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Old 17-11-2010, 20:18
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I love fifties music, particularly rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop and rhythm ‘n’ blues, plus the odd bit of country, jazz and skiffle. Even the pop music has a quaint, old-fashioned charm that I find strangely appealing.

Of course, submitting fifties tracks to a sixties thread isn’t quite playing the game, but as 1959 is almost the sixties, and as I (and others) have quite happily submitted tracks from that year before (believing that we were bending rather than breaking thread rules), here are a dozen more tracks from the final year of the glorious fifties.


Bobby Darin - Queen Of The Hop (1959)
1959 was a good year for Bobby Darin. In May he topped the UK singles charts with the semi-classic, “Dream Lover”, while in September he topped them once again with the out-and-out classic, “Mack The Knife”. Back in January, “Queen Of The Hop” could get no higher than no. 24, which is a great pity, because afaic it’s a great rock ‘n’ roll single.

The Browns - The Three Bells (1959)
English language version of “Les Trois Cloches”, a hugely successful French song dating back to the forties and originally recorded by Edith Piaf et les Compagnons de la Chanson.

Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue Got Married (1959)
This is the sequel to one of Buddy’s best known and most popular singles, “Peggy Sue”, and was a minor hit in the UK a few months after his tragic death on February 3rd 1959.

Ritchie Valens - Donna (1959)
I love this song! A minor UK hit single for Valens in March 1959, a month after he was killed in the same air crash that killed Buddy Holly.

Johnny Otis and Marci Lee - Telephone Baby (1959)
Oh, wonderful stuff! I could listen to this type of music all day.

Sarah Vaughan - Broken Hearted Melody (1959)
If I were to list my Top Fifty female singers all the so-called divas of the last quarter of a century would be conspicuous by their absence. There would, however, be no shortage of fifties jazz singers, most notably Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Dinah Washington and, of course, Sarah Vaughan. This track is much more pop than jazz, but it’s still Sarah at her very best.

Eddie Cochran - Somethin' Else (1959)
Original and imho best version of the song successfully covered twenty years later by the Sex Pistols.

Jackie Wilson - That’s Why I Love You So (1959)
A while back I devoted to a whole post to tracks by the brilliant Jackie Wilson, and since then I can’t get enough of the man’s music, so here’s another gem from him.

Connie Francis - Young Love (1959)
This is an album track I’ve only recently discovered. Prior to that, I was only familiar with the 1957 UK chart-topping version by Tab Hunter, an actor, who by his own admission, couldn’t sing to save his life. Connie Francis has an exceptional voice, so hearing her version of this song for the very first time really was a case of going from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Ray Charles - Night Time Is The Right Time (1959)
My favourite ever track by the great Ray Charles. R’n’B just doesn’t get any better than this!

Sam Cooke - Only Sixteen (1959)
I adore this man’s voice! Although it would appear that back in August 1959 the British record buying public did not, for while this single languished at number 23 in UK chart, a quite appalling (imho) British cover version by Craig Douglas was at number one. Unbelievable!

Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Mary Lou (1959)
I only discovered this track earlier today. What a find! The Hawks (minus Hawkins) would years later become the Band.
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Old 18-11-2010, 12:47
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Of course, submitting fifties tracks to a sixties thread isn’t quite playing the game, but as 1959 is almost the sixties, and as I (and others) have quite happily submitted tracks from that year before (believing that we were bending rather than breaking thread rules), .
Mike Sweeney on his "60s Classics" programmes on Gold used to play a fair amount of late 50s tracks - his reason being that the late 50s and early 60s were virtually the same (plus the fact that "it is my show and I can do what I see fit")
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Old 18-11-2010, 13:20
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heres a long shot... i think its the best place to ask... back in about 1967 at school there was a morbid song being sung about being dead... never knew what it was or where it was from. im sure it wasnt a playground rhyme as it was very transitory. the lyrics i recall go something like this...

"your belly flops in and your belly flops out, your brain comes dribbling down your snout, ooo ooo ooo ooo where shal we be in a hundered years or more"
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Old 18-11-2010, 22:35
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I tend to keep away from the Music forum, and only visit occasionally, this is because 99% of the threads seem to be devoted to music I really cannot stand, i.e. modern music!

However this thread is absolutely terrific, as is the similar seventies thread.

A big thankyou to all who've contributed such amazing music, most notably Capablanca, Ohglobbits, Randy Gibbons and Vabosity.

