Week 29 - Fri 22 July
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 22nd July 2022, your regular mélange of musical goodness....over to...
"Hi Everyone, Hope you're all keeping safe and well. Here are my three for this week."
Hard-Hearted Hannah performed by Margaret Young -
"As some of you may know, I organise a monthly acoustic play around in the Crown at Fakenham on the third Thursday of every month and last night's session was particularly fine.
Tennessee Time by Valerie June -
"When it is sunny in summer my mind always turns to my youth in Southend, and the sound track to fun fairs was always the Coasters, Chuck and Eddie..."
Promised Land performed by Johnnie Allan -
And Just in case you are inspired...
Bonus Track: But I realise that sometimes high and squeaky is what I need to hear.... so could I include this very summery tune please?
"Here's three from musicians we saw at the Ryedale Festival Late Night Folk concert in Malton last week."
"Hi RPMers, hope you all got thought this hot week ok. Here’s my 3 of the week."
"Three early UK 'rockers' this week."
Just Born (To be your baby) by Jim Dale (from 'Six-Five Special' LP released late 1957. Parlophone label) - "Throughout the fifties, both the BBC and ITV had recognised a 'toddlers truce' between the hours of 6 and 7pm, such was the perceived threat to the minds of the nation's youngsters from the cathode ray in the corner. However, Saturday 16th February 1957 saw the BBC initiate not only a (five minute) six o'clock news but also, shock, horror, fifty five minutes of that new fangled 'rock and roll'. Hosts included pugilist Freddie Mills, Pete Murray, 'hip speak' translator Jo Douglas and Jim Dale. Music for all the acts was generally provided by Don Lang and his Frantic Five or the John Barry Seven but, most importantly, the whole shebang was produced by Jack Good, fresh from University and a comedy double act with Trevor Peacock. Good persuaded the powers that be to accept a magazine format which included some music and had a set built to suit. However, with just hours to go before transmission, Good ordered the set stripped of all accoutrements and presented the show from a bare studio with the audience milling about between acts, As well as co-presenting, failed ballet dancer Jim Dale had recently signed with Parlophone producer George Martin and released 'Be my girl' which hit number 2 and followed that up with this ('live') hiccuper which, towards the crescendo, features a posse of screaming girls (well, three or four anyway!) each time he giggles!!! The album also features Laurie London, the King Brothers, Terry Wayne and Jimmy Jackson and is currently for sale on Discogs for between £5 and £40. I think mine cost me 50p!!! Dale went on to chart another couple of times before branching out into song writing (including songs for 'The Winter's Tale' and 'Shalako') and he was rewarded with a hit for Des O'Conner, with the classic 'Dick-A-Dum-Dum' in1969, and the brilliantly evocative 'Georgy Girl' for The Seekers. Of course, his career then saw him become a regular in the 'Carry On...' films and, later, receive a request from Sir Lawrence Olivier to join the National Theatre. He then moved to Broadway where he won numerous TONY's and many other 'critics' awards in the 1980's and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009. As recently as 2019 he received an MBE in recognition of his work with children's literature."
You Got What It Takes by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates- ' (7" single released December 1959. HMV label) - "Originally a 1958 US hit for Bobby Parker, the song became a hit again (number 10) in the US for Marv Johnson in late 1959 when it was produced by soon to be Tamla head honcho Berry Gordy and leased to United Artists. Here in the UK, where it reached the stratospheric number 5, the song received two competing versions. Interestingly, one version was by the Lana Sisters, featuring a youthful Mary O'Brian, soon to become Dusty Springfield. Of course, Dusty would famously say that it was 1963, following a Springfields recording session in Nashville, where she was exposed via the New York radio stations to the delights of Tamla Motown, Stax, Atlantic etc (especially The Exciters 'Tell him'). However, she must, surely, have known of this proto Tamla goodie at the time of recording as the Sisters record was released in direct competition. Also released the same week was Johnny Kidd and the Pirates cover version, his third single following the classic 'Please don't touch' number 25 hit and the less than classic 'If you were the only girl in the world'. Kidd, who until early1959 had been wowing the crowds as Freddie Heath and the Nutters, continually received unsympathetic treatment by his management and, especially, the HMV label, probably due to his undoubted crowd pulling around the UK's clubs and concert halls, and this may well have overridden the fact that an album recorded/released in, say, 1962 would possibly have put him at the pinnacle of UK rock and roll. There are several fine compilations out there, including the interesting See For Miles 'Rarities' and 'Classic and Rare' compilations, which include several tracks recorded for his proposed but unreleased and incomplete 1963 album, which I heartily recommend."
Collette by Billy Fury (7" single released 29th January 1960. Decca label) - "An important and interesting release for Billy for a couple of reasons. Firstly, its number nine chart placing convinced Decca (never the most adventurous label in the 60's) to allow Billy to record his debut album, 'The Sound of Fury', which is now recognised as one of the most important album releases by a British rock and roller. The album was recorded on April 14th and Billy planned to tour the album immediately after its release. Fury and his manager placed an advert in the Liverpool press for bands to audition to support either Fury, Duffy Power or Johnny Gentle and, amongst the hopeful attendees were the Silver Beatles, with disgruntled stand-in drummer Johnny Hutchinson replaced after a couple of numbers by the late arriving, and temporary drummer Tommy Moore. Perhaps because of this, and Stuart Sutcliffe's hardly proficient bass playing, they were passed over for Fury and sent out on a tour of Scotland behind Johnny Gentle. For just one short period, we could have had the Beatles backing the UK's most authentic rocker..................... One other Beatle related fact: the drummer on the 'Sound of Fury' album was Alan White who, three years later, would perform drum duties on the Beatles debut single after Pete Best had proved less than adequate for recording purposes at the group's initial EMI audition.
"Exclusive picture of Liz Truss backstage prior to appearing on the recent Tory leadership programme."
" Hi RPM skallywags. Try these three out...they certainly got my feet tapping."
Meet Me In The Alleyway by Steve Earle - "I've referred to what I've termed as "RPM synchronicity" a number of times...and here we go again. A couple of weeks ago a number of our esteemed RPM colleagues independently chose a great selection of assorted blues songs which also strangely coincided with the Dereham Blues Festival (good to see it's back after it's enforced covid break). Last week, Jean and Alan both chose versions of the song Heatwave for entirely different reasons. Also last week, I selected Molly-O by Steve Earle, only to get into the boy Ewan's car a few days later to find he was listening to I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, the very album this song is from! So here's another from said opus."
White Nights by Chris Stout and Catriona McKay - "As you've seen from Jackie's choices, the Ryedale Festival is on at the moment and on Tuesday we went to the Milton Rooms in Malton for Late Night Folk, a concert featuring firstly the Maxwell Quartet and then Chris Stout and Catriona McKay who were awesome. I'm sure Chris and Catriona have be featured before on the 7DS...possibly by Jayne or Piers when visiting Shetland (?).....anyway, here they are...and live, to boot."
Heavy Road by Slift - "At the begining of the week, I decided to find something to play which I hadn't listened to for ages...and the first Slift 12" 3 track EP, Spacetrip for Everyone, slid out into my searching fingers. It got played six times in a row!! Here's track two. I notice they have a new live album just released......possibly watch this space, man."
'Til Next Time...