It’s already midmorning here on the East Side. The Texas Gal is up in the loft working on projects for a monthly quilting class she’s taking. As she does, she’s also sorting and organizing fabric for other projects.
We do have some errands to run, as soon as I file a post here, and we don’t want to delay those too deeply into the afternoon. So, instead of casting about desperately for something to write about, I thought I would post a version of a song whose title, at least, links to the Texas Gal’s current activities.
“Needles and Pins” has been placed in the Billboard Hot 100 four times, according to Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles: Jackie DeShannon’s version of the song, which was written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, went to No. 84 in 1963 before the Searchers’ version went to No. 13 in 1964.
The English group Smokie had a minor hit with the song, as well, with that version going to No. 68 in 1977. And Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks – backed by the Heartbreakers – took a live version of the song to No. 37 in 1986.
Among the others who have covered the durable tune over the years are the Ramones, Del Shannon, the Raspberries, Herman’s Hermits, Cher, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, a ska band from Los Angeles called See Spot, folk singer Ferron, Dwight Twilley and more.
I haven’t heard all of those, of course, and I might explore some of them here in the weeks ahead. Of those versions I have heard, I like the Petty/Nicks live take, as I do the Searchers’ version, which was no doubt the first version I ever heard. But in recent years, I find myself enjoying DeShannon’s version more. I’m not sure if DeShannon’s version is the first – there are a few videos at YouTube presenting Cher’s version of the tune, and that Imperial single might be the original take on the song – but DeShannon’s version of the song is, to me, definitive. And it’s today’s Saturday Single.
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