Monday, May 29, 2017

Mahalia Jackson (1911 - 1972)

She was born in 1911 (although some authorities cite 1912) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mahalia was the third child but her mother died when she was four and her father sent her to live with her aunt Mahalia "Duke" Paul. Aunt Duke was a devout Christian and would not have secular music in the house but did encourage young Mahalia to sing hymns and old-time gospel tunes around the house and at church. Her cousin introduced her to singers like Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Enrico Caruso and Ma Rainey, which influenced Mahalia’s own soulful style. In 1927 she relocated to Chicago and found work as a domestic. Soon she established herself as a popular soloist at churches and funerals. Her unique contralto voice caught the attention of many small churches from coast to coast and gradually her reputation grew. She also sang with The Johnson Brothers (sons of the paster), one of the earliest professional gospel groups. Mahalia started her solo career in 1937 after the Johnson Brothers act broke up. Her first release on the Decca label, "God's Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares" which only had moderate success.

Mahalia resigned herself to a career out with show business and became a beautician. Throughout the War years she sang and toured with composer Thomas A. Dorsey at gospel tents and churches. In 1946 she was back in the studio, this time with Apollo Records. "I Want to Rest" and "He Knows My Heart," fared poorly but Art Freeman insisted she record W. Herbert Brewster's "Move on Up a Little Higher" which was released in 1948.

The single became the best-selling gospel record and was a huge success in both US and Europe. Later "I Can Put My Trust in Jesus" was a hit in France and “Silent Night" sold incredibly well in Norway.

Mahalia’s shows were packed when she appeared in Europe. In 1954 another record company switch took her to Columbia where she attained broad recognition as a spiritual singer. The same year she began hosting her own Sunday night radio show for CBS and was surrounded by talented musicians like Mildred Falls (pianist) and Ralph Jones (organist). She regularly appeared with a white four piece led by musical director Jack Halloran. Audiences loved the gospel mixed with close harmonies and the program established Mahalia as a star. Her continued commercial success however brought criticism from some of her diehard fans who felt she had abandoned her black roots in gospel. She performed on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956 where she catapulted gospel music into America's mainstream. Mahalia appeared to rapturous applause, two years later at the Newport Jazz Festival. She had requested a special all-gospel program and the organizers obliged.

Despite her gospel appeal Columbia insisted she record with orchestras and choirs, after the phenomenal response to an album with Percy Faith. Mahalia Jackson made her film debut in 1959 as the choir soloist, singing "Trouble of the World" at Annie's (Juanita Moore) funeral, in the remake of the film "Imitation of Life" with Lana Turner.

Well established Mahalia never forgot her roots and became a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement and was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She performed at many of his rallies singing old slave spirituals. At the same time the much respected diva was invited to sing for President Dwight Eisenhower and at John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball in 1960. As the fifties had been kind to Mahalia sadly the next decade saw a decline in her fortunes. Mahalia was badly advised re investments and lost a lot of her savings. As music tastes altered her record sales declined. She did however pay a fitting tribute to her friend Dr Martin Luther King Jnr., and sang "Precious Lord"; at his funeral, in 1968.

After the death of her friend she retired from the political front. Mahalia’s last performance was in concert in Germany in 1971 and she died in 1972, aged 59.

Worth a listen:
Move On Up A Little Higher (1948)
Trouble of the World
Silent Night
Summertime (1956)
He’s got the whole world in his hands (1958)
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (1958)
Lord's Prayer (1958)
Amazing Grace (1960)
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Remember Me
Holding My Saviour's Hands
Roll Jordan, Roll
The Upper Room
We Shall Overcome
I'm on My Way to Canaan

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond was born in Brooklyn New York in 1941. He was the oldest son and went to the same as Barbra Streisand and they both sang in the same choir. He got his first guitar on his 16th birthday and was motivated to sing and write songs after seeing Pete Seeger perform at a school camp. He intended to become a doctor and registered as a pre med student at New York University but found himself distracted with song writing. Neil formed a duo with Jack Packer (Everly Brothers style), and they signed a contract with Duel Records in 1960. His first efforts were unsuccessful and the partnership soon dissolved. He continued to pursue a career as a song writer and worked for several companies including Dot Records where he formed part of a team that wrote “Ten lonely guys” the follow up to Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales."

