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Brotherhood of Man & ABBA Revival - The Concorde, Eastleigh
SOTONIANS will always remember it as the year that Saints pulled off the giant killing feat of beating Manchester United in the FA Cup.
But in 1976 Brotherhood of Man, pictured, were also flying the flag for the United Kingdom, conquering Europe with that still very catchy Save Your Kisses for Me.
And the original line up – Martin Lee, Sandra Stevens, Lee Sheriden and Nicky Stevens – were in Eastleigh as The Concorde Club staged its own Eurovision Song Contest Party.
It was on the eve of the UK’s latest bid for Eurovision glory spearheaded in Azerbaijan by veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck.
Earlier millions of viewers had watched Brotherhood of Man on TV’s Loose Women.
At The Concorde they shared a double bill of Eurovision nostalgia with Abba Rival, launched in 1999 to coincide with the opening of the West End musical Mamma Mia. And that title track was the signal for dancing queens and kings to hit the dance floor to pay homage to the Swedish super group who won the Eurovision in 1974 with Waterloo.
Brotherhood of Man had a string of hits in the 1970s but overnight they became the nation’s sweethearts when Save Your Kisses For Me became the Eurovision number one. The band is now in The Guinness Book of Records for the biggest selling Eurovision single of all time with the biggest percentage of votes.
Judging from the reaction of the Concorde’s arm swaying audience there is still deep affection for this iconic pop anthem.