The pop duo phenomenon that spawned such acts as Simon & Garfunkel, Brewer & Shipley, and Seals & Crofts was predated by the duo formed by songwriters, guitarists, and vocalists
. Initially attracting attention as songwriters of Dean Ford & the Gaylords' single "Mr. Heartbreak's Here Instead,"
's group Slim Chance.
continued to balance their performances and recordings as staff songwriters for
. The title track of their sixth duo album,
first played together in Largs, a small town near Glasgow in Ayrshire, Scotland. Relocating to London in 1967, the duo became full-time writers at Apple. Three years later, they joined with Tom McGuinness
and Hughie Flint
to form McGuinness Flint. Although McGuinness Flint recorded two successful singles, "When I'm Dead and Gone" and "Malt and Barley Blues," the group disbanded in 1971. Recording their self-titled debut duo album for Capitol, Gallagher & Lyle
switched to the A&M label by their second effort. Their first release on A&M, however, was a reissue of their debut album.
In the spring of 1974, Gallagher
joined Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, remaining with the group until May 1974. Gallagher
balanced their work with the band with additional duo albums, How Come and The Last Cowboy
. They continued to record on their own following the breakup of the group. Breakaway
was released in 1975, Love on the Airwaves
in 1977, and Showdown in 1978. Switching to the Phonogram label, they recorded their final album, Lonesome No More
, in 1979. Following a tour to support the album, Gallagher
went their separate ways. Lyle
continued to write, in collaboration with Terry Britten
, reaching his peak with "What's Love Got to Do with It," covered by Tina Turner
, and "Just Good Friends," recorded by Michael Jackson