Thursday, January 22, 2009

We're On Our Way

In the gallows of Beatles / Apple Records folklore, we often hear the stories about how artists like Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax and James Taylor came to be signed to the label. Other well known artists like Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Ronnie Spector, Doris Troy and Yoko Ono came to Apple by way of previous (or growing) relationships with The Beatles themselves. For the most part, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney all had a hand in helping to develop these artists ... and often performed on their records as well. Even lesser-known acts like The Elastic Oz Band, The Black Dyke Mills Band, Trash, David Peel and Elephant's Memory reaped the benefit of having a Beatle write and / or produce some of their tracks.

But in 1972, a young rocker named Chris Hodge came on board by way of Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr. (It's said that Ringo caught Chris performing in a London club and liked what he saw ... they also reportedly shared a common love of science fiction movies.)

Chris' only U.S. Hit, We're On Our Way, snuck into The American Top 40 when it peaked at #36 on The Cash Box Chart during The Summer of '72. (Once again, this one fared a little better here in Chicago, peaking at #17 on The WLS Chart.) It probably hasn't been heard on the radio since ... which is too bad because it's actually not a bad track.

Although he went on to record for a couple of other record labels, Hodge never hit The U.S. (or The British) Charts again.

Give a listen to We're On Our Way ... and see if this one rings a bell at all.

DIDJAKNOW?: Chris' hit We're On Our Way was produced by Tony Cox ... Yoko Ono's ex-husband!!! How weird that Ringo and Yoko may have been the ones most responsible for its release!!!

Click here: Chris Hodge - Apple Records