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Part of the pleasure in spending your later years near where you grew up....is bumping into friends from 60 years and more ago.......\i constantly do this in Bulwell.....old school pals from the 50s a

Ben, another group called The Spinners with some fantastic shots of the UK. The song was all about the "Right to Roam". Written by Ewan MacColl I've walked and climbed in most of the places in th

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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I did a modern tap dance (with 2 others)to the above song in the old theatre on George Street  when I was about 14.  We had a pianist, though, not Frankie’s strange voice.

 

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I've danced on that stage many times. I wasn't keen on tap dancing but remember taking part in a 42nd Street routine there. Also Thoroughly Modern Millie, song and dance. That's where my shoe came off during the Charleston and flew into the second row!  Our dance teacher was very strict and always told us that even if your head fell off on stage, you take no notice and carry on!

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Great sound of Chris Rea'' 

Save your crying for the day'' 

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Green Door was originally recorded in the US by Jim Lowe, and his version charted in the UK too.

 

Similarly, Frankie Vaughan's 'Garden of Eden', was inspired by the USA original by Joe Valino

 

 

I don't want to take anything away from Frankie Vaughan, because by all accounts he was a decent bloke.

 

I remember  him opening the rebuilt Boowul Youth Club....  swept by the Bogs in a Land Rover as I recall.. I saw him.

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Here's another great ballad from the same period...

 

 

 

This song..and all the others from that period.. always remind me of so much other stuff. Mostly the two fields opposite the street where I was raised.  The way those tunes floated on the air from every house, on a Sunday, as the joint roasted, the veg cooked, and we all listened to 'Two Way Family Favourites'. That was an odd programme which would feature pop songs alongside the 1812 Overture.. and another of my faves at the time:

 

 

And of course this was the height of the Skiffle craze too:

 

 

Lost World..

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Loved the 'Bee-Gees............spot the Hemlock stone ?

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Nice bit of triple tonguing there Col... 

 

Nancy Whiskey not heard of for years, her version of Freight Train was my dads all time fave...

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I have a very nice copy of that on original Oriole 78. Nancy passed away in 2003, and of course, took her name from the folk song.. being by birth.. Anne Alexandra Young Wilson.  Here you go..

 

 

Me.. I'm 'digging on' the baseball boots and shoulder high waist bands...

 

Triple tongueing.. as Eric Morecambe would say.. 'They can't touch you for it..'

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Been 'discussing' Donovan. in 'another place'.  There seem to be two camps.. those who think Donovan was just a lightweight 'folk' singer.. and those who see him as some sort of UK answer to Dylan. No way he was in the same league as Dylan.. but he had something.. This gets complicated because now.. Donovan seems to be promoting himself as the originator of Flower Power, a major influence on the Beatles.. etc.. That side of him I find rather sad..but he did write some beautiful songs.

 

 

Which was good enough for Joan Baez:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dylan v Donovan argument was quite intense at the time yet I never heard a definitive answer of why one was considered better than the other.

Dylan was more enigmatic in the choice of words, syntax, and his music quite raucous in his early days. Donovan somewhat  gentle, simplistic, more direct, and less ambiguous although nowhere near as prolific.

 

There was a short time when Barry McGuire and Eve of Destruction was hailed as a future protest singer in the same deep and meaningful mould. That also had people who praised and some who sneered.

By what criteria do we judge which league they are  in?

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It's interesting Jim.

The whole Donovan v Dylan thing though.. was a largely manufactured notion, with the UK industry/press, pushing the idea of Donovan as 'Britain's answer to Dylan' which of course he just wasn't, and probably didn't want to be. Echoes of the earlier 'Cliff or Elvis?' and even 'Beatles v Stones' and later 'Oasis v Blur.'

 

Dylan was of course heavily influenced by the original 'protest' singer Woody Guthrie..and he showed that in songs such as 'Masters of War', 'A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall' and the very witty 'Talkin' World War Three Blues'.  Whereas Donovan , as you say, seemed to be more introspective and personal/romantic in his own songs.  His 'protest' songs were mostly covers, such as Universal Soldier (Buffy Saint Marie?) The War Drags On (C.J.Johnson), Do You Hear Me Now? (Bert Jansch)..though Donovan did a version of Woody's 'Car Car'.

 

Barry McGuire was interesting.  If I'm not mistaken he originally appeared as part of the New Christy Minstrels, along with several others who would go on to fame and fortune in their own right later.

 

Barry's 'Eve of Destruction', was actually written by the mysterious P.F Sloan, who had a couple of minor solo hits... ( 'Sins of the Fathers') but mostly just wrote stuff...including 'California Dreamin'..a huge hit for the Mamas and Papas. 

 

Sloan also provoked a song called 'PF.Sloan', written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by many, including Jennifer Warnes, Rumer and two versions which I have, by Cassell Webb, and this one..by Unicorn.

 

I hope you are keeping up..  I'll be asking questions..

 

And finally.... though a different group of musicians.. I always lump this in with that whole 'vibe'..

 

 

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I stopped posting in "What You Listening" as not to offend, well I'm music mad & play it 7/8 hours a day, so today I'm listening to the other Mr Williamson, made my day easier, me Dad always got a tune out of an harmonica.

 

 

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According to my reference books.. just the one hit here..and a follow up..'Tom Cat' in the US...though they had several albums.   They had disbanded by 1967.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rooftop_Singers

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I adored them!  Despite performing as a sort of comedy group....sending up the 1920s/early 30s UK jazz scene..they were all very good musicians.  The lead singer 'Whispering' Paul Mc Dowell..continued in acting and other artistic pursuits until he died in 2016.

I loved the way that McDowell would stand aside, often leaning casually on a jardiniere or somesuch and smoking a cigar..until it was his turn to sing.. then I'd be worried that he wouldn't get to the mic in time.. :biggrin:  He always did.

 

 

 

And of course there were 9 of them.

When interviewed as to why they were called "The Tempererance Seven" Captain Sephus Howard, or some other member, said" there are nine of us which means we are one over the eight". ..an expression meaning 'drunk'..hence the link to Temperance.

 

 

Member 'John R T Davies' was also a noted sound engineer and restorer of early recordings. 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._T._Davies

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Just discovered this, a recording from the 'National Jukebox' of the US Library of Congress:

 

https://www.loc.gov/item/playlist?tracks=jukebox-673171

 

It's from 1924, which pre-dates 'electrical' recording (i.e., using microphones), by about 2 years.  So this will have been recorded directly to a wax disc by the players' noise being funelled through horns to the cutting stylus.

 

I love this stuff.

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I thought I'd heard most things since buying music in the 60s but how have I missed this "belter" from 1969 ?

Heard a snippet from it on the Grand Tour when Clarkson and co were doing a road trip .

 Managed to track it down by googling some of the lyrics and it's by Bob Seger . Ramblin Gamblin Man.

 

 

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Love this song........and love brown eyed girls......

Do you remember when...we used to sing....

Sha La La La la La La La La dee dah......lying in the green grass on Vernon Park...........:rolleyes:

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Lovely song.........nice video......Happy people........

All in Tesco car park Bulwell..........

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Thought Freddie had a great voice......also so very funny.......not to everyone's taste....but certainly to mine....

Chap i went to school with was his personal driver for a time........said he was ''a complete arshole'' even that made me laugh.....the chap from school was a right misery anyway,,,,,

Poor old Freddie had a sad end to his life........RIP Freddie....

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