What happened with Gene Pitney and Marianne Faithfull? Some love affair that ended on a sour note, so he penned his experience with her in a "Marianne" song?
Also, I see "Pretty Annabelle" was never released as a single, but you need to tell me why it sounds so familiar to me!!! (LOL).
Not sure why it sounds familiar. Should have been released as a single, in my opinion.
It's a new one on me and honestly, I don't recognize anything about it ... but maybe some other readers can shed some light (???) kk
re: YELLOW RIVER:
>>>The Tremeloes recorded the very first version of "Yellow River". It was the backing track of this recording that served for Christie's hit. (John)
I had never heard this before ... nor did I see "Yellow River" listed on any of The Tremeloes' original commercial releases ... so I asked Tom Diehl if HE knew anything about the song. (kk)
The backing track is, in fact, identical ... and yes, there IS a brotherly Tremeloes connection but it isn't Jeff Chrisite who is related. Christie Drummer Mike Blakely is the brother of Alan Blakely, guitarist for The Tremeloes. I like BOTH versions of this song. (Hey, a good song is a good song ... and THIS is a good song!!!) Hopefully some of our recent coverage has inspired a few of the jocks on the list to give it a spin on their programs. (kk)
Digging thru some old tapes on a cloudy Sunday afternoon, I ran across this version of Wadsworth Mansion's "Sweet Mary" - but is it a different Wadsworth Mansion mix, or a different group altogether? Wadsworth Mansion had a couple of 45 versions - one with a fade ending and the other with a cold ending - but neither sound at all like this alternate take - and those two are also mono. This was recorded off a 45 with a skip in it at :58, and I'm curious if you can shed any light on it.
This almost sounds like one of those latter-day "re-dos" for some type of compilation album ... the kind where they advertise "original artists" but all the recordings have been redone. Not that it's bad ... actually, I have been planning on featuring "Sweet Mary" for a while now in our new "Today's Forgotten Hits" feature ... but this should tide folks over till then. Thanks, David! (kk)
EXCELLENT! Thanks, Tom! I've been looking for a copy of the promo 45 for quite a while now and haven't come across one. But there is a DISTINCT difference in the vocal mix on this radio version than the commercial 45's available in the stores. (Another case where I couldn't wait to get this record home, plopped it on the turntable and then did one of those "What the heck is THIS?!?!?" spit-takes. By the way, I've probably gone through half a dozen copies of the commercial single since 1968 and every single one of them was recorded SO softly and had SO much surface noise that you literally couldn't listen to it ... add to that the remixed vocals and I pretty much put this one away for good. Thanks so much for sending! (kk)