"Hi Jeff, just been listening to Yellow
River on Gold Radio and it took me way back to when you
started: I used to go to a youth club at Allerton Grange school
in Leeds and you played there.
You may not remember as it was way back, but it
has been great to see the success you have had, well deserved.
(You were born in the same year as me also.)
Stuart Brown, Leeds, UK
Mr Christie, I want to thank you. During this unpredictable time,
it was your music that really helped me get through the tough
Listening to your words and music was what I needed
to get by.
Be kind, be safe and most importantly be happy."
Marshall Jay Kaplan
TV producer, director and host, Canada
"Hi Jeff. How are you in these coronatimes
? I'm in quarantine at home after a holiday abroad. Here in Norway
we have to stay at home for 14 days if we have been abroad. So
now I'm listening to I'm Alive, a
very good song (like many other Christie songs)!"
May Britt, Norway
"Hi Jeff, here is a blast from the past.
I used to knock about with you in the early 60s when your group
called The Tremmers - with Stan Drogie on drums, Ken Holmes on
bass and the other Jeff whose father owned a button factory .
I played rhythm.
I took you to City Varieties for a recording with
Decca. We used to go to the Tahiti Club in North St. and the coffee
bar further up the street. I also remember your gigs at a lot
of the pubs in the area. The good old days. Take care and all
Tony Spencer, UK
"Listening to Yellow
River: great song! My wife's from Leeds and I'm from Cork.
If you are ever in Ireland, I so have your back: none of the good
bands play here.
I have the wife's head wrecked
if it's not
Yellow River, it's San
My special needs daughter also loves Yellow
Tom Kelleher, Ireland
"Dear and admired Jeff, I
wrote to you before and told you that when I was 13 years
old, I saw you play at the Civasa in the city of Quilmes, Buenos
Aires, Argentina, it was in the carnivals of 1974.
I remember as if it was yesterday that at about
12 o'clock at night a truck with sound equipment arrived, and
the attendees had T-shirts with the Alabama
and I'm Alive inscription, these
assistants climbed the amplifiers by a ramp and armed the sound
An hour later two cars arrived with the band and
other people. This club was located on a service station, when
they got out of the vehicles I could see everyone up close.
I remember that they entered through a long corridor
located in a house next to the club to dress for the show, and
after five minutes the drummer left asking for an ashtray or something
After a while they all left for the show
and I was impressed to see your boots with the colors of the UK
flag. That night the sound was impressive, I remember Danny Krieger
playing like the gods.
Due to my young age I could not enter the
club to see your show, but there was a window that looked on the
side of the stage where I grabbed the bars and you were a metre
It was incredible, I finally saw the whole
show from there, that day was very special for me, I was marked
forever and made the decision to dedicate myself to music.
Today I am 59 years old and I worked in Argentina
and some Latin American countries as a sessionist.
I am a guitarist and now that I am retired I just
formed a band where we will play some of your hits. I know that
the most difficult will be Yellow River
since nobody who pays tribute makes it sound good, that song has
a special groove, very special.
I just wanted to give you the pleasure of
writing and telling you that even after so many years your songs
are still playing in my head like that day."
Ricardo Bianchi (Arci Blancs),
remember Yellow River used in the
Pages advertisement. The tune went Yellow Pages,
Yellow Pages, Let your fingers do the walking, Yellow Pages, Yellow
Pages, Ring round, ring round, That's the way ..."
They sponsored the Formula Atlantic car racing championship
in the 70s and the tune would reverberate around the grandstands
of the racing circuits of the UK."
"I'm Moravia, a Spanish musician from Madrid.
I just feel honoured to write to you just to tell you I've been
a Christie's music lover, and not only for your hits Yellow
River or Iron Horse, but also
for some unfairly unrecognised gems like For
All Mankind or If Only.
I was 14 in the summer of 1970 spending holidays
in Denia, Alicante, by the beach with my parents, when I was shocked
by your wonderful epic song, sharing constant radio airplay then
with Mungo Jerry's In The Summertime.
I'm glad to see you keep active. Maybe one day I
can see you playing live in Spain.
My best regards to you."
Juan Manuel Moratinos Gutiérrez, Madrid,
"Hi Jeff, my name is Mike Morales. You and
your band performed a live concert in Chihuahua, México
during the early 70s. It was at the local bullring and is near
to where I live!"
Mike Morales, Mexico
"It's Dave from Edison Lighthouse, we
did the tour of South Africa. Here's
a photo from the fun times in Africa, mate!"
David Kerr-Clemenson, UK
"The Lido review bar circa 1969-1970 ! Actually
saw you singing the legendary Yellow River
and am certain the old Leeds United players were there that evening
too! Terry Cooper for sure, and Jess Conrad and Charles Hawtrey
Stay true to your calling! Awesome music.
You wont remember but I was supposedly the Lulu lookalike:
a memorable evening for me."
Ann Howick, UK
"So sorry to hear about Steve
Isherwood. I'd known him since about 1967, in the 90s we worked
together a lot on sessions and played the country festivals in
Holland and Germany. I haven't seen him for some years but nevertheless
the world is a worse place without him."
Geoff Ashford, UK
"I'm a huge fan of your music, I'm Brazilian
and I am about to sing Yellow River
in a karaoke, in a Brazilian carnival party. I'll perform the
best song ever!! Yellow River is
Alexandre Braga, Brazil
"Greetings from Paraguay, I was in the Botanical
Garden where they played in the year 1970! Thank you for the great
music Ive been introduced through the years from the Outer
Limits to Christie itself."
Milciades Mendez, Paraguay
"HEY Jeff! I just wanted to thank you for
your great music. I'm from Germany and was on a pretty long car
drive. So I needed some good music and came across Christie. It
really helped me to stay awake and sing along. So ... thanks again!"
