Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind at 12:00 pm on 19 December 2014
What a piece of one-hit wondery this is. The ultimate in novelty tunes. Not only the peculiar title (only beaten in the what-on-Earth-is-that-all-about? stakes by They’re Coming to Take me Away Ha-haaa!) but the fact that the tune is never sung but only whistled.
The “performer” in the clip isn’t Whistling Jack Smith, whose identity some say is unknown, but according to Wiki was a member of the Mike Sammes singers. Instead the guy prancing around is an actor, who the Wiki article says is one Billy Moeller.
Whistling Jack Smith: I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman
Until I looked the tune up I hadn’t known Pat Boone covered it!
Posted in 1960s, Friday On My Mind, Music at 12:00 pm on 12 December 2014
Well, today’s Friday; but this one takes in every day of the week.
From The Scaffold, famous for containing not only Paul McCartney’s brother, Peter Michael McCartney aka Mike McGear, but also poet Roger McGough and Tiswas stalwart John Gorman.
Their big hits were Thank U Very Much and Lily the Pink, the latter a perfect match for the Canadian Barn Dance. But I also remember fondly Do You Remember?.
Clearly (2 Days Monday, Thank U Very Much) txt spk was alive and kicking in the 60s.
The Scaffold: 2 Days Monday
The Scaffold: Do You Remember?
Posted in 1960s, Events dear boy. Events, Friday On My Mind, Music at 12:00 pm on 5 December 2014
I was sorry to hear yesterday morning of the death of Ian McLagan, keyboard player with the Small Faces and The Faces.
Itchycoo Park was a departure for the group, its phasing making it a part of the mid-60s psychedelia trend, but it does foreground his keyboard playing.
The Small Faces: Itchycoo Park
Ian Patrick ‘Mac’ McLagan; 12/5/1945 – 3/12/2014. 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 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.