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Complete page index
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Performing Artist features
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about the site + selected notes
Friends
Acknowledgments

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Page index (drop-down) browse demo (1a)

(above) header tab 5 generation browse demonstration: Page Index > Songbook site index > Songwriter > Songwriters to 1954 > Berlin, Irving > Berlin pages (11) — correction: The page Irving Berlin: selected songs of 1909 and 1910 is now included in the Berlin drop down index.

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summer break

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Hi,

Greetings to all my visitors, new and old. The purpose of this message is to announce that I have decided to take a break from creating and posting new work on the site until at least mid-September. Will post an update should my plans change in the interim. During the break, I might allow the maintenance to slip a bit more than usual, so that visitors may find a few more deleted videos than normal on the site. Will try to keep it looking presentable. Also, I will continue to respond promptly to comments.

Hope you all enjoy the summer. Best wishes.

Regards, doc

It’s a restless hungry feeling

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Bob Dylan in studio, 1963 (1-75p)

Today I published a page on the Bob Dylan song “One Too Many Mornings.” Dylan originally recorded the song on 24 October 1963, at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, during the fifth recording session for the album The Times They Are a-Changin’. The session took place only two days before Dylan’s 26 October 1963 Carnegie Hall concert. The sixth and final take of the song during the 24 October session was included on the album. I’ve been unable to find an audio file or video containing that recording, but will include it here soon as I do find it. To visit the page click on the following link:

Recordings featured in the new page include:

Bob Dylan-1 June 1965, BBC-1

  • Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs — from their 1970 album Final Fling, Columbia ‎ CS 9945
  • Bob Dylan — 23 May 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue concert at Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Jerry Jeff Walker — track recorded live in concert in Houston, Texas — originally released on the 1977 LP A Man Must Carry On, (US) MCA Records MCA2-8013
  • Michel Griffin — live performance, March 2009, at Cahors Folk Club, Labastide-Marnhac, Midi-Pyrenees, France
  • Sophie Hunger — from the 2012 album Danger of Light, released on the Two Gentlemen label in France in and Switzerland
  • Robert Lighthouse — live performance at Ted’s Fun On The River in Wilmington, NC on 27 September 2013

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn

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Last night I published a page on the song “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” written by Bob Dylan. The melody of the song and a couple of lines were taken from the Paul Clayton song “Who’s Gonna Buy You Ribbons When I’m Gone?,” which Dylan had heard Clayton play. The Clayton song was based upon a public domain traditional titled “Who’s Gonna Buy Your Chickens When I’m Gone.” I’ve yet to find a single recording of the traditional.

To visit the page, click on the link below.

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right — selected early recordings, 1962-1965

1963 Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (LP) Columbia CL 1986 (Mono), CS 8786 (Stereo)-1Excerpts from the Wikipedia page on the song:

The melody is based on the public domain traditional song “Who’s Gonna Buy Your Chickens When I’m Gone.”[1][2] The melody was [acquired by Dylan from] folksinger Paul Clayton, who had used the melody in his song “Who’s Gonna Buy You Ribbons When I’m Gone?”

As well as the melody, a couple of lines were taken from Clayton’s “Who’s Gonna Buy You Ribbons When I’m Gone?,” which was recorded in 1960, two years before Dylan wrote “Don’t Think Twice.” Lines taken word-for-word or slightly altered from the Clayton song are, “T’ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, darlin’,” and, “So I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road.”

From the Wikipedia page on Paul Clayton:

Bob Dylan’s friendship with Clayton dated back to 1961, Dylan’s first year in New York City. Dylan traveled cross-country with Clayton and two other friends in 1963, during which they visited poet Carl Sandburg in North Carolina, attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans and rendezvoused with Joan Baez in California.[30]

In an interview published as part of a history of Greenwich Village folk club Gerde’s Folk City, folk singer Barry Kornfeld described how Clayton’s “Who’s Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I’m Gone)” morphed into Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”:

“I was with Paul one day, and Dylan wanders by and says, ‘Hey, man, that’s a great song. I’m going to use that song.’ And he wrote a far better song, a much more interesting song – ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’.”[31]

