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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.


individual pages on selected 1960s songs


See also the page Songwriters, 1955-1973

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More to come

When will they ever learn?


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


* The release date of Supraphon 03176 is given as 1964 by, but as 1962 by 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


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


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)

Longer than always is a long, long time


Tonight I published a page on the 1962 song “More (Theme from Mondo Cane),” including a clip featuring one of four segments of the film Mondo Cane (1962) that feature the theme, and selected recordings issued from 1962 to 1966. Click on the title link below to visit the page.

Songwriting credits:

  • music, originally titled “Ti guarderò nel cuore,” composed by Nino Oliviero and Riz Ortolani
  • lyric in Italian by Marcello Ciorciolini
  • lyric in English by Norman Newell

From the Wikipedia page:

Mondo Cane (1962) poster (2) sm“More (Theme from Mondo Cane)” is a film score song written by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero for the 1962 film Mondo Cane (Dog’s World, or as the soundtrack album states, “a world gone to the dogs”). The movie’s music was released as Mondo Cane: Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album, music by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero, on United Artists Records UAS 5105.

The movie Mondo Cane[p] is a documentary, and uses a variety of music to accompany various segments. Some melodies are used repeatedly, in different styles, each named for the part of the movie where the music is used. Of the 15 music tracks on the soundtrack album, one melody is presented 6 times, another melody 2 times. The melody which became known as “More” is presented 4 times, named “Life Savers Girls,” “The Last Flight/L’Ultimo Volo,” “Models In Blue/Modelle in Blu,” [and] “Repabhan Street/Repabhan Strasse,” in styles ranging from lush to march and 3/4 waltz.


Mondo Cane (1962)-Lifesaver Girls-2

  • Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero — “Life Savers Girls” segment of the film Mondo Cane (1962)


Selected recordings featured in the new page include the following:

  • Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero — from the Mondo Cane original soundtrack album, released in 1962
  • Katyna Ranieri — recorded as “Ti guarderò nel cuore” — issued in May 1962 on (Italy) MGM Records K 2051, as the B-side of “Mondo cane (Je m’en fous)”
  • Kai Winding and Orchestra — issued on the single Verve Records ‎VK 10295, b/w “Comin’ Home Baby” [conflicting US single release dates reported: 27 May 1963, according to; July 1963, according to (although a German release, Verve 58 110, is dated April 1963 by 45cat)]
  • Vic Dana — issued in July 1963 on the single Dolton No. 81 (also Dolton 81), b/w “That’s Why I’m Sorry” — also the title track on the album Dolton BLP-2026 (Mono), Dolton BST-8026 (Stereo)
  • Martin Denny — from the 1963 album The Versatile Martin Denny, (US) Liberty LRP-3307 (Mono), Liberty LST-7307 (Stereo); also issued in 1963 on the single Liberty 55571, b/w “Little Boat”
  • Tony Renis — “Ti guarderò nel cuore” — issued in 1963 on the single (Italy) La Voce Del Padrone ‎7MQ 1846, b/w “Otto e mezzo”
  • Moacyr Franco — Portuguese lyric version “Doce amargura,” from the 1963 LP Moacyr Franco, Copacabana CLP 11345
  • Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats — from the 1963 album Try a Little Tenderness, Columbia CL 2090 (Mono), Columbia ‎CS 8890 (Stereo)
  • Doris Day — from the album Love Him, Columbia CL-2131 (Mono), Columbia CS-8931, released on 16 December 1963
  • Mantovani and his Orchestra — from the 1964 album The Incomparable Mantovani, (UK) Decca LK 4640 (also LK.4640)
  • Andy Williams — from the 1964 LP “Call Me Irresponsible” and Other Hit Songs from the Movies
  • Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and his Orchestra — recorded on 12 June 1964; released on the 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing, featuring arrangements by Quincy Jones
  • Bobby Darin — from the 1964 album Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie, Capitol T 2194 (Mono), Capitol ST 2194 (Stereo)
  • Gary McFarland — recorded on 7 October 1964, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; released in February 1965 on the LP Soft Samba, Verve V-8603 (Mono), Verve V6-8603 (Stereo), released in February 1965
  • Irene Reid — recorded in NYC on 15 January 1965; released on the 1965 album Room for One More, Verve V-8621 (Mono), Verve V6-8621 (Stereo)
  • Duane Eddy — from his 1965 album Twangin’ the Golden Hits, RCA Victor LPM-2993 (Mono), RCA Victor ‎LSP-2993 (Stereo)
  • Dinah Shore — from her 1965 album Lower Basin Street Revisited, Reprise R 6150, and R-6150 (Mono) / Reprise RS 6150, and RS-6150 (Stereo)
  • The Contrasts — issued on the 1965 single Contrast Records 001, as the B-side of “Summertime”
  • Fausto Papetti — issued on the 1965 single (Italy) Durium ‎Ld A 7454, b/w “So In Love” (Cole Porter); also appeared as the first track on the album 6a Raccolta, (Italy) Durium ‎ms A 77110, released on 18 October 1965; later included 0n the 1972 “Best of” album 13a Raccolta
  • Brother Jack McDuff — recorded in NYC, February 1966; released on the 1968 album Soul Circle, Prestige PR 7567
  • Bobby Solo — “Ti guarderò nel cuore” — from the 1966 album La vie en rose, Ricordi ‎MRL 6051


