Posts Tagged ‘Ted Heath’

‘If Man Is Still Alive . . .’

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

My blogging pal jb, proprietor of The Hits Just Keep On Comin’, also hangs his hat on a regular basis at WNEW, where he recently began a series of posts on songs he dislikes. Thus far, if I have it pegged correctly, he’s expressed his distaste for Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” and for the Beatles’ “Mr. Moonlight.” (I liked the second of those when I was a kid, but I have no real opinion either way on it now. “Taxi,” however, I included in my mythical Ultimate Jukebox last year, so we’ll have to disagree on that one.) What brought jb’s project to mind this morning, however, was my digging around this week among various versions of another tune I expect to eventually see on jb’s drecklist.

When I posted the easy listening cover version of “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” by British bandleader Ted Heath, (credited formally to “Ted Heath & His Music”), I began wandering through the album from which the “Don’tcha” cover came: The Big Ones. And I found a cover version of a 1969 hit that seems to have – from comments I’ve seen over the years – as many detractors as defenders, kind of like Chapin’s “Taxi.” To tell you the truth, I don’t know that I ever expected to find a cover version of Zager & Evans’ No. 1 hit, “In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus).” But I did:

Being one of those who still likes the original record, and having found Heath’s cover – which I quite like as well – I went off into the cyberverse looking for more covers. I found a few, some of them fascinating (if not entirely pleasant) and I’ll dig into some of them tomorrow.

Why not today? Because my day is filled with appointments. I had hoped to get this post up before I headed off to the dentist, but the Intertubes were clogged this morning. And, newly cleaned teeth and all, I’m off to other appointments very soon. But I wanted to get a teaser out today. See you tomorrow!

‘Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya’

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

We’re doing some rearranging around here, the kind of reorganization that involves moving heavy boxes from one level of the house to the other. We spent quite a bit of time on that task over the long Thanksgiving weekend, with the Texas Gal filling boxes in the loft and me taking them down to the basement.

At this point, those boxes still stand in the center of the basement floor. Their final destination will be one of the back corners, though that will have to wait maybe one more day until a few rarely used muscles tell me they are ready to cooperate once more. And when that is done, next weekend promises more boxes that need moving. I think – though I am not certain – that next weekend’s boxes will be filled with fabric rather than with scrapbooking materials, so they should be lighter.  And I also think – though again, I am not certain – that next weekend’s boxes will go to the main floor and not the basement, making the task easier.

The eventual outcome of the rearranging will find the Texas Gal’s quilting/sewing room on the main floor, just down the hallway from the Echoes In The Wind studios, so we’ll feel like we’re in the same house when we’re hobbying. Should we have anything to say to each other, sound will carry better down the hallway than it does up the stairway and around several corners.

All that brought to mind this morning one of my favorite tracks by the 5th Dimension: “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” was the B-side of “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (The Flesh Failures),” which was – as I’ve related before – the first music 45 I ever bought. That makes “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” my first B-side, and I imagine I played it once or twice while the A-side was getting repeated plays. The tune also showed up on the album Age of Aquarius, which I got hold of sometime in the autumn of 1969.

And simply because I like to do these types of things, here’s an easy listening cover of “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” by British bandleader Ted Heath, found on the posthumously released 1970 album The Big Ones.