On this day 50 years ago, one of the greatest, live, rock albums was recorded.
The Who’s live performances had always been more about extended versions of RnB covers and their own tracks (with improvisations included) than about simply reproducing 3-minute pop singles. Their 1969/70 tours had involved performances of the “Tommy” (at opera houses as well as rock venues) as well as favourite live tracks such as “Summertime Blues”, “Shakin’ All Over” and “My Generation” (at Woodstock, for example).
The song was written for John Farnham by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for John Farnham. From listening to instrumental versions, it is evident that it is the powerful vocal that makes the track and this has encouraged many cover versions and the use of the song in TV and movie soundtracks. Listening to Farnham’s original recording more than 3 decades on ….
Autumn 2018 represents two 50th anniversaries for The Who. Firstly, The Who released their “Magic Bus” single in the UK. It was a year when the band appeared to be in decline as far as singles were concerned. Prior to 1968, all (8) of their authorised single releases of original songs had made the top 10 in the UK.
A few years ago, a friend declared a new interest in folk music and asked for some recommendations to serve as an introduction to the genre. As an example of an Irish song that has permeated the folk music of the British Isles (and beyond) with many recordings by various artistes spanning at least 6 decades, “She Moved Through the Fair” would be a necessary inclusion in my list.