The News From Spain

  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Stewart wrote this about his break up with girlfriend Mandi and his flight to see her. In December 1970 he told Melody Maker that he didn't write a song for a year after she dumped him.
  • Al's relationship with Mandi is documented in Neville Judd's authorized biography. They met in early 1967 when he played the Central School of Speech and Drama. On New Year's Day 1968, he moved into a basement flat in Elvaston Place, South West London; for all intents and purposes he and Mandi were living there together, although they had an open relationship, but this wasn't entirely to his satisfaction. On May 4, 1969 there was a party at John Martyn's Putney home - which inspired the song "Night Of The Fourth Of May." Al and Mandi left the party separately, and when they arrived back at Elvaston Place there was a bust up. The next morning, she left for Cambridge and thence to Spain to holiday with her parents, but when they returned she stayed on in Carvajal. By this time Al was frantic, and raiding the money they'd "saved in the biscuit tin," flew out to see her. He proposed to her on the beach but she turned him down, and "the world ended". She returned to London with him via Madrid, but after two weeks she left. This was the first song he produced after their break up, and it took him all of two years before he could bring himself to write it.
  • Al met his future wife, Kris, at one of his shows, in Reno, Nevada, when he was forty-two years old. By then he'd had four major relationships, though none of these had lasted quite three years; Mandi had been the dominant force in his love life until then. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Tony Banks of GenesisSongwriter Interviews

Genesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video.

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"They're Playing My Song

The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.

Bill Medley of The Righteous BrothersSongwriter Interviews

Medley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies.

Best Band LogosSong Writing

Queen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.