Neil was credited under the pseudonym Mark Lewis. Neil seriously gave thought to changing his name to Noah Kaminsky, or Eice Chary, but fortunately stuck with his birth name instead. Neil Diamond’s first solo endeavor came in 1963 with "Clown Town"/"At Night," the record flopped and Neil was dropped by the label.

In 1965, Cliff Richard recorded Neil’s "Just Another Guy" which became the B side of "The Minute You're Gone."

In the same year Neil became friendly with writers and producers, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who signed him to songwriter/producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's Trio Music publishing company. Jay & the Americans, recorded "Sunday and Me," which became a hit.

The following year Neil released "Solitary Man," which appeared in the lower end of the US charts. “Cherry Cherry” followed and went to number six.

Neil was invited by Don Kirshner to write for the Monkees and they recorded “I’m a believer” which was song intended for his forth coming debut album. The Monkees version rocketed to number one, where it stayed seven weeks, becoming the biggest single of 1967.

Neil’s next solo release was "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No No)," with the B side, "The Boat That I Row," which Lulu covered and her version became a Top Ten U.K. hit.

Other hits followed both for Neil and his compositions. "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," was a hit for the Monkees, and Neil had solo success with "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," and "Kentucky Woman."

Neil parted company with his record company due to artistic differences and became embroiled in a legal mine field which last into the mid 70s. The company continued to regularly release Neil Diamond works but the singer song writer felt these did not represent his contemporary style. He signed a five-year contract with Uni Records in 1968 but sadly the momentum of hits slowed until 1970 with the release of "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) and "Cracklin' Rosie" which became his biggest hit.

His live album Gold was a major commercial success and established the performer as a bona fide concert attraction and throughout the 70s Neil became a live act, filling s theatres and arenas across the States. In 1971 he released "I Am...I Said," which became a major hit, followed by “Stones,” from his album. "Song Sung Blue," went to number one in 1972 and was followed by "Play Me" later that year.

The double-LP set Hot August Night, cemented his status as a concert attraction and ascension to superstar status.

Neil stepped back and took a rest before returning on a new label with a song score for the film version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull in 1973. "Longfellow Serenade,” (1974) was his biggest hit since "Song Sung Blue," peaking at number five on the Hot 100.

Neil toured Australia (Neil Diamond is a fan of Australian Rules Football team the Brisbane Lions), and New Zealand in 1975, before releasing Beautiful Noise album, the single "Beautiful Noise" hit the charts in 1976 and more live performances followed.

By the end of the decade “You Don't Bring Me Flowers" was a hit followed by “Forever in Blue Jeans" (co-written by Richard Bennett).

Neil starred in the remake of The Jazz Singer which was not a great success but the soundtrack was and "Love on the Rocks" (co-written with Bécaud) was another hit and “Hello Again" (co-written by Alan Lindgren) with "America" following in similar mode.

He began to collaborate without songwriters and in an endeavor to have fresh material for his hugely popular live concerts rerecorded many standards. His record sales declined after the 1980s, but he continued to tour successfully, and maintains a very loyal following until the present day. Neil Diamond's songs have been recorded by a vast array of performers from many different musical genres across Europe ever since.

Worth a listen:
Solitary Man (1966)
Cherry, Cherry (1966)
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (1967)
Kentucky Woman (1967)
Red, Red Wine (1968)
Sweet Caroline (1970)
Cracklin' Rosie (1970)
I am I said (1971)
Song Sung Blue (1974)
Longfellow Serenade (1974)
Love on the Rocks (1980)
America (1981)

The Monkees
I'm a Believer (1967)

The boat that I row (1967)

Jimmy James & the Vagabonds
Red red wine (1968).

