Saturday, August 11, 2007

Yeah, Baby, Yeah!

It’s Friday night and, yes, you know what that means here at The Wild Reed: Music Night!

For your listening (and viewing) pleasure this evening, I present (courtesy of YouTube and “morlais”) a great medley of songs by some of the finest female singers who made the sixties swing in Britain and beyond.

First up (after a rather lame intro filmed in London’s famed Carnaby Street) is a snippet of Cilla Black singing a gem of a pop song, “Surround Yourself with Sorrow.”

Next, a rather subdued
Marianne Faithfull singing “As Tears Goes By” – and displaying no sense of rhythm whatsoever (just take a look at her foot tapping!).

Speaking of feet, the next singer featured in this lovingly created montage was famous for performing barefoot. Yes, it’s Sandie Shaw with “Long Live Love.”

Next, “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” by the incomparable
Dusty Springfield (whom, as regular visitors to The Wild Reed would know, is one of my all-time favorite vocalists).

Dusty is followed by Petula Clark, singing the classic “Downtown.” Next, Julie Driscoll and the truly psychedelic “This Wheel’s On Fire” (used, incidentally, as the theme song for Absolutely Fabulous). And finally, Lulu with the poignant “To Sir, With Love.”

Enjoy! And, as always, for best viewing quality, click on the YouTube logo (bottom right of screen) and watch the video on the actual YouTube website, as it always seems to download quicker and be of a slightly better visual quality.

Opening Image: Dusty Springfield on the set of Ready, Steady, Go! (Val Wilmer, 1964).

Recommended Off-site Link:
Woman of Repute (my website dedicated to the life and musical legacy of Dusty Springfield).

And for more music on The Wild Reed visit:
Rules and Regulations – Rufus Style
The Man I Love
Fleetwood Mac’s “Seven Wonders” – My Theme Song for 1987
Crackerjack Man
All at Sea
Actually, I Do Feel Like Dancing
“And A Pitcher to Go”
The Living Tree
Classic Dusty
Soul Deep

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