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Eric Stewart, singer-songwriter, keyboard

I met this gorgeous girl called Gloria at Halifax town hall. I was 18. She was 16. Three years later, we got married. A few years after that, Gloria told me: “You don’t say ‘I love you’ much any more.” I told her that, if I said it all the time, it would sound glib. But I started wondering how I could say it without using those actual words. So “I’m not in love” became a rhetorical conversation with myself – and then a song.

I wrote the lyrics in a couple of days. The line “I keep your picture up on the wall, it hides a nasty stain” was about the crack in my bedroom wall at my parents’ house in Manchester. I’d put a photograph of Gloria over it. When I took the song to the band, they said: “‘I’m not in love’? What the fuck is that? You can’t say that!” But Graham Gouldman, our bass-player and chord-master, agreed to work on it with me. We both liked The Girl from Ipanema, so gave it a similar bossa nova style. Then Kevin Godley, our drummer, said it was crap.

We were about to scrap it and wipe the tape but, as I walked around the studio, I heard the secretary singing it and the window-cleaner whistling it. I knew we had a tune: we just hadn’t captured it properly. Kevin suggested doing it again, but with banks of voices. I thought that meant hiring a choir, but Lol Creme, our keyboard-player, said we could do it using tape loops.

Initially, the song had a middle section that went: “Don’t feel let down. Don’t get hung up. We do what we can – do what we must.” But it was pathetic. We knew it needed something else. Just as we were discussing this, our secretary Kathy popped her head round the door to tell us someone was on the phone. Lol heard her voice and said: “What about Kathy?” She took some persuading, but he got her to speak the words: “Be quiet, big boys don’t cry.” It was beautiful.

When it was done, we thought: “What the hell have we done?” It was six minutes and 12 seconds long, so we knew we’d never get it on the radio. But, after it appeared on our Original Soundtrack album, people like Bryan Ferry and Roy Wood were ringing up and going: “You’ve got to release this as a single. It’s brilliant.” When it went to No 29, the BBC had to play it, but they asked me to make a shorter version. I came out with some crap like: “Would you ask Mozart to chop Symphony No 4?” Three weeks later, it was No 1 around the world.

That was 1975. Gloria and I have now been married for 51 years. And every day I tell her: “I love you.”

Lol Creme, keyboard, backing vocals

I’d become obsessed with tape loops after listening to the Beatles’ Revolution 9. Our studio used to do recordings for the Mellotron, a keyboard that played prerecorded notes. Session musicians would come in and do these painstaking recordings for every instrument of an orchestra, one note at a time, so that when they were all played together on a Mellotron it sounded like an orchestra. I was fascinated by this, and wanted to try it with banks and banks of voices.

That lead voice was actually the guide vocal, from the first take you do just to test everything out. Eric tried to do a better one, but we all agreed that one had the magic. He sang it from the heart.

 Eric Stewart’s Anthology LP and autobiography, Things I Do for Love, are out now, along with the box set Before, During, After: The Story of 10cc.

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This July, Universal will issue “Before During After – The Story of 10cc”a new 10cc four-CD box set curated with input from the band to “detail each and every chapter of their musical story”. The box features the band together and apart and therefore features work from artists like Paul McCartney, the Art of Noise, Wax and Godley and Creme.

CD one is basically a 10cc ‘best of’ while the second disc is dubbed ‘What We Did Next‘ and here’s where it gets interesting. Eric Stewart co-wrote six songs on Paul McCartney‘s 1986 album Press To Play and one of these tracks, Pretty Little Head, is included on disc two. However, it’s the single mix that features here, which was radically remixed by Larry Alexander for the seven-inch single. This version has never been issued on CD, so this is a genuine rarity.

The other two discs are ‘And Friends‘ which features collaborations and production work, while the final CD ‘Before 10cc – The Early Years‘ which has work from early beat group The Mindbenders which featured Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman and Hotlegs which was an early incarnation of 10cc.

Before During After – The Story of 10cc is released on 28 July 2017. A two-CD edition called ‘During After’ will featured the first two discs in the box.

Two CD set. Eric Stewart is most known for his tenure with the Mindbenders in the 1960s, and 10cc from 1972 to 1995. In 1968, he became a co-owner of Strawberry Studios in Stockport, where he developed skills as a recording engineer and record producer. His involvement in Strawberry was instrumental in the eventual formation of 10cc. Stewart has collaborated with Paul McCartney on three of his albums recorded between 1982 and 1986. He has also recorded three solo albums and released Viva La Difference in 2009. This compilation brings together tracks from all his solo albums and some tracks from his period in 10cc for the first time. Compiled and co-mastered by Eric, these two discs showcase the talents of one of the UK’s best producers and writers. Some of these tracks are available on CD for the first time.

Humble Pie were an English rock band formed by Singer Steve Marriott , in Essex during 1969. They are known as one of the late 1960s’ first rock supergroups and found success on both sides of the Atlantic. The original band line-up featured lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott from the Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and a seventeen-year-old drummer, Jerry Shirley.

The groups concerts around this time featured an acoustic set, with this radical re-working of Graham Gouldman’s “For Your Love” as its centrepiece.

The rock band Humble Pie from England with their song “For Your Love” live on German TV for Beat Club, A band just dripping with talent who never got their just dues. A warm,loving version of the Yardbirds classic done to perfection.