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Fly Records

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Fly Records was established in October 1970 by independent music publisher David Platz and today is managed by David’s son, Simon Platz.

Early hits included ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ (Procol Harum) and ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’ (The Move) both of which were licensed to the DECCA/DERAM label.

Fly’s first release was the T-Rex debut single, ‘Ride A White Swan’ reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart, thrusting Bolan’s entry to Pop stardom. T Rex’s ‘Electric Warrior’ became the label’s first UK number one album and remains an all-time classic album.

With a change in roster and a new label manger, in May 1972 Fly Records announced it’s incorporation into Cube Records, with a series of new albums from new artists (Joan Armatrading, Harvey Andrews & The Gasoline Band).

By 1976 Cube’s latest label manager Jeremy Thomas set up the Electric Record label for new artists, leaving Cube for back catalogue releases. Electric had hits with Quantum Jump and Gordon Giltrap.

Take a listen to the playlist below which is a chronological trip through our “FLY” catalogue 1966 – 1979.

All tracks are one-stop with the exception of T-Rex, which is publishing only and Beverley, which is master only.

For more information or music please contact sync@bucksmusicgroup.co.uk

8/11/2017 Fly Records
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    Artist
    Title
    Length
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  • T.Rex
    02:14
    Fly Records 1st release was T. Rex 'Ride A White Swan' in October 1970 which launched Marc Bolan's career.
  • Beverley Martyn
    02:14
    4 years before Fly tracks were licensed. Beverley Martyn was Fly's 1st signing and this was her 1st single released in October 1966.
  • D Cordell Tea Time Ensemble
    03:09
    This track personifies the sound of the mid-Sixties. The only release from the legendary record producer Denny Cordell.
  • 04:09
    It's the 50th Anniversary of our, and Procol Harum's, greatest hit.
  • 03:05
    Roy Wood's classic song which gave his band The Move their 2nd hit record.
  • 03:18
    Just before forming the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie's backing band were Junior's Eyes. Shortly after they recorded this track they recorded 'Space Oddity' with Bowie.
  • 06:34
    Spring - the band - featured producer Pat Moran. The band's 1st album has become one of the most sought after LPs amongst record collectors.
  • 05:37
    When Tony Visconti turned down producing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' Gus Dudgeon happily stepped in. Gus was busy producing Michael who had a young guitarist called Mick Ronson.

    Gus played Bowie this track and Bowie made Ronson an offer he couldn't refuse - to be the musical director of his new band The Spiders From Mars!
  • 03:24
    Joan Armatrading began her career with us. As Fly Records became Cube Records her debut single and album were released - produced by Gus. This is the A side of her very 1st single.
  • Budgie
    06:20
    After his success with Black Sabbath our producer, Rodger Bain, turned his attention to Welsh rockers Budgie. Classic monster riffs ensued.
  • Harvey Andrews
    02:48
    Harvey is one of this countries most respected Folk singer songwriters yet he remains a household no-name. Even Ralph McTell guested on his album. Produced by John Worth Harvey's most popular song (Soldier) has remained one of the most mis-interpreted songs of the twentieth century, at some personal cost.
  • JSD Band
    03:05
    The JSD Band - named after their principal members Jim, Sean & Des - were a mid-70s good-time band. in their last year, in an attempt to cross into the elusive Pop market, they hired 'hit' producer Phil Wainman and covered this George Harrison song.

    George had written the song in 1971 whilst visiting Donovan in Ireland trying to take his mind away from his then-lawsuit. Raymond was his lawyer! His Beatle buddy Ringo Starr recorded it for his 'Ringo' album but the JSD Band pimped it in their good-time style.
  • 04:07
    Bittersweet is the tale of Kestrel's main man Dave Black. His hit single 'Making Up Again' enjoyed umpteem replays on BBC4 and Radio2. Dave tragically died two years ago just after we reissued his 'lost' album.
  • Quantum Jump
    03:19
    As the 70s sunset promised an 80s dawn, Rupert Hine's 'Lone Ranger' hit the charts as Cube Records became Electric Records. It became a hit after Kenny Everrett mercilessly used it as the theme tune for his popular TV show.
  • Gordon Giltrap
    05:35
    Top British guitarist Gordon hit the charts on Electric records with this instrumental after it was used as the theme to the hit BBC TV series 'Holiday'.
  • Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
    04:22
    Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is the closest this country has come to produced a God. 'Straight To The Top' has deep meaning.
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