Scottish quartet Middle Of The Road formed in 1970 – they had previously been known as both Los Caracas and Part Four – and cut five UK hits in a little over 12 months, including a #1 hit with the beautifully baffling Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep in 1971.
The third of their hits, which reached the UK Top Five, was Soley Soley.
For most of their career, the band were actually based in Italy and their singles were recorded in studios in Rome and Madrid.
Vocalist Sally Carr (real name Sarah Cecilia Carr) was undoubtedly the Baby Spice of the early 70s pop scene and quite possibly the reason the term “MILF” was invented . . .
Carr quit the group in May 1977 for a solo career and was subjected to some legal nonsense from the rest of the band who raised a civil order against her in a Glasgow court to return some of the awards they had won during the height of their success.
The band re-formed in the 90s for live work in Europe, predominantly in Germany.
Bizarrely, original guitarist Ian McCredie left the group to set up a rival version of the band featuring his son and daughter-in-law.
Bassist Eric McCredie died on 6 October 2007.