want to tell you how happy I am for having found your great website.
   I had listened to Yellow River many, many times but a few weeks ago my husband played an old CD ... and there it was that cheerful song again!!
   We played it over and over. So I said to myself that those guys should have more greats songs and that seaching led me to your site ... I was impressed 'cause everything you may want to know about Jeff you will surely find it there: bio, lyrics, pictures and even samples of his songs.
   He has so many beautiful songs that you can really see through him and I feel guilty for having wasted the 38 years of my life without the joy of knowing him and listening to his music.
   Please, accept my gratitude for giving the world this great site and tell Jeff how happy I am to have found him, finally.
   Saludos y mi cariño."

Natalia: Chile

Jeff says: "It really is heartwarming to know that people can be so moved by my songs and write in about them. You have made an old man happy! Natalia, hope you can buy both the Christie albums and Floored Masters set."


"I REMEMBER that long time ago Jeff played in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America.
   Finally I found you guys in the internet with Yellow River. I love that song."

Luis Martinez: Colombia


"TO me Christie is very special. Everything they produced was just as great as Yellow River ... shame that everything else in their catalogue has been overlooked. I wish that classics like New York City, I've Got A Feeling, Gotta Be Free, Put Your Money Down, Country B. Sam, The Dealer (Down and Losin') and Pleasure and Pain soon will appear on YouTube. They were England's answer to America's Creedence Clearwater Revival in many ways!!"

cockney rebellion: UK, via youtube


"I HAVE been a fan of Jeff Christie since the time of his beautiful songs Yellow River and San Bernadino.
   I feel like in a good mood when I listen to his songs, even now.
   I want to thank him for the great emotions and the happy moments his music gave me when I was 15 years old.
   I was a young girl and I had a lot of dreams and he was one of them. Then I grew up, but I kept his records very carefully.
   Music has always been at my side all my life long. I have two wonderful sons and they also love music.
   We share the emotions music give us. When I hear them playing I follow the rhythm of the music and I feel very happy. I am a great fan of them!
   Music make me feel very close to them as a mother and as a friend. Marco, my eldest son, has music in his blood; he needed a guitar which was the true instrumental extension of his” musical soul”, so he designed it. I am sure Jeff can understand him.
   One day I was surfing the Internet when I ran into the Christie videos. What a beautiful surprise!
   I listened to songs of his that I didn’t know and I could appreciate his music more and more.
   His song One For The Road is really energetic. Unfortunately the lyric has interfered with its success. I wonder if the music would have had a turn-round if this song had been a hit.
   Among the lyrics of his songs, Safe In Your Arms Tonight have caught my heart (I feel its depth and its inner intimacy) and For All Mankind have deeply moved me (thanks for having written it !). What has changed after so many years: again wars, again sorrow and innocent victims! But the smiling faces of the children in the video are the message we have to catch with our heart.
I don’t give up all hope and let’s sing your song!
   Why doesn't Jeff come on tour in Italy? I think that many people will be happy to go to his concert.
   I hope to find his CDs. Has he made any DVDs? Would give a nice present to his fans !

   I have found lots of news about Jeff on this site. It’s very interesting because it tells about his music but also about him as a man.
   The lyrics of Jeff's songs, what people who knew him say about him, his answers to his fans, all this shows he is a very beautiful person. That’s why we love him.
   I wish Jeff to smile forever, his smile which is able to cancel the passage of time, his smile which is bright as a sunbeam. Go and walk in the sun, Jeff !!!
 Massa  There is a nice village in Italy where San Bernardino was born. This village is in Tuscany and its name is Massa Marittima. Renaissance is still alive in that place and you can feel the atmosphere walking down its streets. Many historical performances take place from May to August in Massa Marittima.
   Many important people love to come and spend their holidays in this country such as Tony Blair and Sarah Ferguson; Richard Gere has bought a beautiful house near Punta Ala, the place where Luna Rossa (the italian sailing boat of the America’s Cup) was born. Other have bought a house in the peaceful Tuscan country (such as Sting) and now Tuscany is also called Chiantishire.
   I hope Jeff will come and have a relaxing holiday in this wonderful place."

Ida: Parma, Italy


Christie fan club"BARBARA Wye, a very avid supporter of The Outer Limits and of course Christie, passed away recently from cancer. I met up with Jeff again at her funeral, we were all sorry that it was under such sad circumstances. (At the funeral, Yellow River was played.)
   Barbara and myself went to see The Outer Limits at a local dance in about 1965/66 and were well and truly hooked from then on.
   So much so that when Death Of A Pop Group was on local TV, we sent in hundreds of handwritten 'please, please, pleases' to Yorkshire Television, to ask them to show it again. We got a reply asking if we would like to go to the TV studios for a personal tour with one of the presenters, Austin Mitchell (currently a politician). AND we were given a private showing of it .. wow, we thought we were royalty !!
   I have some photos of us outside the studios,along with an autograph from Austin (it says "To the follower of the Prophet Jeff Christie"). "

Linda Jeffels (nee Webster): Yorkshire, UK

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Barbara (left), Linda, Austin Mitchell and two friends

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Austin Mitchell autograph


john proctor"We first heard Jeff's songs/demos just after I think our third release which were sent to use via a reel to reel tape.
   The song that we all liked was Tomorrow Night. At the time I tried to emulate the guitar playing/riffs that Jeff used on his song and because I am no great guitarist was getting more and more stressed trying to do Jeff's song justice.
   A few weeks later we were to demonstrate our versions of Jeff's great song to him in some practice room in London and as the time neared I was getting extremely wound up.
   But what a great man, as soon as he came in he must have realised that I was trying to do it exactly the same way as he did and came over and said just play it your own way/style which I did and he seemed happy with.
   I guess he won't remember this but I certainly will never forget Jeff's kindness."

