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Not Friday On My Mind 31: Hard To Handle

Back to Otis Redding for some more soul. A no. 15 hit in the UK in 1967.

Otis Redding: Hard To Handle

Friday on my Mind 119: RIP Ben E King

I was away from home last weekend and didn’t note at the time the passing of another 60s icon in Ben E King.

After a successful career with the Drifters he left and recorded not just his biggest hit Stand By Me but also a succession of songs which would become standards including Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) (whose introduction could easily be mistaken for that of Stand By Me.)

Ben E King: Stand By Me

Ben E King: Spanish Harlem

Ben E King: Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)

Ben E King: I Who Have Nothing

Benjamin Earl Nelson (Ben E King): 28/9/1938 – 30/4/2015. So it goes.

Not Friday On My Mind 30: Fire Brigade

A rest from soul this week.

In Britain we don’t refer to the Fire Department. Instead it’s the Fire Service or the Fire Brigade.

Cue The Move.

This is a live performance:-

The Move: Fire Brigade

And here’s a rarity. Fire Brigade with Carl Wayne rather than Roy Wood on lead vocals. This version, somewhat flatter in sound, also lacks the siren sounding “woo-oo, woo-oo, woo-oo” singing behind the chorus and the “Ooh” punctuating the chorus and its repeat.

The Move: Fire Brigade

Friday on my Mind 118: Try a Little Tenderness

After Percy Sledge last week, some more soul.

This was the first track by Otis Redding that I remember hearing. If I can believe Wikipedia the backing was provided by Booker T and the MGs and Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement.

Otis Redding: Try a Little Tenderness

Friday on my Mind 117: Warm and Tender Love. RIP Percy Sledge

Soul singer Percy Sledge has gone to the great auditorium in the sky.

Percy Sledge: Warm and Tender Love

His big hit was of course When A Man Loves A Woman, whose origins and authorship are disputed, but to me it has always had more than a touch of Pachelbel’s Canon about it. (See here, and here, and here.)

Percy Sledge: When A Man Loves A Woman

Percy Tyrone Sledge: 25/11/1940 – 14/4/2015. So it goes.

Memory Failure

It seems my memory has let me down. I originally categorised Canned Heat’s Let’s Work Together as Friday on my Mind 102 but have now discovered the song did not come out till 1970.

As a result I have now altered that post’s title and content slightly and the subsequent Friday on my Mind entries have been renumbered.

Advancing years, eh? It’s a bugger.

Not Friday On My Mind 29: Shine on Brightly

Not a single but Procol Harum were one of the forebears of Prog Rock. As this track, among many others, evinces.

Procol Harum: Shine on Brightly

Not Friday On My Mind 28: My Name is Jack

I did get ribbed about this one, though. Not at school, but by a neighbouring boy when visiting my grandparents in Johnstone. (They only lived there for a few years before moving on.)

Manfred Mann: My Name is Jack

Not Friday On My Mind 27: Happy Jack

Somewhat surprisingly the appearance of this song on the radio and in the charts in my schooldays didn’t lead to much poking of fun at me.

The Who: Happy Jack

Friday on my Mind 116: Noggin the Nog

One of the enduring memories of my childhood and early adolescence is the animated BBC TV series Noggin the Nog, one of that long list of delightful creations from the team of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin which also included Ivor the Engine (a bit early for me,) The Clangers and Bagpuss (a bit late.)

Noggin the Nog was such a hit with my schoolmates that one of our secondary school teachers was dubbed with the nickname of the show’s baddie, Nogbad the Bad.

Each episode always had an intro narrated against the muted strains of Hall of the Mountain King, “In the lands of the North, where the Black Rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale,” which then went on into that particular storyline.

Noggin the Nog intro:-

Noggin and the Ice Dragon:-

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