Katrin Mo, Germany
Hello Jeff, I was hiking here today and thought
Suzie Teaney, Georgia, USA
"Hello, Jeff! You are an amazing melodist
and musician, your songs - a staggering achievement by simple
means andgreat music! My deep respect and gratitude! Only today
I showed the musician in my band the bass part in Iron
Horse that he would use this technique in his original
songs! Again ,thank You for the music!
With respect, Alexander Zaretsky, Russia
"YOU made me a Byrds fan before I'd even
heard of the Byrds, when I was 10. Thank you for Yellow
River and even more, Iron Horse,
which I saved up my pocket money to buy. Hope you're well."
Rod Liddle, Chilham, UK
"HI Jeff. I was just listening to your song
Yellow River on my local radio station.
What a great song.
That brings back some memories for me years ago when
I first heard it. I am glad they are still playing it on the radio.
You must be very proud.
I hope it's ok to ask, I would love to have an autographed
photo/item of you. Or I could send you something (index card)
with a self-addressed envelope with some money for postage if
I had an address to mail it to. Thanks for your time and consideration.
A fan for life."
Rod Williams, Warrensburg, USA
*We get many, many requests
for Jeff's autographs. The best we can do at this stage is to
send fans scans of Jeff's photos with his signature on it. If
you wish to receive one, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"HI Jeff, I heard of Vic Elmes passing from
his ex-wife Dee Anderson.
I sang with Vic for several years in the 70s
after he left Christie. Dee was my bands first girl singer,
which is how I got to know Vic.
I came to see you perform in London, together with
Dee after we had finished our gig. I think you were playing at
The Hilton. I met you and the band, together with Dee.
I saw many videos of your new Christie band and those
performances were excellent. I now live in the US but was originally
Tony Moore, Indianapolis, USA
"HELLO! I am a big fan of you in Japan.
I wanna see your concert in japan. I love your songs
It's so fun to listen. Thank you for reading my message."
Tatsuhiko Aoki, Yokohama
"HELLO, Mr. Jeff! I am writing from Mar
del Plata, Argentina, and I am so glad to have found your official
page on Facebook. I tell you that I love your videos and have
posted on my Facebook wall many times (recently just shared San
Bernadino). Yellow River and
Iron Horse are the best known songs
in my country and I very much like If Only,
a beautiful ballad. Well, all your music is wonderful! I am very
happy to know that you fond memories of your stay in Argentina,
and I hope you visit us again soon. When your band was in Argentina
in the 70s, I was a little girl, so I love to see a concert and
wished your band could play at Mar del Plata. "
Diana Patricia Labrador, Argentina
"I REMEMBER listening to your great success
and hits such as Yellow River, Iron Horse
and San Bernardino. I am from Paraguay, was born and raised
listening to your music, thanks to my father who instilled in
me the good music. He never forgot the day you arrived to Paraguay
in 1973; he recalls with tears of joy and begins to tell me all
the details about that marvellous concert you gave at Asunción
botanical garden. I hope you come back to give us a concert that
will be a total success."
Emilio Mendez, Paraguay
"TODAY I came upon your profile on Facebook.
Just wanted to say I am 60 years old and since 1971
I've heard your music (Yellow River, San
Bernardino, Iron Horse and many other songs), the music
that was the symbol of an era of youth in my country (Argentina).
I have aged with the sound of your songs that still
make me feel great and make my days pretty and nice. I see your
latest Youtube videos and I wish I could hear you again in the
I wish you the best for your life and THANKS for
composing such beautiful songs that have cheered me and remind
me the best part of my life. A big hug from Argentina."
Alicia Bdelakich, Argentina
Just a short message to thank you for your time for
signing my records, it was great to meet you.
I was gutted to have missed last year's show itself
at Amersham, hopefully the club will have you back.
I have been going there for years and it is always
a very inviting environment, hopefully they gave you a warm welcome.
I had a time consuming journey home, but it was worth
it having met you, as well as Phil and Cliff from Paper Lace."
Tony Clapson, UK
"DEAR Mr Christie, I was a kid in central
California when Yellow River was
originally on the radio.
Now at 52, I just returned to CA from my first trip
to Europe. In Zurich I picked up a 45 pic sleeve of Yellow
River, that in turn led to to the 20-minute youtube
video all about the song. It's an amazing story about
a great song.
I just want to thank you for providing some great
background music to a wonderful time in my life."
Craig Daniel, USA
"HELLO, Mr Christie.
I am a young 56 years old, Canadian, from Victoria
B.C. originally, now living in the mountains in Banff, Alberta.
We used to listen to Yellow
River on transistor radios in the early 70's. Thank you
for the great song.
I am an amateur musician. I will be learning Yellow
River. Very nice emotion in that song. Brings back great
Brent Macarthur, Canada
"ONE hot afternoon
during the carnival of 1974 things happened in my neighbourhood;
it was Saturday , there was a big dance that night , and everything
lived with a special joy.
I was 13 and listening to the radio waiting for that
English band who was in Argentina recently and arrived in Buenos
Aires during a tour of South America. There
was a variety show in the afternoon which featured the band,
and it was magical.
That afternoon those English long-haired artists
came to my city, Quilmes, to a club named Cibasa, just a few blocks
from my house.
The kids in the neighbourhood gathered in a corner
under the shadow of a leisure centre, arranging to go to the club
to dance; those kids were 15 to 22 years, they talked and I listened
carefully because I wanted to go with them and be able to see
these British stars.
Only those aged 18 or above could enter the dancing
hall, and the younger ones who stayed with them got to see the
musicians and hear the concert from outside the club.
A major promotion on TV and the radio was on and
I did not miss any appearance of the group; for me they were amazing
, I liked everything about them - dress, look , instruments, their
playing and singing songs - and I had to see them regardless,
so I prepared the best duds I had and about 9pm we all went out
together walking towards the club.
