& RAIN/MY SWEET LORD
version with Peter Oliver
The New Seekers sang
this medley on the Live at the Royal Albert Hall album,
with Peter Doyle giving a passionate rendition
of the Fire and Rain solo and Marty Kristian singing
the complementary My Sweet Lord lyrics. It was only
after Peter left the group that the medley was released on the
Together album with Peter Oliver singing the Fire
and Rain lyrics and with the inclusion of Day
by Day as part of the medley.
the BBC website biography of James Taylor, Fire
and Rain is described as a “jewel of a song....it
stands as one of the finest songs of the era.”
It was written about the suicide of a friend and
James Taylor's own, on-going problems. Not much
of the original lyric survived in the New Seekers' version,
but in Peter Doyle's capable hands the full depth of
feeling remains intact..
artists who have performed the song include: John Denver,
Gladys Knight & the Pips, Willie Nelson, Johnny
Rivers, Amii Stewart and The Isley Brothers.
releasing this song himself, George Harrison had offered
it to Billy Preston who included it on his Encouraging
Words album, but it was George's own version which
was to become best remembered firstly as a hit record
and then as the centre of a plagarism suit - George
was accused of taking the tune for his hit from the
Chiffon's song from the early 60's: He's So Fine.
There followed long years of litigation, a battle
which George was eventually to lose.
First released by
the Bee Gees on their first LP in Australia the track was revived
by the original line-up of the New Seekers.
There are three different
versions of this song circulating on the various releases. Peter
Doyle sings lead on the single and the same version appeared
on the 20 Solid Gold Hits and Attention! albums
and the Greatest Hits CD. There is a slightly
different version on the Singles CD and Marty Kristian
sings the lead on the recording included on the US Come
Softly To Me LP. This track has never yet been
released in the UK.
As well as writing songs for the New Seekers, Alan Tarney and
Trevor Spencer played on many of the New Seekers recording sessions
and worked with Peter Doyle after he left the group, writing
for, playing on and producing his solo work in the 1970s.
1st Released 1972
: Arista 8325
A DVD is also available which includes
the Free to Be You and Me theme sung by the New
Seekers but does not feature the group.
Free to Be You
and Me was originally the title of an LP created by Marlo
Thomas and Friends which was a adapted into a hit American children's
TV show. The New Seekers, featuring Eve Graham, sang the theme
but many more well-known artists were involved and an LP of
songs, poems and stories from the show was released.
by Harry Vanda
& George Young
Produced by David Mackay,
Tarney & Spencer
Side: We Believe in Lovin'
1st Released 13th August, 1976
picture from the 1976 release.
Peter's first single
release after leaving the New Seekers was his amazing rendition
of the Easybeats' hit Friday on My Mind.
Why it never got sufficient airplay to allow it to become
a hit will remain a mystery to all those who ever hear it.
The Easybeats had a massive interntational hit with the song
in 1967 and in 2001 it was voted the best Australian song of
all time at the APRA Music Awards.
This is one New Seeker
track which gave Peter the chance to exercise a greater vocal
range than most but has so far only been available on one LP
and a music cassette, which included
most of the same songs.
by Paul Colwell,
Frank Fields & Ken Ashby
Produced by Michael Lloyd
Arranged by Tommy Oliver
LP & Tape
One of the Up With People songs recorded by the New Seekers