Dylan’s and Clayton’s publishing companies sued each other over the alleged plagiarism. As it turned out, Clayton’s song was derived from an earlier folk song entitled “Who’s Gonna Buy You Chickens When I’m Gone?”,[32][33] which was in the public domain. The lawsuits, which were settled out of court, had no effect on the friendship between the two songwriters.[5]

Recordings featured in the new page include the following:

Who’s Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I’m Gone) (Paul Clayton)

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Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right — selected recordings

  • Bob Dylan
    • recorded live 15 October 1962 at the Gaslight Cafe, New York City, New York; released in 2005 on the album Live at the Gaslight 1962, Columbia ‎A 96016, Legacy ‎A 96016; previously unofficially released on various bootlegs in 1973, 2001, and 2002
    • recorded on 14 November 1962 at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, NYC, NY; released on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 27 May 1963; also issued on 13 August 1963 on the single Columbia 4-42856, as the B-side of “Blowin’ in the Wind”

1963 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right-Bob Dylan-Columbia 4-42856 (B-side)Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo-2

  • The New World Singers featuring Gil Turner — recorded on 22 March 1963 in NYC; issued (as “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”) in June 1963 on the single Atlantic 45-2190, b/w “Stew Ball”
  • Joan Baez — from the album Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2, (US) Vanguard VSD 2123, released in November 1963; album recorded April-May 1963 during US concert tour
  • Jackie DeShannon — from her 1963 album Jackie DeShannon, (US) Liberty LRP-3320 (Mono), LST-7320 (Stereo)
  • Peter, Paul and Mary — issued on 28 August 1963 on the single Warner Bros. Records 5385, b/w “Autumn to May” — later included on the album In the Wind, (US) Warner Bros. Records W 1507 (Mono), WS 1507 (Stereo), released in October 1963
  • The Brothers Four — from their 1964 album More Big Folk Hits, (US) Columbia CL 2213 (Mono), CS 9013 (Stereo)
  • Waylon Jennings — recorded at Arizona Recorders in Phoenix on 4 December 1964; originally released in December 1964 on the LP Waylon at JD’s
  • The Johnny Mann Singers — from the 1964 LP Golden Folk Song Hits – Volume 3, Liberty ‎LRP-3355 (Mono), LST-7355 (Stereo)
  • Johnny Cash — live, 24 July 1964, at Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, RI
  • Bob Dylan
    • from the 5 May 1965 concert at Town Hall, Birmingham, England
  • Johnny Cash — from the 1965 album Orange Blossom Special, Columbia CL 2309 (Mono), CS 9109 (Stereo)
  • Davy Graham — from the album Folk, Blues and Beyond, (UK) Decca LK 4649 (also LK.4649), released in January 1965
  • Bobby Bare — from his 1965 album Constant Sorrow, RCA Victor LPM-3395 (Mono), LSP-3395 (Stereo)
  • The Gene Norman Group — (as “Don’t Think Twice”) from the 1965 LP Dylan Jazz; album produced by Leon Russell and Snuff Garrett, and featuring Glen Campbell on guitar
  • Chad & Jeremy — from the 1965 album I Don’t Want to Lose You Baby, (US) Columbia CL 2398 (Mono), CS 9198 (Stereo)
  • Joan Baez — from a 5 June 1965 concert at the BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, London
  • Duane Eddy — from the 1965 album Duane Eddy Does Bob Dylan, (US) Colpix Records CPL-494 (Mono), Colpix Records SCP 494, PCX S-222 (Stereo)
  • Odetta — from the 1965 LP Odetta Sings Dylan, (US) RCA Victor LPM-3324, LSP-3324

When will they ever learn?