John Proctor: lead guitarist, St Cecilia, UK


" You are the BEST! I have always loved Yellow River, and until I saw the YouTube videos, have never seen a single video of it or had any idea what the band looked like. This is terrific! I don't know what it is about this song - the melody, the harmony, the crisp drumming, the energy, the great chord progression, the sentimental yet joyous lyrics about leaving the war behind, the overall production - or ALL of it that makes this my favorite song of all time.
   Thanks a million from a real fan of Christie! I just wish I had a way to contact Jeff to let him know how much this song has meant to me since I was a teenager."

Don: South Florida, USA


"Christie had one of the biggest pop hits of 1970, Yellow River. The album that featured Yellow River also includes a bunch of other tracks worth listening to.
   These include the follow-up single San Bernadino, and my personal favourite, Country Boy, which has a neat riff and some nice production touches.
   The tracks on the LP fall into two categories, ones like Yellow River obviously inspired by the work of John Fogerty (author of Green River) and ones that owe most to mid-Beatles period Lennon. "

Giordan Smith: giordan's podcast website

Maybe it was the other way round and John was imitating Jeff, Giordan, for Jeff wrote Yellow River a year before Fogerty and his band CCR became famous. More likely, it was a case of great minds thinking alike at the same time. - Ray


"The YouTube videos are fabulous! I never realised a group from the 70s could have put out so many videos. They were ahead of the video revolution! Are there any more?
   I see one of the fans is asking for a clip of For All Mankind to be uploaded. Now that would be awesome!"

christiefan, c/o the Christie YouTube channel

There never was an official FAM video .. but I could still put together some sort of montage with the song in the background. Stay tuned .
  And yes, there are more videos to come! - Ray


"Thanks for putting Christie´s songs on YouTube. I will try to listen to them all ... till now honestly I only heard Yellow River (great song; in 1970 I was 12 years old in Lima, Peru ). Anyway, I love their music ... so thank you again."

Alfonso Marisol: Lisboa, Portugal


"It's Grant Christie, Jeff's cousin from Canada who now lives in Tampa, Florida.
   I was over in England to see Roger Waters there and spent some great times with Jeff. Jeff picked me up at the train station and we went hiking way up in the Yorkshire Moors.
   We went to this awesome pub afterwards where they brew a special beer, and then had dinner with more family.
   Kudos to you, Ray, on the website. I cannot believe what an unbelievably fantastic job you have done. Jeff says you know way more about him than he does. All the new stuff is really cool.
   My two daughters were tripping on the YouTube videos.
   Thank you so much for what you do!"

Grant Christie: Florida, USA


"I live in Port Moresby, capital city of Papua New Guinea.
   As a child, I grew up with my mother's people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a place near Samarai Island. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the colonial Australian influence was very strong, and we were exposed to a wide range of music from overseas.
   My memories of Christie go back to a time when I was about six years old, when my mother bought me a black t-shirt with the glittering words "New York City" written across the front — it was my coolest shirt!
   I still vividly recall playing in a boat-building yard one morning, and one of the workmen had a radio on — and New York City from Christie was playing.
   I remember one of the older men saying "Sioni, he is singing about your t-shirt!" as the chorus was being sung ... and that sweet guitar riff was forever embedded in my memory.
   Many years later, I became a guitar player and remembered that riff well enough to reproduce it, but I never heard the song again until I found your site. Thanks a million for helping me remember a long-gone happy childhood! "

Sioni: Papua New Guinea


Jeff Christie performed in Hamburg in September 2007, and of course there to meet him were Germany's two biggest fans, Antonie Griebl and Rainer Frank.

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Antonie and husband Franz (left) with Jeff and Rainer, posing with Jeff's distinctive yellow guitar.

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The three amigos: Jeff, Antonie and Rainer. The fans got together after meeting via this website.


"When I was only 12 in 1970, my father passed away. A few weeks later, my uncle took me and my two smaller brothers to a fair to help ease the pain. There was a van set up where visitors could request songs for about 20c each. 1970 was such a great year for pop songs, and there were so many to choose from, but I chose Yellow River and San Bernadino, because they were the ones I found the most uplifting and cheerful.
   I still remember the thrill I got when the songs were played and my name was read over the PA system .. along with many others who also requested the songs.
   Thanks, Christie, for bringing so much joy to me at a time when there was so much personal sadness."

W Tze Pin: Malaysia


"4 stars! Yellow River is simple and efficient, it's one of those supercatchy tunes you will never forget in your whole life.
   Sometimes I think that this song was a model for Texarkana from the REM album Out Of Time. They even recorded an enthusiastic cover version of Yellow River and released it in 2001 on their CD single All The Way To Reno."

Communique: rateyourmusic moderator


"Please give my regards to the boys and do let me know if ever they are playing near London, would love to go along and see them again.
   I recall vividly hitch-hiking with a friend to Leeds to Jeff's parents house on his birthday to give him a birthday present, then hitch-hiking back and being in a crash!"

Roz Fleetwood: inaugural Christie fan club president


Rinat"I'm 46 and Christie music is a part of my sweet childhood. I love the first album especially."

