Tavares - TopPop Interview (Raw material) - 02-01-1978 • TopPop

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Published on 22 Jul 2021, 16:00
A good tv-director does not immediately make a good interviewer. This footage shows TopPop director Bert van der Veer trying to nail the USA R&B group Tavares into a genre of music. That's why we decided not to edit this more or less embarrassing interview of the five brothers Tavares, so you can decide for yourself what you want to make of it.
That's also the reason you will see both takes that were recorded early January before their new hit 'The Ghost Of Love' was released.
They talk about a new film in which they are featured with the song 'More Than A Woman'. This song, penned by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb of the BeeGees for the soundtrack to the film 'Saturday Night Fever'., became a big hit worldwide. The film was not yet released at the time of this interview in the Netherlands. It had just been released in the USA (December 14, 1977) and would become one of the best selling albums of all time, worldwide.
This interview was done just after they performed their recent hit 'The Ghost Of Love' on TopPop on January 2, 1978: youtube.com/watch?v=ggR9bpZ51l...

Tavares (also known as The Tavares Brothers) is an American R&B, funk and soul music group composed of five Cape Verdean-American brothers. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, they would later move to New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Tavares is:
• Butch - Feliciano Tavares, born 18 May 1948.
• Chubby - Antone Lee Tavares, born 2 June 1945.
• Pooch - Arthur Lee Tavares, born 12 November 1943.
• Ralph - Ralph Viera Tavares, born 10 December 1942.
• Tiny - Perry Lee Tavares, born 24 October 1949.

1975 turned out to be their most successful year chartwise, with a Top 40 Pop album (In the City), the No. 25 hit "Remember What I Told You to Forget", and their biggest hit, the Top 10 Pop/No. 1 R&B smash "It Only Takes a Minute", which was later successfully covered by both Jonathan King and Take That, and sampled by Jennifer Lopez. They parlayed this success into a spot as an opening act for The Jackson 5. KC and The Sunshine Band was also on this tour. "Minute" was followed by a string of hits: "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" (1976), "Don't Take Away the Music" (1976), and "Whodunit" (1977, another No. 1 R&B hit).

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The performance of the artist(s) in the clip was filmed and recorded with the written consent of the artist(s) and their representatives.

AVROTROS is a Dutch radio and television broadcaster, founded in 2014 from a merger of AVRO and TROS. From January 1st, 2014 the name of the merged broadcaster was used in joint programmes. AVRO was founded in 1923 as the Netherlands first public broadcaster. TROS started broadcasting in 1964. Toppop was a weekly AVRO pop program that was aired between 1970 and 1988.

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TopPop was the first regular dedicated pop music TV show in the Dutch language area. Dutch broadcaster AVRO aired the programme weekly, from 1970 to 1988. Presenter Ad Visser hosted the show for its first fifteen years.
World famous music artists performed on TopPop: ABBA, 10CC, Bee Gees, The Jacksons, David Bowie, Earth & Fire, Boney M, Smokie, KC & The Sunshine Band, Chick, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, and many many more.