Wayne’s Music 21/22 June 2014. The 1960s.
‘Johnny Remember me’ John Dudley Leyton’s career is inextricably linked to independent Producer Joe Meek … together they combined to unleash one of the all-time great British Pop records –
‘Just My baby And Me’ Clarence Frogman Henry – so typical of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues that crashed the scene in the early sixties –
‘Sweet Thing’ Billy Bland – when pizzicato strings in the backup was all the rage
‘Mighty Good’ Ricky Nelson – well what can you say, a young, good-looking kid from a showbiz family, sure he had more promotional push than many of his 50s and 60s contemporaries, but now the concensus is that he made some of the finest rock/pop recordings of his era.
‘Too Many Rules’ Connie Francis
‘Cool and Cosy’ The Avons
‘Livin Lovin Wreck’ Jerry Lee Lewis throwing an Otis Blackwell song onto the back of one of his hit singles
‘Is It Better To have Loved and Lost’ Nat King Cole making the switch to pop music after years on the jazz and cabaret circuit.
‘Swinging On A Rainbow’ Frankie Avalon having a bit of high-class fun and sounding right at home in the jazzy big band mode.
‘Don’t Gild The Lily, Lily’ Del Shannon – a bit of an odd one for Del Shannon who usually wrote his own stuff, but this is slightly off the wall teen material.
‘Senza Mama’ Connie Francis
‘Night Fall’ back to the days when Trad Jazz could actually be heard on the Hit Parades … this is a beauty from Dick Charlesworth and His City gents with its reflective clarinet-based piece.
‘Running Gun’ Marty Robbins … with the one they put on the other side of his landmark hit “El Paso”
‘Jimmy brown The Newsboy’ Lonnie Donegan being a knowledgeable researcher of authentic folk, and blues songs, and this is another example …
‘Starlight, Starbright’ Linda Scott putting folk/nursery rhymes into a pop idiom in 1961
‘I Can’t Begin To tell You’ Welsh singer Maureen Evans with a cover of Bing Crosby’s 1945 hit.
‘The Muckin O Geordie’s Byre’ Andy Stewart
‘Big Daddy And The cat’ another novelty number owing a bit to Alley Oop, but it’s an interesting sound hardly ever heard these days from The Blackwells.
‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ the exceptional jazz piano talents of Nat King Cole – harking back to the early days leading his trio.
‘MoonDreams’ this is a posthumous release of a song originally recorded by Buddy Holly as part of The Norman Petty Trio in 1957 with just guitar, percussion and organ with strings added later for this release.
‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ Cleo Laine giving her usual classy and individual treatment to a song w ritten in 1934 for the film “Dames”.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 22 June 2014. Those songs that bring back old memories. PART ONE
‘Sleepy Lagoon’ The Platters working with David Carroll’s orchestra – another revival of a 30s number written by British Light Music composer Eric Coates, inspired by the beach at Setsey in Sussex.
‘Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo’ Sophia Loren when she was working with Peter sellers, Ron Goodwin and George Martin – who allowed her to have a solo spot for her modest singing talents … a funny little number that allows the divine Miss L to do her sultry best.
‘Hold Me Tight’ maybe this is a song that Shirley Bassey knocked off to fill up one of her 60s recording sessions …during the time she made several hits with The Geoff Love orchestra and The Rita Williams Singers.
‘Cool Water’ Marty Robbins re working the old number from the Sons Of The Pioneers for his landmark album “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs ……
‘The Story Of Our Love’ the Johnny Mathis song that got overshadowed by “Misty” when both songs were released in 1960.
‘Candy man’ Roy Orbison with a song by Fred Neil who went on to w rite “Everybody’s Talkin’ …
Wanted Man’ Frankie Laine in complete Gunslinger mood in 1961 working with The Johnny Williams orchestra and Chorus. .
‘More Than I Can Say’ Bobby Vee with his BIG follow up to the one that put him on the map “Rubber Ball” …
‘Fractured’ Freddy Cannon
‘7:10 From Suburbia’ Jackie Trent – (Mrs Tony Hatch - who were Mr And Mrs Music throughout the 60s and 70s in the UK …
‘I Must be Dreaming’ one from Neil Sedaka that got buried away when his hits started coming out.
‘Right Here On Earth’ Gene Vincent - The Wild Cat himself with one of his more watered down numbers we didn’t hear a lot in the 60s.
‘It’s Just A House Without You’ Brook Benton had that wonderful commercial feel even when he did talky bits on his records in the 60s.
‘Little Miss Blue’ Dion
‘Tell Him No’ The Lana Sisters - consisting of Iris Long (professionally known as Riss Chantelle), a singer called Lynne Abrams, and one Mary O’Brien (who later became Dusty Springfield) …
‘Gypsy Love’ here’s one we didn’t hear in 61 when Emile Ford and His Checkmates were riding high on the charts
‘Anything You Wanna Do’ Anthony Newley with his British production of a very good song that doesn’t really capture the style of the original from Billy Eckstein …
‘Kiss’N’Run’ Helen Shapiro -
‘Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You’ Brook Benton
‘Lonely Man’ Elvis taking on a song written by Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcu – who gave “Don’t Let me be Misunderstood” to Nina Simone. This was a track used in the Elvis movie “Wild In The Country”.
‘Love’ from Expresso Bongo … Cliff Richard’s long time producer Norrie Paramor came up with this song for Sir Cliff’s second movie.
‘Natural Born Lover’ more soulful sounds from fats Domino
‘Long After Tonight Is All Over’ Irma Thomas in 1964 – she would have been the perfect fit for many of Bacharach and David’s songs, but the writers were busy with Dionne Warwick, so the opportunities were limited.
‘Love Hurts’ hard to believe that this pop gem was relegated to a B-side in 61 … despite the fact that it did well in Australasia for The BIG O
‘The Curse Of An Aching Heart’ Frank Sinatra with a real vaudeville oldie from 1913 – it gets the BIG Band treatment from Billy May.
‘It’s Not The End Of The World’ Bill Forbes – the Sri Lankan born popster was a regular on the British “Oh Boy” TV …
‘I’ll Dream Of You’ Matt Monro