Procul Harem – A whiter shade of pale (Starters for Ten #208) 8.10.21

Starters for Ten 2019 – #208: Top Ten Sunday morning tracks: 190727

Procul Harem – A whiter shade of pale (1967)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 21st – running between 20 and 29 July and featuring my top ten Sunday morning tracks – here’s  A Whiter Shade of Pale, the debut single from Procol Harum, released on 12 May 1967.  It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967 and stayed there for six weeks. With very little promotion, it also reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. One of the anthems of the 1967 ‘Summer of Love’, it is one of the best selling singles in history, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

In 1977, the song was named joint winner (along with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) of “The Best British Pop Single 1952–1977” at the Brit Awards and in 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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The Moody Blues – Nights in white satin (Starters for Ten #207) 7.10.21

Starters for Ten 2019 – #207: Top Ten Sunday morning tracks: 190726

The Moody Blues – Nights in white satin (1967)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 21st – running between 20 and 29 July and featuring my top ten Sunday morning tracks – here’s Nights in White Satin, a song by the Moody Blues, written and composed by Justin Hayward. It was first featured as the segment “The Night” on the album ‘Days of Future Passed’. When first released as a single in 1967, it reached number 19 on the UK Singles Chart and number 103 in the United States in 1968. It was the first significant chart entry by the band since “Go Now” and its then recent lineup change, in which Denny Laine had resigned and both Hayward and John Lodge had joined.

When reissued in 1972, in the United States the single hit number two – for two weeks – on the Billboard Hot 100 (behind “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash) and hit number one on the Cash Box Top 100. It earned a gold certification for sales of over a million U.S. copies. It also hit number one in Canada.

Dusty Springfield – I just don’t know what to do with myself (Starters for Ten #205) 5.10.21

Starters for Ten 2019 – #205: Top Ten Sunday morning tracks: 190724

Dusty Springfield – I just don’t know what to do with myself (1964)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 21st – running between 20 and 29 July and featuring my top ten Sunday morning tracks – here’s Dusty Springfield’s I just don’t know what o do with myself, released in 1964.

Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady (Starters for Ten #181) 1/10 (19)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #181: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers: 190630

Foxey Lady (1967)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Kickstarting the 19th, running between 30 June and 9 July and featuring my top ten Jimi Hendrix numbers – here’s Foxy (aka ‘Foxey) Lady which first appeared on the debut album ‘Are you experienced’, released in 1967.

Canned Heat – On the road again (Starters for Ten #162) 2/10 (17)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #162: Top Ten Driving tracks: 190611

Canned Heat – On the road again (1968)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 17th – featuring my top ten driving tracks, and running between 10 and 19 June – here’s On the Road Again, a song recorded by the American blues-rock group Canned Heat in 1967.

It first appeared on their second album, Boogie with Canned Heat, in January 1968; when an edited version was released as a single in April 1968, “On the Road Again” became Canned Heat’s first record chart hit and one of their best-known songs.

The Beatles – I want to hold your hand (Starters for Ten #156) 6/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #156: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190605

The Beatles – I want to hold your hand (1964)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 16th – featuring my top ten ‘lurve’ songs, and running between 31 May and 9 June – here’s I want to hold your hand from The Beatles, released in 1964.

Lesley Gore – I’ll cry if I want to (“The ’59”) #036

The ’59 2018 #036: 180205

Lesley Gore – I’ll cry if I want to (1963)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 5 – 1963

‘I’ll Cry If I Want To’ was Lesley Gore’s debut album. It included her hit singles “It’s My Party” and its follow-up, “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and was rushed out after “It’s My Party” became a big hit.

The songs are mostly about crying, linking to the hit single’s first line “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to”, incorporating songs with titles such as “Cry”, “Just Let Me Cry” and “Cry and You Cry Alone”.Besides the hit singles, the album included the pop standards “Misty”, “Cry Me a River” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?”.