Harvey Brian Lisberg – star maker & impresario
The Things We Do For Love was the only 10cc song that reached a higher chart position in the U.S. than the U.K. It was released in 1977 two years after Godley and Creme left the band.
The Worst Band In The World (1973). 10CC was christened by U.K. Records owner Jonathan King who in a dream saw “10cc – The Best Band In The World” on the hoarding of the Hammersmith Odeon. That was the cue to subvert it to “The Worst Band In The World” . . .
Their follow-up Rubber Bullets had opening lyrics inspired by Elvis Presley‘s ‘Jailhouse Rock‘ which had just been re-released in the U.K. reaching No. 6 in Dec 1971. The BBC thought Rubber Bullets was inflammatory with The Troubles in Northern Ireland and limited airplay but in spite of that the song still hit No.1 on the U.K. charts:
I first met Neil Sedaka in 1970 on a visit to Don Kirshner‘s office in New York in a quest to find the next single for Tony Christie. One of the songs he played me was Amarillo and I took it. In November 1971, Amarillo became a huge hit all across Europe but, incredibly, rose no higher than no. 18 in the UK. The post-millennium reissue mimed by Peter Kay was the best selling U.K. single of 2005 selling more than 1,000,000 copies and still the song resonates to this day: