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Our pick of the pops, October 2007

Paola Neri

Non voglio più rivederti

Paola played the accordion, piano and violin from an early age, but problems with her left wrist dashed her hopes of becoming a concert player. Instead she turned to singing, and released a string of singles in the mid-1960s. This bluesy number was her final release before concentrating on raising a family.

 

Jackie Trent

Either way I lose

As the lyricist of many of Petula Clark’s hits, Jackie’s own releases were often overlooked, which is a shame. Our choice is taken from her 1967 album Once more with feeling. The song is a cover of an early Gladys Knight and the Pips number, and Jackie sings it with her customary bucketful of emotion.

 

Christine Lebail

Les livres d’école

How much more interesting school would be if love were a subject, says Christine. This zippy number was issued by the teen singer in 1964 and is taken from an EP which also featured Deux jours avec toi, a version of the Joe Meek-penned Glenda Collins track Nice, wasn’t it.

 

Sue & Sunny

Shame on you

Sisters Yvonne (Sue) and Heather (Sunny) Wheatman were two of Britain’s most in-demand backing singers of the 1960s. They also issued a few singles of their own, both in the UK and Germany. This track is the B-side of their debut German release, from 1967. They enjoyed their first hit, United we stand, as part of the 1970 line up of Brotherhood of Man, and Sunny returned to the UK top ten in 1974 with Doctor’s orders.

 

Michèle Torr

Non à tous les garçons

Michèle hit it big with her second release, 1964’s Dans mes bras oublie ta peine, but struggled to score a second hit. So Serge Gainsbourg was roped in to write this excellent number, in which Michèle rejects boys’ advances before ultimately relenting (“Yes, yes, to all the boys”). But, inexplicably, the song ended up being tucked away behind the disappointing La grande chanson on her first EP of 1966.

 

Doris

Did you give the world some love today baby

Born in Gothenburg in 1947, Swedish blonde Doris Svensson spent the 1960s providing vocals for what the Swedes call dance bands (very Schlagertastic) and for beat groups such as the Plums and the Dandys. Our choice is the title track from Doris’ jazz-tinged solo album, released in 1970.

0 Bar small Hear Paola Neri Non voglio più rivederti Hear Jackie Trent Either way I lose Hear Christine Lebail Les livres d’école Hear Sue & Sunny Shame on you Hear Michèle Torr Non à tous les garçons Hear Doris Did you give the world some love today baby

Paola Neri

Non voglio più rivederti

Jackie Trent

Either way I lose

Christine Lebail

Les livres d’école

Sue & Sunny

Shame on you

Michèle Torr

Non à tous les garçons

Doris

Did you give the world some love today baby

Our pick of the pops

Jackie Trent - Once more with feeling Sue & Sunny - Hans und Franz in Germany Michèle Torr - La grande chanson Christine Lebail - L'an prochain sur la plage Paola Neri: Non voglio più rivederti Doris: Did you give the world some love today bab