Balladeers Through the Years

Hello Pop Pickers. We’ve had the Queen of Soul and it was a well deserved title. But if we can’t have the Queen I’m certain that my first pick today should have been no less than a Duchess. She was a star who outshone others.

Released on Album of same name in 1960 and on a single in 1961.

Now a single from 1975 that could move even the hardest heart. A talented group but it’s the lead singer that makes them rise above many others.

1975 single. Scott Walker died in 2019.

This selection is just because this is a Happy Making Song, there are just so many to choose from in this singer’s repertoire.

From 1990 Days of Thunder Album.

For this one we’re going back to 1956 one of the best groups of the time who have survived musically until now because of their popularity. We need a new generation to keep them going.

And to finish it’s a quick trip to 1968 to one of the most enduring groups ever. Sadly there’s just one member left now. but I daresay he’s still writing. So many stars have sung their records and yet they haven’t missed a decade without a hit until now. There was a disco period that didn’t sit well with me but the disco generation loved them. This is one of their fairly early songs which I think was their attempt at the Beatles/psychedelia but back then I loved it.

The Bothers Gibb in 1968.

Have a Fantastic Weekend and I send Hugs to help heal the World.

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Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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45 Responses to Balladeers Through the Years

  1. A good selection . Happy Weekend

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  2. jilldennison says:

    You’ve outdone yourself this week! Four out of five are favourite artists … I’m not as familiar with the Walker Brothers, but he sure does have a fine voice! Who could not love Etta James? And both the Elton song and “The Great Pretender” by the Platters are long-time favourites! I’m a Bee Gees fan, but hadn’t heard “World” before … I did a bit of digging and found that while it charted in the top 20 almost everywhere else, it never even made the top 100 here in the U.S. — I have no idea why! I had been in a mood tonight, but listening to Etta, the Platters, Elton and the Bee Gees has mellowed me considerably! Great selection tonight … thank you!
    Cwtch

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    • davidprosser says:

      Well now you’ve mellowed go and get some sleep. It’s late. The Walker Brothers (They weren’t) did some great songs well worth a listen. I’m gad to have pleased you.
      Cwtch

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      • jilldennison says:

        Heading to sleep in just a minute … hopefully, if my mind will shut down tonight. I’ll have to check out some of the other Walker Brother’s songs tomorrow. You did, indeed, please me with your choices this week.
        Cwtch

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Some great music this morning from David Prosser… some favourites including Bee Gees, The Platters, Walker Brothers, Etta James and Elton.. head over to enjoy.

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  4. Great selection David.. certainly bring back the memories and got the weekend off to a good start.. xxhugsxx

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  5. I hadn’t heard that Brothers Gibb song before. I really like it! I wasn’t a fan of the Bee Gees’ disco years either.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Hi Liz, no-one I talk to seems to remember this one, or another one I liked back then ‘You know how Sir Geoffrey Saved the World’. I had a preference for songs where Robin had lead vocals Like these, Words and Massachusetts than Barry’s more nasal voice during the disco years. Lovely to have you drop in.
      Massive Hugs

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  6. Keith says:

    David, you had me at Etta James, then you threw in The Platters. My father shared his love of The Platters. When my old car had a cassette player, traveling at night on the road listening to their music such as “Harbor Lights” was ethereal. Thanks for the memories. Keith

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  7. Thank you for the very interesting information! Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

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  8. Nan says:

    Well, you finally listed a group that I’m very familiar with. And that’s all I’m going to say. 😛

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  9. Suzassippi says:

    Loved the Elton John video and song. I do not remember that one. I want a hat like his–reminds me of the crown cap for my wedding dress. :).

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  10. All great, David. I was a freshman in high school when the Great Pretender came out, so I have been a fan for over 65 years. Thanks for these.

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  11. inavukic says:

    Warm and fuzzy with these 🙂 ❤ Hugs David

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  12. petespringerauthor says:

    It is a bit mind-blowing to think that only one Bee Gee is left. While I like almost all of these, my clear favorite is At Last. I love the entire piece but especially the symphony introduction and Etta’s powerful voice. Thank you, David.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Etta’s voice was really something to behold wasn’t it Pete. I love that song. So many years of the BeeGees with songs in every decase until the 2000’s and I’ve followed them all the way. It’s been sad to see them leave one by one until just the oldest is left. I’ll try to do bettter for you next time.
      Hugs

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  13. Klausbernd says:

    Dear David,
    thank for bringing back long lost memories. Amazing about 50 years ago we were excited hearing this music but nowadays we find it utterly boring. This music is not well aged.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • davidprosser says:

      I still have a preference to the music I grew up with to a lot of he current music, which is as it should be, each generation claiming their own bit of rebellion through their music. If I gave you some memories I’m content with that.
      Hugs all.

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  14. Darlene says:

    A great selection!! I love the Bee Gees and it is so sad that they are all, but one, gone. They are so young on the final photo. Thanks!!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thanks so much Darlene. Now hat we’re down to just Barry I’m sure he could write a touching song about his brothers. I best remember them as early twenties or so just starting to make a big name for themselves with some unforgettable songs.
      Huge Hugs

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  15. Ah, the great Etta James! You have a knack of bringing forth the tracks I’d forgotten, David, and thank you for that. The Elton one joins my extensive (I think they’re going to charge me extra) Spotify playlist. I thought I’d moved on from the BeeGees, but again, a track i’d lost or forgotten. Hucs!

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  16. That’s ‘hugs’ BTW. Hey, I just invented the Huc!

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  17. SD Gates says:

    Ahh – Etta James – what a voice!

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