Friday, January 24, 2014

UK Heritage Show looks appealing

Looking forward to the latest Tales From The Woods show (number 9 in the series) at the Borderline in London on Sunday featuring some of the UK artists who were making records in the sixties. Not too many hits between them, but one or two half decent records, some of which I'm putting on The Vinyl Word this time. As usual, we can expert superb backing from the Tales From The Woods House Band.

The undoubted star (in my opinion) of one of the earlier shows was Mike Berry, whose early records were recorded at Joe Meek's RGM Studio. I have inside information that he will be doing a rockabilly set at Sunday's show which should be interesting. Mike still tours regularly today with the Outlaws and lovers of TV comedy will remember his role as Bert Spooner in Are You Being Served. Here is probably his best known 45 - his Tribute to Buddy Holly from 1961.  A Buddy styled B side - What's The Matter
From 1962, here's another hit, It's Just A Matter Of Time.
Another melodic 45, this is My Little Baby.

Here's one that deserved to be a hit, but wasn't - Lovesick.  The self-penned B side is Letters Of Love.
My final Mike Berry selection is Two Lovers, the Smokey Robinson song which was a hit for Mary Wells.
Jimmy Powell is perhaps the most intriguing act on the Tales From The Woods bill. Best known for records such as Sugar Babe and That's Alright, I've never seen him perform and I gather that he will be doing many of his original singles. Here's his cover of the Earls' doowop hit Remember Then. I couldn't find it on Youtube so I've uploaded it myself.
One of Jimmy's best records was this one, I Can Go Down, on the short-lived Strike label. Listen out for it in Sunday's set.
Top of the bill, in theory, is Chris Andrews, who was most famous for Yesterday Man. Chris was a talented songwriter, producing hits for Sandie Shaw and Adam Faith, but his ska flavoured pop records never appealed to me. Interesting to see how he goes down on the night. Here's To Whom It Concerns - a minor hit in 1965.
Finally, a 1969 Chris Andrews single which was a big hit in South Africa - Pretty Belinda.


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