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Pete Seeger-Newport Folk Festival-1960s-1Pete Seeger-1a

Yesterday I published a page on the song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” (m. Pete Seeger, w. Pete Seeger, Joe Hickerson). In writing the original three verse version of the song in 1955, Seeger had unknowingly borrowed and adapted the melody from an old song with which he was familiar, a lumberjack version of “Drill Ye Tarriers Drill,” a fact which a friend later pointed out. Joe Hickerson’s expanded version, with two additional verses and a recapitulation of the first at the end, came in May 1960. Click on the title link below to visit the new page:

Recordings featured in the page include the following:

1960 Rainbow Quest, The (LP) Pete Seeger-(US) Folkways Records FA 2454-(1a)1967 Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits-Columbia ‎CS 9416

  • Pete Seeger — originally issued on the 1960 album The Rainbow Quest, (US) Folkways Records FA 2454
  • The Kingston Trio — issued in December 1961 on the single Capitol 4671, b/w “O Ken Karanga” — I think the recording was also included on the 1962 compilation The Best of the Kingston Trio, (US) Capitol Records T-1705.
  • Marlene Dietrich — live at the Olympia, in Paris, c. late April 1962

1962 Peter, Paul and Mary-debut LP-Warner Bros. Records 1449-front cover

  • Peter, Paul and Mary — from the group’s debut album Peter, Paul and Mary, (US) Warner Bros. Records W 1449 (also 1449), released in May 1962
  • Howard Morrison Quartet — from the 1962 single (NZ) La Gloria GSP-051, b/w “I Love Paris” (Cole Porter)
  • Marlene Dietrich — French and German lyric versions:

    • “Où vont les fleurs” — French lyric by Francis Lemarque and René Rouzaud — from the 1962 EP Marlène, (France) La Voix De Son Maître 7 EGF
    • “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind”German lyric by Max Colpet — originally issued on the single (Germany) Electrola E 22 180, b/w “Die Welt war jung (Le Chevalier de Paris)”
    • “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind” — Live performance at a UNICEF Gala in Düsseldorf‎, Germany, on 6 October 1962 — includes a longish introduction to the song in German, English, and French, by Dietrich
    • “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind” — live performance, undated
  • Dalida – “Que sont devenues les fleurs” — French lyric version, with words by Guy Béart — issued in November 1962 on the EP (France) Barclay 70 471, featuring “Je l’attends” — also released on the 1962 album Dalida, (France) Barclay 80 183
  • The George Mitchell Choir — originally issued in November 1962 on the single (UK) His Master’s Voice 45-POP 1095, as the B-side of “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy”
  • The Searchers — from the 1963 album Meet the Searchers, (UK) Pye Records NPL 18086 (and NPL.18086)
  • Freddie Scott — issued in February 1964 on the single Colpix CP-724 / CP 724, as the B-side of “Where Does Love Go” (Carole King, Gerry Goffin); also included on the 1964 album Freddie Scott Sings and Sings and Sings, Colpix CP 461
  • Eddy Arnold and The Needmore Creek Singers — recorded on 9 October 1963, according to SecondHandSongs, and released in January 1964 on the album Folk Song Book, (US, Canada) RCA Victor LSP 2811 (Stereo), LPM (Mono)
  • The Brothers Four — from their 1964 album More Big Folk Hits, (US, Canada) Columbia CS 9013 (Stereo), Columbia CL 9013 (Mono)
  • Judita Čeřovská – “Řekni, kde ty kytky jsou” (Czech lyric by Jiřina Fikejzová) — from the 1964* single (Czechoslovakia) Supraphon 03176, b/w “Co Dál… (Et Maintenant)
  • Spirituál kvintet – “Kdepak všechny květy jsou” (Czech lyric: Ivo Mach, Jiří Tichota) — The recording, presumably issued on the Supraphon label, is dated 1964 by the video provider. I’ve yet to verify the date.
  • Vera Lynn with Tony Osborne and his Orchestra — from the 1964 LP Among My Souvenirs, (UK) His Master’s Voice CSD 1563 (also released on various labels in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands)
  • Kukonpojat -“Minne kukat kadonneet?” (Finnish lyric by Sauvo Puhtila) — issued 1 April 1965 on the single (Finland) Scandia KS 588, b/w “Siitä On Jo Aikaa”
  • Walter Jackson — issued 28 June 1965 on the single OKeh 4-7229, b/w “I’ll Keep on Trying” — also included on the 1965 album Welcome Home: The Many Moods of Walter Jackson, (US) OKeh 12108
  • Åse Kleveland — issued in 1966 on the single (Norway) Polydor NH 66775, as the B-side of “The House of the Rising Sun”
  • Åse Kleveland — live TV studio performance, dated 1965 by the provider
  • Joan Baez — live, 29 May 1967, in Milan, Italy — transferred, according to the provider, from a 1970 version of the 1969 album Joan Baez in Italy
  • Lester Flatt & Early Scruggs — from the 1968 album Changin’ Times, Columbia ‎CS 9596
  • Wes Montgomery Quartet with Don Sebesky Orchestra — recorded on 8 May 1968 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; released on the 1968 album Road Song, (US) A&M Records SP 3012, SP-3012 — The December 1968 single A&M 1008, b/w “Fly Me to the Moon,” may be a different edit of the recording, as the time given on the label, 2:30, is half a minute shorter than the album version.
  • Pete Seeger — live in Sweden, 1968, where he performs the original three-verse lyric version

