Posted in 1970s, Music, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 28 November 2014
I saw Jimmy Ruffin’s obituary in the Guardian this week. Another one down.
Perhaps forever haunted by What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, of which his version is still the best, he had relatively little other success.
I’ve Passed This Way Before didn’t seem quite appropriate. This one, more so.
Jimmy Ruffin: Farewell is a Lonely Sound
Jimmy Lee Ruffin: 7/5/1936 – 17/11/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1960s, Music, Nirvana at 12:00 pm on 21 November 2014
It’s possible the Zombies may have been listening to Nirvana (the real Nirvana, see link and my Nirvana category) before they recorded this album track.
Whether that’s true or not there’s a great mellotron sound on this song, which was written by keyboard player Rod Argent.
The Zombies: Hung Up On a Dream
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 12:00 pm on 14 November 2014
Another of my brother’s 1960s singles. An instrumental this time.
The Ventures were a sort of US version of The Shadows. Or The Shadows were a UK version of The Ventures. Take your pick.
The Ventures: Perfidia
And here’s a rarity. Walk Don’t Run in stereo.
The Ventures: Walk Don’t Run
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 12:00 pm on 7 November 2014
I had been meaning to post more of my elder brothers early 60s singles (see my Friday on my Mind category nos. 53-56) in this slot anyway but the news of Acker Bilk’s death tipped my hand towards the only one of Acker’s records he bought. Not Bilk’s signature tune, Stranger on the Shore, but the much jazzier Buona Sera.
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band: Buona Sera
Bernard Stanley “Acker” Bilk: 28/1/1929 – 2/11/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 12:00 pm on 31 October 2014
Well it is Hallowe’en.
Donovan: Season of the Witch
(Since the video of my original posting of this song at Not Friday on my Mind 8 has been taken down this seemed a good opportunity to replace it.)
Posted in 1960s, Events dear boy. Events, Friday On My Mind, Music at 10:06 pm on 25 October 2014
And today it was Jack Bruce. I heard him on the radio about six months ago promoting a new album and while he sounded a bit fragile he didn’t seem to be ill. Sad.
I remember Cream from the rather unCream-like Wrapping Paper on through I Feel Free to Badge which was no 15 in my “Friday on my Mind” category.
Bruce’s bass playing is more to the fore on this song.
Sunshine of Your Love
John Symon Asher (Jack) Bruce, 14/5/1943 – 25/10/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1970s, Events dear boy. Events, Reelin' In The Years at 12:00 pm on 24 October 2014
A few days ago it was Raphael Ravenscroft, now Alvin Stardust. In the words of another 70s song, “They’re dropping down like flies, man.”
I don’t remember Alvin Stardust’s first pop incarnation. (Apparently on his comeback, Tony Blackburn – who has a running joke with Graham Norton that he still hasn’t been arrested – bumped into him backstage on Top of the Pops one week and said to him, “Didn’t you used to be Shane Fenton?) I’d heard the name but couldn’t put a tune or face to it.
I do, though, remember the 1970s records and leather clad appearances on TV – complete with outrageous size ring worn outside his glove – and thought he was rather sending up the rock hard man schtick.
I haven’t opted for either of his two big hits, Jealous Mind nor My Coo Ca Choo, though.
Alvin Stardust: Red Dress
Bernard William Jewry – aka Shane Fenton; aka Alvin Stardust. 27/9/1942 – 23/10/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1970s, Events dear boy. Events, Music at 8:28 pm on 22 October 2014
Sad to hear that the man who really played the signature saxophone solo of the 1970s, Raphael Ravenscroft, has died.
Apparently he wasn’t satisfied with his famous contribution to Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. “I’m irritated because it’s out of tune,” he said. “Yeah, it’s flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best.”
Judge for yourselves.
Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street
Raphael Ravenscroft, 4/6/1954 – 19/10/2014. So it goes.
Posted in 1960s, Music, Nirvana, Prog Rock at 12:00 pm on 17 October 2014
A bit of proggy psychedelia. Just for a change.
This sounds a bit like Nirvana (the real Nirvana) but it’s a bit too fuzzy and fussy.
One of Shy Limbs’ members was a certain Greg Lake.
Shy Limbs: Reputation
Posted in 1960s, Events dear boy. Events, Jethro Tull, Music at 11:26 pm on 11 October 2014
I just read today of the death of Glenn Cornick, first bassist for Jethro Tull. This was at the time when the band had a very bluesy sound.
At first I thought of marking his passing with Driving Song, the B-side of the Living in the Past single, but its last line isn’t very appropriate in this context.
Instead I’ve chosen Tull’s first – albeit minor – hit.
Love Story was the first time I’d heard Tull – it wasn’t till a few years later and the Living in the Past compilation LP that I realised there had been two singles before this; their first was credited erroneously as by Jethro Toe!
Jethro Tull: Love Story
Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick: 23/4/1947 – 28/8/2014. So it goes.