Baby please come home …

I was a lad in the era of the girl groups, no not like the Spice Girls, the classics such as the Ronettes and the Crystals. It’s music that I absolutely love. Behind the groups that I gave as examples was the producer Phil Spector.

Spector produced the “wall of sound“, thought of the studio as the instrument and to him the girls were interchangeable. He’s a rebel  for example was recorded by Darlene Love and released as a Crystals record for whom it was a great hit. Nor did Spector bother to tell Ms Love that he’d done it.

After that magic era he worked with such artists as John Lennon, George Harrison and Leonard Cohen. He co-wrote and produced the song that received the greatest amount of US airtime of the twentieth century You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ with the Righteous Brothers.

Where is he now? In jail for murder, oops.

I had the enormous pleasure of performing this song the other day …

… not with Darlene Love but with Wendy Stapleton and the Australian Women’s Choir. Look out for what happens at 1.19 into the clip. I was playing the bari sax but I didn’t get the thrill of descending from on high. Next year I hope.

What a day …

So this is how it started, a walk on the beach, more in an effort to calm the nerves than to take a photograph. Managed to take a photo but it did little for the nerves.

Why nervous? Tonight I get to play with this guy.

James Morrison, one amazing musician, admittedly my part was as a humble member of the sax section. He goes in my CV … played with James Morrison, I doubt that I will go in his. Here I am …

… both photos by Gayle from tonight’s show. It was followed by the fireworks,

and a glass of champagne.