Pooh were an Italian pop band formed in in Bologna. Over the course of their career, Pooh has sold over million records. Some of the band's most popular songs include "Parsifal", "Dove comincia il sole" and "Pensiero". The first nucleus of the future Poohs was born as Jaguars in in Bologna from the meeting between the drummer Valerio Negrini and the guitarist Mauro Bertoli.
In he arrives at the first stable formation: the aforementioned Negrini and Bertoli plus Vittorio Costa vocalsGiancarlo Cantelli bass and Bruno Barraco rhythm guitar and keyboards. In Vittorio Costa leaves to continue his medical studies while Bob Gillot keyboards and Mario Goretti on rhythm guitar enter. During his stay in the Goretti group he was second guitarist and singer, but also bassist, harmonica player and accordionist, as well as curator of the choirs on the albums Per those like us and Contrasto.
Gilberto Faggioli takes the place of Cantelli. In January the Negrini-Bertoli-Goretti-Faggioli-Gillot quintet gets a contract with Vedette, Armando Sciascia's record company which, having lost Equipe 84 at that time, is looking for a new beat complex.
Since there is a Roman formation with the same name the Jaguars that has already recorded a single, a new name must be found: this was provided by the secretary of Sciascia himself,  Aliki Andris, fan of the Winnie-the-Pooh teddy bear. Then he participates in the television program Settevoci, in which he presents the song What you do not know, cover of Rag doll by Four Seasons, published as side B of Bikini Beat, the second single released in May, which is commissioned to the quintet as an advertising jingle by of a major lipstick brand.
The meeting between the former singer of Slenders, a rock group from Piombino, and the Pooh group takes place at the Piper in Milan. Valerio Negrini is therefore forced to quickly write an alternative text for the song, which is presented as The bells of silence and ranks in the last place of the event.
The first album For those like us is released at the end of the year and features the re-recordings of the songs released on 45s performed with the new lineup plus other songs; it sells over 15, copies and includes six covers and six songs written by the duo Facchinetti-Negrini who, however, do not sign the songs, as they are not yet registered with SIAE.
A quarter of a century after their publicationFacchinetti and Negrini were finally able to regain possession of it with a phone call to Armando Sciascia. Roby himself sums up: «Listening to his voice again was an emotion. He spoke very nice words about the Poohs. I thanked him. He had been a kind of father to us. When we lacked the money to put gas in the van, it was often he who handed it to us. Immediately afterwards Mauro Bertoli marries a young dancer and decides to abandon his musical career.
From that moment on, the line-up stabilizes in a quartet. In April the quartet knows for the first time the thrill of the record charts with the song Piccola Katy, originally side B of their fifth single In Silence, which climbs up to the fifteenth position of the hit parade.
Shortly after the release of the album, after the tour of summer concerts SeptemberMario Goretti, tired of the constant movements around Italy, leaves the complex and returns to Bologna, where he opens an amplifier company. Goretti is replaced by the young Bolognese guitarist Donato Battaglia known as Dodi, not even seventeen years old.
Dodi had been noticed by Enrico Marescotti during a Bolognese party in which he performed a virtuoso electric solo by the Shadows. A member of the Meteors, who were also Gianni Morandi's musical ensemble, he becomes a protagonist of the growth of Pooh behind the scenes.
In that same year, the relationship between Pooh and the record company breaks down following the release of their second album Contrasto in July secretly released while the band is on tour, the record is withdrawn from the market shortly after. In fact, this album mainly includes auditions and discards, as well as the fairly successful single Piccola Katy. The single So much desire for her reaches number one in two weeks.
The same happens with Pensiero, which sells over a million copies. Although everyone considers it a piece of love, the song is about a prisoner. Both singles entered the South American charts and immediately jumped to the top, sellingand 1, copies respectively in a few months.