Rinat Ibragimov: Moscow, Russian Federation


"Yellow River is a timeless classic. I remember listening to it when I was a senior in high school. I bought the 45 single.
   The lyrics about finding a place of contentment after the war are great.
I think we are all searching for a Yellow River."

Neil Rice: USA


"Thank you very much for your wonderful website!
  Could I please get a personal autograph from Mr Christie for Ruth and could you please send it to my address?"

Ruth Aytekin: München, Germany

You never know, Ruth ... maybe you can get one from him when he performs in Hamburg. - Ray


"In the year of 1970, for the first time I saw to the trio Christie on TV.
  It was the year of World Cup football here, and Yellow River was played on all the radio stations. A TV channel showed videos of the fashionable groups of the moment, including Christie.
  I enjoyed the hits about San Bernardino, then horse of steel and finally the pool where cattle drink.
  I had the opportunity to see to the group in November of 1974. I have several discs, with different front covers of the group.
  On Sunday, November 10, l974, I remember Jeff Christie wearing white trousers, broad belt and red sweater red. When he played at 6 pm, I was finally seeing the man whom I had been reading about."

Gabriela Reyes Jandete: Mexico

Pool where cattle drink? Who can guess what Gabriela is referring to? - Ray


There's a great blog site called freakytrigger, on which members discuss the merits of the great pop hits of the past. And of course, Yellow River is one of them:

"Yellow River has a story if you're looking — man coming home after a war — but content is supremely irrelevant next to the song's urgent march-time bounce. What I like most about it, beyond its more-than-serviceable hook, is the rapid-fire fingerpicked guitar threading through the second verse and the coda, a trace memory of the folk or country song it might have been in some parallel world. It's rare that a slow acoustic cover version might suit a song (not improve it, mind), but Yellow River might be one such case."
Tom: USA

"I love this little record. Such bounce to Yellow River, such determination to get where you need to end up! Such drive! With its references to suviving a war, this managed to convey a smidgin of socio-political oomph for me as an 11-year old immersed in the Vietnam disputes on the home front in America, circa 1970. Much of it was in that terrific finger-picked guitar, a little was in the exhilaration in the singing, and the rest was in the drummer, who wants to get home so badly, he can¹t help but speed up the beat in a couple places."
WWolfe: USA

"In some ways this was a poor man's Creedence Clearwater Revival, with some oblique references to what could be Vietnam. This was actually recorded by the Tremeloes first. Christie took their backing track and put new vocals on top, so I guess its the Trems' drummer anxious to speed it up."
Bramble: USA

"I never realized until the past few days that Christie were a British group. For some reason I thought them Canadian. But wwolfe is right: to an American audience in 1970, the sentiments seemed to express some of the war-weariness encompassing the country.
   I admit a great fondness British bubblegum that I simply can't find for the US variety. I've always found this sort of British pop much less infantile than its US counterpart. It wasn't trying to reach a sub-teen audience, it spoke of feelings and events that could very well be part of teen or young adult experience, and it wasn't sung by children. Yellow River, for what it's worth, is a fine piece of unpretentious, well-crafted pop. I would probably give it a 7 out of 10."
Doctor Mod: USA

"There was a French-language version by Franco-American crooner Joe Dassin (a man whose pop genius was at times almost Abba/Boney M/Moroder-worthy, if, uh, somewhat more sedate) and that's the one I grew up on. I love the Christie version, it's got one of those great melodies that are early 70s K-Tel pop's great gift to the world. It's worth at least a high 9 to me."
Marcello Carlini: USA


"I received the Instant Karma CD in the mail today, with The Great Train Robbery on it. Based on what I'm hearing, the tune has beautiful harmonies enabling Jeff Chrsitie to sing higher than he perhaps was able to in his own Christie group."

Jens Koch: via the internet


"An explanation of the Christie EP cover. It was taken in Singapore. Christie were brought in by Singaporean company Quill International.
  I was at the show and recall Jeff Christie performing in bare feet at the National Theatre. The closing song was of course Yellow River.
  I know and have seen some pictures from the show, and will let you know if I can relocate them."

Vernon Cornelius: Singapore

Vernon was a member of the Quests, one of Singapore's top pop bands in the 60s! - Ray


catherine"I met up with Jeff as a friend from time to time when we were both living in South Kensington around 1971/72. This picture is of me in my flat back then.
  We first met on a ship going to Sweden. Jeff was going to do some gigs in Finland and Sweden and I was visiting my family for midsummer in Finland.
  I've never actually been to Christie gig. I had to spend time with my family when Jeff played at the 'Blueberry Island' gig, in Finland. I saw him play briefly at a London Club in the 70s, though. I love rhythm and blues, so I guess we have that in common.
  I find Jeff a very easy person to talk to, especially about spiritual things.
One thing that comes to mind is his popularity world-wide in 1971. When I met him on the liner to Gothenburg, I must say I didn't know so much about him. I had of course heard Yellow River by then. Much to Jeff's protestations I requested this song to be played where we were sitting and the DJ played it! I hadn't expected it to be there, but it was! He was popular!
  Anyway, when I got to Finland and spent midsummer at my uncle's country place, my cousins and I all went to this 'barn dance' on one of the islands. What should they be playing most of the time, with everybody singing and dancing to the song ... but Yellow River!!
  It was a really catchy tune and this was being played in the wilds of Finland, over and over again. I did feel very happy for Jeff at that moment! I didn't have to go to Blueberry Island to hear him play!
  And they still do music, especially rock'n'roll gigs there! Funny if Jeff had a gig there, too!? I would probably attend this time for old time's sake!
  I also found Jeff very humble when I saw him just after he had won his Ivor Novello Award. He doesn't have any airs and is a very considerate person.
  One night he rang me when I lived in Cranley Gardens and wondered if I was alright. There had just been a news item that somebody had been murdered a few doors away from me. As he hardly knew me at the time, I thought that showed him as compassionate and caring!"

