Mary Wells: My Guy
Howard Morgan's choices will find favour with pop lovers of the 1950s and 60s.
So good to hear these again and find the memories flooding back.
My Guy: Mary Wells
The song that heralded the Motown era of hit after hit. Written by Smokey Robinson, arguably the finest song writer of the late 20th century, and still going strong. The same sadly can’t be said of Mary Wells who never had the fame she deserved and died aged 49 in 1992.
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: Dusty Springfield
The most dramatic opening in pop music, and Dusty keeps the excitement going. She is so desperate to be with her man she doesn't care if he doesn’t love her, ‘just be close at hand.’
You’re My Soul & Inspiration: Righteous Brothers
Great dramatic vocals and Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ make this a pop classic, and a lyric that says when the loved has gone, there’s no way of going forward. She’s the reason for his laughing and crying, living and dying.
Never Be Anyone Else But You: Ricky Nelson
Country meets pop in this sentimental piece of late 1950s balladry. His teenage love is so strong he promises that she will be the only one for ever. Umm, if only love ran that smooth.
Devoted To You: Everly Brothers
Gorgeous harmonies, lovely sentiments, simple arrangement make this one of my all time favourites. I loved it as a child and still smile when I listen to it. No YouTube clip but it can be heard on Spotify.
- Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven
- Leonard Cohen: Closing Time
- Thelma Houston: Don't leave Me This Way
- Elvis Presley: If I Can Dream
- The Beatles: Fool On The Hill
- Jerry Leiber: Pop's poet laureate
- Puccini's Tosca: Te Deum
- Bob Dylan: Mamma You've Been On My Mind
- Marianne Faithful: As Tears Go By
- Neil Diamond: I Dreamed A Dream