Friday, 27 February 2009


31 years ago today, Gallagher & Lyle were in town.
Now, I went to see rock bands, jazz bands, punk bands, prog bands, pop bands, reggae bands, pub bands, new wave bands, the lot, but I think this was the nearest I got to experiencing an easy listening band. I don't mean that in a corny Foster & Allen kind of way, I mean it was an evening of relaxation, nice laid-back music to get you settled comfy in your seat. No rushing to the front of the stage for this gig.
The duo did write good tunes mind you, both as G&L and in their previous band McGuinness Flint. The biggest cheer of the evening came when they did their 1976 hit "Heart On My Sleeve".
I remember there was a joke doing the rounds at the time about a guy who went into a record shop and asked for "Tart On My Sleeve by Tate & Lyle"..!!
That's my surviving ticket stump at the top accompanied with an ad for the album they were promoting along with tour dates which appeared in an issue of NME back then.


  1. 27th February 13th birthday!

  2. I hear Gallagher and Lyle may be getting back together. I saw them on BBC2's "Sight and Sound In Concert" in March 1978 (from Leeds) and squealed when Benny used a harmonica on a neck brace in "When I'm Dead And Gone" at the end! I was 13 at the time and fancied him like MAD!!

  3. Jackie McAllister, New York, Ny27 July 2011 at 21:21

    My girlfriend from Detroit, Diana, always thought that "Heart On My Sleeve," was one of Bryan Ferry's better ones, ... And, in a way, she's right. JMcA.

  4. A belated correction to my previous post: the episode of "Sight and Sound In Concert" mentioned above was actually recorded at Aylesbury Friars, not Leeds.

    G & L have now officially reunited, and I've seen them 3 times in the last 18 months - in Largs, Glasgow and Faversham. I was even photographed with them in Glasgow! I'll be seeing them in Edinburgh in March '12.

  5. P.S. I have now seen G & L 7 times in concert!