Catharine McNicholas: Surrey, UK


antonie"I'VE known Yellow River and San Bernadino for a long time, but believe it or not, I didn´t knew who sang these nice songs. When these songs came out, I was too young (born September 1961) to listen to English songs — I was only listening to German folk-songs.
  My love of English music begun first in 1974. A few years ago, I saw on TV an oldie-show and Jeff was with the new Christie on stage. I was like hypnotised!
  And the best! Last year I saw a repeat on TV, from Disco ´71, with Christie singing San Bernadino. Actually I saw not too much of Jeff, because he was covered with hair, hat and tweed coat. Only a joke! It was great! I recorded it on DVD.
  Since then I can´t get enough of Jeff's wonderful voice, lyrics and great melodies. He is really good-looking and when he is smiling, it´s like sunshine.
  I bought all CDs, LPs and singles I could find and also the Instant Karma CD which contains The Great Train Robbery and Sweet Freedom, and a few days ago the Formula Diablos CD.
  Every day I´m listening to these songs, it makes me so happy. My husband and my three children are teasing me, because of my Christie passion.
  My favorite songs are Inside Looking Out, For All Mankind, Navajo (sounds so lovely), Man of Many Faces, If Only, Freewheelin´ Man, San Bernadino, and, and, and ............ so many!
  When is Jeff's next appearance in Germany? I hope he comes to Bavaria. I´m a country woman and I live near the border to Austria in south- east Bavaria and it would be a long, long way to drive to northern Germany. If Jeff plays there, I'm not able to see him. This makes me very sad.
  When is Jeff coming out with a new CD? I need more songs from him. Otherwise I can´t survive!"

Antonie Griebl: Bavaria, Germany

Dear Antonie: Welcome to the club of people who appreciate the genius of Jeff Christie's songwriting! We know how you feel - Ray


"Coming from Leeds, I remember The Tremmers very well, and then later when they changed their name to Outer Limits. I found myself in a line-up for currency behind the Tremmers' Rod Brooks at a hotel in Tunisia about 15 years ago, and he was amazed that I could recognise him!!
  The Tremmers were virtually resident for a while at The Tahiti Club in Leeds. I met Jeff again at a school function about three years ago now and we chatted about the old days and he brought me up to speed with what he was doing — he seemed quite comfortable with what he was trying to do."

John Cave: Leeds, UK


"Can I say what a great site this is, very interesting! I remember Yellow River when it came out; I was only 8 then!
  Were Jeff and the rest of the Outer Limits all born in Leeds in 1946 and does Jeff have a middle name .. or Mike or Vic?"

John H W: north-west London

All the Outer Limits members were from Yorkshire, but I doubt if they were all born in the same year. Vic's middle name is George; Jeff doesn't have a middle name! - Ray


outer limits card"The Outer Limits played at the very first dance I ever went to, at the Victory Club, Stocksbridge.
  I've been a fan ever since and my only regret is not having two of the concert programs when The Outer Limits supported Jimi Hendrix (best concert I have ever been to). I sent Jeff's mum my copy!!!.
  I used to know Christie fan club president Leonie Walsh and we used to go to gigs together when I lived in London.
  I still have my Christie scrapbook somewhere — they were great times!"

Barbara Wye: Sheffield, UK


"To the members of Christie:
  I am VERY pleased to have found your website! I was searching CDnow, to see if Yellow River was out there on disc — I thought that it was just a shot in the dark, as I'd checked other times in the past, and found nothing — when I finally discovered tonight that lo, and behold, it's now available; I was jumping for joy!!!!
  I have the vinyl LP in my record collection. A loooonng time ago, my mom gave me the Yellow River album; that one has since been lost, and I replaced it later, after searching the used record stores for years! Recently, I have been wanting to get it on CD, and now, I can. How cool!!!!
  I'd always thought that Yellow River was the only album that Christie recorded. Well, now I know, thanks to the website, that there were other recordings, which I would surely like to have in my collection.
  I had always wished that John Fogerty would do a cover of one of Christie's songs. CCR had a special magic in their music ... I have always felt that Christie had a special magic in their music, as well. (Hey, we need some more Christie music, man!)
  Christie, thank you for your music!"

Dave Glass: c/o juno.com, USA


classic rock"I saw this review of the For All Mankind Repertoire album in the magazine Classic Rock. It wasn't very good and it got me quite angry."

Johan Petur Niclassen: Faroe Islands

Let's put things in perspective first: Classic Rock is a magazine dedicated to "pure" rock'n'roll, from the Rolling Stones through to Metallica. Not the catchy, country pop sounds of a band like Christie. That's why it reviewed the second album, and not the first, because the band were wandering down a heavier rock path by the time of For All Mankind.
  That being said, the review in fact almost compliments Christie in a backhanded way. It says this in part:
  "If CBS had been smarter, they might have steered Christie towards being the new Creedence, judging by this second album which kicks with unexpected vigour, turning MOR pop into melodic rock." — Ray


"Regarding the Repertoire version of the first Christie album: it's a shame they didn't include the B-side single version of Down the Mississippi Line, which is superior to the LP cut. And the mono mix of Yellow River would have been a logical addition as well. The bonus tracks of a few other single A-sides are pretty good."

