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Friday on my Mind 234: Sunshine Girl

A rather typical mid-1960s piece this. The Parade were one of those harmony based US groups so abundant in the mid-1960s. Sunshine Girl was their only notable success.

The Parade: Sunshine Girl


This Sunshine Girl is not to be confused with the song of the same title which was a no 8 hit in the UK for Herman’s Hermits in 1968.

Herman’s Hermits: Sunshine Girl

Not Friday on my Mind 79: This Old Heart of Mine. RIP Rudolph Isley

Another week another remembrance. Rudolph Isley of the Isley Brothers died last week.

My favourite song of theirs will always be Behind a Painted Smile (no 5 in 1969) but their first UK hit reached no 3 in 1966.

The Isley Brothers: This Old Heart of Mine



Rudolph Bernard Isley: 1/4/1939 – 11/10/2023. So it goes.

Not Friday on my Mind 78: Too Many Fish in the Sea. RIP Katherine Anderson

I saw this week that Katherine Anderson of The Marvelettes who recorded the first ever Motown release to reach the US no 1, (Please Mr Postman) has died.

The Marvelettes perhaps exemplified the Motown sound but only ever had the one hit in the UK, the untypical When You’re Young and in Love.

This is one of their US hits.

The Marvelettes: Too Many Fish in the Sea


Katherine Elaine Anderson Schaffner; 16/1/1944 – September 20/9/2023. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 232: The Girl from Ipanema

While I was in the Netherlands in June, Astrud Gilberto died.  She is most famous for being the singer who popularised the song The Girl From Ipanema. It only made no 29 in the UK charts though but has jad a long afterlife. It is said to be the second-most recorded song in history (after Yesterday) but it seems she was paid more or less nothing for it.

Astrud Gilberto: The Girl from Ipanema

Astrud Evangelina Weinert Gilberto: 29/3/1940 – 5/6/2023. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 231: Je t’aime …. moi non plus. RIP Jane Birkin

You could hardly have missed the news that Jane Birkin has died.  She was most famous in the UK for the Succès de scandale that was the song by which she will be most remembered – despite her long list of recordings, films  and connection with the Hermès Birkin handbag.

The song was of course Je t’aime …. moi non plus, first released in the UK by the Fontana record label but the fuss that arose after its banning by the BBC – and the Pope – made them withdraw it. Major Minor then immediately rushed into the gap: a commercially shrewd decision. It was the first banned single to reach No 1 and also the first non-English language record to do so.

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg: Je t’aime …. moi non plus

Jane Mallory Birkin; 14/12/1946 – 16/7/2023. So it goes.

Not Friday on my Mind 77: I Feel Free; Reelin’ in the Years 223: Broken Magic

I Feel Free was the first Cream song I ever heard. I was immediately impressed. Like quite a few of Cream’s early songs its lyric was written by Pete Brown who died recently.

Cream: I Feel Free


I remember Brown more though for his perhaps unforgettably named band Pete Brown and Piblokto! who were responsible for one of the longest album titles in pop history, their first, Things May Come and Things May Go but the Art School Dance Goes on Forever  (though it wasn’t quite as long as this one.)

This is the B-side of Piblokto!’s second single.

Pete Brown and Piblokto!: Broken Magic


Peter Ronald (Pete) Brown: 25/12/1940 – 19/5/2023. So it goes.

Not Friday on my Mind 76: We Gotta Get Out of This Place. RIP Cynthia Weil

And Cynthia Weil, too, has left us.

With her husband Barry Mann she wrote some of the most well-known songs of the 1960s. I featured one of them here. So apparently simple, yet so effective.

However, the song of theirs people are most familiar with is probably You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling as performed by The Righteous Brothers.

To celebrate her skills I’ve chosen this recording by a British band, though.


The Animals: We Gotta Get Out of This Place


Cynthia Weil: October 18/10/1940 – 1/6/2023. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 230: River Deep, Mountain High

The song that brought Tina Turner to prominence in the UK. And perhaps Phil Spector’s finest production achievement. Helped in no small degree by Turner’s vocal – possibly her best.

Spector told her husband Ike to stay away from the recording studio for this. She only had the one unpleasant man to deal with at a time, then.

Ike and Tina Turner: River Deep, Mountain High

Friday on my Mind 229: Throw Down a Line

Another one from Cliff. He recorded some good stuff at times. Like The Day I Met Marie this was written by Hank Marvin.

I saw this cited in a list of 1960s psychedelia. At the time of its release, because of its performers, I did not consider it as such.

The drum pattern in this prefigures the one in Neanderthal Man by Hotlegs, the group that was the precursor to 10cc.

Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin: Throw Down a Line


Here’s a version from 1970 as credited to Marvin, Welch and Farrar.

Marvin, Welch and Farrar: Throw Down a Line

Friday on my Mind 228: Love Child

Part written by R Dean Taylor* (along with Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer and Deke Richards) this I suppose is a kind of protest song. Certainly one of those socially aware offerings that came to the fore in the latter part of the 1960s.

It’s a belter, though.

Diana Ross & the Supremes: Love Child

*See here and here.

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