And, of course, a big thankyou to Mushymanrob for coming up with the idea for the threads in the first place.
I’ve just spent quite a considerable length of time listening to every single track on this thread, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
Time for me to contribute I think. Most of the lesser known and obscure sixties tracks that I know seem to be already here, but I’ve managed to come up with three that aren’t.

There’s been some great Sunshine Pop on this thread by the likes of Keith, the Association, the Left Banke, the Cowsills and the Neon Philharmonic, so I'm amazed I didn't find this classic:
Spanky and Our Gang - Lazy Days
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DkETTRg0C8

Next, a great little ditty from 1963.
The Orlons - Don't Hang Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2MuhY3sBjo

Finally, a novelty song from 1965.
Barbra Streisand - Second Hand Rose
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLyk0uSULwI&feature=fvst
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Old 19-11-2010, 14:12
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Take a look and listen to the craft on this film clip of Marty Robbins' Devil Woman. Set in a pretending studio as part of a screenplay.

I'm guessing the vocal wasn't dubbed on later, though the two-shot set up suggests otherwise. If it was dubbed then the lip sync and the film editing are as wondrous as everything else in the session. I'm greatly impressed with the cool perfection of the harmonies.

Marty shows his mastery again in this alternative perspective to the story of El Paso in Feleena. An eccentric TV stage set gets in the way of his astonishing note-perfect and word-perfect playing and singing. 7m58s without a stutter or wobbly strum!
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Old 19-11-2010, 14:44
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Never realized until today that Sonny Bono co -wrote Needles & Pins.

Here is his ex wife's Cher's version of the song, must be a 60's recording ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGm3u...eature=related

Also my favourite Sonny & Cher track Baby Don't Go,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciQkR...eature=related

Sorry just realized that Baby Don't Go was a top 20 tune.

The only record that seems to get played by S&C is I Got You Babe
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Old 19-11-2010, 16:25
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Sorry just realized that Baby Don't Go was a top 20 tune.
doesnt matter... theres no strict limit and i deliberately titled the header 'rare' to cover for larger hits that are forgotten/overlooked.

but i posted 'baby dont go' some months ago! a great track.
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Old 19-11-2010, 18:31
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A couple of tracks each from two of my favourite American sixties bands, the Young Rascals and Tommy James and the Shondells.

I think it was mentioned earlier on the thread that both bands had one major hit single each in the UK, but were otherwise criminally ignored over here.

The Young Rascals - You Better Run (1966)

The Young Rascals - A Girl Like You (1967)

Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson and Clover (1968)

Tommy James and the Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion (1969)
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Old 19-11-2010, 18:39
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A couple of tracks each from two of my favourite American sixties bands, the Young Rascals and Tommy James and the Shondells.

I think it was mentioned earlier on the thread that both bands had one major hit single each in the UK, but were otherwise criminally ignored over here.

The Young Rascals – You Better Run (1966)

The Young Rascals - A Girl Like You (1967)

Tommy James and the Shondells – Crimson and Clover (1968)

Tommy James and the Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion (1969)
Crimson & Clover, one of my favourite 60's records.

I can not post the excellent You Were On My Mind by Crispian St Peters, so here's a non hit record from Crispian with a Marty Robbins inspired track But She's Untrue





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPGrA...eature=related
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Old 20-11-2010, 07:25
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I can not post the excellent You Were On My Mind by Crispian St Peters, ]
why?.... its 'rare' enough... (it doesnt feature on all those 'classic 60's ' albums)
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Old 20-11-2010, 08:56
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why?.... its 'rare' enough... (it doesnt feature on all those 'classic 60's ' albums)
Thought I would play it safe as it was a number 2 hit, and is well known.

But here is the Barry McGuire version of the same song which sounds more raw.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaKAa...eature=related
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Old 20-11-2010, 10:41
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Thanks very much for the pointer to Crispian's "But She's Untrue" Barney. Going through a Marty Robbins phase here at RR Mansions (though I'm too old for posters on the wall and the celeb mug) so hearing that one was a treat.
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Old 20-11-2010, 12:22
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Mike Sweeney on his "60s Classics" programmes on Gold used to play a fair amount of late 50s tracks - his reason being that the late 50s and early 60s were virtually the same (plus the fact that "it is my show and I can do what I see fit")
Yeah, when it was Capital Gold! Gold is a poorly stocked jukebox. Classic Gold was good too. Bloody Global.
heres a long shot... i think its the best place to ask... back in about 1967 at school there was a morbid song being sung about being dead... never knew what it was or where it was from. im sure it wasnt a playground rhyme as it was very transitory. the lyrics i recall go something like this...

