The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes

9th March 2024 · Uncategorised

This is, and always has been since I first heard it, my favourite song of all time. It’s just perfect in its simplicity: wistful, dreamy, mournful and melancholic.


The Jackson 5 – Who’s Lovin’ You

9th February 2024 · Uncategorised

Not sure how I’ve missed seeing or hearing this remarkable piece of pop history before – a ten-year-old Michael Jackson singing the blues.


RIP Melanie – Momma Momma

29th January 2024 · Uncategorised

RIP Melanie Safka (1947-2024)

I remember Melanie – just “Melanie” – as a hippie chick with long hair, black eyeliner and a warbling vibrato. I first heard her singing a song called Ruby Tuesday. I was a child and she sounded like one too.


Scott Walker – It’s Raining Today

20th January 2024 · Uncategorised

This song is so perfect, like a four-minute movie. A miniature kitchen sink drama. Shot in black-and-white, of course, with the principal characaters played by Albert Finney and Rita Tushingham.


Donovan – Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)

9th November 2023 · Uncategorised

Donovan teamed up with the Jeff Beck Group and producer Mickie Most in 1969 to make the album Barabajagal, spawning his last hit single.


Boz Scaggs – Sweet Release

21st October 2023 · Uncategorised

Boz Scaggs is another of those guys I know a single song by. I’m not even a huge fan of that song – Lowdown – the single that came out in 1976. Until now.


Candi Staton had been singing in gospel groups for years when the future disco diva recorded a solo album of secular Southern soul at Muscle Shoals in 1969.


The Presidents – Gold Walk

7th February 2023 · Uncategorised

This tune was released on Syd Nathan’s legendary King label in Cincinnatti four years after they put out James Brown’s landmark first hit Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag in 1965.


RIP Christine Perfect / McVie (1943-2022)

2nd December 2022 · Uncategorised

I can’t pretend i was ever a big Fleetwood Mac fan.
So the death of Christine McVie didn’t resonate with me as strongly as with those millions who bought Rumours. But the outpouring of love and sadness for her death is a poignant reminder of the unifying power of music.


The Montclairs – Hey You! Don’t Fight It!

28th October 2022 · Uncategorised

Here’s another sweet slice of Northern Soul from the vaults – a smooth ballad that introduced The Montclairs in 1969.