24
Jul 06

THE LOVE AFFAIR – “Everlasting Love”

FT + Popular85 comments • 18,041 views

#243, 3rd February 1968

Spot the drummer

I don’t normally go into the “making of” stuff on Popular, but this one is a great little snapshot of the 60s pop biz at work. The band formed as a rich man’s present to his aspirational drummer son – all photogenic teen boys, they worked their way round the London soul clubs, looking for a breakthrough, found it in this song. They could play a bit, but didn’t on this record – or any of their other hits. “Everlasting Love” struggled in the charts, was helped along by the band getting into trouble for climbing the Piccadilly Eros, and also by the £200 that Dad – a handbag magnate – slipped to Radio Caroline for airplay. It hit number one and the band were hearththrobs for a year, then vanished. Perfect.

The record’s pretty great, too. The label surely made the right decision ignoring the demo (on which the Love Affair actually played) in favour of sessionmen a full orchestra – in contrast to a lot of over-arranged 60s hits, “Everlasting Love” is tightly and smartly constructed: every element is there simply to make the record more exciting – the sudden stop and whistling breakdown before the climax chorus, the bass, the brass. None of it gets in the way of Steve Ellis’ vocal – the only member of the band on the hit, he puts in a fantastic performance. He’s taking his cues from soul music, but Ellis was only 18, which shows not in any fluffs or mis-steps but in a tremulous hoarse intensity – as the chorus hits again and again, he nails the overwhelming urgency of teenage love superbly. What you get is ruthless studio craft allied to hormone rush: classic boyband formula.

8

Comments

1 2 3 All
  1. 61
    Heinz on 23 Nov 2009 #

    Hello Love Affair and Steve Ellis! Everlasting Love By Love Affair is super and fantastic Song!

  2. 62
    Andrew Brough on 26 Dec 2009 #

    This is a message for Fergie Maynard. Your cousin Beryl is hoping to make contact with you. Please feel free to e-mail me and I will put you in touch with her.

    Regards

    Andrew

  3. 63
    FERGIE MAYNARD on 15 Jan 2010 #

    EVERLASTING LOVE, RUSS STABLEFORDS BASS INTRO. FERGIE MAYNARD HERE AGAIN . THANKS ANDREW SEND ME AN E.MAIL CAN`T SEEM TO GET THROUGH ON FREAKYTRIGGER@HOTMAIL.COM FORGOT TO MENTION THAT RUSS AND I WERE SUMMONED TO THE BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP AT THE MAIDA VALE STUDIOS LONDON. THEY HAD BASS GUITAR LIKE FINGERBOARDS ON THE BENCH AMONGST OTHER EXPERIMENTAL EQUIPMENT. WE WERE ASKED TO RECORD ALL THE SOUNDS WE COULD THINK OF ON DRUMS OR BASS. RUSS PLAYED LOADS OF HARMONICS AND CLIMBED ALL OVER HIS BASS WHILE I DID A MIAMI VICE APPROACH WITH STICKS MALLETS BRUSHES AND A PAN DRUM WITH A HUGE WAD OF CHEWING GUM STUCK UNDER THE HEAD TO LOWER THE SOUND.RUSS PRODUCED UNBELIEVABLE SOUNDS FROM HIS BASS AND THE SMALL STUDIO GAVE GOOD ACOUSTICS. RUSS GAVE THE BBC ENGINEER MORE THAN ENOUGH TO WORK WITH. THEY HAD A STRANGE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CALLED A WOBULATER, WHATEVER THAT MEANS.THIS WAS ALL IN 1959 1960 WHEN WE DID THE MALCOLM MITCHELL SHOW AND THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW PLUS TWO WEEKS AT THE PALLADIUM WITH NINA AND FREDERICK. rUSS SHOWED ME HOW WE COULD TUNE THE DRUM TO HIS COMMON BASS NOTES FOR THE CALYPSO AND AFRO CUBAN RHYTHMS USED IN SOME OF NINA AND FREDERIKS SONGS. FOR ANY DRUMMERS INTERESTED THE BEST SOUNDS I EVER GOT WERE FROM A “buffalo” OIL FILLED HEAD KINDLY GIVEN TO ME BY MAX BEAZLEY.GOOD LUCK TO ALL BASS PLAYERS THEY KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE.REGARDS TO ALL Fergie.

  4. 64
    A.D. on 24 Jan 2010 #

    The great bass sound from Russ Stableford is also reminiscent of the bass sound on `Groovin with Mr Bloe` Does anyone know if Russ Stableford also play bass on the Mr Bloe sessions?

