THE midge season is in full swing. I wondered when we moved to a house beside a stream if they would be a problem. As it turns out, they aren’t. … Continue readingMidge over troubled water
Written by Nick Drake’s mum Molly, this is from the album Diversions Volume Four and very sweet it is too.
Written by Hank Marvin as the B-side to Atlantis, which was released in May 1963 and reached No 2 in Britain. I think it’s as good a pop song as many … Continue readingThe Shadows: I Want You To Want Me
If you could have Natalie Merchant singing and the Albion Country Band backing, then you’d have a record and a half.
This was written by Shannon. It was released in 1964, reaching No 9 in America and No 3 in Britain.
This was written by Dion DiMucci (Dion’s full name) and Ernie Maresca. Dion had split from his backing group, the Belmonts, and recorded the song in 1961 with a group … Continue readingDion: Runaround Sue
This was recommended by reader ‘Sargantana’ in response to my Monday column about Caravan and the Hatfields. Incredibly, it was released this year. The Canterbury Sound lives!
TWENTY Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to allow churches to re-open as soon as next month. They ask why shoppers can go to a busy supermarket but worshippers … Continue readingWho is on the Lord’s Side?
Kindly suggested by reader Andy Marshall, who wrote: ‘The legend, for many years, was that the singer was David Bowie, and this made it a very much sought-after disc. It’s … Continue readingVamp: Floatin’
This was originally released in French in 1955 as Je t’appartiens sung and composed by Gilbert Bécaud, with lyrics by Pierre Delanoë. The English lyrics were by Manny Curtis, and contain one … Continue readingEverly Brothers: Let It Be Me