Lucky Dip.

In the 60’s and 70’s I was most impressed with a Canadian Lady with a huge voice. Though many of her records did well , most were on LP (Long Player, kids) and could only be accessed that way. The song I'[m sharing with you was one of those and I’m sharing it because of the clarity of her voice. The other option would have been a lot of whale song. Allow me to present Judy Collins.

Judy Collins- The Patriot Game from Whales and Nightingales 1970

And now to 1967 and a young gentleman called Jeff Beck. I suspect many of you won’t have heard of him or the song but he was well known for his skills on the guitar,

Jeff Beck- Hi Ho Silver Lining 1967

Here’s a man who doesn’t need an introduction ,after the sacking of the original Drifters in 1958 they were replaced by the members of the Five Crowns. Benjamin Earl Nelson was their lead singer and naturally became the same with the Drifters. He was lead singer on 11of 13 hits. In 1960 he left the Drifters and went solo as Ben E King. In 1961 he had a hit with this song proving himself to be a great singer all over again. For me, he’s up there with the likes of Brook Benton and Levi Stubbs Jnr.

Ben E King- Spanish Harlem 1961

In 1984 a single was released from a 1983 LP of the same name. The people who wrote it, sang it. The couple were married and she was the daughter of the great Sam Cooke. Her stepfather was the brother of her husband. I couldn’t write a film script like this. The husband had been married to Mary Wells one of the very talented Supremes. They wrote a number of songs for other people including the stepfather ‘Bobby’ before getting married and performing their own songs. Welcome Womack and Womack or Cecil and Linda with their 1984 hit.

Womack and Womack- Love Wars 1984

A big hit in 1983was a song from a duo and which was sung by a woman who would go on to be an international star in her own right. I probably won’t find anyone who hasn’t heard this song. So, let’s first introduce the duo as Dave Stewart, the musician on electronics of the group Eurythmics and Ms Annie Lennox singer of many a fine song and always ready to support a good cause.

Eurythmics- Sweet Dreams are made of this. 1983

That’s it for another week. I hope you enjoyed them. Have a Great New Week and make sure you have hugs for all that need them. It’s love we need in the world now, not hate or indifference.

A very Happy Thanksgiving wish to my Canadian friends. May you undergo a lot of healing in the next 12 months.

About davidprosser

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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84 Responses to Lucky Dip.

  1. inavukic says:

    Jeff Beck ❤ oh lovely memories. He was THE master of guitar playing if you ask me 🙂

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  2. Thank you for assembling this very enjoyable show!

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  3. Great lineup David. I remember them all but of the group, Judy Collins was far and away my favorite. That voice! She could hit notes I only dreamed about. Humongous hugs!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you Angie. By group do you mean Womack and Womack or the Eurythmics? There are only two in each. Annie Lennox recorded with all kinds of people when she went solo but I lost count of her hits. An amazing voice. Judy Collins was fantastic, what a range, Even thinking about some of her notes could burst my eardrums,
      Humongous Hugs

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      • By “group” I was referring to the group of songs offered. You know how I am, just not getting much sleep and not being very clear most of the time. Great lineup of music videos, or group of music videos. Eh, what can I say? We’re working with only half of an active brain cell left here.

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  4. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m always down for a little Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics. I thought everybody knew about Jeff Beck and his legendary guitar playing. Good picks as always, David.

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  5. Recognised and enjoyed all of these. Another great choice, David. Have a good weekend.

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  6. MELewis says:

    Two of my favourite female singers here: Annie Lennox and Judy Collins, as different as they can be. But as much as I’d love my country to take credit for Judy, I think she hails from south of the border. Still, a fantastic line-up and entirely worthy of Canadian Thanksgiving warm up! 🇨🇦

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  7. Yes that is lovely clear voice Judy Collins has.

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  8. merrildsmith says:

    We have tickets to see Judy Collins. The concert has been rescheduled for next March.
    A fine line-up, David. Hugs!

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  9. Great selection, David. Judy Collins has a lovely voice. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

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  10. I’ve heard of Jeff Beck, but I hadn’t heard this song. I love its biting wit. And the Eurethmics–well, they’re the Eurythimcs.