Robert Wyatt
I’m a Believer (1974)

Red, Red Wine (1983)

Alex Harvey (1935 - 1982) aka SAHB

Alex Harvey was born in 1935 in the Gorbals, Glasgow. He did a number of jobs after leaving school aged 15, before turning to music in 1954. He played trumpet with a number of different Dixieland and jazz bands around Glasgow including the Clyde River Jazz Band and the Kansas City Skiffle Group. In 1956 he entered and won a talent competition as “Scotland’s answer to Tommy Steele.” Alex preferred the songs of Big Bill Broonzy and Jimmie Rogers and turned his talents to singing them in a skiffle group. Once skiffle peaked he played pop covers with the Kansas City Counts. In 1959 Alex had formed the "Alex Harvey's Soul Band," (sometimes called, Alex Harvey's Big Soul Band) and was performing around Scotland sometimes backing Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and John Lee Hooker on their local tours. The band took the opportunity to work in Germany eventually taking residency at the famous Top Ten Club in Hamburg. A recording contract with Polydor Records and released a live album called Alex Harvey and His Soul Band, in 1963.

The recording took place in an empty theatre with the Liverpool band the Undertakers (although some authorities credit "Kingsize" Taylor & the Dominos) both playing and acting as the audience. The album is now highly sought after and considered to be one of the better live recordings of that era. A couple of singles came from the album, an excellent cover version of Willie Dixons’ “I just want to make love to you”, which is in my opinion, superior to the Rolling Stones version; and a brilliant cover of Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Workin'".

Alex left the band in 1965 and recorded an album with his younger brother Les, the album was called The Blues.

Back in Glasgow a year later the Harvey brothers teamed with local musicians (including Bill Patrick and singer Isobel Bond) to form the Blues Council but the group soon disbanded and Alex briefly joined Giant Moth a psychedelic band.

By 1967, he had found steadier work in the backup band for the London production of Hair. Three years later he released another solo effort, Roman Wall Blues, but it failed to make a commercial impact.

Just as Alex was rethinking his career he met Glasgow’s progressive rockers Tear Gas. Together they metamorphosed into the Sensational Alex Harvey Band in 1972. (SAHB) line up was guitarist Zal Cleminson ('Pierrot' image of white-painted clown make-up), bassist Chris Glen, and the cousins Ted and Hugh McKenna on drums and keyboards respectively and Alex on vocals. The band gave a good sound and all were accomplished musicians who would be happy on stage performing old pop songs, Broadway standards, folk music and heavy rock. Their live act was amazing with Alex’s performances a combination of musical and verbal flair coached in both humour and sincerity with songs which often contained messages and morals.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band scored a couple of chart hits in the UK "Delilah", a re-make of the Tom Jones hit, and also with "The Boston Tea Party".

In 1974 the band released the Next album.

SAHB also made several concept albums including The Impossible Dream and Tomorrow Belongs To Me. Their live act also featured a tale of "Vambo", an urban superhero who was the subject of some of his more energetic numbers.

His physical performances took their toll and Alex announced his retirement in 1977, blamed by back problems. He made a brief comeback in the 80s with the Electric Cowboys, but sadly died of a fatal heart attack in 1982. SAHB did reform after Alex’s death and have played at rock concerts across Europe ever since.

Worth a listen:
Alex Harvey Soul Band
I just want to make love to you (1964)
I got my mojo working (1965)

Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Faith Healer (1973)
Gang Bang (1974)
Next (1974)
Vambo (1974)
Cheek to Cheek (1975)
Action Strasse (1975)
Delilah (1975)
Boston Tea Party (1976)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

In the late 50s "the Dozies" came together from various bands of the Salisbury area. Trevor Davies (Dozy - bass), then with the Beatnicks met Ian Amey (Tich - Lead guitar) and persuaded him to leave his group Eddy and the Strollers to join the Beatnicks. A few months later David Harman (Dave Dee - vocals) from the Big Boppers came in and Tich approached his school chum John Dymonds (Beaky – rhythm guitar) who also was a member of the Big Boppers to join. Their lead singer was Ronnie Blonde. One night Ronnie failed to turn up and Dave Harman took over as the vocalist, so when Ronnie left Dave was the front man. Drummers came and went but eventually the lineup was complete when Michael Wilson (Mick) joined the band and they became Dave Dee & the Bostons. Like many other English groups at the time, they played in Hamburg (Star-Club, Top Ten Club), and in Cologne (Storyville). The German stint tightened the band musically and they became a competent rhythm & blues outfit with confident four-part hamonies combined with dance-steps, comedy elements and announcement-banter in best British comedy tradition. Songwriters, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley became interested in the group and took over their management before arranging a recording session with Joe Meek in 1964. Jo Meek took a dislike to them and they parted company. Soon after Fontana Records signed the boys and their managers decided on a change of name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (the boys nicknames). For a time it seemed that opportunity was passing them by and their first couple of singles got no response.