"your belly flops in and your belly flops out, your brain comes dribbling down your snout, ooo ooo ooo ooo where shal we be in a hundered years or more"
'the hearse song' says Google.

So at page, I don't what, has this thread become a clique? No, THE Clique.

The Clique - I'm Alive

Surely a runner for 'longest 60's album title', the title song of their second album has some great early freakbeat!

The Clique - We Didn't Kiss We Didn't Love But Now We Do Do

This shortlived band then had many of their songs covered by The Knack, not of 'My Sharona' fame, but they were the backing band for Gene Vincent when they were called The Londoners. And here's their cover of The Clique song Time Time Time.

the knack - time time time

Paul Gurvitz then made a last name change to the band who now known as The Gun scored a hit with Race With The Devil but then had a largely overlooked follow-up album which is a shame because there's some great early hard rock such as this stormer.

The Gun - Drives You Mad

And to end with some hard rock from 1970 from across the channel. The first two bands did most of their songs in English but the best are the few they did in their native language.

Variations - Generations

Triangle - Peut-être demain

And the obligatory Jacques Dutronc song about a new town outside Paris which he compares to a woman (yveline is the French way of saying evelyn)

Jacques Dutronc - A la queue les yvelines
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Old 20-11-2010, 16:47
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Here is a little known song by
Julie Rogers - You Never Told Me (1966)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4FQV...eature=related

I wonder if Mercury "borrowed" the original orchestration as used on the italian original by Mina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doHhzeJ36Vc
it sounds identical to me.

Continuing the italian connection - here is Bobby Solo at the San Remo festival in 1964, trying very hard to sound like Elvis Presley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZUx8Tgch3M
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Old 21-11-2010, 12:24
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A one hit wonder in The States , but no success in The UK

From 1967 with a Byrd's- Mama's & Papas feel to the song.

The Rose Garden - Next Plane To London

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewFUAjY8nyw
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Old 21-11-2010, 13:44
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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles are without question my all time favourite Motown act.

Everyone knows “Tears Of A Clown” and “Tracks Of My Tears”, but here are five other just as excellent singles, all of which failed to chart in the UK.

Shop Around (1960)

You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (1962)

Mickey’s Monkey (1963)

Ooh Baby Baby (1965)

Going To A Go-Go (1965)
Here are five other excellent Motown singles. The first four failed to chart in the UK, the fifth was a very minor UK hit.

Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips Part 2 (1963)
His first ever Motown release. He was only 12 or 13 years old at the time, hence the epithet “Little”.

Martha and the Vandellas - Heat Wave (1963)
My favourite track from my favourite Motown girl group (I can’t stand Diana Ross and the Supremes).

Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness? (1963)
I don’t care how much critical acclaim his later, more “serious” music gets, give me mid-sixties Marvin any day!

The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (1964)
The Four Tops are hardly one of my favourite Motown acts. With the exception of this great track, and one or two others, I actually dislike most of what they recorded, and resent the fact that their versions of “Walk Away Renee” and “If I Were A Carpenter” were more successful in the UK than the Left Banke’s and Bobby Darin’s imho vastly superior respective versions.

Junior Walker and the All Stars - How Sweet It Is (1966)
The aforementioned Marvin Gaye recorded a superb version two years earlier, but imho this version is even better.
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Old 21-11-2010, 20:27
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Here are five other excellent Motown singles. The first four failed to chart in the UK, the fifth was a very minor UK hit.

Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips Part 2 (1963)
His first ever Motown release. He was only 12 or 13 years old at the time, hence the epithet “Little”.

Martha and the Vandellas - Heat Wave (1963)
My favourite track from my favourite Motown girl group (I can’t stand Diana Ross and the Supremes).

Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness? (1963)
I don’t care how much critical acclaim his later, more “serious” music gets, give me mid-sixties Marvin any day!

The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (1964)
The Four Tops are hardly one of my favourite Motown acts. With the exception of this great track, and one or two others, I actually dislike most of what they recorded, and resent the fact that their versions of “Walk Away Renee” and “If I Were A Carpenter” were more successful in the UK than the Left Banke’s and Bobby Darin’s imho vastly superior respective versions.

Junior Walker and the All Stars - How Sweet It Is (1966)
The aforementioned Marvin Gaye recorded a superb version two years earlier, but imho this version is even better.
Aha You need to listen to The Motown Hour on Blackdiamond FM every Monday From 10am.
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Old 22-11-2010, 00:26
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A one hit wonder in The States , but no success in The UK

From 1967 with a Byrd's- Mama's & Papas feel to the song.

