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26 Jul 2017

Silver "Silver" 1976 US Southern Country Pop Rock

Silver "Silver" 1976 US Southern Country Pop Rock


Silver was an American 1970s country rock band, best known for their 1976 pop hit "Wham Bam," written by country songwriter Rick Giles.

Members of the group included John Batdorf (formerly of Batdorf & Rodney), lead vocals and guitar; Brent Mydland (later of the Grateful Dead), keyboards and vocals; Tom Leadon (brother of the Eagles' Bernie Leadon), bass guitar and vocals; Greg Collier, guitar and vocals; and Harry Stinson, drums and percussion. Phil Hartman designed the cover art for Silver, the quintet's only album. The band's recordings were released on the Arista record label.

The single's title, "Wham Bam", was shown as "Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang", and made #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1976. It is ranked as the 70th biggest hit of 1976.[1] Arista executives gave the band the song to record, after concluding that none of the other tracks on the album they produced had single potential.[citation needed] Arista head Clive Davis himself co-produced the single with Tom Sellers; the rest of the album was produced by Sellers and Silver.

Chicago radio superstation WLS, which gave "Wham Bam" much airplay, ranked the song as the 80th biggest hit of 1976.[2] It peaked at number eight on their surveys of October 23 and 30, 1976.[3]

Other songs on that album included "Musician (It's Not an Easy Life)", "Memory" and "Climbing".

The band can be heard in the 2017 Marvel Studios sequel film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as "Wham Bam" is included on the movie's

Silver, despite having Brent Mydland (later the Grateful Dead's Keyboardist) and Tom Leadon (brother of the Eagles' Bernie Leadon) as band members, didn't live up to its possibilities. Wham Bam (also known as Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang), a fairly weak slice of bubblegum pop, was the hit from the album. Given to the band by Arista because the company didn't hear a single among the other tracks, the band reportedly wasn't too thrilled with the song, but had to acquiese. The rest of the album is unassuming, if relatively unexciting, soft southern California country rock. Greg Collier's contributions are the best of the lot, but Mydland's tedious Musician (It's Not An Easy Life) ended up being the other Rob Caldwell..............

1 Musician (It's Not An Easy Life) 4:50
2 All I Wanna Do 2:45
3 Memory 3:33
4 No Wonder 6:01
5 Trust In Somebody 3:33
6 It's Gonna Be Alright 3:11
7 Climbing 3:24
8 Wham Bam 3:33
9 Right On Time 2:45
10 Goodbye, So Long 3:47 

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