Jigsaw’s version of Yellow River hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 31 October 1970.
In Australia, Christie’s version of Yellow River gained only limited airplay due to the 1970 radio ban. Local bands Jigsaw from Melbourne and Autumn from Sydney both recorded cover versions.
BONUS CLIP BELOW – Version by Australian band Autumn
‘Yellow River’ was originally released by the British band Christie.
The actual location of Yellow River in this song is not specified, although the author, Jeff Christie, is on record as saying that it was inspired by the idea of a soldier going home at the end of the American Civil War
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_River_(song)
History of Australian Music 1960-2010:
The band became Johnny Chester’s backing band but had a few hits in their own right most notably with a cover of Christie’s ”Yellow River” in 1970. The band was very popular on the Melbourne pub scene and in demand. One of the highlights of Jigsaw’s career occurred in October 1974 when they were chosen as one of the acts to play at the opening of the Sydney Opera House.
Read more: historyofaussiemusic.blogspot.com/2013/09/jigsaw.html
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Sydney band Autumn performed ‘Yellow River’ on the ABC program Hit Scene in 1970. They were introduced by Hit Scene host Dick Williams.
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