Sorry, but as far as I am concerned Phil Spector could do no wrong. He co-wrote this one with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and produced it. Released in November … Continue readingThe Ronettes: Baby, I Love You
THERE is nothing like the call of the curlew. Perhaps it’s more evocative than any other sound of the uplands in spring. However it is heard less frequently these days … Continue readingCurlews calling
There are many versions of this beautiful song but here the old crooner does it better than most. From his 1978 album The Bride Stripped Bare.
This was written by Motown’s main production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland (Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland), and it reached No 1 in both America and Britain in 1966. The … Continue readingFour Tops: Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
Only the lovely Bridget could describe standing in a dog’s egg with no shoes on as ‘bare feet getting dirt-pretty’. This lovely track is from her first album Ask Me … Continue readingBridget St John: Bare Feet and Hot Pavements
From before he started doing Louis Armstrong impressions.
The Edward G Robinson of rock never sang better than this. From Veedon Fleece, 1974.
IT HAS been a voyage of discovery for me this week. It is the first time I have written about a hymn I don’t know, and along the way I … Continue readingVictorian gems
This brilliant clip is taken from Martin Scorsese’s film of the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue and was shot at the home of singer Gordon Lightfoot. The song is about Joni’s … Continue readingJoni Mitchell: Coyote
This was written by Tony Romeo and released in 1969. It reached No 10 in America and No 2 in Britain. It was something of a comeback for Christie after … Continue readingLou Christie: I’m Gonna Make You Mine