Tarney Spencer Band
Tarney Spencer Band
They formed a band called Quartet, releasing 2 singles on Decca and recording an unreleased album. The two also occasionally played on on numerous sessions for artists including Olivia Newton-John, Chris Squire, Bonnie Tyler, Charlie Dore, New Seekers, The Real Thing and many others. Alan and Trevor began working as a duo in 1975. Their first, self titled album was released in 1976 in the UK only, on the Bradley's label. Shortly after, the Tarney-Spencer Band signed a deal with A&M Records for 10 albums. The band's second album (1st for A&M), was titled "Three's a Crowd" and featured cover art with rounded corners, shaped like an American style cafe menu card.
The album received modest airplay on AOR radio station in the US and reached #174 on Billboard Magazine's album chart. A single from the album, "It's Really You" hit #86 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Run For Your Life" appeared in 1979. Again, with airplay at AOR radio, the album charted in the US reaching #181. One of the album's tracks, "No Time To Lose" was released as a single and rose to number #84 on the singles chart. After the release of a non-LP single, "Cathy's Clown" in 1979, the band was released from their contract with A&M and discontinued their work together as Tarney-Spencer Band. Two years after the band broke up, the track "No Time To Lose" got the attention of MTV.
In 1981, when MTV launched, the channel occasionally aired a video clip for "No Time To Lose". A&M reissued the track as a single. The song charted a second time on Billboard's Hot 100, fairing slightly better that the first time around, reaching #74. Their biggest achievement, "No Time To Lose" has never officially seen mainstream release on CD. Trevor Spencer left the UK and returned to Perth to help start Sh-Boom studios.
Recent work with Hank Marvin's 1990's solo albums. Alan Tarney began working as a producer and was largely responsible for masterminding Cliff Richard's chart career in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s - most notably the I'm No Hero, Wired for Sound and Always Guaranteed albums. However, Tarney's most notable success was with a-ha. Alan produced their first three albums, including their hit single "Take On Me". Additional production work included sides for Squeeze, Bow Wow Wow, Leo Sayer, Pulp, Thomas Anders, The Hollies, Voice of the Beehive, The Bluebells, Dream Academy and others. Discography - LPs: * Tarney and Spencer Bradleys (1976) * Three's a Crowd A&M 4692 (1978) #174 US * Run for Your Life A&M 4757(1979) #184 US Singles: * I'm your Man Rock n roll/Gunslinger Private stock PS??? - USA * I'm Your Man Rock N Roll/Gunslinger Bradleys BRAD7603-UK (1976) * If You Knew/It's Really You Bradleys BRAD7621-UK (1976) * I Can Hear Love (edit version) /The Real Thing Bradleys BRAD7615-UK (1976) * Takin Me Back/Set The Minstrel Free A&M AMS7339 (1978) * Easier For You/Magic Still Runs...
A&M AMS7358 (1978) * It's Really You/Bye Bye My Sweet Love A&M AMS7386 (1978) * No Time To Lose/Live Again A&M AMS7456 (1979) * Cathys Clown/Anthing I Can Do A&M AMS7485 (1979) (pic sleeve) * Three's a crowd flexi disc 33.3 rpm 4 tracks. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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