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.
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.

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Our pick of the pops

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