The meeting with Christie approached. Months ago
I had bought the LP "Christie: The
greatest hits" and among my favorites were Yellow
River , Iron Horse, JoJo 's Band and San
This was the second time the group came to Argentina and the first
time in Quilmes, this time with a new member, replacing Vic Elmes
on lead guitar. He was a chubby North American named Danny Krieger
who was more of a rocker than Vic.
At 2am we were in the place when two brand new Fiat
1500 cars arrived; they parked there, a few meters from where
we were, and out of one of the cars fell nothing more and nothing
less than the band leader himself, Jeff Christie! A tall guy who
looked like Leonard Nimoy, very funny and friendly.
They gave us a hi as they walked between us , I was
petrified to see him so close. Behind was the drummer, the bassist
(Roger Flavell) and Danny Krieger, all entered a hallway adjacent
to the club house to dress for the show.
I could not believe my eyes; half an hour later,
the four came out dressed with the most beautiful outfits that
I've ever seen ... velvet pants ,
satin shirts , boots with the colors of the British flag ,
and incredible long hair , make-up from another world , and so
The British boys came up the ramp with their guitars
hanging on the back. That night Christie played their successes
and touched some covers , and there was even a great jam session
with Danny Krieger breaking it with his Les Paul.
This show was unique , unforgettable. That night
I got home at 5 in the morning. I slept in my bed happy.
This is the story of my meeting with Christie, the
band who left a very deep mark in my soul and gave me the musical
passion for the rest of my days."
Ricardo Bianchi, Argentina
writer Jane Hayward outlined her memories of Yellow
River in the January 2014 issue of Woman and Home magazine.
She elaborates further:
"Yes, the industry of human happiness is right!
I can remember just how happy I felt dancing to the song now -
the hotel band played it multiple times each night because everyone
was asking for it.
No one could hear it too many times. I can't imagine
what it must be like having created a song that gets that reaction.
I still feel just the same when I hear it now, 40
I didn't understand that the lyrics were about a
soldier, but I was captivated by the idea of leaving home for
an adventure and sleeping underneath the moon - things I do for
a living now."
"DURING the 1960s and 1970s, I collected
record charts (surveys) from CHUM Radio 1050 in Toronto, Ontario.
Now I am a retired teacher living near Toronto, and I collect
autographs of music stars listed on my charts. Here is a chart
with Yellow River on it."
Richard Mills: Milton, Ontario, Canada
"GOOD to discover your website and read
about something I'd only roughly known about, as I've been spending
another lifetime in Somerset and Devon.
In July 1966 I was lead singer/guitarist
with R&B York group The Crawdaddies, and we appeared at the
Queen's Hall Leeds with The Outer Limits and The Who. There were
thousands there that night, if you remember, and we had such a
wonderful time. We only had basic amps and you let us use your
amps for our two spots. I still get pleasure thinking about the
gig. Our trio disbanded soon after as we followed other careers
but it's great to have that memory.
Good to know that you went on to lots
of greater things."
John Vickers: UK
"IT was 42 years ago - I was a 12 year
old boy - I bought my first single: San
Bernardino from Christie. The single is missed since many
many years and I was unhappy because of that.
A few days ago I found the yellow CD "Christie"
with San Bernardino and Yellow
River in an online shop and ordered it. Arrived yesterday
and since today morning I am the happy listener again ... volume
up in the car on the way to the office! Indeed, I have a top executive
job, a luxury car - but the guitar riffs in San Bernardino are
still the best ...
Viva the loud hair - and the long music!"
Niklaus Locher: Switzerland
"BIG hugs to Jeff!
Thank you for your song Yellow River, I like it very
I love the website of Christie. I'd love to receive
photos of you especially when drummer Paul Fenton was with the
group, I always liked liked him very much. How can I locate him,
does some e-mail?.
I reiterate my love, from Latin America, from Chile."
Gloria Paiva: Chile
"I'VE just got to know you today, Jeff,
through the music video taken in River Thames, London. But, I've
known the famous song Yellow River
for a long time (good things last forever). Wishing you all the
Linda Lam: Hong Kong
"HOW do I apologize for 30 + years of thinking
Jeff was Lou Christie (Lightning Strikes
Again fame)? I grew up on a farm in Central Alberta, Canada,
and my oldest brother had Yellow River on a cassette tape he recorded
off the am radio. The quality was atrocious, but the great sound
was there! Tonight while playing faves from the 60's/70's, my
sons absolutely loved this song and because of technology thought
I would send this note saying how I and my three musical sons
love Jeff's song! It really stands the test of time and is definitely
one for the ages. Thanks, Thanks , Thanks."
Wayne Sperry: USA
the lucky fan who snapped up Jeff's lyrics at Bonhams
last December (2010). Having been a devoted fan since the
70s, it was an amazing thrill to have got them. Somewhere I may
still have an autograph Jeff gave me after a Christie concert
in London in 1972. I was in my early teens and my parents only
allowed me to go on condition they dropped me off at the door
and picked me up afterwards! I didn't mind - nothing was going
to stop me from going. Quite unbelievable that it was nearly 40
years ago - I remember it as if it were yesterday. Now all my
children love Jeff's music too.
What's prompted me to write is that recently, about
four weeks ago, I was amazed to see Jeff at a hotel in north-west
London. I didn't get a chance to speak to him as I was in a meeting
at the time, and Jeff was talking to an elderly gentleman. I'm
organising a party at the hotel for my 13-year-old son this weekend,
and when I told him I'd seen Jeff there, he couldn't believe it.
He was very disappointed not to have been there, as he'd been
at school that day.
