Lea Nixon – I was just about 17yrs old. The single you see here released by CBS Records and put out on the Epic label was the result of my winning a national songwriting competition. ‘Disc’ music paper ran the comp in partnership with CBS, April Music Publishing and Watney Mann Breweries. Colin Blunstone was one of the judges. The song was beautifully arranged by Rob Young using string quartet, harpsichord, oboe and flute. Hugh Grundy, of Zombies fame produced it. I remember hearing the arrangement for the first time and watching the players lay down the tracks. I couldn’t believe it was for my song – an emotional shiver ran through me, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
Title: ‘New Kind of Feeling’ taken off the original vinyl.
Around 1979 I sang with Dave Galbraith under the name of Nixon and Galbraith and we recorded 6 BBC TV shows called ‘Surprisingly it’s Spring’
I moved to London in 1980 to try the music scene there. I worked on various projects and ended up in Abbey Road Studios recording with Herbie Flowers – bass, Eric Holland – producer, Barry de Souza – drums and Peter Ridley – piano.
The London Philarmonic Orchestra played the strings which were arranged by Paul Buckmaster, Elton John’s arranger at the time.
In August 2007 the ‘B’ side of my CBS single was included on the album called ‘Tea and Symphony the English Baroque Sound’ compiled by Bob Stanley, writer for Melody Maker, The Face, Mojo, Time Out, Q and many more.
There were tracks by Graham Gouldman of 10 c c, the Humblebums, their singer was indeed Gerry Rafferty, Junior Campbell, very famous for Hallelujah Freedom and my song ‘Off to Find a New Land’. You must listen to the arrangement by Rob Young, it’s just beautiful.
Mark Connelly – I was 18yrs old when I started playing in bands in and around Wigan. The first band, Les Flirts, was famously depicted in Stuart Maconie’s book ‘Cider with Roadies’ – a very funny and entertaining read. Lea and I played together in a couple of bands, ‘JJ Jones’ was one and following that Lea and I had a period of writing and recording songs for publishing. We had success in 2004 with a song called ‘Some Say’ performed by singer Miss Jess and this song was on the Disney soundtrack to the film Zenon Z3 – third in a series, released in the US, Australia, Italy, Sweden and probably a few other places, but not here in the UK funnily enough.
Title: ‘Some Say’ performed by Miss Jess from the Walt Disney soundtrack to the film, ‘Zenon Z3’.
The year 2010 might have been our best year. We recorded a World Cup song on Red Admiral Records and the BBC telephoned us up one day just as the tournament had started to ask if they could use the video in their football news’ programmes.
But very soon after, England were knocked out of the Championships and that was the end of that!!
Watch the video here.
THREE LIONS BLAZING
In 2021 Lea had two songs re-released. ‘Off to Find a New land’ on a 2nd compilation of the ‘Tea and Symphony’ series of albums; this time it was a double CD collection. Released on ‘blue’ vinyl as well! Marvelous!!
”New Kind of Feeling’ was included on a compilation called ‘Come Join My Orchestra’ Also on the album were Genesis, Bert Jansch, The Searchers, Barclay James Harvest, Procol Harum, Donovan, The Zombies and many others!!!! That was quite a surprise!