Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “As Tears Go By”

During the British Invasion of pop music in the 1960’s a sweet lovely young lady also made waves along with the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, et al.

Marianne Faithfull rocketed to fame with the 1964 single “As Tears Go By,” written by Mick Jagger (he was her boyfriend for a while), Keith Richards and their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham.

Faithfull contracted the coronavirus, recovered, but the 74-year old is still hurting, suffering short-term memory loss and fatigue.

“I have to have oxygen and all that stuff. The side-effects are so strange. Some people come back from it but they can’t walk or speak. Awful. I may not be able to sing ever again. Maybe that’s over. I would be incredibly upset if that was the case, but, on the other hand, I am 74. I don’t feel cursed and I don’t feel invincible. I just feel f—ing human.”

Faithfull has battled health issues for years, including anorexia and heroin addiction during the 1970s. She was also diagnosed with hepatitis C and survived a fight with breast cancer in 2016.

In this 1965 video she is introduced by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.


BONUS!

When making a recording bands just walk into a studio and start playing right?

55 years ago today, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys began recording Wouldn’t It Be Nice. The opening track for their forthcoming album, Pet Sounds. It would reach No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The LP, which garnered enormous acclaim worldwide, was the band’s 11th studio album, and was produced, arranged—and mostly written—by Wilson. The song is distinguished for its symphonic ‘Wall of Sound’, arranged using 16 session musicians and a variety of instruments not normally associated popular music—including accordions and a detuned twelve-string guitar.

That “Wall of Sound” is the subject of tonight’s mega music Friday night blog. Check it out.

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