The website is wonderful - after all those pre-internet
years of wondering why no-one else seemed to remember Jeff and
his music, there is (of course) widespread devotion on a global
Beverley N: England
"THANK you for the information on here
on where Yellow River originally
was to be! This has been my favorite song ever since I was a child.
Not being able to get it out of my head after hearing this song
one time in the early 1970's, I asked my father where Yellow
River was, and was told it was in China. So I figured maybe
that was where this song was about, and wondered what war it was
Carolyn King: USA
I CAN'T remember what I was looking for,
but several weeks ago I came across the Yellow
River music video as the band performed the song while
floating down the River Thames. I think I was about 12 years old
when the song came out, and I remember hearing it on the radio.
Now it stays in my head for long periods of time.
I didn't think music videos appeared until the early
80s on VH-1. I'm just curious how this video came to be. How long
did it take to film it?
Joe Healey: via youtube
I LOVED Yellow River
when I was a young teen living in the Chicago area. I hadnt
thought of it in many years, but ran across it recently on youtube.
Must have watched it (the Thames version video) a
hundred times since then. The lyrics reminded me of the Civil
War in the USA, so I researched your motivation in doing the song.
I didnt know back in 70 that you were into Americana.
Most of us dreamed of being in London! Haha. (I finally got there
Thought you might be interested to know about Tunnel
Hill, GA, where there is a Civil War re-enactment on Sept. 10-11
of this year. There are other historical sites in the region such
as the battlefield in Chickamauga and in Chattanooga, TN, Lookout
Mountain. If you happen to be in the US, you might want to check
it out. Chattanooga, TN, home of the famous Choo Choo,
also has a railway museum. Ive been living in this region
for a few decades now.
Just wanted to say hello and that your music is still
Diane Headrick: Tennessee, USA
WHEN I was 13, my parents sent me to "church
camp" for a week. We weren't allowed to bring radios, but
I couldn't imagine not listening to music for a whole week, so
I brought mine anyway. One day when we had free time I snuck into
the woods with the radio. I was afraid of getting caught, so I
only stayed for a few minutes. The only song I heard was Yellow
River, so I'll always remember it fondly.
is one of my all-time favorites, a wonderful slice of power-pop
with just that right touch of melancholy in the arrangement. I
first heard the song on a radio station in Wisconsin -- I was
up at Camp Moshava in Waushara County -- in August, 1970, two
whole months before it broke in Chicago. The radio station was
very small -- I don't remember the call letters -- but they
were also spinning Dionne Warwick's Paper
Mache and Mama Cass' A Song That
Never Comes that summer, as well as Shocking Blue's Never
Marry A Railroad Man, so I had my transistor tuned to it
every chance I got. When Yellow River
debuted on the bigger stations, I was stunned. I had been afraid
I would never hear that fantastic song again.
River is a long-time favorite of mine, and one you just
don't hear enough of on the radio. What a great, upbeat tune!
Not only should deejays play this as a forgotten hit, but they
should add it to their regular play list more often, too!
Rich: forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com, USA
"Hi ! My name is Omar, I am 54 years old
I have seen the Christie band in Argentina, in1973
or 1972 , at the Bamako Club (Club Mariano Moreno), Wilde, Buenos
I still remember when they came on stage dressed
in coats of glossy paper that broke while they were playing."
Omar: Buenos Aires, Argentina
"I am so glad that I found you. You brought
back my teenager days whe I had enjoyed a lot of your songs.
I am originally from Brazil and I remember pretty
much you have sold millions of copies of your LP over there.
I am sure that lots of people love you forever, include
me of course. I missed you a lots. Today I am living in
US for 20 years. I have your LP from 1970 and if you came
here I will love to see you.
God bless you. Hope somebody invite you to came to US."
to Jeff, I'm writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I wanted to tell him that here the love for his music
Me and my friends dream to see him play with his
band in this country.
I have from a country rock band, Malditos Gusanos,
and Jeff has had a major influnce in our music."
Facundo Mansilla: Buenos Aires, Argentina
"HEY Jeff! I've always loved the song Yellow
River. And as a resident of San Bernardino, I think that
your song San Bernardino would be
the perfect theme song as our city celebrates its bicentennial
this year. Mayor Pat Morris also loves the
song. I hope that 2010 finds you well. I hope that you can come
back to San Bernardino this year! Best Wishes! "
Rory Murray: San Bernadino, USA
"IF only Christie, Elmes, Fenton and Lubin
could make together their third and maybe fourth album in a modern
studio. I guess those good old songs (which are not on their two
first albums) could be something surprising to many people.
I have always liked Jeff Christie's singing and those
guitar solos of Vic Elmes. They were so melodic and almost "singing",
that I must still nowadays plagiarise some of his licks. When
For All Mankind came, it made me
think of peace, our life and death, and all this stuff we fill
our days with. Very special songs to me are I´m
Alive and Freewheeling Man.
Great rock ballads!
We can speculate what would have come, if they continued
together after Magic Highway. That
line was almost progressive and fascinating. Of course those pop
songs like The Most Wanted Man and
Jo Jos Band were great in their
simpleness. Great pop group."
Tarvo Laakso: Tampere, Finland
"I WAS a fan of Christie from the very
beginning, from the early 70s. I have the original LP at home
and also CDs, etc ... but the most grateful moment was the first
time when my son (I have three sons) played Yellow
River with his electric quitar. And he played it well."
Pasi Lehti: Finland
"SOMETIME along my life, I thought what
happened with Jeff Christie, if he was still singing, what had
been of his life?
One day,looking for in the web, I found him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was magic!!! I am very ,very happy to see him.
My name is Alicia and I am from San Martin, Argentina.
When I knew Jeff, I was only 14 years old and he was 27. My friend
Silvia and me followed him to all the places where he was: Club
Atletico San Martin, Club Atletico San Miguel, Castrobarros, Sheraton.