Fredric A Cooper: Los Angeles, USA

Yes, the single version of Mississippi Line would have been a worthy inclusion, more so than the mono version of Inside Looking Out. Interesting that you like the single version better, though — it was recorded hastily and in one quick take, and the album cut was regarded as the "properly"-done version. — Ray


"Hello to all and naturally to Jeff Christie!! Where can I get the videos of Yellow River and San Bernadino? The film with Christie as monks, I've seen on German TV when I was young, and now for some years I'm in search of it to see it again (VHS or DVD)."

Stefan: Germany

The videos have not been released commercially, except for a couple of different versions of the Yellow River clips, which you can find on various DVD compilations of 70s hits. — Ray


"As the person in charge for the remasterings for Repertoire, it was a great delight and honour to work on the Christie songs, since Christie was one of my favourites back in the 70s when I was a youngster.
  I'm a musician myself, one of the founders of German electronics and Kraut Rock.
  We started out in the mid 60s, I played for nearly 20 years on stage, and also produced other bands for nearly three decades in my studios. Now in the autumn garden of my life, I concentrate on remasterings and really love to sit down for hours and hours, overlooking the countryside from my window and whip every little detail out of the recordings which the artists put so much energy into back then.
  I lived for some weeks here with all the great Christie tunes, either between my speakers or on my wireless headphones in the garden. So I put a little of my life into this great music, like Jeff Christie did before.
  All the best and lots of success with these wonderful reissues."

Eroc: Germany


"I just purchased the two CDs of Christie's LPs, including the recent Repertoire CD with bonus tracks.
  For All Mankind is totally new to me, never having heard any of it before. I must say I am impressed with the second album. I particularly like I'm Alive — very good song.
  Also, was Iron Horse released as a single in the USA?"

Fred Cooper: Los Angeles, USA

Unfortunately for US fans, Mike, Iron Horse was not released as a single there. — Ray


"Thanks for the Christie site ... ah, the memories!
  Actually I'm a great fan of Capability Brown and despair that neither of their two albums are currently available on CD.
  Perhaps other fans feel the same? How can we change this sad state of affairs — can anyone please help?"

Irving Levy: UK

That sounds like a job right up the alley of Repertoire Records, the reissue specialists who have just put out Christie's two albums plus bonus songs. Contact them to see if they can help. — Ray


"Thank you for your great site. I found a lot of information on Christie which was very interesting to me.
  Joe Dassin, the famous french singer (born in San Francisco, California) was extremely popular here in Russia.
  In fact I'd first heard his cover of Yellow River, L'Amerique, way before I heard the original."

Dmitri Zenkov: St Petersburg, Russia


"I just picked up an LP (A1 condition) copy of Yellow River beside a dumpster.
  Reading the credits, I see that Mike Smith produced it. Is that the Dave Clark 5's Mike Smith???"

Beau Travis: California, USA

The Mike Smith who produced Christie's album is not the same person who played with the Dave Clark 5, but a very well-known producer who engineered many well-known hits of the 60s and 70s. Coincidentally, Jeff knows the DC5 member well. He relays the sad news that Mike is currently hospital-bound after falling off a ladder at his house in Spain and injuring himself badly. — Ray


"For several years now I have been a regular visitor to your great Christie website. It is a pleasure to see it growing, containing more and more information, pictures, etc.
  Christie is very special to me, because Yellow River was the first single I ever bought at the age of 10, and I still have that original single. I also bought both of their albums on CD, and I hope the long-awaited double CD package with all Christie songs will soon see the light of day.
  Keep up the good work!"

Andreas Grimmig: gmx.net


"Good morning!
  I'm a little Christie fan because I'm 16! But I like rock bands of the 60s and 70s.
  Christie is one of my favourite bands. Their music is really magic for me."

Alla: Russia


"I couldn't believe the REM version of Yellow River when I first heard it, it was so un-REM, but it's a brilliant and upbeat song and it really fits Mike MiIls' voice.
  When we first heard it, we were humming the song all day.
  It stuck in our heads "Yellow river .... Yellow river .... Is in my mind and in my eyes .... la la lala la la lala ......"

Garrett and Alexandra: REM fans


"Christie definitely had a big influence on the development of rock music in the Iron Curtain countries, especially after their appearance at Sopot.
  One of the first groups to have formed in the USSR as a result was Poyuschie Gitary (The Singing Guitars), and one of their first songs was a version of Yellow River in Russian, called Song About Karlson.
  They re-recorded the song for an album and called it The Fat Karlson."

Greg Ofman: Russia

Thanks to Greg, we have a sample of this historic song. — Ray


"Just dropping you a note to say well done on the website.
  It is brilliant. All your hard work and efforts are appreciated.
  It's a pity that the website address is not easier to remember.
  I often find myself talking about the website and not being able to tell other people about the site because it's not such a catchy address.
  Do you have any plans to change the URL?"