Mondo Cane (1962) poster 3

This time we almost made the pieces fit


Today I published a page on the Jimmy Webb song “Didn’t We,” which was copyrighted in 1967 and evidently first recorded in 1968, by Richard Harris. However, as I demonstrate in the page, responses made by Webb in various interviews indicate that he’d written a version of the song by the spring of 1964, and that it was performed in that year, his final year in high school, in a musical that he had written for the senior assembly. The song was later included in Dancing Girl, a musical he wrote during the two years he attended San Bernardino Valley College, c. 1964-1966. Click on the title link below to visit the page.

Recordings and live performances, mostly from 1968 to 1973, featured in the new page include:

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  • Richard Harris — from the album A Tramp Shining, (US) Dunhill DS 50032, released in April 1968; released in the UK in 1968 as RCA Victor ‎SF-7947; also issued in the US, in April 1968, as the B-side of “MacArthur Park” on the single Dunhill D-4134 (also Dunhill 45-4134, 45-D-4134)
  • Des O’Connor — from the 1968 album I Pretend, (UK) Columbia ‎ SCX 6295
  • Lorez Alexandria — title song from the 1968 album Pzazz Records LP-320
  • Frank Sinatra — recorded in Hollywood on 18 February 1969, with an orchestra conducted by Don Costa
  • Frank Sinatra — live; date unknown, possibly 1970
  • Tony Mottola — from his 1970 album Close to You, Project 3 Total Sound ‎PR 5050SD
  • Irene Reid — from the 1970 album The World Needs What I Need, Polydor ‎24-4040; a shorter version was issued in February 1971 on the single Polydor ‎PD 2-14057, b/w “Hi-De-Ho” (45cat, Discogs)
  • Dionne Warwick — from the 1970 album I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Scepter Records SPS 581
  • Dorothy Squires — from the 1971 album At the London Palladium , (UK) Decca DBC 9/10, and (UK) President Records PTLS 1034/4— recorded live at the London Palladium on 6 December 1970
  • Barbra Streisand — from The David Frost Show, taped on 5 February 1971; however, the episode never aired, according to the 1970-79 timeline at the The Barbra Streisand Archives Library
  • Jimmy Webb — live at the BBC, possibly on the Old Grey Whistle Test TV program, 1971(?) — Photographs, evidently from this appearance, published at Getty Images and elsewhere are said to have taken during the taping of an episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test, and are dated 28 June 1971. However, I’ve been unable to confirm that date. Episode guides from the program, such as the one at, indicate that the first episode of season 1 aired on 21 September 1971.
  • Art Farmer — from the 1972 album Gentle Eyes, (US) Mainstream Records MRL 371 — recorded by Art Farmer with the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corp.) Orchestra, in Vienna, Austria, in 1972
  • Stéphane Grappelli — originally released in 1973 on the Stéphane Grappelli album 1973, (US) Pye Records ‎PYE 12115
  • Jimmy Webb — from the 1996 album Ten Easy Pieces (Guardian Records)

Why do you think love will end…


1967 Never My Love-The Association-sheet music-1a1967 Never My Love-Association-Warner Bros. 7074

Tonight I published a page on the 1967 song “Never My Love.” Click on the title link below to visit the page.

