Wayne’s Music 18/19 January 2014. Songs of the 60s that you may have never heard before!
‘Wolverton Mountain’ Dickey Lee with his 1962 cover version of the Claude King hit song.
‘Is This What I get For Loving You?’ The Ronettes – with another Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Phil Spector collaboration.
The Walls Fell Down’ Graham Bonnett and Trevor Gordon collectively known as The Marbles …they were cousins and childhood friends from Skegness,
‘And When It’s Over’ Bert Sommer, the songwriter, singer and actor who was briefly with the group The Left Banke.
‘Time Is On My Side’ Kai Winding with Jerry Ragavoy’s tune the Rolling Stones and Irma Thomas made famous …
‘Reconsider Me’ Johnny Adams, the Tan Canary – with one of his biggest hits in the late 60s.
‘Suspicious Minds’ a song I always thought was custom made for Elvis Presley – but in fact the man who wrote the song, Mark James had made the first recording a year before the King hit the charts with it.
‘A Whiter Shade Of pale’ Noel Harrison ( son of Rex Harrison ) released some 4 albums in the 60`s. His version of Procol Harum`s A Whiter Shade Of Pale is from his 1967 album Collage.
‘World Of You’ Aerovons A group from St. Louis that recorded an album at Abbey Road Studios in 1968 and 1969 but was shelved before it was ever released.
‘Yesterday’s Sunshine’ Grapefruit with one of 13 classic songs to be released by the band who John Lennon named after his future wife Yoko Ono’s book (Grapefruit).
‘Wild Thing’ songwriter Chip Taylor knocked out a song in less than an hour for a New York covers band called The Wild Ones and they bashed this out as a debut single for United Artists .
‘Two hangmen’ Mason Proffitt - Brothers John Michael & Terry Talbot played together in several local bands around Chicago and Indianapolis.
‘Love Song’ Vashti Bunyan with another one that sticks in your mind. She has been labeled The Godmother of Freak Folk.
‘I Fought The Law’ The Crickets popularity faded after the loss of the leader Buddy Holly, and lots of their album stuff did not see the light of day – but in 1964 an aspiring Texan rock star Bobby Fuller (an avid Buddy Holly fan) released a faithful reproduction of Sonny Curtis’s song and it became his only top ten hit with The Bobby Fuller Four.
‘Give Me, take You’ Duncan Browne – something from his debut album.
‘Some Good Advice’ Bill Fay with his debut single of 1967. Two failed albums later, he was dumped by his Record Company – and 40 years later he’s back again with an album called Life Is People which has had rave reviews.
‘The Red Rooster’ Howlin Wolf was adored by British Rhythm and Blues fans – among them, The Rolling Stones – who couldn’t wait to record their version of Willie Dixon’s song which they called The Little Red Rooster … a tribute to Howlin Wolf and the Stones have always acknowledged their debt to the blues-man.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 19 January 2014. Songs Of The 60s you have never heard. PART ONE
‘Only One Woman’ The Marbles – Graham Bonnett and Trevor Gordon were hailed as the most promising newcomers of the year in 1968 with this Bee Gees song.
‘A Love Like Yours Don’t Come Knocking Everyday’ Ike and Tina Turner working with Phil Spector –
‘A Rockin Good Way’ Priscilla Bowman & The Spaniels …this song has always belonged to Mr Smooth balladeer Brook Benton, after all he did co-write the number) but the former big jazz band singer Priscilla Bowman got out the first version of the song.
‘You Don’t have To be A baby To Cry’ The Caravelles sounding just oh so girl groupy – people thought they were American but Andrea Simpson and Lois Wilkinson were both London office workers who enjoyed singing.
‘First Hymn From Grand Terrace’ Mark Lindsay – a member of Paul revere And The Raiders, and he reeled off a string of his own chart records and three best-selling albums …this was his debut as a solo singer, a dramatic Jimmy Webb ballad. Webb Golden Classics edition COLLECTABLES
‘This Diamond Ring’ Sammy Ambrose –a young soul singer did not have a chance with This Diamond Ring – even though he recorded it first – once Gary l;ewis and The Playboys sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show, the song was theirs, and they went on to score 9 more Top 10 hits under Snuff Garret’s direction, and poor old Sammy Ambrose was not heard of again
‘Misty Blue’ Wilma Burgess, a name not well remembered these days, but this country girl had 15 singles on the Billboard Country Chart between 1965 and 1975.
