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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 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 233: Summertime

I don’t normally feature jazz-tinted recordings but this is an unusual treatment from 1966 of a Gershwin song from Porgy and Bess. It’s effective though.

Billy Stewart: Summertime


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.

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 227 and Something Changed 64: A Message to Martha/Michael (Kentucky Bluebird). RIP Burt Bacharach

I got home late last night just after hearing of the death of Burt Bacharach on the radio in the car.

Burt Bacharach’s roster of hit songs is just superb. Far too many to list here.

I noted his collaboration with lyricist Hal David in 2012.

It is fair to say that the 1960s would not have been the 1960s without their songs to help soundtrack the decade. Most of their songs have become standards.

In memoriam I present perhaps one of their lesser known compositions. Like many of theirs it was a hit in the US for Dionne Warwick (albeit with a slightly altered title) but in the UK it became Adam Faith’s last top twenty success.

Adam Faith: Message to Martha

Scottish band Deacon Blue covered it – along with three other Bacharach/David compositions – in 1990.

Deacon Blue: Message to Michael

Burt Freeman Bacharach: 12/5/1928 – 8/2/2023. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 225: Eight Miles High; and 226: Guinnevere – RIP David Crosby

Last week, David Crosby of The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young plus various solo offerings died.

Another to add to the long list of 60s and 70s rock greats who have left us recently.

Crosby first came to attention in the UK as a member of US group The Byrds, pioneers of folk rock and a distinctive jangly guitar style

This video features a US TV appearance with a song which is a contender for the first psychedelic recording.

The Byrds: Eight Miles High

In 1968 he teamed up with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash to form one of the best close harmony groups of their time. One of my favourites of theirs is Suite: Judy Blue Eyes which I posted here.

That group became even more potent with the addition of Neil Young a year later. I featured CSNY’s great protest song Ohio in 2010.

This though is from that first eponymous CSN album; a slower, acoustic piece which Crosby wrote.

Crosby, Stills and Nash: Guinnevere

David Van Cortlandt Crosby: 14/8/1941 – 18/1/2023. So it goes.

Not Friday on my Mind 75: Over Under Sideways Down. RIP Jeff Beck

And on Wednesday it was the turn of Jeff Beck to leave us too early. He was one of that group of English exponents of the electric guitar which sprang up in the early to mid-sixties. But Beck was the electric guitarist’s electric guitarist.

Sadly he never gained the commercial success on his own account to match his status with his peers. He really only had the one hit and that track, Hi-Ho Silver Lining, wasn’t representative of Beck’s musical tastes.

I featured that hit here and his single Tallyman here. As the Jeff Beck Group he also had a hit with Donovan and the song Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love is Hot.)

His earliest brush with fame came with The Yardbirds. His guitar was a major part of their psychedelic sound.

This clip of the group performing Over, Under, Sideways, Down has a remastered stereo edit laid over the footage.

The Yardbirds: Over Under Sideways Down

Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck: 24/6/1944 – 10/1/2023. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 224: I’d Rather Go Blind; and Reelin’ In the Years 212: Songbird. RIP Christine McVie

Another sad loss. This time the songwriter known as Christine McVie.

She first came to my attention as the singer in the band Chicken Shack who had a hit with a cover of I’d Rather Go Blind in 1969. See below.

She later joined Fleetwood Mac whose bass player, John McVie, she had married in 1968. The band’s most successful incarnation coincided with her membership. Many of their most well-known songs were written or co-written by her. From that era of her life I have chosen to feature Songbird as it’s essentially a solo performance.

Chicken Shack: I’d Rather Go Blind

Fleetwood Mac: Songbird

I will refer to her below by her birth name as it is the Scottish tradition for a woman to revert to that on her death. It’s perfect.

Christine Anne Perfect; 12/7/1943 – 30/11/22. So it goes.

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