Wayne’s Music 31 August/1 September 2013. 60s Lucky Dip.
‘You’re A Sweetheart’ young Ruth Lee Jones was spotted by Lionel Hampton when she was singing in Chicago clubs in the early 40s. She changed her name to Dinah Washington when she was drafted into Hampton’s Band in 1943.
‘Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight’ I’m throwing in a few answer discs this weekend; they came out thick and fast in the 50s – and everyone was at it by the 1960s.
‘Just Out Of Reach’ it’s no exaggeration to say the arrival of Solomon Burke at Atlantic records in the early sixties saw a huge change of direction for the label –
‘Aranjuez Mon Amour’ Sandie Shaw as you may NOT have heard her before
‘Almost Eighteen’ Roy Orbison after he left SUN records in 1958 moved over to RCA. ‘Society’s Child’ Janis Ian at 15 was already well-known in the folk club scene of Greenwich Village when she met Producer George Shadow Morton and she became his greatest discovery after The Shangri-Las –
‘Drown In My own Tears’ here’s an old forgotten instrumental - a gospel-tinged piano waltz from Don Shirley in 1961 which did have a short stay on the pop singles chart that year –
‘Samantha’ Kenny Ball served his apprenticeship with the bands of Charlie Galbraith, Sid Phillips, Eric Delaney and terry Lightfoot before forming his own band in 1958.
‘You’re Not The Guy For me’ Ernestine Anderson with her rare venture into the pop/Rhythm and Blues field.
‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’ Emile Ford And The Checkmates – Mr Ford (originally from The West Indies) was the first Black British artist to sell a million copies of a single –
‘Smoke gets In Your Eyes’ a Jerome Kern song that has stood the test of time – this is possibly the most famous version from The Platters.
‘I Smiled Yesterday’ Dionne Warwick
‘I’ll Just Walk On By’ Margie Singleton in 1961 with the respose record to LeRoy Van Dykes “Just Walk On By”.
‘Comin’ Home baby’ this is a jazz song first recorded by the Donald Bailey Quartet in 1961and the vocal version by jazz singer Mel Torme became a Top 40 hit.
‘I’m Comin’ Home’ another “comin’ home” song – this time Elvis Presley sings a Charlie Rich number.
‘Outside City Limits’ time for something from the girlie pop and soulful ladies catalogue …this is a rare girl group recording from The Cashelles.
‘Salty Dog Blues’ from Scotland’s finest trad band – the Clyde Valley Stompers with the superb singer Fiona Duncan …
‘Limelight’ Mr Acker Bilk with his moody version of the theme for the 1952 Charlie Chaplin film “Limelight”. .
Wayne’s Music 1 September 2013. 60s Lucky Dip. PART ONE
‘Apron Strings’ Cliff Richard and The Drifters, who lifted British rock and roll to a whole new level – when record companies started to realize that rock and roll wasn’t merely the latest mambo but something altogether more substantial –
'Silhouettes’ The Rays with their hit song that inspired the Beatles “No Reply”. ‘Three Steps From The Alter’ James “Shep” Sheppard and The Limelites in 1961 with their New York soul outing – the third single for the group – with the distinctive beat ballads of crisp arrangements and tight harmonies.
'Three Steps To The Alter' James Sheppard And The Limelites
‘He’ll Have To Stay’ Jeanne Black back in the days when some of the major hit songs inspired a “reply” …some of these answer discs started to sell really well, some even making it onto the pop charts. Jim Reeves massive hit “He’ll have to go” inspired this successful response from Jeanne Black in 1960.
‘Sweets For My sweet’ The Drifters , the pre-eminent male harmony vocal group of their era with the original version of the song made famous later by The British band The Searchers. This was one of the few post 50s Drifters hits that didn’t feature a string section. Charlie Thomas was on lead vocals and it featured four female backup singers, all of whom would later have hit records – Cissy Houston, Doris Troy, Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick.
‘Send Me A Letter’ Sandie Shaw – a generation grew up with her, a slip of a girl who the boys fell in love with and the girls wanted to dress and look like her, and live her life. It was her unaffected style that endeared her to millions.
‘Locomotive Man’ Johnny Cash working with his trusted sidemen in 1960 – Luther Perkins, Johnny Western on guitars, Marshall Grant on bass, W S Holland the drummer and The Anita Kerr Singers on vocal backup.
‘ After Last Night’ a girl-group classic from The Rev-Lons –
‘So Do I’ Trad jazz was perhaps the least likely Pop Music phenomenon of the 60s … yet for a brief spell it was tremendously popular. One of the headline groups was lead by Kenny Ball. ‘Amor’ Roger Williams was often in the charts in the 60s with his glissando-filled treatment of well known tunes
‘Rock With The Caveman’ the first important British rock and roller was Tommy Hicks from Bermondsey, South London.
‘Yakety Yak’ The Coasters with one of several hits written for them by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
‘I’ll Trust In You’ Gladys Knight And The Pips – sort of a family group with cousins Merald Knight, William Guest, Edward Patten and Langston George traveling to New York in 1960 to find a record deal – which they did and the hits happened throughout the 60s and 70s –
‘Just tell Her Jim Said hello’ Elvis Presley in 1962 –
‘Just Tell Him Jane Said Hello’ Gerri Granger, the soul singer who had been with Lloyd Price’s Band from a very early age got the job to respond ………………………….
‘Am I Blue’ Ray Charles early in his Atlantic days when the label was big enough to give him the support he needed to cross over from Rhythm and Blues into the mainstream.
‘Up Town’ Roy Orbison
‘I Still Love You All’ Kenny Ball and The Jazzers
‘Gee Whiz It’s You’ this was one of the export singles from Cliff Richard’s third album “Me And My Shadows” released in 1960.
‘Ruby Baby’ The Drifters with a major hit record in 1956- the original before Dion’s remake 7 years later.
‘You Can’t Blame Me’ Ike Turner.
‘Keep The magic Working’ Solomon Burke with another gem from the Atlantic vaults ….
‘Midnight Special’ Jimmy Smith