In 1965 under the production of Steve Rowland they obtained a minor chart entry with their third attempt, “'You Make It Move.”

The combination of Howard and Blaikley’s catchy hook laden tunes, unique name, extravagant costumes and camp theatrics secured their fame. The public could not get enough of the group and between 1965 and 1969, they spent more time in the UK singles charts than the Beatles. Their first big hit was "Hold Tight."

The band designed all their own stage clothes, choosing the materials and doing the drawings before getting a seamstress to put them together. Wherever the band appeared spies from Carnaby Street would be in the audience stealing the ideas and a couple of days later the same gear was being available to buy in Carnaby Street. In 1968 they had a number one hit with "The Legend of Xanadu".

D,D,B,M &T became big sellers around the world with the exception of North America. Once the hits dried up Dave Dee left the group for a short-lived solo career in 1969. The rest, continued as D,B,M and T until they broke up in 1972. They did reform for nostalgia performances on at least a couple of occasions, but there were no plans to continue the association. Sadly Dave Dee died in 2009.

David Harman, was a police cadet and did get called to the scene of the car accident that took the life of Eddie Cochran and injured Gene Vincent. (April 1960 Chippengham, Wiltshire). The police collected the affects which had been strewn over the road and this included Eddie´s Gretsch guitar which was taken to the police station. The famous guitar was later returned undamaged to Cochran's family in the US.

Worth a listen:
"Hold Tight" (1966)
"Hideaway" (1966)
"Bend It" (1966)
"Zabadak!" (1967)
"The Legend Of Xanadu" (1968)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Johnny O’Keefe (1935 - 1978)

John Michael O'Keefe was born in 1935, the second son of Thelma and Ray O’Keefe and grew up in the middle class Sydney suburb of Dover Heights east overlooking the Sydney harbour. He was educated by the Christian Brothers sang in the choir and studied piano whilst at school. As an older teenager he completed a first-year certificate at the College of Retailing, before registering at Sydney University to study economics. Johnny did an imitation of Johnnie Ray, and after he appeared on radio 2UW's 'Australian Amateur Hour' he was smitten with the idea of becoming an entertainer. Once he heard Bill Haley singing Rock Around the Clock in the film Blackboard Jungle in 1955, he decided to become a rock'n'roller. In 1956 he and Dave Owens (saxophonist) formed the 'Dee Jays' with Johnny Green, Lou Cash, Keith Williams and Johnny 'Catfish' Purser. The band soon established them as a popular act. And played at endless gigs and sock hops. Johnny O’Keefe released his first single “You Hit the Wrong Note Billy Goat”, which was written by Bill Haley. The single did moderately well for 1957.

Determined to make himself be successful he sought out entrepreneur Lee Gordon a shady character that came from North America and settled in Australia. Gordon had successfully rented stadium previously used by boxing promoters and engaged headliners like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Ray and Frankie Laine to appear. This was phenomenally successful so Gordon continued to bring in the new stars of Rock’n’Roll. Gordon was completely ambivalent to local talent but when Johnny O’Keefe kept pestering him to be on the bill with his hero Bill Haley, he eventually relented. Johnny was only 5' 8' but had a James Brown style about his performance and would appear overtly sexy on stage handling his microphone in a suggestive manner. He won over the crowd and got himself a new manager. Now working for Lee Gordon's record company as an artist and repertoire (A&R) man, Johnny recruited singers for the Leedon label. This included acts like 'Lonnie Lee', Barry Stanton and 'The Crescents'.

