Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 23)

Growing up in the late 60’s and Early 70’s I was exposed to quite a lot of popular music, mostly from the radio but, later on, through music that I bought on vinyl or cassette. If there is such a thing as a musical education then the radio is only a primer but it serves as the bedrock for much of what forms opinion in the future. I grew up in South Wales and there are songs I remember very clearly from that time period, such as ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ by Jimmy Osmond, it was on the radio a lot, Chirpy-Chirpy-Cheap-Cheap by Middle Of The Road was another and lots of songs by Cliff Richard. I had three records, 45’s, none of which I actually bought but were in the house and that I claimed as mine at some point, they were:

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
Return To Sender – Elvis Presley
Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich

I still like all three of those tracks. We also had cassettes by The Beatles and ‘Top Of The Pops’ which were the ‘Now That’s What I call Music’ of their day, but I seem to think now they weren’t actually by the original artists. I remember well listening to the original cast recording of ‘Godspell’, which I still have. In short, they were all songs that most people know about, or, at least, I assumed so. This assumption set me to thinking, what if a lot of the music I heard growing up was quite localised, which, as a result, made my assumptions of what formed the musical landscape of my youth completely wrong. Were ‘The Wurzels’ not actually a global phenomenon? Surely ‘Billy, Don’t be a Hero’ by Paper Lace and ‘Get Down’ by Gilbert O’Sullivan pumped out of every radio on the planet on a daily basis, and I will never accept that ‘Tiger Feet’ by Mud is not a firm favourite 70’s song of everybody, so much so that it must by now have entered the human collective consciousness.

Then I went looking, then I found a load of European pop from the 60’s and 70’s that I’d never heard of. Of course I did, it would have been weird if I hadn’t. This music, or some of it, is as well known to French, Italians and so forth as the songs that I remember are to me. So here are some of them, which I have no expertise upon, I just kinda liked them.

Pour Un Flirt – Michel Delpech
Jacques Dutronc – Et moi, et moi, et moi
France Gall – Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Peppino Di Capri – Saint Tropez twist
Sylvie Vartan – La belle pour aller danser Dans tes bras je veux l
France Gall – Wir sind keine Engel
Stone – Seul [Norwegian Wood] (1966)
Zouzou – Il est parti comme il était venu
Muguette – Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher
Katty Line – Ne Fais Pas La Tête (1966)
RITA PAVONE — DATEMI UN MARTELLO 64.mpg
Adriano Celentano – Pregherò (Studio Uno 1961)
Los Diablos – Un rayo de sol
la felicidad
Marisol Y Palito Ortega – Corazón Contento
Marisol – Aquel Verano

The other 22 Episodes can be found HERE

5 Comments

  1. conspicari

    A musician friend of mine wanted me to record a (it’s her own album) cassette on to CD, I was really surprised how good the cassette sounded. It’s that analogue thing again. :>)

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  2. verian

    I think a lot of the problems with cassettes was with the playing heads, for the most part the sound quality was good I think but the playing heads become misaligned and sound as though they are magnetised, I’m no expert though, and my own cassette player only works if I hold the play button down constantly!

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  3. fishface

    I remember buying a Top of the Pops LP many moons ago. You’re right, they were cover versions, but there was always a suggestively clad woman on the cover. I only bought one!

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