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* The release date of Supraphon 03176 is given as 1964 by Discogs.com, but as 1962 by 45cat.com. Recordings under the title “Řekni, kde ty kytky jsou” were later released by Marie Rottrová (1975), and Marta Kubišová (2004?), among others.

So blow, you old blue norther

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Today, I published a page on the song “Someday Soon,” written by Ian Tyson. The song was first recorded by Ian & Sylvia (Ian and Sylvia Tyson) in 1964.

From Wikipedia:

In 1969, Judy Collins recorded the song for her album Who Knows Where the Time Goes. Released as a single in 1969, it spent six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #55.[3] In Canada, her version reached #37 on the Top Singles chart published by RPM.

Click on the following link to visit the new page:

Someday Soon

Ian and Sylvia-Vanguard promotional photo, 1964 (1a)1964 Northern Journey (LP), Ian & Sylvia

The following recordings are included in the new page:

  • Ian & Sylvia — from the 1964 album Northern Journey, Vanguard VSD-9154 (Stereo), Vanguard VRS-9154 (Mono); listed on the back of the album, and on the label, as “Some Day Soon”
  • The Kingston Trio — from their 1964 LP The Kingston Trio (aka Nick Bob John), Decca DL 4613
  • Ian & Sylvia — live at the Newport Folk Festival, 24 July 1965
  • Julie Felix — issued in October 1965 on the 45 rpm single (UK) Decca F.12246, b/w “I’ve Got Nothing but Time” (Tom Paxton)
  • Julie Felix — from the 1965 LP The Second Album, (UK) Decca LK 4724 — The audio file in the video below sounds like it might be a sped up version of the same recording issued on the single (above). It’s about 20 seconds (~11%) shorter.
  • Ester & Abi Ofarim — 1966
  • Judy Collins — from her 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Elektra ‎KS-74033; single issued in January 1969 as Elektra EK-45649, b/w “My Father” — singles chart performance: #55 (US) Billboard, #37 (Canada) RPM
  • Judy Collins — from an episode of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour TV show, probably Season 3, Episode 20, which aired on 23 March 1969 — photos of Judy Collins from the appearance, available at Getty Images, are dated 21 February 1969
  • Skeeter Davis — from the album maryfrances, (US, Canada) RCA Victor LSP-4200, released in August 1969 (according to Wikipedia)
  • Skeeter Davis — live television studio performance for unidentified country music TV show, c. 1969
  • Lynn Anderson — from her 1970 LP Stay There ‘Til I Get There, (US, Canada) Columbia CS 1025, which was released under the title Country Girl in the UK and in Europe
  • Johnny Cash — (audio only) from Season 2, Episode 3 (Episode 2.03, Classic TV Archive) of the Johnny Cash Show, which aired on 7 October 1970
  • Jackie Mittoo — from the 1972 LP Reggae Magic, (Jamaica) Studio One SOL 1124
  • Bonnie Dobson — from her 1972 album Bonnie Dobson, (UK) Argo ZFB 79
  • Chris LeDoux — from the 1973 LP Rodeo Songs “Old and New”, Lucky Man Music ‎LM4249-2
  • Kathy Barnes — from the 1976 album Someday Soon, (US) Republic Records IRDA-LPN-R-6019-598
  • Crystal Gayle — from her 1978 album When I Dream, (US) United Artists Records CGWID2011; recorded, according to the video provider, on 6 October 1977 at Jack’s Tracks, 1308 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN
  • Ian & Sylvia with guest Judy Collins — live, 1986 — includes voice-over commentary by Judy Collins
  • Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash — from a 1990 episode of “Nash’s cable TV interview show,” according to the provider
  • Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, with John Denver — from the 1991 John Denver television special Montana Christmas Skies
  • Suzy Bogguss — from the 1991 album, Aces, released on CD and cassette on various labels; also issued in August 1991 on the single Capitol Nashville NR-44772, b/w “Fear of Flying”
  • Suzy Bogguss — live performance on country music television show Nashville Now; airdate 12 June 1991
  • Ian Tyson — live performance, date unknown
  • Blue Star Band — 2 February 2013, at the Schnitzel Haus, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC
  • Ian Tyson — 16 July 2015, at City Winery, NYC

