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Chrispian St. Peters - The Complete Recordings 1965-1974

Posted: 16 Aug 2019 02:50 PM PDT

Crispian St. Peters (born Robin Peter Smith, 5 April 1939 – 8 June 2010)
was an English pop singer-songwriter, best known for his work in the 1960s,
particularly songs written by duo hits, The Changin' Times' including "The
Pied Piper" and Ian & Sylvia's "You Were on My Mind".
St. Peters was born in Swanley, Kent and attended Swanley Secondary Modern
School. He learned guitar and left school in 1954 to become an assistant
cinema projectionist. As a young man, he performed in several relatively
unknown bands in England. In 1956, he gave his first live performance, as a
member of The Hard Travellers. Through the late 1950s and early 1960s, as
well as undertaking National Service, he was a member of The Country
Gentlemen, Beat Formula Three, and Peter & The Wolves.While a member of
Beat Formula Three in 1963, he was heard by David Nicholson, an EMI
publicist who became his manager. Nicholson suggested he use a stage name,
initially "Crispin Blacke" and subsequently Crispian St. Peters, and
deducted five years from the then 24 year olds age stating for publicity
purposes, and promoting his client as a 19 year old[3] In 1964, as a member
of Peter & The Wolves, St. Peters made his first commercial recording. He
was persuaded to turn solo by Nicholson, and was signed to Decca Records in
1965. His first two singles on this record label, "No No No" and "At This
Moment", proved unsuccessful on the charts. He made two television UK
appearances in February of that year, featuring in the shows Scene at 6.30
and Ready Steady Go!
In 1966, St. Peters' career finally yielded a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles
Chart, with "You Were on My Mind," a song written and first recorded in
1964 by the Canadian folk duo, Ian & Sylvia, and a hit in the United States
for We Five in 1965. St. Peters' single eventually hit No. 2 in the UK and
was then released in the US on the Philadelphia-based Jamie Records label.
It did not chart in the US until after his fourth release, "The Pied
Piper," became known as his signature song and a Top 10 hit in the United
States and the UK.
Although his next single, a version of Phil Ochs' song "Changes," also
reached the charts in both the UK and US, it was much less successful. In
1967, St. Peters released his first LP, Follow Me..., which included
several of his own songs, as well as the single "Free Spirit". One of
them, "I'll Give You Love," was recorded by Marty Kristian in a version
produced by St. Peters, and became a big hit in Australia. St. Peters'
album was followed by his first EP, Almost Persuaded, yet by 1970, he was
dropped by Decca. "You Were on My Mind" was featured in the 1996 German
film Jenseits Der Stille (Beyond Silence).Later in 1970, he was signed to
Square Records. Under this new record deal, St. Peters released a second
LP, Simply, that year, predominantly of country and western songs. Later
still they released his first cassette, The Gospel Tape, in 1986, and a
second cassette, New Tracks on Old Lines in 1990. His third cassette, Night
Sessions, Vol. 1 was released in 1993.
Several CDs also came from this record deal, including Follow Me in 1991,
The Anthology in 1996, Night Sessions, Vol. 1 in 1998, The Gospel Tape in
1999, and, finally, Songs From The Attic in 2000. He also performed on
various Sixties nostalgia tours, and continued to write and arrange for
others until his later ill health.
Personal lifeFrom 1969 to 1974, St. Peters was married to Collette. The
marriage produced a daughter, Samantha, and a son, Lee.
On 1 January 1995, at the age of 55, he suffered a stroke. His music career
was severely weakened by this, and in 2001 he announced his retirement from
the music industry. He was hospitalised several times with pneumonia after
St. Peters died on 8 June 2010, after a long illness, at the age of 71.
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Cliff Richard & Drifters,Cliff No 1 EP, 1959

Posted: 16 Aug 2019 11:38 AM PDT

Record Details
Artist: Cliff Richard And The DriftersLabel: ColumbiaCountry:
UKCatalogue: SEG 7903Date: Jun 1959Format: EPTitle: Cliff No. 1Chart
Position: 4
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Helen Shapiro (At Abbey Road) 1961-67

Posted: 16 Aug 2019 10:36 AM PDT

Helen Shapiro began her singing career as a 14 year old in 1961. Hearing
her voice on the first cut from Helen Shapiro at Abbey Road:
1961-1967, "Don't Treat Me Like a Child," one would never believe it. She
sounds confident and as assured as someone who had been in the business for
20 years. Shapiro had some big hits in the early days of her career: "You
Don't Know," "Tell Me What He Said," and the bouncy "Walkin' Back to
Happiness." Her early style is very similar to artists like Timi Yuro or
Gene Pitney: ultrapoppy musical backing, slightly fluffy songs, and very
soulful vocals. She also sounds quite good in a brassy jazz vein; there are
some good examples here such as her knockout rendition of "I Want to Be
Happy" and her sultry take on "Basin St. Blues." As the decade progressed
Shapiro (and everyone who wasn't from Liverpool) found herself shunted off
to the fringe. She kept on making great records: a powerhouse version
of "Fever," the Drifters-influenced "Look Over Your Shoulder," and the
heartbreaking and soulful "I Wish I'd Never Loved You" to name a few. These
tracks were all from 1964, the year she seems to have broken away from the
formula pop of her first records and branched out into girl-group sounds
and generally took a grittier approach. She started covering, quite
credibly, Motown tracks like "Shop Around" and also began dipping into
Brill Building songbooks, covering tunes like "Keep Your Hands off My Baby"
by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Unfortunately this collection gives this
period less coverage than her early hitmaking years. The five or six songs
they trot out just leave one wishing for more. The disc ends with the
powerful one-two punch of two unreleased tracks: the pounding girl-group
shout of "You're My Remedy" and the dramatic string-filled "I'm Going Out
(The Same Way I Came In)." These songs give Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw,
and Lulu a run for their money. It is too bad her career ran out of gas and
she pretty much dropped out of sight. One can lament what might have been
or curse the powers that were for mismanaging her so fully, but it is a
waste of time. Better to just enjoy the music she was able to release. This
disc does a fine job of summing up Shapiro's career and is an essential
item for any fan of girl pop singers and girl groups.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Ty To Original Sharer.
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