In June 1971, Joni Mitchell released her landmark album, Blue.
In 1973, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Genesis’ Selling England By The Pound were all released.
In late September 1974, with this rich musical diet vibrating in my head, weeks away from my 19th birthday, I was walking along Edgbaston Park Road with a girl called Alison who I’d just met. On the opposite side of the road were two fellow Birmingham University students heading for the same Halls of Residence.
Andy – long dark hair parted in the middle – had rebelliously pinned his name badge onto the inside of his trench coat. Andy and Paul, friends from Leicester, were staying in High Hall, a tall structure for men only; Heather and Alison were bound for the women-only block which lay prostrate at the foot of the men’s accommodation. Each Hall had its own large communal room and there was a connecting gallery between the two. The no-men-allowed-after-10pm female block was called Ridge Hall.
It wasn’t long before guitarist Andy had organised a music night in High Hall, with the help of his friend, Jock, for any students who wanted to take part. Andy and I performed Joni Mitchell’s Little Green and Big Yellow Taxi together, and soon started collaborating on our own songs in a downstairs room in Ridge Hall. Andy called that first music night Moulin Ridge and the name stuck.
47 years later, we (Moulin Ridge) have finally released our debut album! Many of the original vocal recordings – some going back to the late 1980s – have been used, as each captures a moment in time. We’re launching the CD on 26th April – see the poster for info and click on it to listen to the songs!