Every day, we went to Sheraton Hotel to see him. He was in the
swiming pool with Vicky, Roger, a very beatifull girl (maybe she
was your girlfriend) and the manager. When we saw him, we were
very emotional, and nervous, and we didn't know what to do...
but he was all for us!!!!!!! Jeff is the greatest!!!
Here is an account of what happned on February 28,
1974, from my diary. We went to the Sheraton and we saw Roger
who was sitting on an armchair beside the pool. He playfully hid
from us when we tried to take a photo. Then he approached and
signed us an autograph.
We started to speak with him , and told us he had
cut the beard because it was too hot, and he said that his hair
Then, we asked him where our idol Jeff was and he
answered: maybe in the room ...but our English was poor and didn't
know what "maybe" meant. The previous day we had seen
Jeff with a girl (see the photo above) we thought Jeff was in
the room with her, and we became sad!! The next day we brought
a dictionary and asked Roger to look up "maybe" for
us, and when we saw what it meant, we breathed and calmed down
.. as if Jeff was only ours only and no-one else's!
Also, Rogr told us that he liked to read French magazines.
Then, he told us that had to go to eat. We asked him if we could
come another day and continue talking with him .... and he answered
: "Oh yes!! Tomorrow ha-bla-mos" :)
We were crazy happy ... we didnt belive!!! It was
I have been trying to locate Argentina's TV shows
with Jeff; I contacted someone from Channel 13 (I read in my private
diary that Jeff had been there) but he said that the archives
were affected by fire several times.
I'm going to follow looking for it, if I know something,
I will tell you immediatly. The problem is that we hadn't videos,
DVDs, etc, back then. I have got a photo of Jeff I took of from
black and white TV. I will send to you.
I was very sad for Jeff when England was losing in
the World Cup. I was cheering Jeff all the time by facebook and
A big kiss for Jeff ... I love him so much and always
remember his beautiful smile. Here above
are some photos I took of him and Roger Flavell!!"
Aly: San Martin, Argentina
"WAS that Jeff on the TV yesterday (Look
North). It seems such a long time since I saw him walking hislovely
setter on the playing fields.
Good luck with the tune (Hat-trick
of Lions), and yes I still have the other one well entrenched
in my mind.
Some good talent in this city. I'll be watching for
your top spot!"
Alexandria Gregory: Leeds, UK
Yellow River album (in the US) was
on Epic Records (with the famous yellow label, that was made with
thick vinyl and labeled nonbreakable).
Dave Clark 5 and others were also on that label as
were the Yardbirds and others, like Jeff Beck Group, etc...).
Those yellow Epic LPs are among the finest quality vinyl ever
issued by any label in mass production BUT ultimately, it's as
Berry Gordy's famous line says, "It's What's In The Groove
Christie's Yellow River
is an outstanding song and the LP is good. In my opinion, artists
and bands would greatly benefit from listening to some of the
fine songs as well as LPs of the more obscure as well as the top
acts of the day, especially from the 1968-1972 era.
I think Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes has mentioned
several times in the past during interviews that his band try
and make their records sound like the production used on the great
records from back then.
Christie's Yellow River has
all the great qualities that one wants in a record. Great sound,
a tune or a groove that "stays" with you, great singing
and excellent choice of how the instrumentation blends and the
Google Christie - Yellow River
and you'll come up with their promo film (what videos were
called, before they were elaborate videos, eg MTV era 1981-onward).
It's pretty good!
There were lots of great acts on the charts
then and the creativity and imagination of all of them lifted
the bar and creativity for everyone.
The playing of many of the groups from that era was
superior to the majority of today's acts appearing on TV. Back
then there was less gadgettry and plug-in pedals etc to aid in
achieving a certain sound, you either could play or you worked
damn hard to get there. Not saying that there aren't some brilliant
"players" and extremely competent groups today, as there
certainly are, but the average or huge lot of them aren't as competent
or versatile. "
Dr. R Lee: USA
"I DON'T know how strange it is to Jeff
to hear from people who have never met him, but feel like they
want to know everything about him.|
I was only 16 when I heard Yellow
River. At the time I lived in Mexico City, where I was
born and had no real idea of what the song was about, only that
I loved it.|
At the time we had a sort of MTV, where the few popular
videos were shown at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday evening. I waited
for the song and thought about music and the people who create
I moved to the States, I am now bilingual, a thorough
lover of music, with a musician child who at times travels the
world with his music. I was thinking about the people who have
touched my life in meaningful ways and decided it was time to
thank Jeff for the way in which he touched my life. I love his
songs, and I am very proud to say that my children know his story
and his music and that we all consider ourselves fortunate to
Just this weekend, we have been listening to Jeff's
songs via utube, and he has become the topic of our weekend chats.
We decide that we need more music like his!
Thank you Jeff for all you do, and may God
bless you with good health and many years of inspiration. Im
glad you quit smoking!"
Teresa Ahlstrom: USA
"MY name is Deb, and I totally love all
your music. Yellow River is the greatest
song ever. I know that you probably dont ever get a chance
to read all the letters from all your fans, but I figured I would
write to you anyway. I am in grade 8 and my Dad has been teaching
me to play acoustic guitar for almost a year now. He is a great
teacher and a great dad. He has promised to get me an electric
guitar for a graduation gift in June. My Dad loves your music
I love you alot and I really hope to hear
Deb Lillis: Ontario, Canada
"I AM a student at the Isle of Wight College
studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Media. I planto use the
song, Iron Horse, in one of my projects."
Graham Hammond: England
Painter is a really great track.
As someone who has bought their albums on CD (I wasn't
old enough to be around when their records came out!), I've always
thought that what held them back from bigger success, is they
didn't seem to know whether they wanted to be a hard rock, country
rock or pop band.
