60’s Music

What’s Stuck In My Head – 12 November

So sometime around 3 AM this morning this popped into my head and woke me up.  Not sure why, maybe it’s that stupid tropical storm that’s been threatening us on and off for the last few days.  Maybe it’s the constant back pain, or more likely the meds I’m taking for the pain that keeps me up. 

But maybe, just maybe it’s kismet that the song came to me the way the title came to Tommy James;

The title, “Crimson and Clover”, was decided before a song had been written for it. The combination of unknown meaning came to James as he was waking up, comprising his favorite color – crimson – and his favorite flower – clover.

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

In any case, this has always been one of favorite songs.  As a youngster the effects are what caught my attention.  But as I grew older (I still refuse to grow up) how those effects were accomplished is what kept me listening to the track.

I will admit that all I know of Tommy James and the Shondells are their singles.  I didn’t know that the album version of tis track is two minutes longer.  I’m not surprised, it never occurred to me that there would be an album as well.  Ah, the obliviousness of youth!

This track has been covered by Prince and more famously by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  The original reached number one on 1 February 1969, Joan’s cover made it to number 7 in 1982.  Other songs that the group gave us that made it big are “I Think We’re Alone Now” covered by Tiffany and “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol.  Both of which hit number one in November of 1987.  “Crystal Blue Persuasion” is another track I always enjoyed.  I do have a bit of a psychedelia streak in me (see here, here, here, and here). 

“Crimson and Clover” entered the U.S. charts on December 14, where it stayed for 16 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and 15 weeks on Cash Box Top 100. Following a performance of the song on The Ed Sullivan Show on January 26, it became number one on February 1, 1969, a position held for one week on Cash Box Top 100 and two weeks on both Billboard Hot 100 and Record World 100 Top Pops. Internationally, the song reached number one in Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Switzerland. It also charted in Austria, Brazil, France, Holland, Italy, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, and Puerto Rico. Despite this, the song did not chart in the United Kingdom.

Ibid

And to even out the music spectrum, they also gave us the bubblegum “Hanky Panky”.  Mother nature may abhor a straight line, but she does enjoy balance.

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now.  The link is down below!

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A Little Funk For Your Day

While I was out driving today, I was listening to Peter Asher’s From Me To You show on The Beatles channel (#18 on SiriusXM).  I do enjoy this show for two reasons.  Not only did Mr. Asher have a great music career as both a member of Peter and Gordon but also as a Grammy winning producer.  Not to mention that his sister Jane was a longtime girlfriend of Paul McCartney (before he was Sir Paul). This gives him inside knowledge about almost all things Beatles.

One of the cool things about his show is that he always starts off with a Peter and Gordon song that sets the theme for that particular episode.  Today’s opening song was “Nobody I Know”, which was written by Sir Paul, but credited to Lennon and McCartney. 

One of The Beatles songs featured today was “I Want to Hold your Hand”.  A monster hit in the UK.

I Want to Hold Your Hand” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded on 17 October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.

With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group’s first million-seller “She Loves You“, their previous UK single, which was having a resurgence of popularity following intense media coverage of the group. Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” stayed at number one for five weeks and remained in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks in total.

It was also the group’s first American number-one hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 18 January 1964 at number 45 and starting the British Invasion of the American music industry. By 1 February it topped the Hot 100, and stayed there for seven weeks before being replaced by “She Loves You”. It remained on the Billboard chart for 15 weeks. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the Beatles’ best-selling single worldwide selling more than 12 million copies. In 2018, Billboard magazine named it the 48th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it was the second highest selling single of the 1960s, behind “She Loves You”.

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

Now what I found amazing about this piece was a cover by none other than Al Green.  I had never heard this cover, and it quite literally blew my mind.  OK, maybe not literally, but it came close.

So without further ado, from the 2011 album “Come Together:  Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney”, here’s the Rev. Al Green with an amazingly funky “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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What’s Stuck In My Head – 18 April

Coronavirus Edition Part 4

Reading the news now-a-days makes it seem like we are living in a world without love.  This enforced isolation/quarantine is definitely messing with people’s heads. I have not seen any weird, outrageous, or cruel acts here in #Floriduh, which is surprising when you consider how moronic our “governor” is.  I won’t go into that here; I don’t want to spoil my good mood.

How are you dealing with all this time stuck somewhere?  For those that know me, it’s not surprising that for me it’s food and booze.  Son-the-younger and his girls are doing their best to cook up new things for us.  Of course, they’re focusing on the sweets, which I don’t eat too much.

My problem is different.  There are not enough salty snacks in the house.  My cardiologist may think that’s a good thing, but he is dead wrong.

But, our little pation garden is doing well. So we have that going for us!

Here’s one of only two songs credited to Lennon & McCartney to reach number one that are not Beatles recordings.  The other is Elton John’s cover of Lucy In The Sky.

Peter (of Peter and Gordon) and Paul McCartney are childhood friends.  And Paul was engaged to Peter’s sister, Jane. Of course, when Jane walked in on Paul in bed with another woman, the engagement was terminated.

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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