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.
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 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.
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.