This is just a wonderful feel-good song. Cass had a distinctive voice. Pity she died so young. (So it goes.)
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You may remember back in the dim distant past of this category’s genesis I mentioned a competition at my workplace for favourite 60s hit. Hi Ho Silver Lining came second but not the original version by The Attack. Rather it was Jeff Beck’s recording that was voted in.
And here’s a footnote to why the above is now the lesser known version of the song:-
And for comparison purposes here’s the reverse-hyped version.
The B-side, Fly Away Bird, is fairly stripped down.
Just for completeness here’s the A-side. There’s much more production on this.
He was a co-writer of Walk Away Renee (which I featured here) but this song, Pretty Ballerina, was all his.
Michael Brown (Michael David Lookofsky): 25/4/1949 – 19/3/2015. So it goes.
I just read yesterday that 60s almost one-hit wonder, Twinkle, has passed away.
Her big hit Terry caused a fuss at the time it was released as it was about a boy who died in a motorbike crash. Coincidentally The Shangri-Las’ similarly themed Leader of the Pack came out at much the same time. I do remember my next to oldest brother buying Terry. He had a thing for records by solo female singers.
Another of Twinkle’s claims to fame is that she eventually married the Milk Tray man.
Here are both sides of the Terry single.
Twinkle’s only other hit, Golden Lights, was later covered by The Smiths!
Lynn Annette Ripley. “Twinkle.” 15/7/1948 – 21/5/15. So it goes.
Back to Otis Redding for some more soul. A no. 15 hit in the UK in 1967.
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.)
Benjamin Earl Nelson (Ben E King): 28/9/1938 – 30/4/2015. So it goes.
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:-
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.
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.
Soul singer Percy Sledge has gone to the great auditorium in the sky.
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 Tyrone Sledge: 25/11/1940 – 14/4/2015. So it goes.