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Our pick of the pops, July 2011

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Andee Silver

You’re just what I was looking for today

Londoner Andee Silver – real name Andrea Silverstein – has earned herself a place in the hearts of Brit girl aficionados for her 1964 single Too young to go steady. She also recorded specifically for the Italian and Spanish markets, which earns her extra brownie points in our book. However, the bulk of her releases have largely been overlooked. But if this wonderful 45 from 1969 is anything to go by, her work deserves an urgent reappraisal. Don’t worry: we’re on the case and we’ll let you know how we get on. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this Gerry Goffin and Carole King composition.

 

Elke Sommer

Oh, I love you

This track was sent to us recently by a regular site visitor (thank you, Arnold) and we’ve been playing it on a loop ever since. Germany’s Elke Sommer is, of course, best known for her acting. Spotted in the late 1950s, she moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s to pursue her career. Starring roles in A shot in the dark, opposite Peter Sellers, in 1964, and The art of love, with James Garner, a year later, followed. And who can forget her performance in Carry on behind – “How are your doings?” – in 1975? Along the way she became a sex symbol and even appeared in some, ahem, gentlemen’s one-handed reading material. Her acting didn’t prevent her from recording too, and she spent time at Decca, Philips and Polydor, though all without sucess. Our choice was issued in 1965 and was taken from the film Tausend Takte Übermut, in which Elke had starred.  

 

Connie Francis

No, no me dejes

Americans are celebrating independence this month, which has prompted us to offer up an American great: Connie Francis. Don’t ever leave me is by far our favourite track among the star’s catalogue of croon. Penned by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and released in late 1964, it took Connie away from her usual country-lite pop into girl group territory. Imagine our sense of overwhelming joy when we found this translated version on a recent trip to Spain. The original was issued at the very tail end of her run of success at home, by which time she had also carved out a respectable career for herself in Europe. Check out her great German number, Meine Reise ist zu Ende, too.

 

Martha Smith

As I watch you walk away

Blackburn’s Martha Smith went from classroom Miss to, erm, pop miss when she jacked in her job as a teacher for a recording contract with Pye. We were going to bring you her much less well-known Love means nothing to you, but we’ve been somewhat captivated by this track instead this month. Martha gives an emotion-filled performance of this dramatic number. It was issued as a single in February 1965, and had been penned by music publisher Lionel Segal. We suspect he may have been listening to a few Cilla Black tracks immediately before writing it, but no matter.

 

Christie Laume

J’ai besoin de toi

Issued in 1966, this is the debut release of French singer Christie Laume, Edith Piaf’s sister-in-law. Despite its catchiness, it didn’t sell in the hoped-for quantities and young Christie soon found herself moving on to the Odéon label. It was there that she would release the songs for which she is now better known, including La musique et la danse and Rouge-rouge, both in 1967. However, at the end of the decade, she met her future husband, who was serving in the US Air Force. She abandoned her music career and the pair moved to the States.

 

Vibeke

Per un amore

Regular visitors to this website will probably have worked out that we tend to prefer beat and yé-yé from the mid-1960s to material recorded later in the decade. That said, we’re rather fond of this catchy Italian 45 from Vibeke. Issued in 1968, it sank swiftly – but undeservedly – into obscurity before being rediscovered by the likes of us.

Hear Andee Silver You're just what I was looking for today

Andee Silver

You're just what I was looking for today

Hear Elke Sommer Oh, I love you

Elke Sommer

Oh, I love you

Hear Connie Francis No, no me dejes

Connie Francis

No, no me dejes

Hear Martha Smith As I watch you walk away

Martha Smith

As I watch you walk away

Hear Christie Laume J'ai besoin de toi

Christie Laume

J'ai besoin de toi

Hear Vibeke Per un amore

Vibeke

Per un amore

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Andee Silver: You're just what I was looking for today Elke Sommer: Oh I love you Christie Laume: J'ai besoin de toi Martha Smith: As I watch you walk away Connie Francis: Yo canto en español Vibeke: Per un amore