Hard to imagine anyone sounding less like a real wild child than this 1958 release. Iggy Pop was still singing it 60 years later.
Losing You, written by Jean Renard and Carl Sigman, was Brenda Lee’s last Top Ten pop hit in America, reaching No 6 in 1963. It got to No 10 in Britain. … Continue readingBrenda Lee: Losing You
I didn’t realise till now that this song was written in 1926, by Roy Turk and Lou Handman. Here is a lovely old version by Charles Hart, released in 1927. … Continue readingElvis: Are you Lonesome Tonight?
Lovely sitar-led track from Ian’s 1969 album Matthews’ Southern Comfort https://am-records.com/?s=matthews+country
THIS week’s choice links Britain and the United States because for both countries it is known as the Navy Hymn. The words vary slightly but the melody is the same, … Continue readingEternal Father Strong to Save
From the 2007 album Raising Sand. I love the fact that, after singing like a grown-up all the way through, Planty can’t resist a few Led Zep-style whoops as it … Continue readingRobert Plant and Alison Krauss: Please Read The Letter
Maurice Williams wrote this song in 1953 when he was 15 after failing to persuade his date not to go home at 10pm as she was supposed to. When it … Continue readingMaurice Williams and the Zodiacs: Stay
When I was at school in the 60s, there were several highly talented musicians among the pupils, and I often heard this work. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) wrote his Ballades, Op … Continue readingBrahms: Ballade Op 10, No 1
THIS strange and unique song, written by Zelma Sanders and Lona Stevens, was a one-hit wonder which reached No 2 in the US in September 1963. Although released in the … Continue readingThe Jaynetts: Sally Go ‘Round the Roses
From the 1996 album Singing The Storm, with Savourna Stevenson and the brilliant Danny Thompson.