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The Fivepenny Piece Discography

Save Your Last Kiss For Me
The Fivepenny Piece

EMI 2187

Release Date: 19th July 1974

This was Fivepenny Piece's first single to be issued on the EMI label, following the release of their first six singles on EMI's Columbia imprint. This was the only EMI single by the group to be graced with a picture cover, albeit a monochrome one. The front showed a portrait of the group. Both sides of the record were produced by Bob Barratt with accompaniment arranged and conducted by Harry Robinson.

The 'A' side was written by the established writers Roger Greenaway and Tony Macaulay, who between them had notched up several chart hits as writers for other artists in the 1960s and '70s - Gene Pitney, The Fortunes, The Fifth Dimension, Long John Baldry, The Foundations, The Hollies, The New Seekers, and many more. Roger had also tasted chart success in his own right as half of the duo David and Jonathan, partnered by Bristol's Roger Cook.

It seems likely that EMI were pushing for chart success with this record, which is unashamedly a pop song; nonetheless, it stands up well against similar records which made the charts at the time. Sadly, it never made the charts in spite of this.

The 'B' side was written by John Meeks and Colin Radcliffe, also in more of a pop vein than most of their material. The song was to reappear on the 1977 Telling Tales album.

The label shown above is the demo copy. In accordance with EMI policy by this time, the demo copy of the single looks identical to the regular issue, but overprinted in the centre (the release date, 'Demo Record - Not for Resale' text, and the 'A' on the first side). The regular issue labels have not been pictured above.

A minor point to note is that on the cover the group is billed as The Fivepenny Piece, whereas on the record label it's simply Fivepenny Piece (highlighting the confusion about the group's proper name). Not only that, but the title of the 'A' side is given incorrectly on the sleeve as "Save The Last Kiss For Me"

Side A

  1. Save Your Last Kiss For Me (Greenaway-Macaulay)

Side B

  1. Butterflies And Songbirds (Meeks-Radcliffe)
The Fivepenny Piece CD cover
Front sleeve showing a portrait of the group.
The Fivepenny Piece CD cover
Back Sleeve with the title of the 'A' side given incorrectly
The Fivepenny Piece CD cover
EMI 2187A - 1 - front label
The Fivepenny Piece CD cover
EMI 2187B - 1 - back label

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