When time permitted he also wrote songs for many of them. Johnny continued to appear in Lee Gordon Big (Bog) Shows and met and performed with many of his heroes. Despite being well liked as a person, his panache as a rocker went unrecognized. Even Buddy Holly on a radio interview dismissed Johnny’s version of “Oop poop a doo“ as.’ pretty horrible.’ Johnny took the remarks in good part maybe because he was in the studio at the time.

In 1958 Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) started a Saturday evening called 'Six O’clock Rock', which was based on the Beeb’s Six Five Special (UK) and rival to Channel Nine Australian Bandstand. At first Johnny and the 'Dee Jays' appeared as popular guests but soon he became the compere, and got closely involved in the show's production.

By the beginning of 1960 he also hosted an A.B.C. radio program, the 'Johnny O'Keefe Show, Rockville Junction', which was broadcast on Friday nights.

Success in the US was important goal for Johnny but despite two attempts he return unsuccessful. Johnny O’Keefe released Wild One in 1958 which he wrote with Dave Owens, Johnny Greenan and Tony Withers, a disc jockey; the song was an immediate hit. Jerry Lee Lewis did a cover version which was a hit for him in the US. Iggy Pop also released a cover to mark the 50th anniversary of the original release.

Shout followed in 1959 and She's My Baby in 1960.

The same year he was involved in a serious motorcar accident but made a remarkable recovery. However Johnny’s mental health was deteriorating and he suffered several nervous breakdowns. Following a brief return to television in 1967 as host of 'Where the Action Is', he found work largely in tent-shows and at leagues clubs throughout Australia.

In 1974 his career underwent something of resurgence with the flurry of rock revival. Despite his image as 'The Wild One', he promoted rock'n'roll as wholesome entertainment, and like most stars of that period, aspired to be an 'all-round entertainer. Johnny O’Keefe died in 1978.

Worth a listen
Wild One (1958)
Shout (1959)
She’s my baby (1960)
I'm Counting on You (1961)
She Wears My Ring (1964).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Carl Perkins (1932 - 1998)

Son of a Tennessee sharecropper, Carl Perkins was born in 1932 and the middle son. He grew up picking cotton and got his first guitar aged 7 and it was made by his father from a cigar box, broomstick and baling wire. Carl would practice endlessly behind the chicken house pretending he was singing on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. His boogie rhythm guitar style developed with lessons from a neighbour. He won a talent contest when he was 13 and had written a song called “Movie Magg," which a decade later would convince Sam Phillips to sign him to his Sun Records label. Carl was playing electric guitar by his teens and recruited brothers Jay ( rhythm guitar) and Clayton (string bass) to join his band. The Perkins Brothers Band quickly established itself as the hottest honky tonk band in Jackson. As soon as Carl Perkins heard Elvis on the radio, he recognized there was record producer who appreciated his type of hillbilly country. Sam Phillips gave him an audition at Sun Records Carl's singing and guitar playing attracted the famous producer. At first Carl was encouraged to record country music but once Elvis had left Sun Records, Sam pushed the rocker in Carl’s work. The band had added a drummer and now was ready with Blue Suede Shoes, a song written by Carl and borrowed stylistically from pop, country, and R&B music.

When it was released in 1956 it gave Sun Records its first million-seller. Carl and the boys were traveling to New York to appear on The Perry Como Show while en route their car was in an accident leaving Jay and Carl injured. It took Carl a year to recover and being incapacitated he was unable to capitalizing on his fame. Elvis recorded Blue Suede Shoes a a follow up to Heartbreak Hotel which confirmed him at the King meantime Carl started a long struggle with alcoholism. Once recovered from his injures Carl returned to Sun studios and continued to work as a live performer.

When his friend Johnny Cash left Sun to go to Columbia in 1958, Carol Perkins followed him over.

