I'm pretty sure Tony Hatch must have "inherited" some of Burt's genes !!!
Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:01 pm
This tune is a favorite of mine and it sounds like something Bacharach and David might have written for Dionne. One has to wonder if Dionne had covered the tune for the US market, she might haveenjoyed at least a little comeuppance for all the UK female artists covering Bacharach's material for the UK market. Would have loved to hear Dionne in her 1960s heyday sing this tune! Both Bacharach, David and Warwick have been critical of Pye Records (the UK licensee for Dionne's home label Scepter USA) for their handling in the UK of much of Dionne's output in the 1960s. With Anyone Who Had a Heart, Dionne's 1963 US smash and first US top 10, Scepter USA was at fault though, because George Martin got a US copy of Dionne'd original Scepter single and took it back to the UK, which had not been released in the UK yet. The original single was used directly to arrange and record Cilla's version, misheard lyric sung by Cilla and alll! Scepter probably should have used the strategy they used a few months later with the concurrent release in the US and UK of Walk On By to prevent UK covers. That strategy worked and gave Dionne her first UK top 10 in 1964.
Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:51 am
Amazing version of Bacharach and Hilliard's "Please Stay" by the
"Cryin' Shames"...........produced by the legendary Joe Meek !
Hope you like it !
Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:35 pm
In my dream world, Dionne would cover Hatch & Trent 's"Where Are You Now" even today...
BTW, the production on her new WHY WE SING? is exceptional, a big step up from ME & MY FRIENDS. Don't we all wish that she has that one great pop album left in her, though?
Compare for yourself
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:59 am
by An Enormous BB Fan
Okay, compare for yourself. One is okay... but common and not inspired.
The other, of course, is VERY inspired and is in a class unto itself. This points out the difference between Burt and everyone else. And I guarantee that you won't go around humming the first one either. This exemplifies why Burt is a legend and will always be so.
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:44 pm
Japanese TV, but longer video than the one linked by Raul. Maybe you saw it as "related video" on YouTube, as I did.
The above is a link to an interesting version of one of my favorite Burt melodies of all time. I wish Hal had written an entirely different lyric to this song because I believe it's as "catchy" as anything he's ever written. I wish someone would put the Bobby Goldsboro version on youtube, too. I believe that that one was the original. But I don't think it did too well, because I don't even remember it. I think Hal's lyric held it back.
To hear an English version of "Me, Japanese Boy", and one not with as slow a tempo as the one above, click here: