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August 28, 2010 / consort3

Mysteries

Listening to veteran DJ Brian Mathew this morning, incredibly Brian has been broadcasting off & on for 69 years! He finally hung up his Microphone on 25/2/17. Brian was replaced with another veteran broadcaster Tony Blackburn on Sounds of the sixties. The slot was moved 2 hours earlier to an antisocial time. I compensate by recording the show on my Tivo box. Anyway, congratulations to Tony for reaching 75,  the jokes are the same as when he was on the pirate ships!

Brian played the Bobby Fuller Four hit “I fought the law” and mentioned that Fuller had died mysteriously just after the hit so that is the first one. But the song for me had Buddy Holly’s guitar style. So investigated  and found it was first released by the Crickets, Buddy’s group. Here is a great video of Bobby Fuller’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPXnoLAEUSQ

The song was written by Sonny Curtis. So is Buddy’s guitar style influenced by Sonny Curtis or vice-versa?

http://www.buddyhollyarchives.com/2012/04/sonny-curtis-cricket-from-meadow-honored-as-prolific-songwriter/

“Nobody played Stratocaster like Buddy [Holly] or Sonny Curtis.
They had just enough West Texas dirt underneath their
fingernails. There was something about the way
they played that made it special.”

–Nanci Griffith

Nice webpage with detail on the connection between Buddy, Sonny & Elvis: Website is a great piece of Americana.

http://www.scottymoore.net/lubbock.html

Another pioneer Elmore James

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jcGY7NbaQw

It is a mystery to me how I have not heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of Rock and Roll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeaBNAXfHfQ

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Forgotten_Heroes_Sister_Rosetta_Tharpe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xzr_GBa8qk

Appropriate tribute to Elvis. Sister Tharpe’s song This train

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMURfsC9chY

19 year old Elvis singing Blue Moon of Kentucky. To their shame only one of the 4 big US news networks covered his death. He was a global cultural icon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5kNVizmNL4

“I fought the law” has been covered by many, here is the inimitable Quo treatment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3jnj8EOKqM

Talking of Quo forty five hundred times

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx-9b13wsXQ

If success is measured by Youtube hits the Clash’s version of ‘I fought the law’ is the winner with over 3million. I had no idea this was a punk anthem!

Talking of Quo here is Hank Marvin doing FBI in theirs and Brian May’s style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_wY7th5eW0

Here is the original take off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCr1OTXcfb0

Quo have been 50 years in the business and here they unplugged their guitars for this tour de force:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wNaiC3s-a8

Another helping from the Hyde park concert Zydeco influence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct8FwW9cm88

The mighty Quo singing the Bee gees first hit Spicks and Specks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQu856T3gps

Francis Rick and Andy et al are modern day troubadours

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubadour

RIP Rick the quintessential rock legend. Nobody could thrash the Telecaster like Rick. Heroic output fuelled by heroic quantities of booze, fags and cocaine. Turn the volume up to eleven and play this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krK7Q49o6uA

A tribute to Rick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNa-Xua_Fug

Quo on Childrens TV, Tiswas, the Mayhem starts at 1.54

https://youtu.be/XyuTseYO8CU

🆕Quo at the Proms!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWBRcWDsHkk

Its billed as Bill Wyman and the Rhythm kings  but the sound track is Quo. Rick Parfitt played the piano on a live recording.  Anyway Chuck Berrys you never can tell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWgC24OVpgs

The unsung fifth member of the frantic four, Andy Bown, features on this medley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM1_4SQNyZ8&list=UU5tuD3lxOeTfHbvKggpkzlg

🆕Parody of Quo, Status Quid with Boring song (actually quite good!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31RN5_GXJ1c

Charles Aznavour seems appropriate “She”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kl6u6rIbPo

Talking of Hank, here is Mike Oldfield doing Wonderful Land

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHAxjxJaw-g&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPGQ0FBCid4pZVoFaxxlDPg

Talking of The Shadows here is Marlene Dietrich using their music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ilU6ak6YXE

A rare vocal number from the Shadows, Don’t make my baby blue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bOfwarV11Y

Shadows exiles Jet Harris and Tony Meehan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj97UOVp5fE