The Rose Garden - Next Plane To London

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewFUAjY8nyw
I always think of Cher when I hear that one.

Sticking with 1967:

Cherry Smash - Sing Songs Of Love
Written by Mike Hugg of the Manfreds for the soundtrack of 'Up The Junction'. Mike's cousin was in this band.

Chocolate Watch Band - Requiem
Not the US garage band. Very much UK and very 1967!

The Left Banke - Desiree
Pop songs don't come much better than this.

The Tickle - Subway (Smokey Pokey World)
Great UK psych.

Kenny Lynch - Movin' Away
Classy number from Kenny.
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Old 22-11-2010, 06:25
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Here are five other excellent Motown singles. The first four failed to chart in the UK, the fifth was a very minor UK hit.

Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips Part 2 (1963)
His first ever Motown release. He was only 12 or 13 years old at the time, hence the epithet “Little”.

Martha and the Vandellas - Heat Wave (1963)
My favourite track from my favourite Motown girl group (I can’t stand Diana Ross and the Supremes).

Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness? (1963)
I don’t care how much critical acclaim his later, more “serious” music gets, give me mid-sixties Marvin any day!

The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (1964)
The Four Tops are hardly one of my favourite Motown acts. With the exception of this great track, and one or two others, I actually dislike most of what they recorded, and resent the fact that their versions of “Walk Away Renee” and “If I Were A Carpenter” were more successful in the UK than the Left Banke’s and Bobby Darin’s imho vastly superior respective versions.

Junior Walker and the All Stars - How Sweet It Is (1966)
The aforementioned Marvin Gaye recorded a superb version two years earlier, but imho this version is even better.
More evidence, if it were needed, that most of the Great British Cloth-Eared Record-Buying Public wouldn't recognise a good record if it walked up and introduced itself to them.

Ho hum. Nevermind, here's a groovy garage rock record to brighten your Monday morning:

The Good Feelings - Shattered (1966)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPidcC5_ErE

Edit: Oh yeah, and I found this too:
Otis Redding - Security (1964)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh5z8l7FoFA

#97 with a bullet on the Billboard chart, & no record of a placing in the UK, so probably not released as a single here. It''s just not right.
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Old 22-11-2010, 10:34
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and finally, jeff lynnes first group, the idle race - 'the skeleton and the roundabout'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe65IdPCy1w
Would like to offer "Follow me follow", also by The Idle Race, from 1968. This pre-dates the launch of ELO three years later.

http://watch2video.net/follow-me-fol...eAkQPpDQf.html
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Old 22-11-2010, 15:26
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brian matthews playd cillas version of this paul simon song...but this is imho the best version.

the cyrkle - red rubber ball
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbDKN0dk54M
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Old 22-11-2010, 16:38
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My first post!

Can I add a few faves from the '60s? Apologies if any of these have been mentioned before.

Captain Beefheart - Moonlight on Vermont from Trout Mask. What can you say? Stunning!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjZDhPqdcdA

Family - Voyage - from their debut album in '68.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm_y3DxQJCo

John Fahey - Desperate Man Blues - originally recorded in '59, he re-recorded this several times. I think this is the '64 version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQnPJqeH80I

Edgar Broughton Band - Death of an Electric Citizen - '69, from their debut Wasa Wasa and the B side of a single.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FInpOri8vlY

Kevin Ayers - Lady Rachel -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z4PX0v7Khs

Enjoy!
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Old 22-11-2010, 16:52
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My first post!

Can I add a few faves from the '60s? Apologies if any of these have been mentioned before.

Captain Beefheart - Moonlight on Vermont from Trout Mask. What can you say? Stunning!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjZDhPqdcdA

Family - Voyage - from their debut album in '68.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm_y3DxQJCo

John Fahey - Desperate Man Blues - originally recorded in '59, he re-recorded this several times. I think this is the '64 version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQnPJqeH80I

Edgar Broughton Band - Death of an Electric Citizen - '69, from their debut Wasa Wasa and the B side of a single.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FInpOri8vlY

Kevin Ayers - Lady Rachel -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z4PX0v7Khs

Enjoy!

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Enjoy yourself and have fun.
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Old 22-11-2010, 19:36
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A great warm welcome to Digital Spy.
Enjoy yourself and have fun.
Thanks RR!
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Old 23-11-2010, 07:38
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A great warm welcome to Digital Spy.
Enjoy yourself and have fun.
ill second that and thanks for some great choices!
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