View Full Version : Whatever Happen to the Foundations
08-16-2010, 04:15 PM
Hi this is Kev-Lo
Are all of the members of the Foundations still around
08-16-2010, 04:51 PM
This is too good a question to let go by.
Their Buttercup was not built.
I am a high school teacher.
At the senior banquet we had a fire alarm, which proved to
Upon reenterring the hall,
the DJ had alot of trouble getting his stuff to work
because of various power problems.
But he did get a portable mike to work,
and the crowd was becoming anxious,
so the male star of our musical,
Jim Kelly took the portable mike,
and they all started to sing
Build Me Up Buttercup
Afterwards I came over to him as we left for the evening,
and said thanks for saving the evening, because
he and the kids keep singing it for a long long time.
He said to me.
"Try doing that when I didn't even know the words"
"Third time through I got most of them."
08-18-2010, 04:49 AM
KevLo will know this, but for those who don't, the Foundations were a Brit-based mixed-race group who had their best chart years in the UK from 1967-69 with three top ten hits - Baby now that I've found you (No.1), Build me up buttercup (2) and In those bad bad old days (8).
Theirs was a British take on American soul - the Drifters would have a similar sound when they recorded in Britain in the 70s.
Build me up buttercup remains a very popular tune in the UK where it seems on every party DJ's playlist for 18ths, 21sts, engagements, weddings, 50ths etc. Even my teenage and twenty daughters know it - probably from its inclusion in There's Something About Mary.
There's more about the Foundations here:
Clem Curtis still appears at venues and tours as Clem Curtis & The Foundations as he has done during the past four decades.
There is a bogus American group using the Foundations name and includes original Foundations hits as part of their repertoire. This group has no connection with the group that recorded the hits on the PYE label.
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