Reflections Of Charles Brown

This is one of my favourite relative obscurities from the sixties. It is by a group called Rupert’s People. The band was actually cobbled together from various elements to make the single.

I think one of the reasons I like this is because of the classical influence. As the above links note, the song itself was adapted from an earlier version (which I would love to hear sometime) to fit the tune of Air On A G String.

It had the great misfortune to be released just after the similarly inspired A Whiter Shade Of Pale began sweeping all before it.

Unlike Whiter Shade Of Pale, though, the lyrics of Charles Brown are not laden with obscurity even if they do perhaps constitute a bit too much of a downer to have become a big hit.

I also like the “cracked” quality of the singing voice. I believe it was the song’s composer, Rod Lynton.

I’m not quite sure why whoever posted this on You Tube used pictures of a construction site.

Edited to add:- the original video is no longer available. The one below is a replacement.

The B-side, Hold On, was more or less a straight forward rocker but it’s a storming track in its own right.

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  1. Ian Sales

    Rather good that ‘Reflections of Charles Brown’. Reminds me a bit of The Hollies, too.

    Have you ever heard of Eire Apparent?

  2. jackdeighton

    Yes; first heard of them three days ago!
    I’m listening to “The Clown” as I type.
    The verse reminds me of the Troggs’ Little Girl.

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  5. Rod Davis

    It may have been released after ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ but it was air played in the UK first, by Caroline and London. Not only was the band Rupert’s People cobbled together for it, but there appears to have been some hitch in releasing the single, such that it followed Procul Harem. But I’m sure it was played on the radio first!

  6. jackdeighton

    Rod,
    I’m afraid I don’t remember the earlier airplay. It’s all so long ago now!
    In any case Caroline and London would have been beyond my heraing as their signals didn’t reach to Scotland.
    Thanks for looking in and commenting.

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