Too heavy for the pop crowd, and not heavy
enough for the rock crowd, but no one can question the songwriting
Anyone else agree?"
metalbearuk, via youtube
"HEY!!! Argentina loves Christie!!!!!!!!!
Malditos Gusanos: Argentina
" I AM a 40-year fan. First heard Yellow
River on leave from Vietnam in Australia. One of my all
time favorites. Still gets me going, and I turned my kids and
grandkids on to it.
Sure would be nice to get it on with a California
tour. And I'll give Jeff a tour of SoCal in kind. Hope to see
him some day. Even come for a vacation and he can stay at my place.
Nothing I'd enjoy better on one of his visits than
to shake the hand of or take to dinner someone who has provided
so many years of musical enjoyment."
Chuck Dozier: California, USA
"I JUST discovered the song Yellow
River. I couldn't believe the song when I heard it. I'm
not musical at all but I knew right away that Yellow
River was an incredible piece. I want to tell Jeff how
much I liked it."
Stephanie Seglin: Maryland, USA
"FOR those of us of a certain age, it's
hard to divorce the song Yellow River
from the television advert from the early seventies that used
its tune and chorus hook to promote the wonders of 'Yellow Pages'
- "Let your fingers, do the walking, Yellow Pages".
And so on.
I used to wrongly believe that the chart topping
song was a re-written widescreen version of the advert itself.
Musically, we're back in Edison Lighthouse Anglo
power pop mode as Yorkshireman Christie recounts the thoughts
of someone finally returning from an unspecified war to their
home and lover in Yellow River.
It would be very convenient to point to the contemporary
war in Vietnam as its inspiration, but the song also talks about
'cannon fire' which suggests something more historical, though
this of course could be metaphorical.
But whatever, it's this lack of specifics that ensures
Yellow River didn't come pre-stamped
with a sell by date, making it a song for all ages and all conflicts.
It has a chorus that sells the song, because regardless
of any anti-war message it may or may not have, it's pure bubblegum
at heart, albeit bubblegum wearing its father's trousers and on
that level at least it manages to pull itself clear of the box
marked 'period piece'."
Andrew: UK, via the web
"I HAVE been hooked on Christie music since
the early 70s since I heard about them for the first time.
Here in Malta I do radio programs consisting
of 50's, 60's, 70's and country music, especially Christie kind
Thank you guys for all the contribution you had given
to the music world, and all the happiness you have brought into
David Agius: Marsascala, Malta
"ONE Sunday morning I was listening
to Dick Clark's radio show, with music of the 60's and 70's and
he played Yellow River, and after
all these years I still love it!
I've got the CD with this song in it and I keep playing
it over and over again!!
Thank you Jeff Christie for this lovely song!!
Any plans of touring the US?"
Martha G: Florida, USA
MEET one of the youngest Christie followers in
Christie fans Isabel
and Wilhelm-Eric Berwanger, who have covered Jeff's songs,
are getting their daughter Sandy hooked on Jeff's music even before
she can read! The duo hope next to cover a German version of Both
Ends of the Rainbow.
Isabel and fellow fan Rainer Frank also previously
sang a specially composed
song for Jeff's 60th birthday.
"IN the 1980s I recall sitting in the oldest
bar in Cincinnati, Ohio, listening to tales of how the place used
to be a speakeasy during Prohibition days - "Do you want
to see the bath tub where gin was made?"
Vintage pictures hung on the walls...mostly female
beauties from the 20s and pre-1900s. The music was eclectic, folk,
One Wednesday night a guest guitarist (friend of
a friend's friend) got up to play with the a couple of guys from
the Katie Lauer Bluegrass band ... his name was Tony King. I've
got a lot of respect for bluegrass musicians, my friends were
into that kind of music, but country and bluegrass isn't my cup
of Darj (although I'm a Kentucky woman - like the Neil Diamond
I listened politely to Tony King play his guitar,
my mind drifting, when from out of the blue the unmistakable intro
of Jeff Christie's Yellow River made
my heart skip a beat. I was spellbound at how wonderfully the
song carried over to another genre.
From that moment, Yellow River
became for me etched in time and memory as perhaps one of the
most perfect popular songs ever composed.
Thanks for letting me share my story of hearing Yellow
River played in a very unlikely place, by an unlikely musician.
I just now Googled the name, Tony King, and came up with a match
for a guitarist of a well-known country duo, Brooks and Dunn ...
wonder if it's the same guitarist?
I watch the Christie videos on YouTube more than
I like to admit. My two kittens adore Yellow River .. when they
hear the intro they come running. Their names are Piper and Syd
... after early Pink Floyd. My bad. I should have named them Christie
I lived for a brief time in Leicestershire with my
English husband, and I miss all of his mates talking about the
music they grew up with, which is the music I adore - British
pop and rock of the 60s and 70s. My English chap is no longer
with me, and when I think of England my heart still melts, but
I'll always have the music.
SPOTTED by a fan from the Isle of Man:
Christie still being played in a jukebox!
Thank you for posting the videos on YouTube,
and a big thanks to Jeff Christie for exporting pure bliss across
the pond and around the world."
"MY name is Natalia and I want to tell you
how happy I am for having found your great website.
I had listened to Yellow River
many, many times but a few weeks ago my husband played an old
CD ... and there it was that cheerful song again!!
We played it over and over. So I said to myself that
those guys should have more greats songs and that seaching led
me to your site ... I was impressed 'cause everything you may
want to know about Jeff you will surely find it there: bio, lyrics,
pictures and even samples of his songs.
He has so many beautiful songs that you can really
see through him and I feel guilty for having wasted the 38 years
of my life without the joy of knowing him and listening to his
Please, accept my gratitude for giving the world
this great site and tell Jeff how happy I am to have found him,
Saludos y mi cariño."