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  11. Keith says:

    David, from one sweet and wonderfully powerful voice in Judy Collins to one of the most powerful and evocative ones in Annie Lennox, you have offered book ends in great female singers. Keith

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  12. Clive says:

    A really eclectic mix this week, David, all of which I enjoyed. Starting with an Irish Republican song and following it up with a pop singalong from the third best guitarist to have been a Yardbird was an interesting choice! I’ve always loved the pristine clarity of Judy Collins voice but I do sometimes think it can sound too pure, if you know what I mean: this song needs the Irishness to be stronger. I’ve always preferred Joni Mitchell, to be honest – also a beautiful voice and she wrote her own songs, too.

    Spanish Harlem is lovely. It was one of my Mum’s favourites and became one of mine too. The Womacks were ok for me, a bit disco-y though, for my taste but it’s a good song nonetheless. You finished with an absolute belter, which I’ve had as a Tuesday Tune. Great post, and enjoy your weekend 😊

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m trying to avoid my tendency to head for the ‘Cocktail Soul;’ section which is usually my first port of call Clive. I chose that Judy Collins song because I thought not so many would have heard it but I don’t disagree that an Irish voice with her clarity might have been better.
      Jeff Beck has been waiting a few weeks for an intro so it was his turn. I also love Joni Mitchell and she will be sure to make an appearance. The Womacks crept in because of their fascinating history but I dickered between this one and Teardrops. I’ve been promising Annie an outing and deciding it had to be this great song today was the time. Thanks so much Clive Have a good weekend.
      Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        I think that a good reason for choosing it, as it is an important song and means a great deal to many Irish people. Do you know the Dubliners’ version? For me it feels more authentic.

        Looking forward to Joni Mitchell appearing – you have a lot to choose from!

        These were a good mix, thank you, and it’s always great to see Annie strutting her stuff in that video 😊

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      • davidprosser says:

        Hopefully some more people will get hear it and her. I’ve heard the Dubliner’s version but oddly enough no other after her version. Yes, choosing Joni’s record could take a while but I’ll get there. I’m glad you thought it a decent mix. Always good to see Annie.
        Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        There are loads of versions by Irish singers, mostly insipid ones that I imagine Dominic Bethan probably hated! The Dubliners is the best I’ve heard, but no doubt there are other good ones that have passed me by.

        Choosing just one Joni song could be very hard, but at least it will be enjoyable trying to do it.

        I did enjoy today’s mix – something for all tastes there, I think 😊

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  13. noelleg44 says:

    One singer I adore for her wonderful voice: Judy Collins has such a pure voice. I saw her in concert at Yale University with Joan Baez and Pete Seegar.

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  14. noelleg44 says:

    PS also like the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox and of course Spanish Harlem!

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  15. I enjoyed these, David. Have a super weekend. Hugs

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  16. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    This week David Prosser’s walk down memory lane includes iconic songs by The Eurythmics, Womack & Womack, Ben E. King, Jeff Beck and Judy Collins.. so Hi Ho Silverlining and Sweet Dreams for the coming week…head over to enjoy..

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  17. What a great line-up, David. You always find such good songs and I love listening to them as I blog. I’m a huge fan on the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox. Sweet Dreams was so different than the usual fare and mesmerizing when it came out. Thanks for sharing. Massive hugs, my friend.

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  18. Thank you for sharing this great collection, David! I hope you had a nice weekend! Do you know anything about Jill? How is she doing?? Lets hope she will come back. xx Michael

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you Michael. I had an email from Jill yesterday. She seems to be making a little progress but I know this has scared her a lot. O

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      • davidprosser says:

        Of course it’s not over yet, She goes on Monday to see if they can remove her drain but the won’t remove her kidney stones until they’ve seen the report from the heart specialist. I asked her to see if she can do a short post which will also tell everyone how she feels and where things stand but not had a response yet. I think once she starts she’ll be halfway to normal.
        Hugs

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  19. tmauthor says:

