I have always had the utmost respect for songwriters. You can line up the greatest singers and musicians in the world, but, without the skill and imagination of somebody to first provide a 3 minute story in song, there is nothing!
Singer/songwriters provide double the value, their own performances twinned with providing songs for others to benefit from.
Sometimes, they stepped out of the comfort zone of the genre upon which they had built their fame, and today's '60s Fast Fact' looks at three of those instances:
1. Ice In The Sun - Status Quo (1968)
Status Quo are one of the most iconic UK groups with many hits over 5 decades, beginning in 1967 with 'Pictures of Matchstick Men', their only U.S. success. The follow-up was a guitar-screeching rock number with a nod towards the coming 'progressive' trend. The writer was a guy who built his reputation as an out and out rock and roller 10 years earlier. Marty Wilde collaborated with Ronnie Scott (not the UK jazz musician) to write 'Ice In The Sun' and gave Status Quo high of No.8 in the UK charts.
2. I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Tom Jones (1967)
A big ballad was definitely NOT what UK skiffle king Lonnie Donegan had built his career on, but sat at No.2 in the British charts in 1967 was Tom Jones with Lonnie's massive change of musical direction! A video of this song already exists in the board's database linked to one of my previous postings.
3. Daydream Believer - The Monkees (1967)
An American songwriter this time, but a song which i can safely say is, to this day, one of the most enduringly popular compositions the UK has seen. The writer, John Stewart, was hardly known for writing singalong pop songs, having forged his career in the folk world with a good spell in The Kingston Trio. However, that didn't stop him writing this UK top ten hit for The Monkees.
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