Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Not Only... But Also

In 1966 Black guested on Not Only... But Also. Starring Beyond The Fringe regulars Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the show became of the most popular comedy shows of all time. John Lennon joined Cook and Moore for the very first episode, famously playing a lavatory attendant. Peter Sellers, Dusty Springfield, Spike Milligan and Barry Humphries were just a few of the talents who took part in the earlier series. Here, Black joins the Dudley Moore Trio to sing Let There Be Love, and also to join Pete and Dud for the signature tune which ended each episode, Goodbye. The Dudley Moore Trio line-up here are Chris Karan (drums), Pete McGurk (bass) and of course Dudley himself at the piano.

(Note: Black recorded a version of Let There Be Love for her 2006 album Beginnings. It is a fair version nestling alongside some excruciatingly painful tracks including This Kiss, My Man, and a dreadful re-recording - a third one at that - of Anyone Who Had A Heart. She does well on the Ringo Starr tune Photograph, however, originally written with Black in mind in the early Seventies)

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Performed on the BBC Eammon Andrews Show in 1965. This recording of the Phil Spector song You've Lost That Loving Feeling reached Number Two in the UK singles charts, while the Righteous Brothers reached Number One. In a well-documented battle of the two recordings, Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham took out a full page advert in NME asking pop pickers to buy the Righteous Brothers version instead of the Cilla Black cover. Black has often stated that the superior version won in the end. George Martin: "Of course it was rather cheeky of us to re-record it... but it was such a good song".

(Note: Cilla re-recorded You've Lost That Loving Feeling exactly twenty years later on a piss-poorly produced studio album on the Towerbell label in her LWT days; over here at the Girl From Abbey Road site, we prefer not to think of it.)

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