The Myth Factory: Myth 5 – The Midas Touch

We’re past the half way point in The Myth Factory, and today we’re debunking the claim that everything SAW touched turned to gold…

Despite their reputation as almost-unparalleled British hit-makers, SAW had their fair share of flops with a surprising number of singles stalling at the frustrating UK chart position of 41, thereby missing out on crucial radio airplay and an essential Top Of The Pops appearance.

Mike blames the major record labels for having such a stranglehold; β€œIt was very close to being impossible if you were independent and unconnected commercially to the mainstream business interests,” he says. Hazell Dean, for example, ended up with a string of SAW singles that just missed the Top 40, while veteran artists like Edwin Starr, The Three Degrees and Georgie Fame failed to enjoy anticipated career revivals with the team.

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