Nick Cosgrove: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

Thanks, Nick. In the ideal world, the URL for this site would be simply www.Christie.com. Unfortunately, the word "Christie" is very common and just about every domain name using it has been registered for other purposes. Similarly, the words "Yellow River" are also in popular demand, as they refer to, among other things, the great river in China and a well-known Asian restaurant chain. But you never know .. if the URL changes, the BBC will be the first to know.
  Along those lines, Nick, I think it's about time the BBC dug out an old Christie clip and featured it on the video section of the site.
  And Christie afficiniados should check the clip for In Zaire. You can see Roger Flavell bopping around as part of Johnny Wakelin's band.
— Ray


"Yellow River is a great song that doesn't get played on oldies radio nearly enough anymore. I used to hear it all the time and I remember looking all over to find out who sang it and when it came out.
  Anyway, not long ago I found a copy of the Yellow River album in Allegro Music in Portsmouth, Ohio. It's a solid album with a softer Creedence feel to it — an English trio trying to sound like a California band all around. But still some good songs.
  I may be biased because I like bubblegum and harmony pop. I even like a lot of the pre-disco '70s sludge like The Night Chicago Died, Billy Don't Be A Hero, and Saturday Night. I hope I'm not the only one."

David Coyle: Ohio, USA


"I won tickets to a Christie concert in Brussels from a radio station. I won almost every time because I had a "secret system" to be the first on the phone each time! I was only 14 or 15 then.
  So I went to see a lot of acts between 1971 and 1973, including Who, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin two times, Jethro Tull, Byrds, Kinks ....
  Christie was a support act at the time ... unfortunately, the concert was let down by a terrible noise in the speakers.
  However, I liked their music — British swamp music with a touch of Creedence. The sound was very tinny that evening and I believe they were only playing with three members."

Beestie: Belgium


"Christie had two good singles and hits in certain countries only, like Navajo, Number 1 in Spain, or Jo Jo's Band, a hit in South America.
  It's great that there is a brand new album of Christie songs released this year by Christie Again. Great music, great feelings."

Ala Bama: Germany


"Christie's songs were beautiful, quick bubblegum beat. I also like the version of Yellow River by Middle Of The Road!"

Roger P: Germany


Jurgen"It was October 23, 1999, when we saw Christie live on stage in Germany. We had a real good time to see them live. After the gig we spent some time in the backstage area together with the band. It was fantastic. This is me with Christie lead guitarist Adrian Fos."

Jurgen Graw: Germany


"I was going through the site and noticed many new photos and changes to some of the previous pages. It was really like going on a "magic highway". Thanks for loading up all these little treasures to find. I really enjoy going through the site to see what new things I can find!"

Lawrence: Brighton, UK

I'm glad you noticed, Lawrence. You're right, there are many surprises to be found for those who want to delve further into the site. The little additions are NOT always mentioned on the What's New page. — Ray


"IT was hard to believe that the Top 40 pop act who gave us Yellow River would have the nerve and even the ability to crank out a monster of a heavy psych album one year later, but that's just what Christie did.
  For All Mankind, their brilliant second album, was a heavier, trippier, and rawer album than their Top 40 debut.
  The title track has been called the band's masterpiece, and it is indeed a stunning piece of work. Like prime Procol Harum, it boasts stately piano and organ playing, soaring vocals and an absolutely beautiful melody — and yes, I would certainly agree with those who think it's the band's masterpiece.
  But then again, for me, there's an even better track here — and for fans of aggressive mod freakbeat sounds like '66-67 Who or the Creation, you'll be blown away by the killer track Picture Painter, which in title and spirit very closely recalls the Creation's Painter Man, updated and improved four years later. It's a monster of a mod freakbeat psych track, with pounding rhythm and Pete Townshend-style slashing guitar licks. This would be on every UK psych freakbeat compilation if only more people knew about it!
  Elsewhere, the band goes all early heavy psych/progressive, as on the wailing Martian King, complete with some serious guitar soloing.
  So would you expect all this from the guys who gave you the bouncy pub singalong Yellow River? Of course not. But that's what makes tracking down rare albums such as this so rewarding."

Kathleendrive: Lands End, PA, USA

Jeff says this: "Picture Painter was indeed my tribute to The Creation's Painter Man, after working with them at a University gig in the 60s; maybe it was Leeds, but fingers tremble and the memory fades. Even so, isn't it great that someone out there picked up my 'message' and acknowledged it close to 40 years later!"


"I hope to use San Bernadino with new lyrics to help commemorate that this year will be 100 years since the so called “great herring adventure” began in my hometown of Siglufjordur, which was in the first part of the last century called the Klondike of the north.
  The lyrics will not be a direct translation of the original lyrics, but are in fact new and are mainly about nostalgia, home sickness and life in general in Siglo (nickname for Siglufjord) when it was in its prime. The Icelandic title of the song is Heim á Sigló or Home to Siglo.
  The musicians playing will be some of the most respected names on the Icelandic music scene — for instance the bass player from the band Mezzoforte, Johann Asmundsson."

Leó R. Ólason: Reykjavík, Iceland


"I visited your website and I may say it's brilliant, it's great to see all those old and new stuff, just wonderful. The band would be proud of your website.
  You're as addicted to Christie as I'm to Mungo Jerry."

Rob Kamphues: Netherlands

Indeed, Rob runs a wonderful website dedicated to Mungo Jerry. Check it out.