From Wikipedia:

“Never My Love” is a pop standard written by American siblings Donald and Richard Addrisi and best known from a hit 1967 recording by The Association. The Addrisi Brothers had two Top 40 hits as recording artists, but their biggest success was as the songwriters of “Never My Love”. Recorded by dozens of notable artists in the decades since, in late 1999 the Publishing Rights Organization Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) announced it was the second most-played song on radio and television of the 20th century.[1]

Recordings, mostly early, included in the new page:


Early recordings omitted, for various reasons, from the page include those by the following artists:


  • Robert Knight


  • Johnny Mathis
  • Eivets Rednow (Stevie Wonder)
  • Danny Williams
  • Al Martino
  • The Four Freshmen
  • The Casuals
  • Trudy Pitts
  • George Shearing, with Quintet and Orchestra
  • Hans Christian Anderson (Jon Anderson)
  • Boris Gardiner
  • Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
  • The Sandpebbles


  • Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé
  • Des O’Connor
  • Tinkerbells Fairydust
  • Mercy
  • The Tidbits


  • The Ventures
  • Jimmy Webb


  • Bettye LaVette
  • The Sandpipers
  • Peter Nero


  • Grant Green
  • Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra


  • Wilson Pickett
  • Blue Swede
  • Etta James
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Johnnie Taylor
  • Percy Faith, his Orchestra and Chorus


  • Brenda Lee

And the smell of flowers blooming fills the air


I published a page on 29 March featuring “Love (Can Make You Happy),” by Jack Sigler, Jr. The song was first recorded in 1969 by Mercy, a Florida pop group formed by the songwriter and consisting of himself and former members of his high school in Brandon, a town near Tampa, Florida. Click on the title link below to visit the page.


links, song:1969 Love (Can Make You Happy-sheet music-1-purpt

hit single:


From Wikipedia:

The song was originally released on Sundi Records, but as the single climbed up the charts, the group’s lead singer, Sigler, faced being drafted. Sundi Records quickly released the album Love (Can Make You Happy) that included the song plus other cover songs that were not recorded by any of the original group. Sigler, who ended up not being drafted, signed the group to Warner Bros. Records where they recorded a sound-a-like version of the single and released the album, Love Can Make You Happy. Since Sigler never signed with Sundi, the record label was sued and the original album was banned from distribution.[3]

Recordings featured in the page include the following:

  • Mercy — The original recording was issued on the single Sundi SR-6811, b/w “Fire Ball,” in March 1969, and peaked at #2 on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. The recording was also the title track on the Sigler-less album credited to The Mercy, Sundi SRLP 803.


  • Mercy — from the 1969 Warner Bros. album Love Can Make You Happy, Warner Bros. – Seven Arts Records ‎WS-1799; also issued on the single Warner Bros. / Seven Arts 7291, b/w “Never My Love”
  • The California Poppy Pickers — from the 1969 LP Today’s Chart Busters, Alshire Records ‎ S-5163
  • Ray Conniff and the Singers — from the 1969 album Jean, Columbia ‎ CS 9920
  • Lafayette e seu Conjunto — from the 1969 album A Presenta Os Successos, Vol. 7
  • Percy Faith: His Orchestra & Chorus — from the 1969 album Love Theme From “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Boris Gardiner — recording date unknown — A single released in Jamaica in 1969 is evidently longer by about 20 seconds than the recording we have a copy of. The 1970 Boris Gardiner album It’s So Nice to Be With You, released in the US on the K&K, Wildflower, and Steady Records labels, contains a recording of “Love Can Make You Happy.”
  • Lloyd Charmers with Byron Lee & the Dragonaires — originally released in Jamaica on the 1970 album Reggay Charm, Dynamic Sounds 3304; released in the UK in 1970 on the LP Reggae Charm, Trojan Records TTL 30
  • Sound Dimension PlusChristmas Time, Studio One (label) — date unknown
  • Voice of Soul (choir) — Portland Community College Spring 2010 Concert
  • Dave and the Imaginary Band — uploaded on 21 May 2011
  • Lovon and Kevin14 September 2011 rehearsal, NYC-Ripley Grier
  • calikokat104 — piano solo, published on 21 May 2012
  • Mercy — live in Ocala, Florida in May 2012 — band members include: Jack Sigler (bass, vocal), Butch Darby (lead guitar, vocal), Suzanne Sigler (keyboard, vocals)
  • Ameritz Karaoke Entertainment — released on 26 July 2012, according to the video provider
  • Nick Ingman and his Orchestra — date unknown; published on YouTube on 3 March 2014
  • The Daffodils — from the compilation Hits After Hits, Vol. 8, release date unknown; published on YouTube on 6 November 2014
  • Eunike Keke — Published on 12 February 2016

comments re-enabled on pages


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

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