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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.

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

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

Friday on my Mind 130: Wooden Ships

This song is more associated with Crosby, Stills and Nash but was co-written by Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship, who died earlier this week. Apparently his name could not be put on the CSN release of the song for legal reasons but Kantner contributed to the lyrics. Both CSN and Jefferson Airplane performed the song at Woodstock but Airplane’s (very long) version did not appear in the film.

Jefferson Airplane: Wooden Ships

Paul Lorin Kantner: 17/3/1941–28/1/2016. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 129: For Your Love

The reference I was alluding to last week.

This seems to be a live version; possibly from an appearance on the US TV programme Shindig!.

The Yardbirds: For Your Love

Friday on my Mind 128: Single Girl

The sentiments in this, Sandy Posey’s second hit (from 1966,) are probably a bit un-feminist for today’s tastes but the melody and harmonies are lovely and she has a good voice.

I must confess I don’t remember her other hits Born A Woman (a proto Stand by Your Man) and What A Woman In Love Won’t Do (ditto.)

Sandy Posey: Single Girl

Not Friday On My Mind 38: Blackberry Way

The Move’s only no 1 hit. Obviously influenced by Penny Lane but supposedly also Strawberry Fields Forever. I am informed that Blackberry Way is a street in The Move’s home city of Birmingham.

This is the version from the record (which means you get the mellotron flavour) but laid over a live TV performance from Colour Me Pop.

The Move: Blackberry Way

Friday on my Mind 127: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

To go with my post yesterday.

The caption on this video says “young man.” Young men, surely?

The Kingston Trio: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Not Friday On My Mind 37: Wait For Me Mary-Anne

Different spelling of Marianne. Different song.

Scotland’s 60s finest, Marmalade, with their second hit.

Marmalade: Wait For Me Mary-Anne

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