"I'm a Mexican fan of Christie. I knew Christie's music when I was 12 years old. Logically the first song I heard was Yellow River.
  In 1975 I bought the Mexican vinyl album that you talk about in the albums section. I like all the songs in this album. Later I had the opportunity to listen to Down the Mississipi Line. Another good song for me.
  Unfortunately no more Christie's records have been released in Mexico. I would like get all Christie's classic hits in their original versions. Do you know where can I buy these songs? I would like to buy them in mp3 format."

Eduardo Vargas Godoy: Mexico

All the songs are now out on CD!— Ray


stamp"I've been a high school teacher for 25 years and presently teach in the Anaheim Union High School District. For about 28 years I have been an amateur musician (mostly guitar) and songwriter. I did have two of my songs played on KLOS talent-searching radio, recorded by Kings Road in about 1985, and I made several 45s of these songs.
  I grew up in the 50s and 60s, so I think I have an understanding of American popular music. I consider the music of the 70s a positive inspiration of the 60s. Both the lyrics and the music were brilliant during these three decades.
  There's something unexplainable and special about that melody of Yellow River, so special, in fact, that I have spent 28 years, off and on, writing (alternative) lyrics for the song. It did not surprise me that the catchy tune went many weeks at number one. My evaluation is that Jeff created a great popular tune with excellent lyrics.
  The lyrics I created are still not perfect for they're a bit preachy; however, the lyrics do convey an atmosphere of hope, idealism, and inspiration - an upbeat energy that fit perfectly for the tune he created.
  I created a singing contest several years ago, paid each of the musicians, to sing my lyrics to the tune in a16-track studio. I even hired a lead singer from another band to be part of the competition. The winner captured the song brilliantly except perhaps the tonality of the instruments. I'm very proud of the demo. "

Mark Adams: USA


"I was only 19 when I heard Yellow River by Christie and I instantly liked it. As I am French, many UK and US hits were immediately covered by our local artists and if they happened to record in the same company as the original hit, the radios (pushed by the record companies) would play the French covers first, even if they are worse than the original ones.
   Unfortunately that happened to Christie and the Tremeloes: they both recorded on the CBS record label, same as our French singer Joe Dassin.
   He covered Suddenly You Love Me (Sifflet sur la colline) and My Little Lady (Ma bonne étoile) from the Tremeloes, and Yellow River and Iron Horse from Christie (L'Amérique, and Cheval de fer). The Tremeloes and Christie went nowhere in France. We only heard Yellow River a little bit in late 1970 but Joe Dassin made three huge hits out of four (only Cheval de fer didn't go into the charts).
   I only have Yellow River and San Bernadino in two different CD compilations. I've got three vinyl singles — Yellow River, San Bernadino and Iron Horse — all in very good condition. I plan to burn Iron Horse from the single if I can't get it in CD.
   Congratulations on your website. It is very well done and complete."

Paul Collet: France


"I'm an old Christie fan from the past and I was very happy to get the Greatest Hits and More album from a store here.
   I like very much the song Jo Jo's Band which I never heard before from Christie. Is this Vic Elmes singing? Why was this song not sold in Germany? Hallelujah for Jeff, Vic, Paul and Michael! They belong to my history.
   The songs of this Christie fan Lorenzo on the album are fantastic as well, Christie in a modern way but not too modern!"

Hein: Germany


"The Christie Again CD is really super. Of course, Yellow River and San Bernadino do remind us of the good old times, but the new songs are at least just as good. Please keep on producing the good music."

Conny and Michael: Germany


"Hello, Jeff. After some moving I dug up my old records and found my very first album — For all Mankind. I thought it was a great album then and I think it still is. Just listening to it brings back a lot of good memories. Memories of a time when I enjoyed a new album for months. And it seems yours will be in my collection for many more years.
   Thanks for this nice piece of music and all the best and greetings from a very old fan."

Joop Schiereck: Netherlands


"I wonder if the guys still remember that they were a couple of days playing in Argentina...
   They played in my town!!! At the Club Universitario in La Plata ... a night that is STILL remembered...
   Now we're paying our tribute to them with our band Sharap playing Yellow River for those who still remember those good old days.
   People get crazy about it every time we play it. It's good to know that they're still playing ...
   Hope you still remember us, guys!!!"

Guillermo: La Plata, Argentina


"Can you tell me what Jeff Christie is doing these days ?
   Retired from music? Is a reunion show likely?
   Not sure if he still is in touch with the other members of his band.
   Any information is much appreciated, thanks a lot."

B E H J A N: Germany

I think you can find the answers to all your questions by reading the various articles and interviews on this site. Jeff has not retired and is still writing songs. — Ray


"Where can I buy the three Christie CDs and the songs of any other related groups like the Epics?"

Mark Ritucci: baesystems.com

This is an often-asked question, see here for assistance. As for The Epics, a couple of their songs have been released on the Nuggets series released by Rhino Records; available via various Internet sources like Gemm, Music Stack, or Amazon. — Ray


German fan Rainer Frank has sent in more photos of himself and his friends, having a chat with Jeff after he performed at a German TV show in 1998; and a photo of him with Jeff and another well-known celebrity.

Jeff and Ray

Jeff Christie with Rainer and Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry!

