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Our pick of the pops, February 2008

Ria Bartok

Quand reviendra le garçon que j’attends

After studying in Paris, German-born Marie-Louise Pleiss became Ria Bartok for a succession of singles on a string of French labels. She is perhaps best known for the original Diggedle boeing, which she also issued in the UK as See if I care, though most of her releases were covers of international hits. Here, somewhat bravely, she takes on US soul singer Shirley Matthews’ Big town boy and makes a surprisingly good job of it.

 

Lulu

Nothing left to do but cry

Poor Lulu. Her boy has found someone new, leaving her “nothing left to do but cry”. Of course, the Scottish teenager could have been referring to the state of her career at the time. After scoring a big hit with Shout in May 1964, she struggled to win over the British record-buying public again during the following year and it wasn’t really until she switched labels in 1967 that she became a chart regular.  

 

Carola & the Boys

Jo riittää

Finnish singer Carola (Standertskjöld) ditched her previous material – which had included a Finnish version of Hava nagilah – when she hooked up with the Boys in 1965. Together they recorded just two singles, including this, their take on the Rolling Stones’ The last time, and Skeeter Davis’ The end of the world. Carola went on to enjoy further success after parting company with the Boys.

 

Mary Roos

Arizona man

By the age of nine, Germany’s Mary Roos had released her first single and appeared in her first film. She went on to issue literally dozens of singles throughout the 1960s, but had to wait until the release of this song in 1970 before making the top ten and becoming a household name. This Moog-fest – on which she teamed up with producer Giorgio Moroder – is undeniably one of her best of the period.

 

Valérie Lagrange

Ce que je suis

The road from actress to pop star was a common one in France in the 1960s and is one travelled by the erstwhile Danielle Charaudeau. After appearing in numerous films in the early 1960s, she was offered a recording contract with the Philips label, where she scored a couple of big hits, La guerrilla and Moitié ange, moitié bête, in 1965. Our choice was issued a year later. She enjoyed a comeback in the 1980s and again in the 2000s.

 

Perpetual Langley

Surrender

Perpetual – or Mary, as she was known to her parents – joined London’s short-lived Planet label in 1966, where she issued two singles. Billed as the Langleys, the Belfast-born 17 year old had previously recorded two folk singles with her brother. Our choice was the A side of her second Planet release, which was issued against a rival, more soulful version by the Carrolls, though the competition did neither any good and both singles failed.

0 Bar small Hear Ria Bartok Quand reviendra le garçon que j’attends Hear Lulu Nothing left to do but cry Hear Carola & the Boys Jo riittää Hear Mary Roos Arizona man Hear Valérie Lagrange Ce que je suis Hear Perpetual Langley Surrender

Our pick of the pops

Ria Bartok

Quand reviendra le garçon que j’attends

Lulu

Nothing left to do but cry

Carola70

Carola & the Boys

Jo riittää

Mary Roos

Arizona man

Valerie Lagrange

Valérie Lagrange

Ce que je suis

Perpetual Langley

Surrender

Lulu - Heatwave EP Perpetual Langley - Surrender Ria Bartok: Tu la revois Mary Roos: Arizona man