June 14, 2006

Groovin' With Mr. Bloe

Groovin' With Mr. Bloe

For those not familiar with Mr. Bloe (although many will have heard the title tune at some point), it's a fine and groovy slice of early 70s English beat driven easy listening, conceived by veteran (apparently) band leader Zack Laurence and featuring the harmonica of one Harry Pitch. (There's an Elton John connection as well, but I don't know if the released Mr. Bloe tracks are the same as the ones he seems to have played on). Bubblegum Northern Soul, or so I've seen this described; fair enough, much of this is definite club stuff. It might also be of interest to some that the Mr. Bloe sound, particularly as heard on the track 'Mighty Mouse', served as a blueprint for 'Ru Tenone' by Tim Gane of Stereolab's side project Turn On.

(Less famously, 'Groovin' With Mr. Bloe' was the second album I ever owned...)


Susan said...

My brother Bo Gentry was one of the composers of the instrumental "Groovin with Mr. Bloe." He died in 1983 another victim of the drugs and alcohal culture in the music business of that time. I would like to know more about the popularity of this song in Britain. I see from reading some sites on Google that it is considered a classic from its period. Is it still played often on the radio in Britain?

PC said...

Hi Susan, thanks for writing!
I'm not actually in Britain, but I do know that 'Groovin' With Mr. Bloe' still gets a bit of airplay, as a golden oldie. It was a UK Top 10 hit in the summer of 1970.
(I only recently discovered that your brother, the composer of quite a few pop classics from that time, originally wrote and produced this for the band Wind).

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Childhood memories galore.