Jeff says: "It really
is heartwarming to know that people can be so moved by my songs
and write in about them. You have made an old man happy! Natalia,
hope you can buy both the Christie albums and Floored Masters
"I REMEMBER that long time ago Jeff played
in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America.
Finally I found you guys in the internet with Yellow
River. I love that song."
Luis Martinez: Colombia
"TO me Christie is very special. Everything
they produced was just as great as Yellow
River ... shame that everything else in their catalogue
has been overlooked. I wish that classics like New
York City, I've Got A Feeling, Gotta Be Free, Put Your Money Down,
Country B. Sam, The Dealer (Down and Losin') and Pleasure
and Pain soon will appear on YouTube. They were England's
answer to America's Creedence Clearwater Revival in many ways!!"
cockney rebellion: UK, via youtube
"I HAVE been a fan of Jeff Christie
since the time of his beautiful songs Yellow
River and San Bernadino.
I feel like in a good mood when I listen to his songs,
I want to thank him for the great emotions and the
happy moments his music gave me when I was 15 years old.
I was a young girl and I had a lot of dreams and
he was one of them. Then I grew up, but I kept his records very
Music has always been at my side all my life long.
I have two wonderful sons and they also love music.
We share the emotions music give us. When I hear
them playing I follow the rhythm of the music and I feel very
happy. I am a great fan of them!
Music make me feel very close to them as a mother
and as a friend. Marco, my eldest son, has music in his blood;
he needed a guitar which was the true instrumental extension of
his musical soul, so he designed it. I am sure Jeff
can understand him.
One day I was surfing the Internet when I ran into
the Christie videos. What a beautiful surprise!
I listened to songs of his that I didnt know
and I could appreciate his music more and more.
His song One For The Road
is really energetic. Unfortunately the lyric has interfered with
its success. I wonder if the music would have had a turn-round
if this song had been a hit.
Among the lyrics of his songs, Safe
In Your Arms Tonight have caught my heart (I feel its depth
and its inner intimacy) and For All Mankind
have deeply moved me (thanks for having written it !). What has
changed after so many years: again wars, again sorrow and innocent
victims! But the smiling faces of the children in the video are
the message we have to catch with our heart.
I dont give up all hope and lets sing your song!
Why doesn't Jeff come on tour in Italy? I think that
many people will be happy to go to his concert.
I hope to find his CDs. Has he made any DVDs? Would
give a nice present to his fans !
I have found lots of news about Jeff on this site.
Its very interesting because it tells about his music but
also about him as a man.
The lyrics of Jeff's songs, what people who knew
him say about him, his answers to his fans, all this shows he
is a very beautiful person. Thats why we love him.
I wish Jeff to smile forever, his smile which is
able to cancel the passage of time, his smile which is bright
as a sunbeam. Go and walk in the sun, Jeff !!!
There is a nice village in Italy where San Bernardino was
born. This village is in Tuscany and its name is Massa Marittima.
Renaissance is still alive in that place and you can feel the
atmosphere walking down its streets. Many historical performances
take place from May to August in Massa Marittima.
Many important people love to come and spend their
holidays in this country such as Tony Blair and Sarah Ferguson;
Richard Gere has bought a beautiful house near Punta Ala, the
place where Luna Rossa (the italian sailing boat of the Americas
Cup) was born. Other have bought a house in the peaceful Tuscan
country (such as Sting) and now Tuscany is also called Chiantishire.
I hope Jeff will come and have a relaxing holiday
in this wonderful place."
Ida: Parma, Italy
Wye, a very avid supporter of The Outer Limits and of course
Christie, passed away recently from cancer. I met up with Jeff
again at her funeral, we were all sorry that it was under such
sad circumstances. (At the funeral, Yellow
River was played.)
Barbara and myself went to see The Outer Limits at
a local dance in about 1965/66 and were well and truly hooked
from then on.
So much so that when Death
Of A Pop Group was on local TV, we sent in hundreds of handwritten
'please, please, pleases' to Yorkshire Television, to ask them
to show it again. We got a reply asking if we would like to go
to the TV studios for a personal tour with one of the presenters,
Austin Mitchell (currently a politician). AND we were given a
private showing of it .. wow, we thought we were royalty !!
I have some photos of us outside the studios,along
with an autograph from Austin (it says "To the follower of
the Prophet Jeff Christie"). "
Linda Jeffels (nee Webster): Yorkshire, UK
Barbara (left), Linda, Austin Mitchell and
Austin Mitchell autograph
first heard Jeff's songs/demos just after I think our third release
which were sent to use via a reel to reel tape.
The song that we all liked was Tomorrow
Night. At the time I tried to emulate the guitar playing/riffs
that Jeff used on his song and because I am no great guitarist
was getting more and more stressed trying to do Jeff's song justice.
A few weeks later we were to demonstrate our versions
of Jeff's great song to him in some practice room in London and
as the time neared I was getting extremely wound up.
But what a great man, as soon as he came in he must
have realised that I was trying to do it exactly the same way
as he did and came over and said just play it your own way/style
which I did and he seemed happy with.
I guess he won't remember this but I certainly will
never forget Jeff's kindness."
John Proctor: lead guitarist, St Cecilia,
" You are the BEST! I have always loved
Yellow River, and until I saw the
YouTube videos, have never seen a single video of it or had any
idea what the band looked like. This is terrific! I don't know
what it is about this song - the melody, the harmony, the crisp
drumming, the energy, the great chord progression, the sentimental
yet joyous lyrics about leaving the war behind, the overall production
- or ALL of it that makes this my favorite song of all time.
Thanks a million from a real fan of Christie!
I just wish I had a way to contact Jeff to let him know how much
this song has meant to me since I was a teenager."
