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June 2011

Song of the Day: Del Shannon ... Runaway

The stories of Del Shannon, Runaway and - no point being modest - Salut! Live come together in a strange way.

As a young lad trying to avoid such meaningful activity as homework, I regarded the arrival on Radio Luxembourg of this big hit from the States as a significant event. It was as good a single as I remember from the year, and I briefly wanted to be Del Shannon.

Later that year, or maybe the next, I was in Blackpool on a family trip. The amusement arcades had make-your-own record booths and in I went to give Runaway my best shot.

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June Tabor: the power and consuming passion of the sea

Tabor


June Tabor Ashore (Topic)

How often have you played a June Tabor album, given it the attention it needed and reached the conclusion that you have been listening to a wonderful work of art from start to end?

It has certainly happened to me, and I am glad to say that with Ashore, a collection songs reflecting was Tabor describes as "wariness, respect and admiration" for the sea, it has happened again.

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Song of the Day: Joan Baez ... Don't Think Twice It's All Right

I may be on autodrive at the start of this little series. Rest assured it won't last.

But while I am thus engaged, the songs will come thick and fast. Then, it is fair to assume, it will become occasional rather than daily.

Time for a little controversy. I was a great admirer of early Bob Dylan. In that context, most people who use the adjective - early, not great - are probably "sneaking regarders"; they wouldn't necessarily have tossed coins themselves on the tour when Dylan went electric, but they understood the sense of betrayal of those who did.

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Song of the Day: Luke Kelly ... The Town I Loved So Well

Uniquely, so far as this series is concerned, today brings a second Song of the Day. I explain why later ...


Immediately after I started what will almost certainly turn into a haphazard rather than daily series, plucking clips of musical treasures to be reposted at Salut! Live, it struck me that I had at least two subconscious influences.

One was the Musical Monday feature my friend Julian Young includes at his site, The Other Side of Paris. Our tastes only rarely coincide but I invariably find his selections interesting even when the music does little for me.

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Song of the Day: Steeleye Span ... Bonnie Prince Charlie


The road between Le Lavandou and La Seyne-sur-Mer is straightforward. Finding the campsite where inlaws were staying in La Forêt de Janas was a little more complicated, enough to confuse my out-of-date SatNav on more than one occasion.

But the twists and turns, and even the traffic jam coming back through Toulon (west-east, so no tunnel), were made all the more bearable by reacquaintance with a few pearls from my vast garage collection of old CDs.

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RIP Mike Waterson: solid man, great voice, proper soul

Mikewaterson

I have felt reduced to unaccustomed speechlessness by news of the death this week of Mike Waterson, whose voice as part of the wonderful Yorkshire singing family I hear ringing in my ears as I write.

In common with many, I had no idea Mike was ill until I saw mention of his passing at the indispensable Mudcat folk music forum. Then I explored further and there had been much comment and encouragement in earlier threads at the site.

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