And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave

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Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger

Today I published a page on the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” written by Ewan MacColl in 1957. The song was first commercially recorded in 1962, by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

Wikipedia excerpts:

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a 1957 folk song written by British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who would later become his wife, to sing. At the time the couple were lovers, although MacColl was married to someone else. Seeger sang the song when the duo performed in folk clubs around Britain. During the 1960s, it was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, winning the Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song of the year for 1972.[1]

There are two differing accounts of the origin of the song. MacColl said that he wrote the song for Seeger after she asked him to pen a song for a play she was in. He wrote the song and taught it to Seeger over the telephone.[2] Seeger said that MacColl, with whom she had begun an affair in 1957, used to send her tapes to listen to whilst they were apart and that the song was on one of them.[3]

Click on the title link below to visit the new page:

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face — selected early recordings, 1962-1972 (URL of the page was changed after posting, to reflect a copyright date, which I’m attempting to confirm, of 1957)

The following recordings are included in the new page:

1962 New Briton Gazette, Vol. 2, Folkways Records FW 8734 (LP)-1a

  • The Kingston Trio — released, under the title “The First Time,” on the 1962 album New Frontier, (US) Capitol T 1809 (Mono), Capitol ST 1809 (Stereo)
  • Joe & Eddie — from the 1963 album There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonite, GNP Crescendo GNP 86 (Mono), GNP 86, GNPS 86 (Stereo)
  • Orriel Smith — from her 1964 album A Voice in the Wind, Columbia CL 2124 (Mono), Columbia CS 8924 (Stereo)
  • The Highwaymen — from the 1964 album One More Time!, United Artists Records UAL 3323 (Mono), UAS 3323 (Stereo) — Although the whole group is credited, the recording features a vocal soloist (presumably leader Dave Fisher), accompanied by what seems to be a single acoustic guitar.
  • Marianne Faithfull — (version 1) from her album North Country Maid, (UK) Decca LK 4778, issued on 1 April 1966
  • Marianne Faithfull — (version 2) from the 1966 compilation album Forever Faithfull, (US) London Records ‎LL3482 (Mono), PS 482 (Stereo)
  • Gordon Lightfoot — from his debut album, Lightfoot!, (US) United Artists Records UAS 6487, released in 1966
  • Bert Jansch — from his album Jack Orion, (UK) Transatlantic Records TRA 143, released in September 1966
  • We Five — from the 1967 album Make Someone Happy, A&M Records LP 138 (Mono), A&M Records SP 4138 (Stereo)
  • The Brothers Four — from their 1967 LP A New World’s Record, Columbia ‎CS 9502; the group also issued a recording of the song, presumably the same one, as the B-side of “Walking Backwards Down the Road,” on the single Columbia 4-44175

Roberta Flack (1)1969 First Take-Roberta Flack-Atlantic SD 8230 (debut album)-1a

  • Roberta Flack — originally issued in 1969 on her debut album, First Take, Atlantic SD 8230
  • Nana Mouskouri with the Athenians — from the 1969 album Over & Over, on the Fontana label
  • Roberta Flack — abbreviated version, the so-called “radio edit,” issued on the February 1972 single Atlantic 45-2864, b/w “Trade Winds” — US Billboard singles chart performance: #1, Easy Listening, 6 consecutive weeks, 1 April-6 May 1972 / #1, Hot 100, 6 consecutive weeks, 15 April-20 May 1972
  • Roberta Flack — from the British music TV series Top of the Pops, 1972 — This version, apparently sung live, is about a minute shorter than the 1972 single.
  • Johnny Hartman — from the 1972 album I’ve Been There, Perception Records PLP 41 (also PLP-41)
  • Ray Conniff and the Singers — from the 1972 LP Love Theme From “The Godfather” (Speak Softly Love), which was issued in the UK under the title Without You