Jeff and Felkes

Jeff Christie with Rosi
and Jurgen Felke

Jeff, Rosi and Rainer

Jeff Christie with
Rosi and Rainer


"I grew up with the music of Christie in England in the 70s, and later on, the glam rock years (I think I still have the platform boots!). We relocated to the US in the 80s, but I always have fond memories of my English upbringing, when catchy pop songs ruled the charts.
   I bought all the Christie singles. The first album was one of my most cherished treasures, containing all those great country pop songs. I still think Christie shouldn't have diverted to the heavier sound on their second album. I read from the articles on this site that Christie wanted to play more progressive music so they would be respected more as serious musicians. This was not necessary. Christie had such a strong fan base who loved their singalong songs, that they should have stuck to the formula throughout.
   There is no shame in playing catchy, commercial songs. Look at groups like Abba and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Their legacy lives on, they are regarded as masters of their art. Christie could have been in the same league.
   I'm happy to hear Jeff is still writing. Maybe he can recapture the sound of those great songs, and either record them himself, or offer them to some of today's rising music stars."

Gus Brewster: Massachusetts, USA


"Hi, I play in a local band and you would be amazed at the number of requests we get for San Bernadino. Problem is, I need the tabs and chords. Can you help?"

Mike Butcher: UK

Sheet music for all Jeff's songs are available through his company Christabel Music. Just let me know if you are seeking any particular song and I will forward the request/order.
   PS. By the way, Mike, Jeff says San Bernadino sounds best in E major. — Ray


"Thank you so much for the samples of Jeff's solo songs. I agree that Turn To Stone is lovely, I think it would sound great sung by a soulful diva. Thanks also for sending me Navajo. Jeff always picked good songs to cover and the arrangements are well done."

Kane Davis: temporarily in France


"I have visited this site quite often, read almost every part of it, printed out lyrics and listened to music samples. I am happy that I have learned so much more about Christie and their music.
   Thanks to you, I am now the happy owner of another four Christie singles that I bought via gemm.com: Fools Gold/Born to Lose, Freewheelin' Man/Everything's Gonna Be Alright, The Dealer/Pleasure and Pain, Alabama/I'm Alive. I like them all, especially the last one. The two albums I bought in the seventies, Christie and For All Mankind, and an Iron Horse single, are still kept well. Thus my Christie-discoteque is more complete, but it would be better if all these singles were assembled on a third LP. Next step is a CD copy of the albums, maybe I'll go for the Russian double.
   I knew all the time that Jeff Christie is a great composer, but now I am even more convinced. I like the way Jeff sings and I think the Christie members are all good musicians. I am also amazed by the way Paul Fenton makes a little drum-kit sound like a big one. I hope the future will bring us more music on a new CD by Christie, or by the new Christie line-up.
   I'm sure that there are a million persons around the world that would be very happy to find this website, but most people don't have the opportunity yet I'm afraid. For those who have, it still may not be easy to find. I don't know why, but I had to search through many Christie-words before I ended at "yellowriver.0catch.com". There is no need to improve such a great website, but I hope that there would be a way to make it more available by searching the net."

Edvin Paulsen: Norway

Unfortunately, the only sure way of getting this site to be prominently placed in search engine listings is to pay for the service. That is not an option being considered at this stage. So we depend on fans spreading the word about this site! We are also linked to many other music sites. — Ray


lorenzoA dream comes true for a Christie supporter ..
   Musician and lifelong Christie fan Lorenzo Gabanizza from Italy has written two songs for which Vic Elmes has provided the lyrics.
   Lorenzo loved the sounds of Christie since he was a young boy .. even singing
San Bernadino before he could walk (see fan letter on the next page) .. and has modelled his career, and even looks, after the boys in the band.
   Lorenzo's two numbers are in the Christie style, and Vic likes them so much he has included them on his Christie Again album.

"When in 1970s I heard for the first time Yellow River, I dreamed to see Christie with my own eyes.
   The music formed part of my life and even my adult daughter listens to the songs. It is difficult to be an admirer living so far away without any information or accessibility to any new albums.
   I hope one day Jeff can visit Russia again or Belarus."

Helen Zavadsky: Lida, Belarus


Two of the biggest Christie fans in Germany, Rainer Frank and Isabel Mey, have sent in great photos of themselves with some of their idols.

Jeff and Rainer

Jeff Christie
with Rainer

Paul and Isabel

Paul Fenton
with Isabel

Jeff and Fancy

Jeff and European singer Fancy, photographed by Rainer


If you have Christie photos to share, send them in.


Martin Heider"My father taught me to play the guitar in 1997. In 1998 I could play quite a few songs, mainly oldies and country songs with my father.
   Peter, a friend of mine, heard us and decided to play bass with us. After some time, we could play some simple songs together.
   Then I discovered the song Yellow River from Jeff Christie on some of my old records and listened to the guitar chords and bass notes and wrote them down. We tried and played it several times until it sounded quite alright. We were very happy to have such a song, especially one which included so many notes for the bass. We nearly played it every day, and so it was the only song we could play together without looking at the notes!
   In February 1999, we were at a big party, where a local band was playing. During a break, and, to entertain the people, the man who organised the party arranged a contest, where the first seconds of some oldies would be played, and the person who recognised/identified the song had to sing it.
   Then they played the first song, and I thought "Hey! that's Yellow River". As I looked to the stage, Peter was already there and told the organiser that he could play Yellow River live, but he would need his band (my father and me) to sing and play along with him, which we did. We won the second prize, and it was a lot of fun to perform the one and only song live on stage that we had (with the instruments of the local band) at that time.
   We called ourselves the Yellow River Band, and today we play around Germany at various venues. We play mostly oldies in our repertoire, including of course Yellow River, and also San Bernadino."

Martin Heider, The Yellow River Band: Regensburg, Germany


 

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