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P.S.  This site is maybe more accessible.. but I think it may only alow so many searches per session.

 

https://www.popsike.com/index.php

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Nobody can imitate Roy Orbison, but some can have a fair stab at interpreting.. his songs.

 

Chris Isaak did the best alternate version (It's NOT a cover) of Only the Lonely that I've heard.  It's on his superb album 'The Baja Sessions'

 

 

 

 

Nice 'Chillin' Tunes.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Thousand Stars in three versions:

 

The original.. by The Riveleers 1954 and written by a band member.

 

 

 

Kathy Young's 'One Hit Wonder'. 1960

 

 

Billy's 1960 version.

 

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Still doing the rounds and as popular as ever

One of my favourites was this one, covered by many artists over the years

Can you believe this jazz standard was written in 1917????

 

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Joe's daughter Sam was a fine singer too. If I have this right, she is his daughter from his marriage to Vicki.. one of the original 'Vernon Girls' from Liverpool, who sadly died of cancer a good while ago.  I have her album 'Stop'  and also 'April Moon'.. which I think is about her Mum.. but I'd have to check that to be sure... haven't played it for many years.  I saw her at the Citadel in St Helens, around the time she had 'Stop' in the charts. She had her brother.. and bassist Herbie Flowers in the band.  She seemed to struggle with the idea that St Helens was 'Merseyside', but definitely NOT Liverpool.

Good show though...

A comment from her Youtube' entry for 'Stop'
 

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After releasing three albums she married and had a couple of kids, then toured with Pink Floyd as backing singer and also on David Gilmour's solo tour, and continued touring with various other artists such as Gary Moore, George Harrison, Nick Cave and her father Joe Brown. She formed her own band Homespun that released three albums. After six solo albums and featuring on many others as a guest Sam had an operation to remove a cyst from her vocal chords which forced her to retire from singing in 2007. Now, at the age of 51, she teaches at the Academy of Contemporary Music, founded the Fabulous Ukulele Club (she plays the ukulele as well) and fundraises for cancer charities in memory of her mother.

 

 

I think it's easy for us to forget that musicians and 'stars'.. even 'minor stars'  have lives.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4WMWslzbg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And yesterday.. at the Bristol Hi Fi show, I was reminiscing about the time I played this tune VERY LOUD at a Hi Fi Show near Chesterfield about 1997.  I played it so loud via wardrobe sized Tannoy Corner Horn speakers and massive valve amps.. that the chap in the room next door shut his music off. I apoligised later and we laughed about it yesterday...

 

Worth playing loud though...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy8dZEpEYrA

 

Bloody Youtube isn't playing tonight... you'll have to click on the link!!

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20 hours ago, DJ360 said:

Joe's daughter Sam was a fine singer too. If I have this right, she is his daughter from his marriage to Vicki.. one of the original 'Vernon Girls' from Liverpool, who sadly died of cancer a good while ago.  I have her album 'Stop'  and also 'April Moon'.. which I think is about her Mum.. but I'd have to check that to be sure... haven't played it for many years.  I saw her at the Citadel in St Helens, around the time she had 'Stop' in the charts. She had her brother.. and bassist Herbie Flowers in the band.  She seemed to struggle with the idea that St Helens was 'Merseyside', but definitely NOT Liverpool.

Good show though...

A comment from her Youtube' entry for 'Stop'
 

 

I think it's easy for us to forget that musicians and 'stars'.. even 'minor stars'  have lives.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4WMWslzbg

 

 

Vicki was a member of The Breakaways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heard this on the radio the other day, Joe Brown - Picture of You

Classic intro on the mandolin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc7y6d9CvCA

 

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Now being serious, I remember the carpenters' smooth version 1975, and Lennon's rocky version in 1963 but I missed this, 1961. A powerful performance by Gladys Horton lead singing, she would be 16 at that time.?

 

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I'm looking for a tune to measure these times.  I'm not interested in cliches like 'I Will Survive'..

 

How can we describe it?

 

 

 

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DJ360

 

It is going to be hard without clichés so I am not going to dig that deep

Two from the Fab Four

Help

The Long and Winding Road

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6 hours ago, DJ360 said:

I'm looking for a tune to measure these times.  I'm not interested in cliches like 'I Will Survive'..

Fun Boy three - the lunatics have taken over the asylum

Phil Collins - in the air tonight

The garden centres and National Trust gardens are open to us all, so with care might get my honorary Mother in law to Caulke Abbey for a good walk

Got all the hardware now to repair the shed roof and re paint the fences. Banned from shopping, but not biking, so will set up a daily routine.

China seem to be coming out the other side, so there is always hope.

Take care

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A very nice song from underrated UK singer Paul Carrack

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ex work colleague and good mate passed away recently and this was played at the service

 

 

 

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I don't know why this song came into my mind just now.  It's one that has hovered in the back of my mind forever and it seems to personify wistfulness. Also I recall seeing a film around 1967/8, which seemed to play out the story of the song.. but I can't for the life of me recall what the film was.

 

 

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Finally managed to load a vid of this classic. If Sam Brown did noothing else her place in British music is assured.

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We'll Sing In The Sunshine was one of the hits of the Summer of Love in '64

Gale Garnett wrote it and it has been covered by countless other artists

Great choice

I think Roberta Flack's version was the best version of this Ewan MacColl classic, again covered by many

More of these long forgotten folksy classics please

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Col, I loved that "Sing in the Sunshine" when I was a kid in the 50s/60s (when was it??) Along with Peter Paul and Mary "Lemon Tree." Folk ballads with a story: great stuff. 

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To all. Thanks for the 'Big Ups'.  To be honest I found most of PPand M's stuff a bit too twee for my 'right on' earthy folk sensibilities when I was about 15.. :)

 

I remember listening to the BBC Radio Ballads..  Saturday mornings I think, from when I was about 8 to 15.  I didn't really understand early on but I was fascinated by the voices and the very different song structures etc., compared to what I was hearing on the 'pop' scene.

I later understood that it was mostly Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger behind them.

 

Oddly, the first song I thought of as 'folk' in the charts was the Springfields 'Breakaway'.. in I think 1961.  The fake 'Mericun' accents grate a bit these days.. but the classic folk theme of travelling, breaking free etc.. affected me even as a 'young un'.

 

 

 

Cyril Tawney.  Not a great video and he was towards the end of his career by this, so the voice control was a bit iffy. But his great composition.. Sally Free and Easy.. covered by practically everyone ever in Folk. Sadly my copy of his original recording went many years ago.  Let it run on to other great songs by Cyril. Oggy Man..Grey Funnel Line etc.

 

 

(Almost) Nottm's own great contributor to the UK 60s Folk Scene. ( She hailed from Toton) Anne Briggs, was associated with many of the other luminaries of the time, such as Jansch, Renbourn etc. I guess I was just a couple of years too young to have seen her perform in Nottm.

Last I heard.. she was living quietly in the Scottish Isles.

 

In many ways the Elder Statesman. Davy Graham remembered mostly for his composition. 'Anji'... covered by no less than Jansch, Renbourn, Simon and Garfunkel etc.

 

I can't leave this post without including something by Pentangle, but featuring the astonishingly beautiful singing of Jaqui McShee.  I saw them at the Nottm Albert Hall in 1966 or 7. Terrific band.

 

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Interesting last line in 'Willy o' Winsbury'  ....

'He has made her the Lady of all the land, that she may ride in a day'.

 

I seem to recall that was said of the land that comprised the original Bestwood Estate, as given to Nell Gwynne's lad by Charlie II.  A very clear line of Oak trees still visble on many of the borders thereof.

Dunno if it is true

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