Magic moment when she draws breath before the last word. From the classic 1992 album Infamous Angel.
This was written by Chandler with Bernice Williams and Earl Edwards, whose name was incorporated into the title. It reached No 1 in the States in 1962. It was selected in … Continue readingGene Chandler: Duke of Earl
What could be more restful on a Sunday morning than Icelandic music played on a saw? From the 2007 album Kurr.
This is one of many pop songs on the theme of the underage girl who must be rejected for her own good. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap performed in costumes … Continue readingGary Puckett & The Union Gap: Young Girl
Is there a lovelier song title than this? From the underrated 1972 album Clear Spot.
Helen Shapiro was only 14 when she recorded this song, written by John Schroeder and Mike Hawker in 1961. It was her first No 1 hit (in Britain) and earned … Continue readingHelen Shapiro: You Don’t Know
A FEW days ago I had an email which made me realise how powerful our much-loved hymns can be even today, and although I repeated this one not long ago, … Continue readingO Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
This has always been one of my favourites, though it was not John Leyton’s most successful single (Johnny Remember Me topped the chart in 1961). Written by Les Vandyke and produced … Continue readingJohn Leyton: Cupboard Love
One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Here is a 1974 performance by Tim for the Old Grey Whistle Test, accompanied by Charlie Whitney on guitar, Tim Hinkley, bass, … Continue readingTim Buckley: Dolphins
A BONKERS bishop delivers his sermon at Norwich Cathedral from half way up a helter skelter. The Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick tells his flock that ‘God is a tourist attraction’. The mitred … Continue readingRoll up, roll up for Crazy Cathedral Capers