selected instrumentals

  • Charles Kynard — from his 1972 album Woga, Mainstream Records ‎MRL 366
  • The Jimmy Castor Bunch — from their 1972 album Phase Two, (US) RCA Victor LSP-4783
  • Tony Hatch & his Orchestra — from the 1972 album Hits Symphonic, (UK) Pye Records ‎QUAD 1017
  • Dexter Gordon Quintet — recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on 22 June 1972; issued on the 1973 Dexter Gordon album Ca’ Purange, Prestige ‎PR 10051 — album personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Thad Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hank Jones (piano), Stanley Clarke (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)

comments re-enabled on pages

Hi,

I just noticed yesterday that comments on some of the pages published in January had been inadvertently disabled. I’ve enabled comments again on the affected pages. Comments should be enabled on all posts and pages on the site. Please notify me if you happen to discover any pages or posts on which there is not a  “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom. Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused you.

Pages published in January 2016 include the following:

19 Jan — other standards and popular songs of winter (previously included in page now retitled “Selected Holiday Season songs, index“)

16 Jan — “June in January” — selected recordings, 1934 to 1960

13 Jan — Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year

5 Jan — “Weed Smoker’s Dream” lyric — transcribed on 29 Dec 2015

Regards, doc

winter-trees-sun on hills-1a

 

Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me

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(above) Bobby Troup and Julie London — source: JulieLondon.org

Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me (Bobby Troup)

Date published unknown. I’m aware of only four recordings, and have heard only three, Teri Thornton’s 1963 release being the first, chronologically, followed by 1965 recordings by Bobby Troup and Julie London. Cabaret singer Marilyn Maye evidently also released a recording of the song, on her 1966 album The Second of Maye [Thanks to visitor Helen, for the helpful tip, in a comment.]

Each time I hear Thornton’s or Troup’s versions I wonder why the song is not well known and often covered. Perhaps the triple rhymes and off-rhymes —  “Yesterday” / “here’s today,” “cold again” / “fold again,” “be content” / “be so bent,” “serener place” / “greener place,” etc. — were thought to be outdated or artificial. Such constructions may have been considered passé long before Troup published this song. Among American popular song lyricists of the 20th century, triple rhymes are most closely associated with Lorenz Hart.

I noticed yesterday that someone had entered the site via a keyword search for the the lyric to “Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me.” I didn’t have it. In fact, I’ve been periodically looking for the lyric for the past four or five years. So, after another round of searches came up empty I decided to transcribe it. The following transcription is drawn from the taped live performance by Bobby Troup and (presumably) his band for the 1965 Julie London TV variety special, Julie: Something Special.

Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me — words and music by Bobby Troup

Yesterday, things looked bright
I never knew a kiss so right
But here’s today — I’m out in the cold again
Just like a sheep that’s lost from his fold again
Won’t someone please belong to me

Find my love, mind my love
Try not to be unkind, my love
Just be content — there is no serener place
Don’t be so bent in finding a greener place
Won’t someone please belong to me

A fool am I
You’d think someday I’d learn
For fools like I
The tables never turn
But I’m not wise
I’m always taken by surprise, surprise

Days are long *
Nights are long
Time seems so slow when things go wrong
Won’t someone new come here and be mad to be
Near someone who is true and so glad to be
Won’t someone please, please, please belong to me
Please belong to me
Please belong to me

transcribed by Jim “doc” Radcliff on 10 March 2015 **

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1963-Theri Thorntion Sings Open Highway-LP-Columbia Records CS 88941965 Won't Someone Please Belong to Me (Troup)-Teri Thornton Columbia 4-43209 (B-side)

Teri Thornton — B-side of the 45 rpm single “To Remember You By,” Columbia 4-43209, issued on 25 January 1965; previously released on the 1963 album Teri Thornton Sings Open Highway, Columbia Records CL-2094 (Mono), CS 8894 (Stereo)

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Bobby Troup with unidentified small combo — live, from the Julie London TV variety special Julie: Something Special, air date: 17 November 1965

JulieLondon.org says,

On November 17th, 1965 WGN-TV in Chicago aired an hour-long special titled Julie: Something Special. Julie sings many of her popular numbers and is joined by, now husband, Bobby Troup and the quartet, The Hi-Lo’s. All of their performances are included. This show was re-aired on NBC-TV on February 13th, 1967.

