Song of the Day: Sharon Shannon/Kirsty MacColl ... Libertango
Song of the Day: Simon Mayor and Hilary James ... Villanelle

Song of the Day: David Campbell ... Slightly Faded

I mentioned this song yesterday. Another of those I used to attempt to sing in my folk club days.

To my surprise, I came across a clip at YouTube, seen by all of 647 souls, posted by David Campbell, the song's writer, a couple of years ago.

He wrote then: "I'm aware of the irony involved...in my singing Slightly Faded...so many years after I wrote it in Britain ... where I once lived...toured...and made records. However...there has been a consistent interest in this song...expressed by some of my friends in the UK to this day. This song was recorded by one or two groups in Britain...but for some reason I can't explain...not by myself. Slightly Faded is now available here...for all who kept faith in it...and for others who may belatedly connect with it. It was recorded and
edited...just today."

David's words and clip prompted these comments, among others you'll find at YouTube:

* David - I have only just found this - fantastic. I first heard this in the sixties by Jacqui and Bridie - but till now never by yourself. It made a big impression_ on me when I first heard it.The new version is excellent - Thanks John gregsonswell
* It continues to surprise me, the way this song continues to be of interest to some... especially in Britain. I have written hundreds and hundreds of songs since I wrote this one. I think what pertained in a person's life when they heard a song...sometimes seems to be a factor in their attachment to a given song...or a song representing an era in their lives in some way. Who knows? - David.
* Great song. I fell in love with an Irish-named lady on Conway Street, Birkenhead in circa 1972, who played a fantastic hammer guitar version of this song - sternecaugek.

I always thought I had learned the song from a David Campbell record, and it was not Jacqui and Bridie but a male singer whose version inspired me. I would have liked to read an explanation of the lyrics, which appear to me and others to be narrated by a man who discovers his girlfriend is a prostitute. Common belief 40 years ago was that it was based on a true story from David's life.

All these years on, the writer's version is markedly different to how I used to sing it, and indeed how Jacqui and Bridie did. But it's his song for heaven's sake ... I was chuffed to bits to locate it.



At YouTube, David describes himself thus: born in Guyana, South America, of Arawak Indian and Portuguese ancestry. Resident of Vancouver, Canada. Song writer/singer/guitarist/poet/picture maker/prose ... writer/blogger/photographer/maker of videos/recording artist[29 albums]/student of life and conscious journeyer.
Country: Canada
Occupation: Song writer/singer/Guitarist/Poet/Video Maker
Interests: Walking/blogging/making walking sticks/story telling.
2 Life Time Achievement Awards...5 Books.

Comments

Bill Hewitt

Is it possible to contact David Campbell - I have loved and sung Slightly Faded since I first heard it back in the mid 1960's
I would like to ask his permission to use the tune - a friend of mine has written a poem which fits it perfectly - its a poem about Parkinsons disease which we both have and we are trying to come up with something for the "Raise Parkisons awareness campaign - bit of a long shot and if you can't help drectly you may know somone who may be able to help - thank you

Colin Randall

Bill: let me look into it for you

Bill Hewitt

Hi Colin
Back in July I posted a question about getting into contact with David Campbell about permission to use a tune based on Slightly Faded - I would love to finish this project as the song is quite powerful and aimed at raising Parkinsons awareness - did you get anywhere in following this up please

Thanks in advance

Colin

I have had a hectic time but will get back to you within a day or twp, Bill

Colin

Bill: try this YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=4_v6jX0MiM4 and leave a msg asking him to contact you

Then there is this site:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dcampbell2 which ma or may not offer clues

Plus his Wilki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Campbell_(composer) gives an onward link to his website - http://davidmusic.com/ - if this is the right David, of which I am unsure. there is a contact link so he'd soon tell you if you were on the right track. Good luck

Roland Birchby

Great,great song-I have a (more than slightly faded!) cassette from back in the early 70s by the Lancashire based group,"The Lonesome Travellers".I'd love to obtain a replacement copy( It's on the Traditional Sound Recordings record label TSR004),and there was also an L.P.,but both now to be as scarce as Rocking Horse Droppings!
Roland Birchby

Terry Colluney

This thread may we’ll be closed but - here goes - I once heard
this song Slightly Faded sung by Mike Chapman at a singers night at Bolton Folk Club 1967 whilst he was a photography /graphics at Hilden St Art College
Just said it was a song he heard and was working on. He sang it a kind of bluesy drawl - later by the late Spider Fingers Stew Butterworth who was a buddy of Chapman and gaveMike some decent bouncy licks in a rapid claw hammer style. Both Mike and Stew were somewhat transient for a while joining one of the Deep Purple developments. Mike pops up now and again but prefers the isolation of his farmstead.

Terry Colluney
Folk for the pleasure music brings
Bolton on Toast NW UK

colin

Like the Windmill, Terry, we never close. Though I suppose it eventually did. Thanks for that fascinating addition to what others have said. Difficult not to feel nostalgic about those old folk club times.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)