Sunday, February 13, 2011

Donnie Brooks

Donnie BrooksDonnie Brooks had three hits in the top 100, all in 1960, and he was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame; though Mission Bell, which is the only Donnie Brooks song that I know, doesn’t sound all that rockabilly.

Donnie Brooks

Mission Bell – This is not a religious song, the title notwithstanding. It’s just that mission bells are high, and it rhymes with “wishing well.” And Donnie has to tell us how high his love is. That’s unusual; love isn’t often (ever?) described as high – deep ok, strong yes, but high? But either way, this is an endearing song. The bells in the arrangement are a nice touch. From the fall of 1960.

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