Valerio Negrini leaves the group, while remaining tied to the Pooh as a lyricist. He is replaced by Stefano D'Orazio, a Roman drummer who had already played in groups such as I Naufraghi and Il Punto the second of the two groups had obtained a moderate success, also obtaining a cover on Ciaothe most prestigious music weekly of those years  The Pooh record some of their songs in English: Tutto at three becomes The Suitcase and CBS decides to include it in a collection that includes the best artists of their vast catalog.
Much desire for her comes second at the Festivalbar. Inthe worldwide success is still affirmed, thanks to singles of great effect and drama such as Noi due nel mondo e nell'anima back I will be born with youWhat can be said about you back When a she goes away. The record company is undecided on which of the two singles to bet more. From London comes the Minimoog synthesizer, which makes a fleeting appearance in this piece.
The Alessandra album marks a greater presence of Roby on vocals, which until then had been the prerogative of Dodi and Riccardo above all, and for the first time sees the signature of Dodi Battaglia as the author of the music.
Due to the influence of Lucariello, the ensemble puts aside its instrumental skills to make room for the strings of the very elegant Franco Monaldi orchestra. In addition to this, for the first and only time in Alessandra the producer manages to impose that the album is composed exclusively of love songs. It is a record where the electric guitar almost totally disappears, replaced mainly by Dodi's acoustic arpeggios, there are no guitar solos to hinder the orchestral ups and downs of the 12 songs of which the disc is composed.
At this point Riccardo Fogli decides to leave the group to pursue a solo career. In fact, according to him, the producer tends to favor Battaglia's voice to the detriment of his. The group seems to be about to dissolve when at the beginning ofafter endless selections held in the laundry of a hotel on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines in Roncobilaccio, the new bassist, Red Canzian, former guitarist of Osage Tribe, a group founded by Franco Battiato, who later joined Capsicum Red, who had two singles and an album to his credit.
In the album Parsifal was released, a complex and wide-ranging instrumental and lyrical LP. Anticipated by the singles Me and you for other days and Infiniti noi, this LP uniquely mixes British-derived symphonic pop in the Italian panorama with the sophisticated melodies of Roby Facchinetti LP in the homonymous Parsifal or in L'anno, il posto, l 'Now.
If the musical style seems to direct them towards cumbersome comparisons like Pink Floyd and Genesis, the choirs of the four refer directly to the Beatles and the Bee Gees. The song of the same name marks an important stage in the history of the ensemble as its second part is exclusively instrumental. The song Letter from Marienbad is chosen as Side B of the single Me and you for other days and left out of the 33 rpm version of the album, although it is regularly included in the stereo 8 version of the same.
In the collection I Pooh was released which contains their success motifs. They are included in the album If you know, if you can, if you want and For you something more, used as side A of the relative single, which also include E I would like. The songs, arranged according to a fairly rigid chronological criterion, clearly highlight how rapid the musical maturation in the style of the Pooh has been in these four years.
The two singles, however, do not reach the success of the previous ones. The remarkable load of symphonic music as well as often dreamlike and difficult lyrics come together in two LPs of modest commercial success. Some of our best time comes across as too difficult an LP Album) the Pooh audience, accustomed to fast-paced songs.
The massive use of the orchestra, of instruments such as the harpsichord and of long instrumental pieces certainly does not favor the radio passage. Not even the following Perhaps poetry still manages to sell like Parsifal: Ninna nanna, chosen to promote the album, barely manages to enter the top 10 of singles. The album is Album) rather quickly, it is less difficult and edited than the previous one and Pooh will perform live very few songs from this album.
Just around for the first time in the seventies several other Italian complexes, such as the Bottega dell'Arte, the Giardino dei Semplici, the Beans and the Matia Bazar,  more or less simultaneously succeeded in gaining public attention by placing one or two singles in the sales charts obtaining sales figures certainly comparable to those of the latest Pooh singles.