Don: South Florida, USA
"Christie had one of the biggest pop hits
of 1970, Yellow River. The album
that featured Yellow River also includes
a bunch of other tracks worth listening to.
These include the follow-up single San
Bernadino, and my personal favourite, Country
Boy, which has a neat riff and some nice production touches.
The tracks on the LP fall into two categories, ones
like Yellow River obviously inspired
by the work of John Fogerty (author of Green
River) and ones that owe most to mid-Beatles period Lennon.
Giordan Smith: giordan's podcast website
Maybe it was the other
way round and John was imitating Jeff, Giordan, for Jeff wrote
Yellow River a year before Fogerty
and his band CCR became famous. More likely, it was a case of
great minds thinking alike at the same time. - Ray
"The YouTube videos are fabulous! I never
realised a group from the 70s could have put out so many videos.
They were ahead of the video revolution! Are there any more?
I see one of the fans is asking for a clip of For
All Mankind to be uploaded. Now that would be awesome!"
christiefan, c/o the Christie
There never was an official
FAM video .. but I could still put together some sort of montage
with the song in the background. Stay tuned .
And yes, there are more videos
to come! - Ray
"Thanks for putting Christie´s songs
on YouTube. I will try to listen to them all ... till now honestly
I only heard Yellow River (great
song; in 1970 I was 12 years old in Lima, Peru ). Anyway, I love
their music ... so thank you again."
Alfonso Marisol: Lisboa, Portugal
"It's Grant Christie, Jeff's cousin from
Canada who now lives in Tampa, Florida.
I was over in England to see Roger Waters there and
spent some great times with Jeff. Jeff picked me up at the train
station and we went hiking way up in the Yorkshire Moors.
We went to this awesome pub afterwards where they
brew a special beer, and then had dinner with more family.
Kudos to you, Ray, on the website. I cannot believe
what an unbelievably fantastic job you have done. Jeff says you
know way more about him than he does. All the new stuff is really
My two daughters were tripping on the YouTube
Thank you so much for what you do!"
Grant Christie: Florida, USA
"I live in Port Moresby,
capital city of Papua New Guinea.
As a child, I grew up with my mother's people in
Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a place near Samarai Island. In the
late 1970s and early 1980s, the colonial Australian influence
was very strong, and we were exposed to a wide range of music
My memories of Christie go back to a time when I
was about six years old, when my mother bought me a black t-shirt
with the glittering words "New York City" written across
the front it was my coolest shirt!
I still vividly recall playing in a boat-building
yard one morning, and one of the workmen had a radio on
and New York City from Christie was
I remember one of the older men saying "Sioni,
he is singing about your t-shirt!" as the chorus was being
sung ... and that sweet guitar riff was forever embedded in my
Many years later, I became a guitar player and remembered
that riff well enough to reproduce it, but I never heard the song
again until I found your site. Thanks a million for helping me
remember a long-gone happy childhood! "
Sioni: Papua New Guinea
Jeff Christie performed in Hamburg in
September 2007, and of course there to meet him were Germany's
two biggest fans, Antonie Griebl and Rainer Frank.
Antonie and husband Franz (left) with Jeff and Rainer,
posing with Jeff's distinctive yellow guitar.
The three amigos: Jeff, Antonie and Rainer. The
fans got together after meeting via this website.
"When I was only 12 in 1970, my father passed
away. A few weeks later, my uncle took me and my two smaller brothers
to a fair to help ease the pain. There was a van set up where
visitors could request songs for about 20c each. 1970 was such
a great year for pop songs, and there were so many to choose from,
but I chose Yellow River and San
Bernadino, because they were the ones I found the most
uplifting and cheerful.
I still remember the thrill I got when the songs
were played and my name was read over the PA system .. along with
many others who also requested the songs.
Thanks, Christie, for bringing so much joy to me
at a time when there was so much personal sadness."
W Tze Pin: Malaysia
"4 stars! Yellow River
is simple and efficient, it's one of those supercatchy tunes you
will never forget in your whole life.
Sometimes I think that this song was a model for
Texarkana from the REM album Out
Of Time. They even recorded an enthusiastic cover version
of Yellow River and released it in
2001 on their CD single All The Way To Reno."
Communique: rateyourmusic moderator
"Please give my regards to the boys and
do let me know if ever they are playing near London, would love
to go along and see them again.
I recall vividly hitch-hiking with a friend to Leeds
to Jeff's parents house on his birthday to give him a birthday
present, then hitch-hiking back and being in a crash!"
Roz Fleetwood: inaugural Christie fan club
46 and Christie music is a part of my sweet childhood. I love
the first album especially."
Rinat Ibragimov: Moscow, Russian Federation
is a timeless classic. I remember listening to it when I was a
senior in high school. I bought the 45 single.
The lyrics about finding a place of contentment after
the war are great.
I think we are all searching for a Yellow River."
Neil Rice: USA
"Thank you very much for your wonderful
Could I please get a personal autograph from Mr Christie
for Ruth and could you please send it to my address?"
Ruth Aytekin: München, Germany
You never know, Ruth
... maybe you can get one from him when he performs in Hamburg.
"In the year of 1970, for the first time
I saw to the trio Christie on TV.
It was the year of World Cup football here, and Yellow
River was played on all the radio stations. A TV channel
showed videos of the fashionable groups of the moment, including
I enjoyed the hits about San Bernardino,
then horse of steel and finally the pool where cattle drink.
I had the opportunity to see to the group in November of
1974. I have several discs, with different front covers of the
On Sunday, November 10, l974, I remember Jeff Christie
wearing white trousers, broad belt and red sweater red. When he
played at 6 pm, I was finally seeing the man whom I had been reading
Gabriela Reyes Jandete: Mexico
Pool where cattle drink?
Who can guess what Gabriela is referring to? - Ray