I'm racking my brains over this. Can anyone remember a weekly or monthly magazine that gave you the lyrics to a selection of Top 40 hits in the 60s/70s? If so, what was it called? I remember me and my siblings & schoolmates buying it from Woollies regularly. It had quite low production values (might have even been B&W) but had photos of the stars and maybe a line or two of biog.
I'm probably getting a bit obsessed over this but I was just musing it would make an interesting quiz to guess which songs are contained in that edition of Record Song Book by the artists listed on the cover. Given that the price is in old money that puts it before February 71. My guesses are as follows:
Free: Allright Now
Hendrix: Voodoo Chile
Mary Hopkin: Those Were The Days
Stevie Wonder: Signed Sealed Delivered
Herman's Hermits: ???
The Move: Fire Brigade
Julie Felix: ???
Clarence Carter: Patches
White Plains: When You Are A King
Pickettywitch: Same Old Feeling
Sorry folks. Mercury in Cancer must be in retrograde again.
Adam Blake wrote:(Honestly, I think Charlie must despair of us...)
Well yes he probably would, except that he is going through a bit of after-the-event re-evalutation of deep seated prejudices, having worked my way through the new Ace compilation of Neil Diamond songs recorded by other people. Listening in the car, and therefore without looking at the track listing, I was struck by how good the second track was, which I recognised must be the well-known song The Boat That I Row. Terrific words, I belatedly acknowledged, and very good singing too.
I wondered who the singer was since I recalled that Lulu had had a hit with the song but never I listened to her version at the time. Back then, my reaction would have been: Lulu, nah, can't be any good, so my ears closed down and refused to listen. Stopping at a traffic light, I sneaked a look, and there was the uncomfortable truth, it was Lulu herself. I remembered how incredulous I was when Jerry Wexler had praised Lulu in conversation back in 1973. How could he think she was any good? I thought to myself, he must be losing his touch. Now I understand.
So at this moment I am even prepared to allow that the unnamed song by Picketywitch might be OK too.
By the way I do have a few copies of that Record Song Book magazine, which must have lasted into the late 1970s. Smash Hits came along shortly afterwards with a more attractive version of the same sort of idea.
Last edited by Charlie on Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I dunno... I always thought Lulu's version of "Shout" was one of the best British r'n'b records - substituting wild excitement and frenzied enthusiasm for soul and sexiness seems a very honest response to the tricky business of white British people playing black American music. The Beatles had turned the same trick with "Twist And Shout" after all. Lulu was an honest belter and if the song was halfway decent she'd always give it a good working over - like the one you mentioned (which I didn't realise was a Neil Diamond song)
But trust me, Pickettywitch are not worth dredging up from the riverbed of British pop history...