Category Archives: Popular & Crooners

THE EVERLY BROTHERS – Christmas With The Everly Brothers – (Warner Brothers) – 1962

"It's Christmas time pretty baby and the snow is falling on the ground"… well, not here in Brisbane it's not, but in the Christmas sprit I have pulled this record from the pile. Now, I have always liked, no loved, … Continue reading

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JOHN WALKER – If You Go Away – (Philips) – 1967

Everyone (well the critics and music tragics anyway) wax lyrical about Scott Walker (and rightly so) of The Walker Brothers but what about his "brother" John? John was one third of 1960s pop sensations The Walker Brothers. The Walker Brothers … Continue reading

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ROD McKUEN – Seasons in the Sun, II – (Stanyan) – 1967

A man. A singlet. A beach. A piece of driftwood. A perfect LP sleeve. And perhaps a little gay.* Not to me though. To me the (almost) middle aged beachcomber depicted is a romantic slightly retreat-ist anti-hero at odds with … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – Side by Side – (Mountain Railroad Records) – 1979

The beauty of listening to old school Americana, folk, Tin Pan Alley or the Great American songbook music is you don't have to worry about authorship. Whether the artist wrote or didn't write the songs is second to the message … Continue reading

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TONY BENNETT – Love Story – (Columbia) – 1971

"Bennett, born 1926, is the last of the great male trad pop singers". I said that in another comment on Tony Bennett and that is a great way to start any comment. That, followed by "and he is still recording … Continue reading

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ROD McKUEN – Sleep Warm – (EMI) – 1975

I love quoting myself. Not because I think my words are wise but because I can fast track a comment because I have already said what I want to say. In relation to Rod I have said this before on … Continue reading

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ROD MCKUEN – The Loner – (RCA) – 1966

  The full title of this album is : Rod McKuen‎– The Loner And 13 Other Rod McKuen Songs Of Love And Loneliness. If ever there was an accurate album title it’s this albums title. That’s not to say McKuen … Continue reading

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TONY BENNETT – Yesterday I Heard the Rain – (Columbia) – 1968

Here I will just be a little more random with my thoughts. Bennett, born 1926, is the last of the great male trad pop singers. As a kid, Elvis led me to Bobby Darin and Bobby led me to trad … Continue reading

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BOBBY RYDELL – An Era Reborn – (Cameo) – 1962

Bobby was one of the many musical hit making “Bobby” pop singers of the early 1960s …. Vinton, Darin, Rydell, Vee.   The Bobby singers are largely disrespected and undervalued. Darin was the best by far but all the Bobby … Continue reading

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THE DIAMONDS – Songs from the Old West – (Mercury) – 1960

what Frank is listening to #215 – THE DIAMONDS – Songs from the Old West – (Mercury) – 1960 The Diamonds are a 1950s era, clean, white, vocal group from Canada.   Yes I know that doesn't sound good does it … … Continue reading

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