‘Both Sides Now’ The Johnstons
‘Cigarettes And Coffee Blues’ back in the 60s cigarettes were part of the culture – and many songs were written with a smoking theme. Just how romantic can a cigarette be? Those lipstick-stained cigarettes appear in the lines of many songs, and Marty Robbins knew how to cash in on a theme.
‘Kay’ John Wesley Ryles with the hit song he’s best known for –
‘Time’ Dino Valente the one they called the “underground Dylan” when he was working his way through the basket-houses and crash pads of Greenwich Village in the late 60s.
‘Go Now’ the one you heard first before The Moody Blues … the original Go Now Girl – Bessie Banks in 1964.
‘Mister Nico’ Four Jacks And A Jill – the South African folk rockers.
‘My Boy Lollipop’ Barbie Gaye –was seven years ahead of the million selling rendition of the song by Little Millie Small in 1963.
‘Ma Vie’ Alain Barriere, from Brittany, a sixties singer who at one time was one of Frances’s biggest stars and a sell out live attraction. .
‘I Found You’ Yvonne Fair – the former Chantel’s singer had so many missed opportunities – and this song was one of them. Her boss when she was in the James Brown revue re-jigged the song a few years later, and had one of the biggest soul hits of the 60s … Yvonne Fair’s rendition went straight down the road to oblivion.
‘Ruby, Don’t Take You Love To Town’ poor Alabama-born Johnny Darrell – he recorded the originals of the classic songs “Green Green Grass Of Home”, “The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp”, only to watch Tom Jones and O C Smith (respectively) take the songs into the Hot 100..
‘Stay With Me’ the wonderful Lorraine Ellison who started out in the gospel group The Ellison Sisters
‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ Dianne Hall and Annita Ray with a demo sound that eventually became a monster hit for The Mindbenders
‘As Long As I have You’ Garnet Mimms, the gospel singer from Philadelphia who, after his military service formed up the doo-wop group the Gainors in 1958.
‘You Were On My Mind’ Canadian couple Ian Tyson and Sylvia Fricker were for a short time the darlings of the Folk scene in Eastern North America …
‘You Got Just What You Asked For’ Estelle Brown – a former studio singer with Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston, Carol Slade, Judy Clay, Doris Troy and Myrna Smith, each of whom also enjoyed solo recording careers.
‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ Tommy Hunt with what I would have thought was a good enough original to crack the charts, but who knows why some records fail to make the grade – then somebody else picks up the same song, and it’s a smash hit. That was the case for Dusty Springfield when she had a world-wide success with this song in 1964. Bacharach/David
‘The Hurt’s All Gone’ Irma Thomas with one of the best productions from Jerry Ragovoy in 1965.
‘Let’s Get Together’ The Kingston Trio recorded this in one of their last sessions for Capitol in 1963
‘Thinkin’ Garnet Mimms with another Chip taylor and Jerry Ragovoy collaboration in 1966 …
‘California Sun’ Joe Jones was ahead of his time with this song, because it was one of the first surfin’ records to reach stores in 1961 …
‘What’s It Gonna be’ from a fabled session in 1967 for Dusty Springfield with Carole King, Madeline Bell, Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford on background vocals.
‘Something Stupid’ C Carson Parks and Gaile Foote with the original.
‘Dad Blame Anything A Man Can’t Quit’ cigarette songs were all part of the culture in the 60s –and Roger Miller climbed on the band w agon with this one in 1966
‘Down Thru’ Summer’ a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (who managed and produced records for Ross Hannaman (Rosalind) …
‘Part Time Love’ Little Johnny Taylor – a one time gospel singer with the famed Mighty Clouds of Joy before he moved into the rhythm and blues field.
‘Stand By Your man’ Candi Staton –
CD8 (118) ‘Ebb Tide’ The Righteous brothers fighting against Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Sigman/Maxwell Phil Spector
‘Tobacco Road’ John D Loudermilk wrote hundreds of songs for all sorts of artists – and often he would record them himself before handing them on to others …