Another set of unlikely hits was achieved by traditional busker Don Partridge, who played his instruments not only with his hands and mouth but also his elbows, legs – and knees for all I know. More of a one-man band than a busker he was apparently known as King of the Street-singers.
I don’t think this Rosie is a live version, but rather the record dubbed over some video.
Don Partridge: Rosie
Don Partridge: Blue Eyes
More topically here he is playing – live – Breakfast on Pluto, a song which I find reached no 26 but had hitherto vanished from my memory. I’m not sure I can find it there even now I’ve heard it again. (Again?)
Prior to their big chart success in the mid-70s the Wurzels had been fronted by Adge Cutler – who wielded what seemed to be a cudgel. As Adge Cutler and the Wurzels they had a minor hit in 1967 with his song Drink Up Thee Zider sometimes written as Drink Up Thy Zider.
I’m astounded at how young Adge Cutler looks in this video. I’d remembered him from his television appearances as being much older than the rest of the group. (I was very young then myself of course.)
Sadly Adge died in a car crash in 1974. So it goes.
Adge Cutler and The Wurzels – Drink Up Thee Zider
For a longer piece featuring this clip and showing how cider is produced see here.
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.
The Attack: Hi Ho Silver Lining
And here’s a footnote to why the above is now the lesser known version of the song:-
David Arden attacks the hyping of Hi Ho Silver Lining
And for comparison purposes here’s the reverse-hyped version.
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: Terry (plus The Boy of my Dreams)
Twinkle’s only other hit, Golden Lights, was later covered by The Smiths!
Twinkle: Golden Lights
Lynn Annette Ripley. “Twinkle.” 15/7/1948 – 21/5/15. So it goes.
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.
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.