It must have been the rebroadcast on NBC which I saw as a child of nine, for I recalled this performance decades later when I came across the video several years ago.

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1965 Feeling Good-Julie London (LP) Liberty LST-7416

Julie London — from the 1965 LP Feeling Good: with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, LRP-3416 (Mono), LST-7416 Stereo

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* “Days” and “Nights” are reversed in the first two lines of the final section in the versions by Teri Thornton and Julie London. The line “Won’t someone new come here and be mad to be” is slightly different in the Thornton and London versions, the first word being “Please” instead of “Won’t,” and “glad” replacing “mad.” However, the second line of the section is identical to the Troup version in the London recording (she sings “glad” in both lines, twice), yet very different in the Thornton recording, which goes “Near someone true, as true as you’ll ever be.”

** For other lyric transcriptions by yours truly see: Unsung lyrics, transcribed by doc

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Pour toi / Feelings / Sentimientos / Dis-lui

1975 Feelings-Morris Albert (LP) RCA Victor APL1-1018 (back)-d30Selected links

Song:

Singles:

Morris Albert’s 1973 recording of “Feelings” was a big hit in 1974. The song was adapted, according to a 1987 jury verdict in Federal District Court in Manhattan, by Albert from the song “Pour toi,” composed in 1956 by Louis Gasté, with lyrics by Albert Simonin and his wife Marie-Hélène Bourquin, though it took a successful 1980s copyright infringement suit to legally establish the source of the adaptation and to name Gasté as co-songwriter. Albert also released an alternate version with a Spanish-language lyric, evidently written by himself as he’s the sole songwriter credited on the label (see below), in 1974. In 1975, Israeli-born French pop star Mike Brant recorded a version of “Feelings” titled “Dis-lui” (“Tell him”), with the French lyric by Michel Jourdan.

Line Renaud and Loulou Gasté (1)Line Renaud (1)

Pour toi (m. Louis Gasté, w. Albert Simonin, Marie-Hélène Bourquin)
“Pour toi” was recorded by the singer and actress Line Renaud, wife of Gasté, in 1956, and performed by Dario Moreno in the 1957 film Le Feu aux poudres. The arrangements of the song used by Moreno in the film and in a separate studio recording with an orchestra sound very little like the arrangement used by Albert in his 1973 recording of “Feelings,” though portions of the melody are similar. The 1956 recording by Line Renaud, in part, exhibits slightly greater resemblance to Albert’s “Feelings,” melodically and in tone, but the connection is still a stretch.

Line Renaud — title song from the 1956 EP Pathé ‎(France) 45 EG 232

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Dario Moreno — in the 1956 film Le Feu aux poudres; the performance begins at about :49

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1957 Imploration (EP) Dario Moreno- Philips 432.182 NE

Dario Moreno — from the 1957 EP Imploration, Philips 432.182 NE

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1975 Feelings-Morris Albert (LP) RCA Victor APL1-1018-d20

Feelings (m. Louis Gasté, Morris Albert, w. Morris Albert)

Morris Albert

Feelings — issued in 1974 on the single RCA Victor PB-10279, b/w “This World Today is a Mess” — US chart success: #6, Hot 100; #2, Adult Contemporary; also later released on the 1975 LP Feelings, RCA Victor ‎APL1-1018

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1974 Sentimientos-Morris Albert-(Brazil) Beverly 45-13.508

Sentimientos (aka “Dime”) — issued in 1974 on Beverly ‎(Brazil) 45-13.508; songwriting credited solely to Morris Albert on the label — A recording under the same title released by Mexican singer José José in 1974 has a different lyric.

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