From last week’s slightly ridiculous to the more sublime, a 1969 effort from the idiosyncratically named band It’s a Beautiful Day one of whose members, David LaFlamme, favoured a five stringed violin.
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Keith West’s follow-up to Excerpt From “A Teenage Opera” was also inspired by that song’s creator Mark Wirtz but perhaps explains why the full project didn’t appear for nearly thirty years as it barely scratched the lower reaches of the charts. The similarities to the earlier hit are there but the song doesn’t cohere in quite the same way. The children’s chorus isn’t as catchy and the sequencing has more than a touch of the galloping hiccups (a complaint I have seen levelled against Bohemian Rhapsody.)
I mentioned this song once before. Its singer Keith West also had an incarnation with the band Tomorrow.
The Teenage Opera from which this was an excerpt did not make its full appearance until thirty years or so later.
As you can imagine being named Jack and at school at a time when a song with the refrain “Grocer Jack” became a hit wasn’t an unalloyed joy.
The Herd’s follow-up to From the Underworld kind of carried on from where that one left off but Paradise Lost was still a very odd concoction, with its intro and coda reminiscent of The Stripper but Prog leanings elsewhere.
(By contrast the band’s third single – which I featured in a different context here – was straightforward bouncy pop song.)
When a very young Peter Frampton joined The Herd, the group with whom he made his name, they had just been dropped by Parlophone, but simultaneously brought in composers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who had written a barrowload of hits for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and signed up to Fontana. The songs concocted for the Herd were of a different order to those hits though. Elements of psychedelia and glimmerings of prog rock are here.
(I had scheduled this for 24/6/16 but a certain referendum result happening and then the anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme took up the last two Friday postings. Better late then never.)
You’ve just got to love the name of the band that recorded this. Crocheted Doughnut Ring. So sixties.
The song’s treatment is also very much of its time what with the flute, the drum rolls, mellotron and all.
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: 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.
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.
David Cyril Eric Swarbrick: 5/4/1941 – 3/6/2016. So it goes.
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.
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.