I should say now that I’m not going list my purchases in chronological order, there’s no way I can remember! I’m just going to write about records at random.
This purchase has the longest and perhaps most interesting story. I’ve only just bought this single but it all started back in 1983 (scooby doo style wobble effect).
My mum used to listen to a 60’s nostalgia show on radio Nottingham on a sunday and , with the aid of our new fangled music center, record song onto a cassette. A few days later while listening to the tape I hear a moody, stomping, sax driven pop tune. “Who is this” I ask but she had no idea. The DJ was no help either as she’d followed that home taping tradition of pressing pause whenever the DJ raises his Mic fader.
When I started collecting 60’s singles myself in the late 80’s and sometimes play the cassette to people hoping they could enlighten me but no one could. But I wasn’t going to give in. Either side of the song on the cassette was “Barbara ann” by The Beach Boys and “Mirror Mirror” by Pinkertons assorted colours. So as the radio show usually concentrated on a top 20 run down from a certain week I figured if I bought every top 20 single from Jan 1966 I’d get there in the end! This long winded excercise introduced me to the delights of “Come Tomorrow” by Manfred Mann as well as unpleasant exposure to “Make The World Go Away” by Eddy Arnold. But Still no joy at the end.
Fast forward to around 2005, sorting through some cassettes and out falls the old mystery song and reminds me fo my failed quest. Except this time I have the internet. So I transfered it to MP3 and uploaded and invited people via many message boards to give their expert opinion. Many incorrect suggestions flooded in. “Sounds like Del Shannon” was a popular one. But eventually some kind soul put me out of my misery and informed that it was infact the BSIDE of a non charting single by Nottingham band , The Beatmen who released 2 singles for Pye in ’64 and ’65. I was able to make sure as the band was at that time still going with not all the original members, but the present vocalist (Rob Duffy)* filled me in with all the details. So then I began to hunt for it on ebay but ( maybe thanks to my internet name that tune competition) it became rather sought after. The rare times one appeared on ebay I’d be out bid by increasingly inflated prices each time. But all’s well that ends well, I finally got a copy last week for a bargain £3.99
I still think the single would have been bigger had “Please Believe” been the A side, but that said, “Now The Sun Has Gone” is a beautiful hanting ballad.
Here are both sided of the elusive single.:
* Rob was the vocalist for another 1960’s recording band, The Nerve who released a few singles on Larry Page’s “PAGE ONE” label.