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Seventies' stars shine; A host of 70s' superstars will be stepping back in time at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Wednesday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.


BACK in the day were you a David Cassidy fan? Or did Leo Sayer float your boat? Maybe Hot Chocolate was your thing. Perhaps even Smokie were your favourites.

All four acts will be gracing the stage of the Metro Radio Arena on Wednesday in Once In A Lifetime, which promises to be an unforgettable show. Between them they have had 55 top 10 hits and sold more than 200 million records.

DAVID CASSIDY DAVID CASSIDY has s managed to stay at the top of his game for over four decades thanks to an ability to re-invent himself and adapt from concerts to theatre, and television to Las Vegas shows.

David rose to stardom in The Partridge Family and became a TV and performing phenomenon by the time he was 20.

From television to recording and record-breaking concert tours, from Broadway and London's West End to Las Vegas production shows, David has been lauded with nominations and awards.

He has certainly proven that it is talent, creativity and tenacity that keep people coming to shows, turning on the television and buying his recordings.

LEO SAYER Leo Sayer is held in great esteem as a live performer and recording artist by all age groups.

This is as much due to his appearing with the Muppets, the Wiggles and on the Charlie's Angels soundtrack as the countless hit songs he has written and recorded.

From the Olympic Stadium in Moscow through New York's Central Park, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Royal Albert Hall in London to the State Theatre in Sydney and the Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Leo has played the lot.

HOT CHOCOLATE Hot Chocolate started their recording career making a reggae version of John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance. They were contacted by The Beatles' Apple Records and told Lennon liked their version before being signed. The link was short-lived though.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with the help of record producer Mickie Most, began releasing tracks that became hits, such as Love is Life, Emma, You Could Have Been a Lady, and I Believe in Love. It was in the disco era of the mid-1970s though that they became a big success with You Sexy Thing and Every 1's a Winner.

SMOKIE With chart-topping hits such as Living Next Door to Alice, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone and If You Think You Know How to Love Me and constant tours of the UK and Europe, Smokie continue to be a popular draw.

You could be forgiven for thinking Smokie's success story was a 1970s' phenomenon. After all, 11 of their 14 British hits came in that eventful musical decade.

However, their success has continued around the globe and they have gained platinum records across four decades.


HITS Clockwise from left, David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate and Smokie
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2012
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