    Hi David, Nice choices. Hate to pick nits, but Mary Wells was never a Supreme. She was a solo hit act on Motown (“My Guy,” “You Beat Me to the Punch”…). You were probably thinking of Mary Wilson, who was a Supreme. Cheers, Ted

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    • davidprosser says:

      Doh!!!! Two stupid schoolboy mistakes in one blog. A total lack of concentration and not enough sleep is my excuse. Thanks so much for pointing this out, and you’re quite right I was thinking of Mary Wilson. And I have the cheek to call myself a Motown fan.
      Hugs

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  20. CarolCooks2 says:

    Annie Lennox is a favourite of mine and Jeff Beck amazing musician…Judy Collins is a new one for me but how clear is her beautiful voice…Thank you for the intro, David Hugs x

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    • davidprosser says:

      You have great taste Carol. I’d be majorly surprised if you hadn’t heard Judy Collins and perhaps not known it was she. She had a massive hit with a song called Send in the Clowns and also with her version of Both Sides Now. I just chose a more obscure song. I bet you know both songs. Thanks for popping in.
      Gigantic Hugs

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  21. dgkaye says:

    Love these snippets of life belonging to these talents David. 🙂 hugs xx

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  22. alexcraigie says:

    I so agree with you about Judy Collin’s voice. I have some playlists on my iPod that have her spirnkled through them. I love Annie Lennox as well – she’s a powerful singer and does a huge amount to help others as well. Diolch fawr! x

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  23. alexcraigie says:

    (I wrote my Ouch! in response to your comment about people being too young to know the Beatles but it’s drifted away from it. Just hope no one thinks I was casting aspersions elsewhere…)

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  24. alexcraigie says:

    I don’t have a blog. I don’t really know what I’m doing when I’m on social media and terrified that I’ll wreck something as I blunder my way around. I do have a WordPress account in my author name but (hangs head) don’t appear to be able to access it. Yes, I really am that clueless.
    Cwtch mawr!

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  25. Suzassippi says:

    At the bottom of the queue as usual. I got 3 of the 4 on this one–yes, loved Judy Collins, Jeff Beck, and Annie Lennox and knew all these songs. I may or may not have heard Love Wars, but given the time, not likely. The others were clear recollections. Just got home today from TX, so a bit behind.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I hope you had a lovely time away. I think you got 3 of the 5 on this one as you missed one and I can’t believe you’ve never heard the Ben E King one which is a classic. Not that you would remember the original coming out of course but it’s a regular on the radio.Make sure you rest up from your travels.
      Massive Hugs

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      • Suzassippi says:

        I am attributing this oversight to travel lag…of course, Ben E King and the Spanish Harlem! Rand came in to see what I was doing and plans for supper and he started singing it even!

        Good night, and I plan to sleep well and do some posts tomorrow. Thanks, and hugs back.

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  26. olganm says:

    A great selection, David, and a couple of new ones for me. Big hugs my friend, and thanks for the music!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thanks so much Olga. Maybe you’ll be tempted to try the new ones again if you enjoyed them. Mammoth Hugs for you being you ,and you’re welcome to the music for bringing so much to our lives.

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  27. acflory says:

    Spanish Harlem and Sweet Dreams, my kind of songs. 😀

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  28. yvettecarol says:

    What a great selection of music. Thanks, David! Let’s spread the love. Big hugs! :-))

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  29. Jeff Beck, alive and kicking, and with UK tour dates in 2022, apparently! Always loved his style! Womack and Womack is new to me. I have a blank passage in my musical knowledge through the late 70s and early 80s because I was working all the hours God gave and then some. There was precious little music in my life then. So more great revelations, David, and thank you. I’m catching up late this week, for which I apologize. Hugs

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m glad he’s still going but wish he’d done better in this country. The seventies are mainly dead to me as I was mourning the 60’s and waiting with hope for the 80’s but one or two stuck out for me. I hope G*d paid overtime. I’m sure there’s music in your life now. Never any need to apologise to me. You’re welcome whenever you get here.
      Hugs

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  30. Ps says:

    Read mine too

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