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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Music a gogo : Lou Johnson

"The high esteem in which Lou Johnson is held by soul collectors is sadly disproportionate to the size of his catalog. He recorded only 10 singles and two albums in his ten year career.He started his career by working with Burt Bacharach and Hal David and recorded the original versions of several of their classic songs.Next to nothing is known about Lou Johnson. He doesn't appear to have been interviewed in his prime, and he nowadays lives reclusively. Fortunately Johnson's recorded legacy speaks volumes for his talent." (cd universe)
Here's another Bacharach/David composition.(Thanks to Robert for the inspiration for this post)

Magic potion
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Jackie DeShannon

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You'll know Jackie DeShannon from her massive hit What the World Needs Now, but she did more great songs with the Bacharach/David team. Have a listen to So Long Johnny, one of my faves.

So Long Johnny

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Music a gogo : Ils sont fous ces gaulois!

If you ever come across one of these compilations (vinyl only me thinks) get out your hard-earned cash and rush to that counter.Some of the most insane French-language yé-yé ever made,from Canada,France,Belgium and even Congo! 3 compilations full of yé-yé boys and some girls.Here's a little taste...

Munda-C'est la paye
Milou Duchamp-Tropical
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Julie London

A few of my favourite songs by actress/singer Julie London.
With her smoky and sexy voice she sure knows how to get your attention. She had her greatest successes in the 50s, but remained a singing artist until 1980, leaving a great heritage of beautiful albums and songs.

Julie London – Love Must Be Catchin’ On

Julie London – Come On-A My House

And don't forget to watch Julie perform Daddy