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The Family Dogg – Brown Eyed Girl / Let It Rain – Hansa – Germany – 14 129 AT". 45cat . Retrieved 23 July 2014. Family Dogg debuted with a stunning cover of The Bee Gees’ ‘The Storm’ for MGM in late 1967. Two singles followed on Fontana (which followed a solo single for the label by Steve Rowland) before the group landed at Bell Records in early 1969, where they immediately scored a UK # 6 hit with ‘A Way Of Life’. An album followed, named after their hit, boasting among the session players three-quarters of Led Zeppelin and Elton John!

Members of Family Dogg also worked on spin-off singles created to Steve & Edward and Pancho & Cisco, also released on Bell. In 1970, as Steve Rowland & Family Dogg, the band enjoyed a No. 2 hit in Holland with ‘Sympathy’, issued on Polydor. I guess you could kind of compare The Family Dogg to The Peppermint Rainbow, in terms of timing. While The Peppermint Rainbow did have a couple "decent" songs on their one and only long player, in terms of who sounded better overall, my vote if for The Family Dogg.


In 1970, the group was renamed 'Steve Rowland and the Family Dogg'. [1] During April–June 1970, they had a number 1 hit in the Netherlands with the song " Sympathy", previously recorded by the group Rare Bird in 1969. [1] [3] In 1972, Steve Rowland released a last Family Dogg album, The View from Rowland's Head, with guest musicians Chris Spedding on guitar and Ireen Sheer as singer. This album had two pressings, one in the UK and one in the US. Between the two, were included six cover songs that were written by Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. [1] Five of them were previously recorded on Rodriguez's album, Cold Fact. The sixth, "Advice To Smokey Robinson", was never recorded by Rodriguez. https://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Steve+Rowland+%26+The+Family+Dogg&titel=Sympathy&cat=s The Family Dogg were a British vocal group, noted for their harmony vocals. They are best known for their debut album, A Way of Life, and the subsequent single of the same name. A final minor hit, 1976's "Uptown, Uptempo Woman," proved to be the group's last gasp. Hammond went on to a successful solo career as a performer and songwriter, while his son Albert Hammond, Jr. would also become a star as a member of the Strokes. Rowland, meanwhile, continued to work as a producer and label boss, and founded the dance music label Dr. Beat. A career-spanning Family Dogg collection, A Way of Life: Anthology 1967-1976, was released in 2014. ~ Mark Deming HOMETOWN England

This new 2-CD set offers for the first time the complete Family Dogg output, including rare solo ventures, between 1967 and 1976. The sleeve-notes boast an interview with Steve Rowland. FAMILY DOGG | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com . Retrieved 10 March 2021. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19thed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p.195. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.In 1972, a new-look Family Dogg (with vocalist Ireen Sheer) returned on Buddah Records. By this time, Rowland was producing the then-unknown singer-songwriter Rodriguez (recently immortalised in the documentary film Sugar Man). As a result, Family Dogg recorded half a dozen Rodriguez songs during this period – including his exclusive composition ‘Advice To Smokey Robinson’. The debut album, A Way of Life, appeared in 1969, and was dominated by artful cover interpretations, despite Rowland and Hammond's talents as songwriters. After the album appeared, Doreen De Veuve and Pam "Zooey" Quinn both left the Family Dogg, with Christine Holmes and Ireen Scheer signing on in their places. By this time, Rowland and Hammond were spending more time working with other artists, writing and producing Oliver in Overworld for Freddie & the Dreamers and launching a solo career for Irene Scheer. In 1970, the group's name changed to Steve Rowland & the Family Dogg, and they scored a hit in the Netherlands with the song "Sympathy." By 1972, the band had essentially become Rowland's studio project, as reflected in the title of their second and final album, The View from Rowland's Head. The View included a handful of songs from Sixto Rodriguez, who years later would be the subject of the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man; Rowland also produced Rodriguez's second album, 1971's Coming from Reality.

The Family Dogg also released the singles "Family Dog" / "The Storm" in 1967 (the latter is a song originally written by the Bee Gees in Australia) on the MGM label, and "Silly Grin" / "Couldn't Help It", and "Brown Eyed Girl" / "Let It Rain" in 1968; [4] on the Fontana label.

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