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Living Doll: American Covers of UK Hits - The Audiophile Man
Title: American Covers of UK Hits Label: Jasmine Back in the early 50s, the charts in the UK were full of American songs covered by UK artists. Their proliferation sparked comment, people reflected that maybe the UK had no song writers to speak of. The popular UK artists of the day spanned such retro-artists as Vera Lynn and Mantovani so chart pressure was not the strongest. Becalmed, you might say. Then Lonnie Donegan happened. His song, Rock Island Line, hit No 6 in the UK charts and, to the shock of one and all, reached No 8 in the USA. Bang! On came the covers of the song. People such as Bobby Darin took note. Next, Anne Shelton’s Joe Meek-produced Lay Down Your Arms was being covered by The Chordettes. Thus, the tide began to turn and American covers of UK songs grew in number. Oddly, though, not all of the songs covered had been original UK hits of any stature. For example, when John Fraser recorded Why Don’t They Understand from the Joe Henderson original, that original was a ‘mere’ B-side of, would you believe, a US cover of The Everly’s Bye Bye Love. A twist indeed. Then George …