Apollo 100 was a short-lived British instrumental studio group that became famous during the early 1970s. Formed in 1972 by musical arranger/keyboardist Tom Parker (November 1, 1944 - April 18, 2013), other members included Clem Cattini (drums), Vic Flick (guitar), Zed Jenkins (guitar), Jim Lawless (percussion), and Brian Odgers (bass). Cattini was previously a member of The Tornadoes, and Flick is best known for playing the memorable guitar riff in the James Bond theme.
Apollo 100 debuted in 1972 with "Joy" (1972), a zippy symphonic pop remake of J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" which became their best known song. This smash, which reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and became a Top 10 Pop/Rock hit, was followed by their rendition of "Mendelssohn's 4th (Second Movement)" (1972) and "Telstar" (1972), a remake of the 1962 smash by The Tornadoes. Other songs for which Apollo 100 became well known include "Reach For The Sky," the B-side to "Mendelssohn's 4th (Second Movement)."
In addition to the "Joy" hit single, Apollo 100 also released a same-named album and another titled "Master Pieces" featuring other instrumental arrangements before disbanding in 1973. A compilation album, "Reach For The Sky," was later released in 1979. "Joy" continued to receive significant airplay on oldies radio stations over the years. This era-defining classic has been featured in the soundtracks to such movies as "Boogie Nights" (1997), "One Day In September" (1999), "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), and "Battle Of The Sexes" (2017).
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- Joy 1972
(Instrumental based on "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach)
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