Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Silver Threads And Golden Needles"

OK, back to the 50's: Dick Reynolds was a very talented composer but, unfortunately, due to a lifelong battle with alcoholism he was never able to "pull it together". He co-wrote this '56 classic with Jack Rhodes about his fiancee who broke up with him - his first and only love. He never recovered from the breakup. B. C. Money, Jr. also claimed to have written the song but most sources attribute it to Reynolds/Rhodes. First recorded by rockabilly great Wanda Jackson, widely regarded as the 1st female rock & roll artist. Her rendition contained a verse not included in later covers. Linda Ronstadt's '73 version was a Top 20 Country hit.

Yesterday's answer: "Cherish" by The Association is a perennial on the Top Make-Out Songs Hit Parade ("pa' brillar hebilla"). Actually, my favorite version is The Four Tops'.

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