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Tonto-1971

Sorting thru old clippings and photos can bring back a lot of memories. On 9 October 1971 Billboard Magazine reported: “When you have had 6 million selling albums it’s not hard to get anything you happen to want. The Moody Blues decided they wanted Tonto to present them their gold record for ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’. So, London Records obligingly produced Jay Silverheels to hand over the gold disc at the Moody Blues Belair Hotel press conference.” We were riding pretty high in 1971. We’d released 6 albums in 6 years, most of them had gone gold. Every Good Boy was released on 23 July 1971 and was certified gold by RIAA on the 10th of September. It just happened we were on tour in the US when we were notified they wanted to do a press conference and we could have anyone that we wanted to present the disc to us. Some discussion followed in which we all decided we definitely didn’t want a Hollywood ‘A’ list star to do the honours. I’m really not sure who brought up ‘Tonto’ but we all had seen the American TV show “The Lone Ranger” at some time in our younger days. The Native American, at that time, was an unknown to us so we thought it would be really cool to invite Jay Silverheels to attend the press conference and hand over the gold. We were really kind of surprised when he agreed. He turned out to be a really nice man who really had no idea who we were or anything about our music. I did have one burning question to ask him; “What did Keemo Sabe really mean?” He just gave a little smile and said: “Nothing really, it was made up words.”




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Sorting thru old clippings and photos can bring back a lot of memories. On 9 October 1971 Billboard Magazine reported: “When you have had 6 million selling albums it’s not hard to get anything you happen to want. The Moody Blues decided they wanted Tonto to present them their gold record for ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’. So, London Records obligingly produced Jay Silverheels to hand over the gold disc at the Moody Blues Belair Hotel press conference.”

We were riding pretty high in 1971. We’d released 6 albums in 6 years, most of them had gone gold. Every Good Boy was released on 23 July 1971 and was certified gold by RIAA on the 10th of September. It just happened we were on tour in the US when we were notified they wanted to do a press conference and we could have anyone that we wanted to present the disc to us. Some discussion followed in which we all decided we definitely didn’t want a Hollywood ‘A’ list star to do the honours. I’m really not sure who brought up ‘Tonto’ but we all had seen the American TV show “The Lone Ranger” at some time in our younger days. The Native American, at that time, was an unknown to us so we thought it would be really cool to invite Jay Silverheels to attend the press conference and hand over the gold. We were really kind of surprised when he agreed. He turned out to be a really nice man who really had no idea who we were or anything about our music. I did have one burning question to ask him; “What did Keemo Sabe really mean?” He just gave a little smile and said: “Nothing really, it was made up words.”

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