ON THIS DATE (42 YEARS AGO)
May 22, 1970 – Christie: “Yellow River” b/w “Down The Mississippi Line” (Epic 5-10626) 45 single is released in the US.
“Yellow River” is a popular song recorded by the British band Christie. Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single early in 1970. However, after the success of their then most recent single, “Call Me Number One”, and after considering it too pop-orientated for their future direction, they decided to follow it up with another of their own compositions, “By The Way”, which was only a minor Top 40 success.
Producer Mike Smith therefore took their vocals off the recording and added those of Jeff Christie. In the US, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
The song is the thoughts of a young Confederate soldier during the time of the United States Civil War whose time in the army is over, and he is looking forward to returning to his home town in the country on Yellow River. The actual location of Yellow River is not specified. The British video had the group on a barge sailing down the River Thames through London.