  5. 65
    FERGIE MAYNARD on 27 Jan 2010 #

    FERGIE MAYNARD DRUMS RUSS STABLEFORD BASS.”GROOVIN WITH MR BLOE” HI A.D. RUSS STABLEFORD AND I PLAYED IN THE BBC MAIDA VALE STUDIOS NEXT TO THE BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP. I PLAYED DRUMS ON A WEEKLY BROADCAST FROM THERE WITH THE TALENTED “MR BLOE”. RUSS AND I kNEW HIM AS “ZACK” I AM ALMOST CERTAIN THAT RUSS CARRIED ON PLAYING BASS FOR “GROOVIN WITH MR BLOE”

    I HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH MOST OF THEM BUT IF MR BLOE READS THIS HE MIGHT STILL BE AROUND AND TELL US. I ENJOYED THE SESSIONS VERY MUCH. THE LAST TIME THAT I SPOKE TO ZACK WE DISCUSSED “BLUESETTE” AND I THINK THAT RUSS ALSO SPOKE TO ZACK ABOUT PLAYING FOR JAZZ VOCALIST MARK MURPHY. REGARDS FERGIE MAYNARD

  6. 66
    AD on 30 Jan 2010 #

    Hi Fergie.Just found out via Mike Reads excellent web site,the bass player on `Groovin with Mr Bloe was one Dave Glover.Does that ring a bell?? Where are you now Dave?

  7. 67
    AD on 6 Feb 2010 #

    Just harking back to `Everlasting Love` by the Love Affair,I see above the backing vocals have been credited to KiKi Dee.This is incorrect.The backing vocals were supplied by Madeline Bell,Lesley Duncan and Kay Garner (details as supplied by Madeline Bell via http://www.spencerleigh.demon.co.uk/interview_bell

  8. 68
    Richard Malin on 16 Feb 2010 #

    MESSAGE FOR FERGIE MAYNARD! Is there a website I can log onto with an email link so I can contact you. I was one of your pupils back in 1972!
    Regards, Richard Malin, Leamington Spa

  9. 69
    chris on 16 Apr 2010 #

    i saw the love affair at a tiny club in stockport called the
    Tabbernacle. They were at the hight of their fame with everlasting
    love in the charts and it cost us next to nothing to see them. I have
    loved the song since then hearing it takes me back to a lovely time.

  10. 70
    Glyn Stableford on 26 Apr 2010 #

    Hi Fergie, All I can say is wow I’m gobsmacked!! Am I right then that you were the drummer with my Dad in the Malcomn Mitchell Trio with Russ Shepherd & Russ Stableford? Must be your name so clearly rings a bell or a cymbol!! Thanks so much for providing all that insight and for sharing your memories with us… if anyone on here who has an interest in bassists and in particular my dads playing please take a look at the link to a classic Muppets sketch from Season 3 Episode 5 with Pearl Bailey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVAAgcjIgFA Titled “In the Good Ole Summer Time” approx 45 secs into the video..be patient..

    Thanks again Fergie another question for you I’ve often wondered whether or how I’d go about getting the BBC Archive Footage of The Royal Command Performance with Dad & you etc with Nina & Frederic… and while I think of it you must have been in Southsea with Mum & Dad & Nina & Frederic?

    SO chuffed to hear your comments and share your memories..

    All the best

    Glyn Stableford
    PS How can I reach you via e-mail?

  11. 71
    FERGIE MAYNARD on 10 May 2010 #

    Hi Glyn and Richard. try Maynardcosmos@aol.co.uk

    Fergie.

  12. 72
    Fergie Maynard on 13 May 2010 #

    Fergie Maynard

    also on maynardcosmos@aol.com

    no info on archives yet. Yes I was there, long time ago now. it seems.

    fergie

  13. 73
    stuartc on 19 Sep 2010 #

    I have a comment to make, I went to see Love Affair in Newry N ireland at the end of the sixties and Steve Ellis was so drunk that he didn’t come on stage the band performed without him he stayed in the hotel room being sick.
    Great memories
    Having said that i love all the tunes especially the bass parts and the brass. pity they didnt do it them selves
    Dissappointed

  14. 74
    steve ellis on 4 Jul 2011 #

    Actually I had pneumonia & had to fly straight back home where I spent 2 weeks in bed seriously ill.I think that excuses me mate.
    Best Wishes to all.
    Steve Ellis

