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by pljms
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

I couldn't agree more, blue, and it's a bit of an anomaly that despite writing twice as many hits as Tony Hatch he's probably only half as famous. I believe this was Les Reed's first hit as a writer and it's a record that practically screams "1964!" at you. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iF...
by pljms
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

I'd forgotten that Les Reed was responsible for Gene Pitney's second hit with the number twenty-four in the title, '24 Sycamore', originally recorded by Wayne Fontana.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9PX2KHNsA
by pljms
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Les Reed 1935 - 2019

The British composer Les Reed wrote many a 60s hit including It's Not Unusual, There's A Kind Of Hush, Here It Comes Again, Delilah, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize and The Last Waltz. My personal favourite was the song of his that probably owed the most to Bacharach, If We Lived On The Top Of A Mountain...
by pljms
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

I was curious to see if I recognised 'Pretty Ballerina' by Left Banke and I do, just.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Ep5x-DETc
by pljms
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Bacharach and Costello registered ten songs with ASCAP in February 2014: Don't Look Now Everyone's Playing House He's Given Me Things I Looked Away I've Always Had Men Look Up Again Photographs Can Lie Shameless Taken From Life You Can Have Her So after Everyone's Playing House is released tomorrow ...
by pljms
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Guess Who's coming to dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Guess Who's coming to dinner

I think it's fair to say that Paul Anka wrote one or two songs in the mid-60s that showed a strong Bacharach influence, particularly 'When We Get There' sung by Kiki Dee. Outside of Dusty Springfield I think Ms Dee was probably the most soulful female singer to emerge in the UK during the 60s and Mo...
by pljms
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Apparently 'Everyone's Playing House' was registered with ASCAP by Bacharach and Costello in 2014. Here's the cover to the EP and I see that the 12 inch vinyl disc is selling for the not inconsiderable sum of £23.99. A friend of mine who's heard the Bacharach song on Apple Music told me it's "j...
by pljms
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

I believe the singer was an Aussie by the name of Jimmy Barnes and the video I saw of him performing some of the song at a rehearsal in Sydney with a band including Jimmy Webb on keyboards was quite short but long enough for me to be thoroughly underwhelmed. At least with the Michael Ball recording ...
by pljms
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 55
Views: 17988

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

I had the Filth And Dreams album but somehow lost it in a house move a few years ago and to get it again it looks like I'll have to pay the earth. Just about the only song from the album to establish any kind of foothold in their live shows is 'Who's Been Sleeping' which has a very Bacharachesque ch...
by pljms
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

Apparently it was Michael Ball hearing and being very impressed with Glen Campbell's 'Adios' album that led to him and his co-producer getting in touch with Webb and asking for a song. The way Michael Ball told it on a recent TV chat show the song was written especially for the album which although ...
by pljms
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 549

UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

English singer Michael Ball's latest album 'Coming Home To You' containing a new Jimmy Webb song entitled 'When The Loving Was Easy' entered the UK album chart at No.1 last week. Apparently the key to its instant success is a strong TV advertisement campaign aimed at the Mother's Day market. My appr...
by pljms
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019

I knew that Scott Walker had covered a few of Jimmy Webb's lesser known songs in the early 70s but hadn't realised that he'd also recorded 'The Moon's A Harsh Mistress', a track left off the Walker Brothers' reunion album in 1975.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6q_vyyDZOLc
by pljms
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Scott Walker 1943 - 2019

Scott Walker had an extraordinary baritone voice whether singing lead with The Walker Brothers or on his Jacques Brel influenced early solo albums. The Walker Brothers had big hits in the UK with Bacharach and David songs including a No.1 for 'Make It Easy On Yourself' and from his second solo album...
by pljms
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1218
Views: 348024

Re: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)

Burt with Tom Jones and the Treorchy Male Choir in 'Wales', from one of the TV specials Bacharach made in the UK in the early to mid-70s. This one won an Emmy.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YrkrT84aZWw
by pljms
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Wrecking Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 6329

Re: The Wrecking Crew

I see that the legendary drummer Hal Blaine died yesterday.

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