A long way from their native North-east  but with characteristic fog & farfisa here are the Animals with a record released 50 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7NpD1kUBt8

🆕More Animals from the same year Pleasse dont let me be misunderstood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC6uXVGVnq0

Another great organist Keith Emerson doing Bernsteins America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg9jHTYZ-6U

Another helping of Emerson, Sibelius Karelia suite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnLdgEJ6cE8

Sammy Davis Jr in Germany Mr Bojangles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMcfUjIguSs

King Curtis Mr  Bojangles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QobLjxsp5hE

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.  Some tasty machinery here worth a fortune today!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3TVEH1DPbg

Triumph turntable with a nod to the cafe racer scene

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-general-news/now-you-can-get-triumph-caf%C3%A9-racer-record-player

Aretha  Franklin Say a little prayer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STKkWj2WpWM

Talking of transport here is the Highway code sung in English plainchant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qngi_jSaXlI[

Polyphonics with one voice, this is weird

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/10/polyphonic-overtone-singing-demonstrated-by-anna-maria-hefele/

This rocker has the surreal words Hi-fi chassis so here is Tallahassee lassie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pgbJaKemic

More nostalgia Righteous bros Little latin Lupe lu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldVFC0tPBqw

The original of Sloop John B

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk7I_KWkswQ

Another nice version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6tjdTy6xRU

Posh version by Paddy Roberts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3RCaKnLXS0

Another song with an interesting history Mack the Knife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-lHrDPjGfQ

Ella Fitzgeralds brilliant improvised version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vXAtVbZbkI

Just caught the documentary on Neil Sedaka. Fair play to a guy who slogged his way round the UK clubs in the early seventies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uec35ppYLIc

Matt Monro On days like these

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQIRbV_noi8

Gonna build a mountain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKl_p6d0nCk

Matt was huge in the Philippines and big in South America because he also sang in Spanish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dwZJb_gxy0

Any excuse to hear more of Matt It is 60 years since the publication of From Russia with Love (the novel)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcdmq07u2T8

🆕Matt appreciation thread including track listings

http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/matt-monro-the-george-martin-years-cd-appreciation-thread.574096/page-22

🆕Most remiss of me to forget Dame Shirley, classic Diva, classic Svengali Mike Sullivan, classic rags to riches story. Here she is with Antony Newley showing her early talent and charm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU3tG4GqoJQ

Trini Lopez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPtJtpTuMdI

Paul and Jacqui of the Beautiful South are gigging again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u1GbX-PfJw

Victoria Wood with a poignant song about adolescence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntyV_HNk8Qs

Whispering grass by Lofty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10dmK7O-KSY

Soccer Mum drumming wipeout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfaRIj3xE8Y

Big band sound Faithful Hussar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Ah1hyKbyo

🆕Dame Vera Lynn singing song to Faithful Hussar tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkzRPlJWuhc

Harry Belafonta Jump in the line

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic87SfqQAAM

Strictly dont touch me tomatoes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE5Wczm51Bs

1961 Ben E King Stand by me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTd2ylacYNU

Also 1961 Gary Bonds A quarter to three

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOXWN5imwkc

Bobby Vee version of Summertime Blues from 1961

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcYt68KLwys

Cliff Richard Gee Whiz Its you from 1961

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuXZquGerO0

Del Shannon Hats off to Larry 1961

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EN3-reV0ww

1962 was a good year for instrumentals, Acker Bilk with Stranger on the shore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jzx664u5DA

Also 1962 was Skokiaan by Bert Kaempfert. Not a lot of people know that Bert composed Spanish eyes. Comparison here with James Lasts version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGeDqtMYzfU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skokiaan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Skokiaan

Sugar belly’s Reggae version of Skokian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcsYVo-OTNE

🆕Great Masekela/Alpert version of Skokiaan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgyCUWAaV3s

Another by Bert. Wonderland by night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnU_nMYb0C4

Same genre Paul Simons Call me Al

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULjCSK0oOlI

Paul Simons Me and Julio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqtX4qZBdRs

Just saw a great live version of this by the Chillbillies at Tenterden
http://www.thechillbillies.co.uk/chillbillies-player.htm

