Saturday, January 26, 2008

Jim Bouton Was Not Involved, Either

I just today heard on the radio that Quarterflash, the Oregon pop sextet famed in the early days of MTV for their song and video "Harden My Heart," was assembled from the ashes of the earlier pop group Pilot, noted for their ur-Seventies hit "Magic," which went to Number Five in 1975. It disturbed me a little to find this out, because isn't this the kind of thing that I, of all people, ought to know already?

And, as it turns out, there was a very good reason I didn't know it: It's not true. The Pilot that evolved into Quarterflash, alongside the husband and wife team of Marv and Rindy Ross, was a rock foursome from Portland. The Pilot that did "Magic" was a trio from Scotland. Don't let yourself be fooled.

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