Swinging 60s: Brit Girls Rule - JazzWax

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December 29, 2008

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Michael Steinman

I was alive in 1963, for better or worse, and some of the names in your post evoke dim memories and others are entirely unknown. But two "jazz connections": I think Lulu recorded an album for Epic with American jazz players in a "Dixieland" mood -- the name that comes to mind is Lou McGarity, a nobly shouting trombonist. I've never seen it, though. And I seem to recall (perhaps there's a cassette of it somewhere in my local archives?) of a reunion gig where Helen Shapiro sings a few with the Humphrey Lyttelton band. After fame has given way to nostalgia, all sorts of odd alliances are possible, rather like the closing ensembles on American variety television shows -- think of the HOLLYWOOD PALACE. Thanks for the memories and the memory-nudges. Cheers! Michael

Ed Leimbacher

Carnaby Street is no Memory Lane for me; i was 25 when you were ogling the birds, and other than excellent soulstress Dusty S., here's where i really would choose Rosemary Clooney over Shirley Brassey, and Cher and her pitch-black hair over Cilla Black. And no way does quaint charm measure up to the Wall of Sound!

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