- Pilot (band)
Pilot was a
pop rockgroup formed in 1973 in Edinburgh, Scotlandby former Bay City Rollersmembers David Patonand Billy Lyall. This was prior to the Bay City Rollers "hitting the big time".
The 1974 single "Magic" from their debut
album, engineered by Alan Parsonsand written by David Paton, was a #11 UK and #5 U.S. hit and remains a pop classic. The simple but catchy pop ditty "January" gave them their biggest hit in the UK, securing the number one spot in the UK Singles Chartin January 1975.
The band's other single chart hits were "Call Me Round" and "Just A Smile" (both 1975). By the time 1977 came around only Paton and Bairnson were left from the original foursome, and they recorded Pilot's final
album(the aptly entitled "Two's a Crowd") alone.
By 1978, all of Pilot's members had moved on to other projects, notably Tosh, Paton and Bairnson becoming core members of the
Alan Parsons Project, and Tosh also working with 10cc.
Lyall died of
AIDS-related causes in 1989.
Paton and Bairnson reconvened in 2002, to re-record the original Pilot album "Two's a Crowd". The subsequent issue was entitled, "Blue Yonder" (see below).
2007, their hit single "Magic," was used in a televised commercial by The Pillsbury Company.
Original group releases
Pilot (From the Album of the Same Name)" — (1974)
*"Second Flight" — (1975)
*"Morin Heights" — (1976)
*"Two's a Crowd" — (1977)
*"Blue Yonder" — (2002)
Compilations and film soundtracks
*"Best of Pilot" — (1980)
Happy Gilmore" (included in the soundtrack) — (1996)
*"" (included in soundtrack) (2005)
*"The Magic Roundabout" (included in soundtrack) (2005)
*"Eve and the Firehorse" ("Magic" included in the
soundtrack) — (2005)
*"Anthology" — (2007)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" (2007)
Guinness Book of British Hit Singles" — 16th Edition — ISBN 0-85112-190-X
* "The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits" — ISBN 0-85112-250-7
* "Guinness Book of British Hit Albums" — 7th Edition — ISBN 0-85112-619-7
* [http://www.firstfoot.com/good%20scottish%20pop/pilot.htm Good Scottish pop]
* [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00007LZZ6 "Blue Yonder" album details]
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