  15. 75
    John Pyro on 23 Aug 2011 #

    Russ Stableford definately played bass on Groovin with Mr Bloe, I know because I asked him!.To explain, circa 1981 I bought the Mr Bloe album at a jumble sale, and, as a young bass player (working for Pete Waterman in those days), was so taken by the playing I phoned the publishers / record company (think it was DJM?)and asked them who the bass player was. As the album was over ten years old at that point they went away, dug out the old session details and got back to me with Russ’ name.I then contacted Russ via the MU directory (you could talk to your heroes in those days!) and corresponded with him for a while, just trying to pick up some tips and advice. He was a great bloke and very humble, and put up with me being an irritating git basically.I Only met him once in person, he was living around Croydon in those days. Many years later when I worked at Battery Studios in Willesden,I met Zak “Mr Bloe” Lawrence, who also had very fond memories of Russ. He was almost in tears when talking about him as Russ had died not long before. Would love to get in touch with Glyn.

  16. 76
    Martin Amor on 30 Jan 2012 #

    Our drummer in Big Bertha was always talking about Fergie Maynard as one of the best drummers ever. I was wondering if this is the same Fergie on this site? Our drummers name was Jim Dunn who I think had been taught by Fergie. He use to mention something about Shirley Maclaine but I am not sure again if it is this Fergie who new her.

  17. 77
    Richard Malin on 20 Mar 2012 #

    Hi Martin,
    You can contact Fergie at maynardcosmos@aol.com (See Fergie’s entry at No72 above).
    Fergie was a great drummer and I had lessons with him back in 1973/74. These days I understand he has been in films and is playing piano. Back in the early 70’s he wrote scripts for and appeared in Crossroads! I am sure he would love to hear from you.
    Regards,
    Richard Malin

  18. 78
    Richard Malin on 4 May 2013 #

    Hi all,
    Sad to report the death of British drummer Fergie (John) Maynard. Fergie was a well known and well respected drummer in the 1960’s & 70’s having played with artistes as diverse as Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Henry Mancini as well as Ken Macintosh and then in the early 70’s he played with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. In later years he tried his had at learning piano and lived out his retirement on he south coast. He even wrote a few scripts (and appeared in) Crossroads back in 1973! His most recent film work included an appearance in the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma. A man of many talents indeed! You can see some entries on the forum if you scroll up the page a bit!

  19. 79
    Clare M on 4 May 2013 #

    Hi Richard,

    Fergies daughter Clare here. Thank you for writing the heartfelt mention of him, he will be sadly missed a lot. A great talent and sense of humour.

  20. 80
    Geoff Leonard on 8 Dec 2013 #

    Interesting to read about Russ Stableford here. I’m currently writing a book about The John Barry Seven, and have the 1963 work diary of Vic Flick, who led the band then. In August of ’63 they were minus a drummer and bass guitarist, and Vic has written “Russ Stableford” & “Andy White” next to a gig at Biggleswade. I know Andy played a few dates for the Seven but I’ve never discovered if Russ did, too.

  21. 81
    mapman132 on 17 Feb 2014 #

    Didn’t play on any of their hits? So a proto-Milli Vanilli then! Actually I guess this was more common than I realized in the 60’s. For example, in 1962 there was a US#1 (“He’s a Rebel”) that was purposely credited to entirely the wrong group. And then there’s the Monkees….

    As for the song, it’s good to hear (the definitive?) early version of it that was actually a number one hit. It was the U2 version that first introduced the song to me. Interesting which songs get remade over and over and over again.

  22. 82
    Red Seeker on 5 Dec 2014 #

    I love this song – I know it is manufactured but what a superbly made record. The unusual thing about this song is it starts with a verse and then followed by three (altered) chorus’.Excellent stuff.

  23. 83
    wirral squirrel on 24 Sep 2015 #

    Hello folks. I am trying to find who played bass on Cilla’s Surround Yourself With Sorrow and I suspected Herbie Flowers but he was kind enough to reply to me and told me it wasn’t him. He suggested Dave Richmond or Russ Stableford. I’ve seen Russ’s son’s comments re Everlasting Love etc on this site, albeit some while ago and wondered if he or anybody else could solve this mystery for me. Many thanks, Colin Bermingham.

  24. 84
    lonepilgrim on 11 May 2016 #

    this is such an exhilarating song that bounces along breezily on a combination of session player concision and enthusiastic singing. As mentioned before there’s more than a hint of Motown in the arrangement with (to my ears, anyway) a little bit of Righteous Brothers in the vocal.

  25. 85
    Phil on 11 May 2016 #

    That was a good drum break.

1 2 3 All

Add your comment

(Register to guarantee your comments don't get marked as spam.)


If this was number 1 when you were born paste [stork-boy] or [stork-girl] into the start of your comment :)

Required

Required (Your email address will not be published)

Top of page