As Lucariello is no longer able to perpetuate the success of the complex, the disagreements intensify. The desire to continue playing by reducing the contribution of the orchestra finally leads the group to self-produce, the first case of its kind in Italy, and to definitively split from the producer who had led them to success. The music is played by the four with richer arrangements, although there is still the accompaniment of a string section.
The lyrics no longer focus only on love, but approach everyday life and social issues; in fact, Poohlover speaks of homosexuals, prostitutes, gypsies and prisoners. With Linda the group returns after a few years to the LP of the charts; in Piazza San Marco in Venice, a party is set up for the ten-year career of the complex: the Poohs are photographed near a giant polystyrene cake. Roby, Dodi and Stefano, without Red, but accompanied by Valerio as singer, open a parenthesis at this point by recording under the name of Mediterraneo System a single with the songs Think about it?
In they participated in the soundtrack of the television drama La gabbia, with the instrumental songs Risveglio and La Gabbia. Risveglio, facade A, also owes part of its popularity to an advertisement broadcast on television for a well-known company of modular kitchens. In that year they inaugurate an era of great concerts in the stadiums, laser beams, smoke on the stage, a splendor that will remain one of the symbols of the band for decades. In this period they participate in several episodes of Domenica In with Corrado.
Anticipated by the summer 45 Give me just a minute, the LP Rotolando respirando is released, the first produced by the CGD, the new record company, with which the Pooh signed a contract after having separated from the previous CBS. Rolling Breathing is a record full of energy and vitality, which skilfully ranges from pop to the great rock energy of the song that gives the title to the album with the well-known solo by Dodi Battaglia, or to the notes of Ancora in a year, closing theme of their concerts until the dissolution of the group.
The disc is recorded twice as the mixes were completely wrong in the first session; to remedy the technical errors the Pooh chose to remix the album at the Stone Castle Studios of the Castello di Carimate, at the time among the most avant-garde in Europe. In February the Pooh collection was released, consisting of 12 songs, 4 of which never appeared on L. Woman really, It's nice to have you back, The cage and Waking up.
The growing success led the Pooh to record another major LP, Boomerang For the first time there is a generous use of the synthesizer and numerous virtuosities on the electric guitar even in the sung parts. It is also the first LP in which the accompaniment of the strings is totally renounced. In the same year Viva comes out and the Poohs sell overcopies.
With Io sono vivo and Notte a Surprise, Pooh inaugurated the fashion of making promotional videos for singles. The album was Clapton's return to the recording studio after a three-year hiatus due to his heroin addiction.
The title refers to the address on Ocean Boulevard in Golden Beach, Floridawhere Clapton lived while recording the album. The house has since been rebuilt and the street address restored.
A remastered two-disc deluxe edition of the album was released inwhich included a live concert recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon and additional studio jam sessions. After overcoming his heroin addictionClapton realized that he had wasted three years of his life, stating he had not done anything other than watch television and get out of shape. When Clapton sought help working on a farm, he began to listen to a lot of new music and old blues records he had brought with him and started to play again, even writing whole songs out of simple ideas.
With these song ideas in mind, Clapton was given a demo tape by Carl Radlethe former bassist for Derek and the Dominoswith songs performed by Radle with keyboardist Dick Sims and drummer Jamie Oldaker.
Clapton liked the recordings, calling them "simply superb". Clapton was given time to write new material for a next album by Radle.
When Clapton set to work on tracks for the upcoming studio release, he wanted to leave his songs as incomplete as possible, so that the musicians, who were going to record with Clapton in the studio, would get the chance to make them their own.
After Clapton appeared in the rock opera Tommyhis manager at the time, Robert Stigwoodcontacted him about a new project. When the time came to record the new album, Clapton was worried about both its commercial and artistic success, noting his concept of a new album would work only when there was chemistry between the musicians.
Clapton also hired guest vocalist Yvonne Elliman and guitarist George Terry as full-time members of his group. Stigwood also paid for Clapton to live at a rental house at Ocean Boulevard in the town of Golden Beach near Miami.
