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Hey, Ayup Ben, pleased to see you back and sorry you’ve had health issues but hope you settle into your new home quickly.  Did you get out before the rent man called?   Just hope that a few of th

I listen to "Always" and I'm thinking of fabulous Mrs WW, from happy courting days to the sweetest honeymoon, through all the years, all the sunsets, all the sunrises, all the hard times, near disaste

Moved into our new home today,,now sat quietly apart from a little jig when the music of Dr Hook gets too much to sit still, The site seems to have got back to its friendly ways,,so I'm back,,

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A life long friend for over 50 years, we’ve had some laughs. :laugh:

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Small world eh? I got to know him as he used to live next door to a very good friend of mine, he used to cut my hair too! 

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On the subject of Mark T, he was also a neighbour of ours and we often see him in Arnold at his shop (when it’s open). I can’t see him getting much sympathy from his other half, Brian!

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6 hours ago, LizzieM said:

We seem to be losing so many stars recently, performers who meant so much in my teenage years.

Yes LizzieM, the soundtrack of our youth gets ever quieter.

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As it happens.. only yesterday (Monday), I was running through the three Motown albums I bought recently on CD... as I described above about 10 days back.

 

It seems the group many of us know as the Elgins ..with a 'hard' G..are actually supposed to be called the Eljins.. with a soft j.  The name was briefly used by the group that became the Temptations. The Temps were originally called the Primes.. and were friends of Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson, who became a female version of the Primes.. called the Primettes.. and who invited a friend. Diane Ross.. to join them...

 

But.. I digress..  The Elgins album is fab and contains not only the well known Elgins versions of 'Heaven Must Have Sent You', and 'Put Yourself in My Place', with lead vocal Saundra Mallet.. but later stuff with Yvonne Vernee Allen, who replaced Mallet when she left to raise her children.

 

Nothing is simple in the Motown Discography.. and if anything proves that.. it is the way that Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 'The Onion Song' was recorded.  By that time, poor Tammi was dying from a brain tumour and too sick to record.  Although there is some dispute around it... it is generally accepted that Tammi's vocal on The Onion Song was actually performed by Valerie Simpson.. of the songwriting and production duo 'Ashford and Simpson'.  The story says that Valerie Simpson and Marvin Gaye were uneasy about doing this.. but were told that royalties would all go to Tammi's family . so they agreed.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford_%26_Simpson

 

Ashford and Simpson's record of songwriting, performing and production is phemomenal and even includes their writing of 'Let's Go Get Stoned' a US No.1 for my all time hero Ray Charles.

 

The Onion Song:

 

 

 

Read the comments. 

 

 

Class!

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Depending on my mood i can enjoy all 'Genre'' of music...this morning i'm loving some ''Country and Western'' must be the old Cowboy in me'''

Always on my mind'''                    Willie Nelson

 

''Maybe i didnt love you...quiet as long as i should have'''

''Tell me that your sweet love'' hasnt died..........

 

''Where's me Horse''         

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Staying with Willie Nelson.......

 

''You don't know me''

'Afraid and shy..i let my chance go-by''

''A chance you might love me too'''

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Started my day with this lovely song from 'Stevie Wonder''

''I just called to say i love you ''

 

When the wife moved to Nottingham...we used to have a dance on a saturday night at the Railway club..(1985)......where my family gathered (lots of em) and i had an Uncle who sang this to her on the dance floor.............

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I'm comin' so hold on steady...we don't need no commotion! :Shock:

 

 

 

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Always makes me happy when i hear Polly Brown of 'Picketty witch'' singing this,,

''Same old feeling;;   1972 ish..

 

''Took Margaret from 'Alum Rock'' to a club in Tamworth to see them............Loved Polly...............

 

 

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I DID IT !!   Picketty witch..above x2......just noticed.......still dont know how............lol

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Well done Paul!!  It was a great pop song and Polly Brown was quite endearing before she incomprehensibly 'blacked up' for some song..  Not a great career move.

I only found out a year or so back that 'Same Old Feeling' was originally recorded as an album track by the Foundations:

 

 

And the song was also given the Fortunes' vocal treatment:

 

You can't keep a good song down.. They're all great versions and I love them all...

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Here's the original 'A' side of a Four Pennies single.

 

 

And here is the 'B' side.. which became a massive hit.. despite the nonsensical lyrics...

 

 

As I recall.. the lead singer 'Lionel Morton' (aka Lionel Walmsley)went on to assorted presenting and acting roles on the telly.

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From comments re: Leonard Cohen on Youtube:

 

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When I heard that he was going on his “final tour” (ha ha) I got myself to Copenhagen. I even booked into the same hotel as his party. And one morning there he was sharing a coffee with his colleague. I rushed out to the nearest bookshop to get a copy of his latest book. As it happened there was a long line of people waiting to pay for their books (not Cohen’s). I was worried I would miss out on getting him to sign (back at the hotel). I yelled out “Excuse me, I need to get this book back for Leonard Cohen to sign”. Well, the crowd moved aside and applauded. They all loved Cohen. Most were in their 30s. I finally got back and sheepishly approached him. (My partner had already scalded me for invading his privacy). I apologised and introduced myself, explaining I had travelled from Sydney to be at his concert. I asked if he would sign the book for my daughter who was also a fan. THIS IS WHERE THE REAL COHEN SURFACED. He softly asked the name of my daughter. Then he took the book and settled it on the table, smoothing its pages flat. Slowly, he reached into his jacket for his fountain pen. Removing the cap, he looked up with a smile and asked the name of my daughter. He spelt it out to me to make sure. Then he commenced the artwork. He didn’t just write, he drew. The drawing was words but the art was in how he did it. You see, some art is not captured on paper or sculptures, or even performed. It is simply how you live. He gave me a spirit.

 

Astonishing.

 

 

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4 hours ago, DJ360 said:

 Four Pennies

This reminded me of Fivepenny Piece a folk group in the seventies from Stalybridge and Ashton -Under-Lyme.

Their female lead singer Lynda Meeks was one of those unforgettable voices. Many of their songs were comedic but others told stories of the changes in Lancashire during that era. I have several of their albums on vinyl and this is one of my favorite tracks

Stalybridge Station Fivepenny Piece - YouTube

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Wish i knew how i got Polly Brown and Pickettywitch up....anyway start my day with Billy Fury....

''Half way to Paradise'''

''I want to be your Lover''

''But your friend is all i'll stay'''

 

More Locarno nights...Mens room..shoe shine 6d..splash of Old spice..Collar up....uh uh....crooked lip...wanna dance duck?  No ?   ok maybe later..if ya luck changes !!

   

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More from Billy Fury......

''Wondrous place''

''Found a place full of charms'''

''Magic place in my Baby's arms''

 

Shades of 'Palais' this time  and the revolving 'bali hai''

Waiting for Doreen to come round...her luck just changed:rolleyes:

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