The continued lack of recording success caused Carl to fall in deeper depression, fueled by his increasing dependence on alcohol and the death of his brother Jay to cancer he became disillusioned and wanted to leave show business. In 1964 he was offered a tour of England and when he met his audiences he was overcome with their devotion to his music. Temporarily swearing off the bottle Carol played to sold-out audiences and was flattered with the attention of the Beatles. All four were fans and the group had already record four of Carl Perkins songs. On return to the States a rejuvenated Carl Perkin toured with his friend Johnny Cash for the next decade. In the 1980s Carl had a new band consisting of his sons and they went on the road. In 1982 Carl dueled with Paul McCartney on the country ballad "Get It," a song from McCartney's "Tug of War."

He played rhythm guitar on the McCartney-Stevie Wonder hit duet, "Ebony and Ivory."

In 1985, Carol re-recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" with two members of the Stray Cats, as part of the soundtrack for the movie Porky's Revenge. In the same year he did a cable TV special in London called, "Carl Perkins and Friends: A Rockabilly Session." with George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr.

A year later Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins reprised an informal Sun Records jam session, he, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis had done in the 1950s. This was later released as an album, "Class of '55."

Carol Perkins' last album, Go Cat Go! was released in 1996, and featured new collaborations with Paul Simon, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, and Bono.

Carl Perkins died in 1998 after battling throat cancer. He was 65.

Worth a listen:
Blue Suede Shoes (1956)
Boppin’ the blues (1956)
Dixie Fried (1956)
Honey Don't (1957)
Matchbox (1957)
Your True Love (1957)
Put Your Cat Clothes On (1957)
All Mama's Children (1956)

Patsy Cline
I Was So Wrong (1962)

The Beatles
Trying to Be My Baby (1965)

Johnny Cash
Daddy Sang Bass (1968)

The Judds
Let Me Tell You About Love

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Carol King

Carole Klein was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. She learned how to play the piano aged four and then at High School formed a vocal quartet called the Co-Sines. She met Neil Sedaka at college and must of left an impression with him because he in 1959 he dedicated his hit, "Oh, Carol" to her.

At college her friends included Paul Simon and Gerry Goffin. Gerry Goffin and Carole King formed a songwriting partnership and eventually married. Goffin and King went to work under publishers Don Kirshner and Al Nevins in the famous Brill Building, where chart-topping hits were churned out. Their first big hit was with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" which was recorded by The Shirelles in 1961.

Whilst the songwriting proved highly successful Carole was also keen to become a singer. She had a modest hit "It Might As Well Rain Until September" but when her follow up in 1963, "He's a Bad Boy” was less successful she concentrated on songwriting and pioneered a record label called Tomorrow Records.

Together, the couple wrote over 100 chart hits in a vast range of styles.

Now divorced and remarried, Carole had moved to the West Coast and formed a group called The City but the venture was not successful and Carole was suffering stage fright.

In 1971 she released a solo album of reworked originals including new compositions. The folk flavoured album took the public’s attention and cascaded Carole into stardom as a solo artist. Tapestry became a turning point in her career and the album remained on the charts for nearly six years.

In 1975 the songwriting duo of Goffin and King reunited to write Thoroughbred with David Crosby, Graham Nash and James Taylor.

In the early eighties Carole retired to Idaho and became an environmentalist but returned to music again at the end of the decade. She continued to record sporadically throughout the nineties to critical success. More recently Carole King became a political activist and set up "Living Room Tour" where she performed in private homes to raise campaign funds for the Democrats. She has recorded work with er daughter and did an Australian tour in February 2013. She also performed with James Taylor in a benefit concert to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

Worth a listen
Carol King
It Might As Well Rain Until September (1962)
It's Too Late (1971)
I Feel the Earth Move (1971)
So Far Away (1971)
Hard Rock Café (1977)

The Shirelles
Will you still love me tomorrow (1961)

Bobby Vee
Take Good Care of My Baby (1961)

Little Eva
The Loco-Motion (1962)

The Chiffons
One Fine Day (1963)

The Drifters
Some Kind of Wonderful (1961)
Up on the Roof (1963)

The Beatles
Chains (1963)

Herman’s Hermits
I'm into Something Good (1964)

Manfred Mann
Oh No Not My Baby (1965)

The Animals
Don't Bring Me Down (1966)

Aretha Franklin
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1967)

The Monkees
Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967)

James Taylor
You've Got a Friend (1971)