Song of the Day: Thunderclap Newman, “Something In The Air”

Thunderclap Newman was formed by Pete Townshend of The Who and producer Kit Lambert, specifically to showcase the talents of John "Speedy" Keen (drums, vocals, guitar), Jimmy McCulloch (guitar) and Andy "Thunderclap" Newman (piano and keyboards). "Something In The Air" was their only single to reach the Top 40, when it reached #1 in the UK in 1969. It figured prominently in the last scene of The Magic Christian, the 1969 movie that starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. They recorded one album, Hollywood Dream, in 1969, and toured through 1971 before going their separate ways.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Thunderclap Newman, “Something In The Air”

  1. I didn’t discover this song and the album with it until the mid-1980’s when a guy who worked on our show started playing it during our set-ups. Can’t believe I missed it when it first came out, but I guess it must have not gotten much attention in East Tennessee.

    It’s a good song from a good album.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. It didn’t get enough airplay when it was popular. Since Thunderclap Newman pretty much vanished from the face of the earth (at least in the Western Hemisphere) shortly after, it never got the attention it deserved. It’s a great song.


  2. John,

    I’m not sure if I remember ‘Something in the Air’. Nope, I don’t believe this song has crossed my ears before now but I do like it. Thanks for the introduction. 🙂


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