For the recording sessions, Clapton used his Blackie Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. He also played vintage Martin acoustic guitars. According to Ryan Book of Music Timesthe music on the album ranges from "bright blues rock" to sentimental ballads like "Let It Grow",  while Robert Christgau said it features "sleepy postjunk funk" with intimations of sex. In his autobiography My LifeClapton recalls that he was very pleased with the song's lyrics and instrumental parts of "Let It Grow", which he wrote himself.
However, music critics and also Clapton noted, that the melody and chord progression is nearly the same as Led Zeppelin 's " Stairway to Heaven ".
He wanted to record the song, because Album) thought the song would fit to the album's track listing. He persuaded Clapton to record a version of this tune, which Clapton disliked, because of its "hardcore reggae" melody. Finally, the band convinced Clapton to put the song on the album, noting it would definitely become a hit single. When Clapton met Bob Marley years after his take on the tune was released, Marley told Clapton he really liked the cover.
The album finishes with George Terry's "Mainline Florida", which "breaks away from the established tone of the record" and features Clapton's using talk box during his outgoing solo.
Therefore, it was one of the few pop-music albums to be legally sold in the USSR. Over the years, the album was reissued several times including inand for reunited Europe, also in compact disc format and via digital music download. Author Chris Welch believes that the song benefits from this "slow burn".
Reviewing for Creem in SeptemberRobert Christgau said: "As unlikely as it seems, Clapton has taken being laid-back into a new dimension. Perhaps the most brilliant exploration of the metaphorical capacities of country blues ever attempted, way better than Taj Mahal for all of side one. On side two, unfortunately, he goes a little soft. But I'll settle for two questionable live albums if he'll give us a solo record as good as this every three years. By opening the first side with ' Motherless Children ' and closing it with 'I Shot the Sheriff', Clapton puts the rural repose of his laid-back-with-Leon music into a context of deprivation and conflict, adding bite to soft-spoken professions of need and faith that might otherwise smell faintly of the most rural of laid-back commodities, bullshit.
And his honesty has its reward: better sex. The casual assurance you can hear now in his singing goes with the hip-twitching syncopation he brings to Robert Johnson 's 'Steady Rolling Man' and Elmore James 's ' I Can't Hold Out ', and though the covers are what make this record memorable it's on 'Get Ready', written and sung with Yvonne Ellimanthat his voice takes on a mellow, seductive intimacy he's never come close to before. Injournalist Ken Emerson at Rolling Stone called Clapton's guitar work unnotable and criticized Clapton for hiding behind his other musicians, whom Emerson deemed less than capable.
Emerson also questioned Clapton's decision to play a dobro on the album, but called "Let It Grow" a highlight. Emerson considered Clapton's re-arrangement of "Motherless Children" to be too upbeat for a sombre song. In a retrospective review for AllMusiccritic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls the studio album a "tighter, more focused outing that enables Clapton to stretch out instrumentally" and adds that the "pop concessions on the album [as well as] the sleek production [and] the concise running times don't detract from the rootsy origins of the material".
Finishing his review, Erlewine notes, the Ocean Boulevard "set the template for Clapton's s albums". The critic awarded the release four and a half out of five possible stars. Pareles also described Clapton's remake of "I Shot the Sheriff" as a copy with no original arrangement; he also praised the song "Let It Grow", but criticized it for sounding too much like "Stairway to Heaven". During the band's reunion, the mascot was used in promotional material and on stage, and appeared in a duotone black and white portrayal on the front of the Dizzcography box set.
This set included all previous albums, of which the artwork including the mascot were completely redrawn because the original designs had not been saved. After the band reunited inthe mascot was again used, this time in the form of an anaglyph 3D rendering for promotional material, on stage, and the cover art of the studio album Forward in Reverse and its singles.
For the reunion tour, Christensen and Rasmus Meyer of the Danish guitar pedal manufacturer Carl Martin designed his signature Dizzy Drive with knobs for level, tone, drive and edge.
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