CHRISTIE rocketed to fame
at the dawn of the 70s with their single Yellow
River, a smash
hit that made it into the charts in just about every country in
Listeners found the catchy, commercial
beat and melody backed by solid production values and a "jingle
jangle" sound that was to become a trademark of many other
Christie offerings an irresistible combination, and bought
the single by the millions.
The band was to follow up the single
with many more songs that were just as melodic and appealing. San
Bernadino brought forth more success, and has been adopted
as that city's official song. Another hit, Iron
Horse, is as close to pure commercial pop as you can get.
Most of the band's output was written by the group's leader and
lead vocalist, Jeff Christie, who was equally at home writing bright
and bouncy, commercial tunes, as he was at dreaming up a lilting
ballad, a soulful refrain, or a heavier, more powerful sound.
the Christie sounds for yourself! Now all lyrics come with audio
That Christie failed to make a bigger
name for themselves in pop music history remains a mystery
maybe it was a case of poor timing and lost opportunities
but in a perfect world, and based on the songs that the group produced,
it would be difficult to find another band which so consistently
came up with the commercial, pleasing tunes that Christie released.
This website cannot change the past,
but it aims to place Christie in a more prominent light in the annals
of pop music history. And maybe even bring forth a whole new generation
of fans who appreciate the solid, pop rock music of this band, as
well as the songwriting genius of Jeff Christie.
Many thanks to the
following Christie fans, without whose contributions this
site would have been much poorer: Rainer
Frank, Michael Walker, Linda Jeffels, Garrelt Danker, Antonie
Griebl, Natalia Torres, Benny Hällström, Sergio
Pergetti, Johan Petur Niclassen, Lorenzo Gabanizza, and Michael
Graf. In compiling the articles for the site, the author has
communicated with Jeff Christie and various members of
the band over the years. All articles and reviews were
written by RAY CHAN, and cannot be reproduced elsewhere without