Baby I don’t care
Why didn’t Kiki Dee make it big in the 1960s? Answers on a postcard please. We need your help because, frankly, we can’t figure it out. She had a great voice, some terrific songs and was signed to a major record label. OK, there was the brief period where she had a terrible perm, but surely we can forgive her that. After all, we’ve all had bad hair days. For us, this track – the B-side of her 1964 take on Nancy Wilson’s (You don’t know) How glad I am – is one of her finest moments. She recorded the song in Italian too, as Senza te, which gained a release in both Germany and Italy.
French doll Camille – real name, Solange Durville – couldn’t have hoped for better publicity for this song when it was released in 1964. The actress had played the part of Baby Rock, a yé-yé singer, in an episode of the TV police drama Les cinqs dernières minutes. As part of her role, she sang this terrific number, which she had penned herself. So it was no surprise when she was offered a recording contract and the song was issued on a four-track EP. She went on to cut one further EP, issued later that same year, and also wrote the lyrics for Liz Brady’s Le palladium.
Il mio amore è un capellone
Not to be confused with the 1970s Austrian disco dolly, Italy’s Gilla issued a couple of singles in the mid-1960s, including a take on Keith’s 98.6. Our pick, however, finds the young singer in love with a hippie. The song was her entry to the 1966 Rose festival, where it was performed by both Gilla and the Bad Boys. (German singer Vera Palm also released a cracking version of the song, Ich bin sauer wie die Zitrone.) Gilla and the Bad Boys lost out to Luisa Casali’s L’amore se ne va, which became better known internationally when Dusty Springfield released it as Give me time.
This has to be one of our all-time favourite songs from Germany. It was issued as a B-side on the Vogue label in 1967. On it, poor Pat bemoans the dreary town she lives in. “Neon lights don’t shine here… town without Beatles shows,” she trills. She stays, though, because the boy she loves is there. Unfortunately for us, the only move she did make was to the Metronome label a year later, where she became a Schlager singer. She is remembered for her entry to the 1969 Deutsche Schlager-Wettbewerb, Ein Glück, daß man das Glück nicht kaufen kann, though the song would be better to forget.
ABC ye ye
Spain’s Alicia Granados was just 12 years old when she won the Benidorm song festival in 1966 with Nocturno. She signed with the Belter record label and went on to issue a couple of singles and a couple of EPs. Our pick is taken from her second EP. The release led with Mi perrito pequinés, but the exuberance of ABC ye ye wins us over every time. The record company played up her youthful appeal by having the singer on the sleeve holding a little fluffy dog. Alicia – sin dog – returned to the Benidorm festival in 1969 but couldn’t repeat her earlier success.
Unlike Kylie Minogue, Michelle Gayle and, er, Adam Rickitt, soap star Jenny Moss never made the successful transition from TV screens to the pop charts. The actress joined Coronation Street in 1961, playing the part of Lucille Hewitt. In many ways, she was the face of Britain’s rebellious youth in fictional Weatherfield. In 1963, she joined up with producer Joe Meek – the producer behind the career of Glenda Collins, amongst others – to record a clutch of catchy tunes. Our pick was the A-side of her one and only single.