IN the summer I was looking at the flowering plants I have in pots along the south-facing front of the house when I saw a hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum). I … Continue readingA hummer in the summer
This is a real beauty, a modern history lesson, from the ex-Creedence singer’s 1985 solo album Centerfield.
This was written by Kal Mann, who was also the lyricist of Elvis Presley’s Teddy Bear and Chubby Checker’s Let’s Twist Again, and Dave Appell. It was released in 1962, reaching No 4 … Continue readingThe Orlons: Don’t Hang Up
Not had anything from the brilliant Big Star https://am-records.com/2018/11/12/twinkle-twinkle-big-star/ for a while, so here’s an alternate take of the #1 Record track, taken from Rhino’s 2009 box set Keep an … Continue readingBig Star: Thirteen
One of the great Billy’s dramatic numbers. It was written by Alan Fielding, who also wrote Fury’s 1962 hit Last Night Was Made For Love. It was released in 1963 and got … Continue readingBilly Fury: When Will You Say I Love You?
This was written in 1958 in Spanish by Chilean musician Joaquín Prieto, when it was called La Novia (The Bride). It was translated into English by Fred Jay as The Wedding. It was … Continue readingJulie Rogers: The Wedding
Live in 1970, featuring of course the wonderful Ollie Halsall on geetar.
SOMETHING a bit different this week. His Eye is on the Sparrow is a Gospel hymn mainly associated with black singers, but it was the work of two white people. The lyrics … Continue readingHis Eye is on the Sparrow
This is a lovely little song from a group of Presbyterians who sound just like Sufjan Stevens. Hardly surprising since he produced their first album, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon. … Continue readingThe Welcome Wagon: Would You Come and See Me in New York?
This was written by three of the group’s members, Mike Wilshaw (keyboards, bass) Fritz Fryer (lead guitar) and Lionel Morton (singer). It was released in 1964 and went to the … Continue readingThe Four Pennies: Juliet