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Not Friday on my Mind 40: RIP Paul McDowell

As I said before The Temperance Seven were one of my elder brother’s favourites back in the Trad Jazz boom. This week I learned their laid back singer Paul McDowell has passed away. His vocal style led to the nickname Whispering Paul.

I already featured their hits which my brother bought in the post linked to above, so here are the B-sides.

(That Parlophone label really takes me back.)

The Temperance Seven: Charley My Boy (B-side of You’re Driving Me Crazy)

The Temperance Seven: Sugar (B-side of Pasadena)

The Temperance Seven: Chili Bom Bom (B-side of Hard Hearted Hannah)

“Whispering” Paul McDowell: 15/8/ 1931 – 2/5/ 2016. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 132: RIP Dave Swarbrick

I wasn’t that much into folk rock. I was certainly aware though of the importance of Fairport Convention to that form of music and of Dave Swarbrick whose death was announced earlier this month.

This medley of The Lark in the Morning, Rakish Paddy, Foxhunters’ Jig and Toss the Feathers was arranged by and features heavily the fiddle of Mr Swarbrick.

Fairport Convention: Medley

David Cyril Eric Swarbrick: 5/4/1941 – 3/6/2016. So it goes.

Reelin’ In the Years 122: Love the One You’re With

Released in the interregnum between Stills’s time in Crosby, Stills and Nash and Manassas before he took up with C, N (and Y) again, my elder brother took exception to the apparent incitement to free love in this song’s lyric and title. Myself I took it to mean be nice to the people you encounter.

I note Love the One You’re With‘s abrupt ending echoes that of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

Friday on my Mind 131: Call Me Number One

Having as a song title (Call Me) Number One is something of a hostage to fortune and so it proved for The Tremeloes. It only reached number 2.

The Tremeloes: (Call Me) Number One

Reelin’ In the Years 121: Sailing

The song was written by Gavin Sutherland and Rod Stewart later had a big hit with his version but this is the original.

I actually saw The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver playing live in Glasgow just after they’d had a couple of hits.

The Sutherland Brothers Band: Sailing

Live It Up 30: Dear Prudence

A reference to Siouxsie and the Banshees in Andrew Greig’s In Another Light (review to come) reminded me of the band’s treatment of this Beatles’ song.

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Dear Prudence

Reelin’ In the Years 120: Blake’s 7 Theme

For Gareth Thomas, the titular star of late 1970s and early 80s SF BBC TV series Blake’s 7; even if he did once profess not to like SF as a genre and claimed he’d never watched an episode.

Gareth Daniel Thomas: 12/2/1945 – 13/4/2016. So it goes.

Not Friday on my Mind 39: Wilhelmina

I was sad to hear of the death of Andy Newman who lent his nickname to the group of whose biggest hit, Something in the Air (see Friday on my Mind 28) this song, an odd mix of oompah music, kazoo and a rock guitar solo, was the B-side.

My copy of the single did not credit Wilhelmina as the B-side as both were labelled Something in the Air. I’ve often wondered if that was a one-off mistake and my copy is a real rarity.

Andy “Thunderclap” Newman: 21/11/1942-20/3/2016. So it goes.

Thunderclap Newman : Wilhelmina

Live It Up 29: A New England

There are nice jangly guitars on this Billy Bragg song purveyed into a hit by Kirsty MacColl in 1984.

Kirsty MacColl: A New England

Reelin’ In the Years 119: RIP Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson who died earlier this week was one of the arch proponents of Prog Rock. I’ve already featured several of his recordings with that most unlikely of progenitors of the form, P P Arnold’s backing band The Nice. America, where his reworkings of classical pieces in a rock style perhaps began and which has a good claim, in its extravagance, to be the first truly prog track, its B-side, The Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon and their first single The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack.

It was, though, Emerson’s work with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer as Emerson Lake and Palmer (aka ELP) that solidified his reputation as one of the “rock dinosaurs” that punk rock sought to consign to oblivion.

Here’s a live performance of part of ELP’s take on Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Promenade and the Gnome

Keith Noel Emerson: 2/11/1944 – 10/3/2016. So it goes.

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