Houston Wells + Tabby Thomas + Jay Traynor
News has come through of the first music death of 2014 - that of 60s singer Houston Wells, who famously recorded for Joe Meek and was once photographed being ordered at the point of a shotgun to sign a contract. Whether jokingly or not I'm not sure.
I picked up a copy of this LP in June and wrote at the time:
'Houston Wells recorded a number of rather unconvincing country numbers including Shutters and Boards and, his biggest success, Only The Heartaches. This LP included a variety of country songs recorded originally by Johnny Horton, Hank Lochlin and Jimmy Dean, among others. Houston had a pretty good voice and the Joe Meek inspired backings added a degree of interest to these otherwise ordinary numbers.' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uc3ZsMALF0
*** Now it's Jay Traynor who has died. He was the original lead singer of Jay and the Americans on their hit She Cried (later covered as He Cried by the Shangri-Las), before Jay Black took over as 'Jay'. Previously with the Mystics, he went on to record as a solo artist recording I Rise, I Fall and the Northern soul hit Up And Over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULtEkVgpho0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBpm8tITIiE