Sunday, January 29, 2006
Jimmy Radcliffe Songbook
I have received a few e-mails about the Jimmy Radcliffe post and as a consequence some more information on his songs has turned up.
You can see a list of his songs here which is an excellent resource and demonstrates how many artists recorded Jimmy's song most in collaboration with Buddy Scott. At the same site is some further background information and some photos taken towards the end of his life by Cyril Olivierre. There is also some excellent information on which songs of Jimmy's appeared on TV and in movies which is very enlightening.
You can also find a list of all 279 Jimmy Radcliffe penned songs at BMI.
I dipped into the collection and picked out Debbie Taylor's Decca cut of the Radcliffe/Scott The Last Laugh Is On The Blues. The song starts off with a wurlitzer type organ before Debbie begins her mournful ballad which gradually picks up pace with a bank of horns and a staccatto guitar. It changes pace half way through with a waltz type beat before dropping back to it's original pace. However, Debbie picks up the whole song again with some powerful singing to take the song to it's climax.