This week we go way back to the 60s to a British pop group called Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich! Dave Dee was the main vocalist and their management named them this way as the others were the nicknames of the other band members and they wanted them to stand out! They certainly did that producing a string of hits with unusual rhythms, lyrics and instruments such as an electrified mandolin on “Bend It!”.
They had 13 top 40 hits, including 8 top tens and 1 number one which was “The Legend of Xanadu”. Here are two of their top five hits.
“Hold Tight!” reached number 4 in 1966
(Uploaded to YouTube by Shey lismo)
“Zabadak!” reached number 3 in 1967
(Uploaded to YouTube by vinylsolution)
This week we travel all the way back to 1965 for a group who were considered a little bit of a joke band due to their bouncing and kicking their legs during some of their routines on stage; it’s Freddie and the Dreamers. Although grouped with the Merseyside sound they actually came from Manchester, my home city.
Their lead singer, charismatic Freddie Garrity had a great voice and the group had some good songs. They had seven top 40 hits including two number threes and one number two.
The two songs here were on the same record, the A and B sides.
This is not only my favourite song of theirs but one of my favourite 60s songs. Short but very sweet! Sadly only reached number 26.
“A Little You”
(Uploaded to YouTube by InfiniteDreams18)
“Things I’d Like To Say”
(Uploaded to YouTube by Serenadesong)
This week it’s a special theme. In celebration of my parents 60th (Diamond) wedding anniversary tomorrow we have four diamond named tracks. Some well known, some not so well known.
First up it’s a track that is a quite well known 60s instrumental but most people probably don’t know what it’s called or who did it. Well it’s called “Diamonds” and is by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan (ex Shadows members) which was number 1 for three weeks in 1963.
(Uploaded to YouTube by Kevin Allen)
A little known track from two well known artists. Nice dance song.
“Diamonds” (extended remix) by Herb Alpert feat. Janet Jackson, reached number 27 in 1987
(Uploaded to YouTube by musiclover3928)
Next a song by multi-million selling superstar Rihanna.
“DIamonds” by Rihanna, which was number 1 for one week in 2012
(Uploaded to YouTube by RihannaVEVO). There is a short ad before the track.
Finally, it’s an obvious choice but a goody! A great song (written by John Barry and Don Black) from a great, timeless singer.
“Diamonds Are Forever” by Shirley Bassey from the 1971 James Bond film of the same name. Reached a lowly 38 in Jan 1972 (what were the record buying public thinking!)
(Uploaded to YouTube by Valdeci Corrêa)
Happy Diamond Anniversary Mum and Dad. xxx
As another Friday 13th arrives, here are two appropriate songs from the rock genre. Brit guitarist Jeff Beck declaring he isn’t superstitious and American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd musing on good and bad luck.
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“I Ain’t Superstitious” by Jeff Beck from 1968
(Uploaded to Youtube by Toni Davey)
“Good Luck, Bad Luck” by Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1994
(Uploaded to Youtube by SpeedofSound)
This week Sir George Martin passed away at the age of 90. He was best known for his work as producer for The Beatles, resulting in some ground breaking and innovative songs and techniques. He was dubbed “the fifth Beatle” by Paul McCartney.
I have chosen two songs of theirs which I like for different reasons. The first is just a beautiful song about people in someone’s life and is just lovely lyrically and musically. The second is trippy and takes the listener on a sonic journey and is technically groundbreaking.
“In My Life” from 1965
George Martin plays the instrumental bridge on the song
(Uploaded by Headful of Hollow)
“Strawberry Fields Forever” from 1967
(Uploaded to Youtube by Phonography Vinyl Box)
George Martin also did the soundtrack for the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die. McCartney did the theme but Martin scored the other tracks. Here is a track called “Snakes Alive”
(Uploaded by Dylan Leraix II)
RIP Sir George Martin.