Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dickie Valentine

Dickie Valnetine Every so often at the library or at some second-hand store I’d find a cassette called Favourite Pop Hits Of The 60s or some such thing, and I wouldn’t recognize a single song. Upon further investigation I’d learn that all the songs had been hits over in the UK. It was on one of those collections that I found Dickie Valentine.

I only have 2 songs. According to the Rock Almanac he had 8 top 20 hits between 1955 and 1959, Wikipedia would give us 10 for the same period, a few more if we go back to 1953.

Dickie Valentine:

One More Sunrise – This is Morgen, the Ivo Robic hit, in English. I don’t know if it’s a direct translation or just a more-or-less. For what it’s worth, it turns out to be a song about having to wake up every morning to a painful reality. It was a hit in the UK in the fall of 1959.
Venus – This, according to Wikipedia was his last top 20 hit. Rock Almanac doesn’t list it. The song hit number 1 for Frankie Avalon; Dickie’s version just cracked the top 20. His arrangement was more MOR, but had a bit of space age stuff in it, in keeping with the planetary theme.

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