This was her third single and second chart-topper. It was recorded when she was still only 14, though she was 15 when it went to No 1. It was written … Continue readingHelen Shapiro: Walkin’ Back to Happiness
We had Donald Fagen yesterday; today the other solo half of the Steelies. Love this album.
Conversation between the Danster and the ghost of Ray Charles. Brilliant.
In honour of Lloyd Price, who has died at 88, here is his second-biggest UK hit which reached No 9 in 1959. (The biggest was Stagger Lee, No 7 in 1958). … Continue readingLloyd Price: Personality
IN the words of Neil Young, of all the electric guitar players he had ever heard ‘it’s gotta be Jimi Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best’. Eric Clapton described … Continue readingJJ Cale – I’ll take the fortune, not the fame
Third and final selection from the Kate Wolf tribute album. A pedant writes: Isn’t ‘still remains’ a tautology? Never mind.
Dig that crazy banjo.
This was written by the group’s leader Ray Davies and released in 1968. It reached No 12 in the UK but did not make the US charts. In 1989 Kirsty … Continue readingThe Kinks: Days
I HAVE always been fond of slugs (and snails, but I will do them in another blog). I believe I have the world’s largest and finest collection of ornamental slugs. … Continue readingHow to get along with slugs
Another selection from the Kate Wolf tribute album.