Van der Valk theme I just dicovered I have Dutch ancestry (actually Van Valkenburg)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV8t3jA-krc

Back to 1962 Gene Pitney If a didnt have a dime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZqquTZBcts

A little bit of soap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0wQU7fJEVQ

Gene Chandler Duke of Earl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQnfooEED8Y

1963 was a good year too Timeline:

http://www.london60sweek.co.uk/timeline1963.html

This was in 1964, Dusty Springfield Live it up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPDguEjEitM#

Also 1964, Devil woman by Marty Robbins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh_XhovQB9M

Downtown by the great Petula Clark written by Tony Hatch before he was a finicky talent judge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx06XNfDvk0

Tobacco road by the Nashville Teens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGuZY6NVXqU

1965 The genius of Benny Hill, great take-off of Bob Dylan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2HC2X7EOp0

Donny Elbert She’s my little bit of leather, Northern soul classic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7u55P9eoiA

Harry James big band with Green onions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvBXKCFiZnI

1966 Easybeats Friday on my mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iW2_Ec3uEU

Billie Davis I want you to be my baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3bTmq72olg

Poignant version of Angel of the morning by Billie Davis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXZqdEAPR9U

Just been to a Royal Philharmonic concert, theme Hollywood. Bernard Herrmans theme for Taxi driver impressed me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4aK-YsPeU

Similar jangly theme, the good the bad and the ugly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFa1-kciCb4

With my liking for alliterative names I have to mention Delia Derbyshire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75V4ClJZME4

🆕Delia appreciation thread

https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/delia-derbyshire-day-2016-celebrating-a-pioneer-of-electronic-music.491020/

It is Sinatra’s 100th anniversary. My thoughts on Frank were ambivalent but attendance at a great concert by Stu Summers and Shades of swing convinced me that his virtues outweigh his vices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJgGs9WpGt0

Elvis had this Cilla song on his Jukebox, You’re my world
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7-QBw862zk

Another Cilla song, Conversations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zjkKBIk7HE

From  a King to a Knight, Tom Jones sings, Carlton dances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKSxlJPmz40

Daisy Duke is the pretty woman in this Roy Orbison/Hazzard video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puJ99egc884

The late great Otis Redding on Ready steady go 1966

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dVU3JYcQS0

Another unsung hero I had not heard of “Grimsby fish filleter reels in fortune for Wacko Jacko”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Temperton Here is Boogie nights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XEmFuEbpzM

Also associated with Grimsby was Graham Taylor the Football manager who is regarded as a deity round Watford way.  With my liking for people beginning with B I have to mention Blisset and Barnes. Which Elton song as a tribute? I have gone for Your song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTa8U0Wa0q8

Just caught the retrospective on Elton and the other lad from Lincs, Bernie Taupin. I Hadn’t heard this for ages

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3F01A4oo3Q

Lulu and a Bee gees song She was married to Maurice of course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyAAdzT0tbQ

Lulu and David Bowie the man who sold the world

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyFAnA9oPRE

RIP Bowie. I was unaware of the Berlin connection. Rockstar and global cultural icon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYjBQKIOb-w

Tony Visconti on the recording of Heroes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4Sf9X4JRR8zC4GcWhChxgyw/david-bowies-heroes-producer-tony-visconti-gets-to-the-heart-of-the-song

Rick Wakemans tribute to Bowie Life on Mars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jogv7tD18gs

RIP Fats Domino the classic Blueberry Hill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQCPrwKzdo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgEDvMpgOrM

Good obituary on Fats

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/obituaries/fats-domino-89-one-of-rock-n-rolls-first-stars-is-dead.html

1969 Crimson  & Clover Tommy James & the Shondells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5eoH4-5z4w

🆕Music explosion A little bit of soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgGjvZcNpKs

🆕British original the little darlings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcJmAKpMdQE

🆕Before my time. Dick Barton Special agent theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2eqX93umXo

🆕33 songs you did not know were covers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMcInbAyykQ

Legions last patrol by Ken Thorne and orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=439FTpfIl8Y

🆕633 squadron theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWXQUhBsUVM

🆕June Tabor sings Lili Marleen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lWDYeao6D4

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