...that didn't do so well in America. Sometimes they weren't even released here, other times they were - but charted below our Top 40. Occasionally one would receive some FM airplay or be a regional hit beloved by diehard fans, though for the most part they were a comparative failure compared to their British success - and remained largely unknown to the general American public. Here's 5 to get things started:
1) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel - "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)": One of the most requested and played songs in BBC Radio history, it's been covered by 120 other artists. Made it to number 96 in America. Years later it sold millions here as part of "The Full Monty" soundtrack.
2) Mungo Jerry - "Baby Jump": Not a feel-good skiffle song like their global smash "In The Summertime". Rather, a snarling ferocious rocker featuring the sound of cracking whips. Fantastic.
3) T.Rex - "Ride A White Swan": The single that jump-started the glam years in England. Reached #76 here.
4) The Move - "Brontosaurus": Starts slowly, then turns into a fast rocker with barrelhouse piano.
5) Robert Palmer - "She Makes My Day": Brilliantly sung and arranged Beatlesque ballad.
Which big British hits do you feel could've/should've done better in America?
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