Alessi, Oh Lori and The Summer of 1977

Realised today that although I have now published 90 posts, I have actually written about 100 different songs – A nice round number so I think it’s time to have a bit of a break before embarking on the next 100. It’s been fun (sometimes exhausting) but I think I’ve neglected my real-life friends and family this year, so got to make some time for them again. Also, our very seasonal business (no it’s not Christmas trees) is about to start up again, so I’m going to have to cut back on the blogging for a while. Still going to be around, but there might be a bit less from me than is usual.

Going to wind down with one of my favourites though – There has been a lot of talk in my little corner of the blogosphere about what is, and what is not, a guilty pleasure when it comes to songs. Well, to quote my Canadian blogging friend from Vintage Shuffles, “PAH to guilty pleasures” and this being the case I am going to share the soft rock, mid ’70s delight that is Oh Lori.

Identical twins Billy and Bobby (you couldn’t make it up) Alessi must have been aged 24 when Oh Lori made it to Number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1977. I on the other hand was just 17, still at school, and smitten. They had the good looks and more importantly the haircuts of those times, and I will always associate this song with wide denim flares, cheesecloth shirts and that last summer of long school holidays, before life started getting that little bit more serious. We’d had all the festivities relating to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, our Scottish Higher Grade exams were over and the SS Uganda was waiting to whisk myself and my friends off on a very educational (well maybe not so much) school cruise – Anyone else of my generation spend time on that stalwart vessel?

Of course those were pre-YouTube days and I don’t really think I ever saw Alessi perform the song on television back in 1977, it just always popped on the radio that summer – With this in mind I am now realising that the dreamboat Billy (or was it Bobby) who did the singing, was actually a bit effete and “uncool”. Nothing wrong with that at all, but it seems that my rose-coloured spectacles are yet again flawed when it comes to my memories of those days. Despite his uncool demeanour in this clip however, and his slight lisp, the song is still a firm favourite with most people of my generation – whether they admit it or not!

Oh Lori by Alessi:

And here is where I have made a wonderful new discovery. When revisiting the song recently I found that one of my favourite ever scenes from a movie, is shown within the clip for this song. At 2:11, Paul Newman and Katharine Ross make an appearance, ridin’ along in the dappled sunlight on that bicycle in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Totally appropriate for the lyrics to the song and just makes me love it that little bit more.

So, “What’s It All About?” – For me it turns out that it’s maybe about getting on my bike (as per Paul and Katherine) out into the real world a bit more, and spending less time in front of a computer. Think I’ve perhaps got my balance a bit out of kilter of late. Still lots of songs ripe for revisiting however, so after a short break, I shall return…… (sounds ominous).

Until next time, don’t even think about feeling guilty about enjoying this song – I know I won’t.

Oh Lori Lyrics
(Song by Billy Alessi/Bobby Alessi)

I’d like to stay in love with you
All summer and after fall
I’ll keep you warm through the winter
Because I’ve noticed one thing
This ain’t no summer fling

I’d like to ride my bicycle with you
On the handlebars
You’d laugh and run away
And I’d chase you through the meadow
Without you I’d die
Let’s never say good-bye

Oh, Lori
You bring the spring, the summer, fall
Ooo and winter
By the season
Oh, Lori (oh, Lori)
You make me feel as though I’ve been born again
Born again

You danced for me in your bare feet
That mellow afternoon
When we made love to each other
And I’m loving you
That’s all I want to do

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was recorded for the film of the same name and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might finally work out the answer to his question, "What's it all about?"

5 thoughts on “Alessi, Oh Lori and The Summer of 1977”

  1. Hi Alyson,
    I’m sorry that you won’t be around for a bit, but I DO understand your reasons. I’ve sent you an email and posted a song today inspired by your previous post.

    I’ll be watching for your next appearance. Stay in touch!

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