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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jackie's Back Dispensing Sound Advice: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"


 WELCOME TO PART TWO OF MY 

 TRIBUTE TO JACKIE DeSHANNON! 

The Kentucky born, Illinois raised singer
and songwriter started making records
as a teenager in the mid 1950s.


Jackie wrote and recorded many excellent sides
in a variety of music categories. Hard to believe
that it took until 1963 for Jackie to get one of
her records into the Hot 100. Early that year
she made a dent in the chart with "Faded
Love," a cover of a 1950 western swing
hit by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

"Faded Love" - Jackie DeShannon 
(Feb. 1963, highest chart pos. #97)




In May of '63 Jackie inched her way
a little farther up the Billboard ladder
with "Needles and Pins," a Sonny Bono
& Jack Nitzsche composition that was
later covered with much greater success
(#13) by the English group The Searchers.
Many consider Jackie's version definitive.

"Needles and Pins" - Jackie DeShannon 
(May 1963, highest chart pos. #84)




The Searchers also gained a top 40 hit covering
another of Jackie DeShannon's original songs.
"When You Walk in the Room" was written
and first recorded by Jackie in 1963 and
released one day after the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy, an event
that hindered the progress of many
great records attempting to climb
the chart in the weeks that followed.


The success of Jackie's record was also impeded
because "When You Walk In The Room" was  
released as the B side of  "Till You Say You'll 
Be Mine," a song that failed to catch on and
remained uncharted. "When You Walk In
 The Room" finally attracted attention two
months after the single hit the street, but
it lasted only one pathetic week on the
chart at #99 before vanishing. It's a
doggone shame whenever a record
this good goes to waste!

"When You Walk In The Room" 
Jackie DeShannon (Jan. 1964,
highest chart pos. #99)




In November of 1964 Jackie struck out
again with a 45 that had a more exciting
song on the B side. That fab flip, entitled
"It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)," was
also released on Jackie's compilation LP
Breakin' It Up On the Beatles Tour!
The song covers an oft recorded R&B
standard that was originally a top 5 hit
on the black chart in 1955 for Louis
Brooks and His Hi-Toppers with
lead vocalist Earl Gaines. Jackie D
rips it up on this go-go style dance
floor filler, an uncharted side that
woulda been, coulda been and
shoulda been a hit!

"It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)" 
Jackie DeShannon (Nov. 1964,
uncharted B side of "He's Got the
Whole World in His Hands")




In the summer of 1965, after nearly a
decade of making great records with
limited success, Jackie broke into the
top 10 with the Bacharach - David
composition "What the World
Needs Now Is Love."

"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
Jackie DeShannon (July 1965,
highest chart position #7)




In the fall of that year, Jackie landed her
next single on the chart, another lovely
Bacharach - David song entitled
"A Lifetime of Loneliness."

"A Lifetime of Loneliness"
Jackie DeShannon (Oct. 1965,
highest chart pos. #66, live perf
performance on Nov. 29, 1965,
episode of Hullabaloo) 




"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
is Jackie DeShannon's signature song,
but the biggest hit of her career came
in 1969 when she recorded a song she
co-wrote with her brother Randy Myers
along with Jimmy Holiday. Delivering
a message similar to that of "What The
World Needs Now," Jackie's single "Put
A Little Love In Your Heart" was released
at a time when idealistic songs about peace,
love and goodwill were becoming major hits.
They included "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
by the Fifth Dimension (#1), "Get Together"
by the Youngbloods (#5), "He Ain't Heavy,
He's My Brother" by The Hollies (#7) and
"Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band
(#14), all of them released that same year-
1969. Here now is Jackie DeShannon at
the peak of her recording career with the
plea "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."

"Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
Jackie DeShannon (Aug. 1969,
highest chart pos. #4)



There's much more to Jackie DeShannon
than I ever realized. Beautiful, warm and
gifted, Jackie wrote and recorded songs
that ran the gamut from country & western,
rockabilly and gospel to rock 'n' roll and
shouting rhythm and blues. Jackie sings
with her whole heart and soul. She has
made many great contributions to
the soundtrack of our youth.


In 2010 Jackie DeShannon was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Millions of fans consider Jackie
to be a national treasure
and I heartily agree.

 I hope you enjoyed 

 your double shot of JD. 


 What does the world need now?  

 More like Jackie DeShannon! 

Have a Shady day!

40 comments:

  1. These are simply great songs and performances by Jackie DeShannon! I remember the Searchers doing Needles and Pins and When You Walk in the Room— and I really enjoyed listening to Jackie's original versions in these two posts. Such terrible timing for When You Walk in the Room to be released the day after JFK was assassinated! That one and It’s Love Baby– 24 Hours a Day are both great songs-- and it is a shame they were put on the B sides of records instead of the A side. What were they thinking?

    What the World Needs Now is Love and Put a Little Love into Your Heart are my two favorites. I love Burt Bacharach songs and also enjoyed Jackie’s live performance of Lifetime of Loneliness. She has a gift.

    Jackie DeShannon really is a national treasure-- Thank you for presenting a wonderful selection of her work in this series!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for checking in and checking out Part 2 of my Jackie DeShannon tribute.

      I can see why many people consider Jackie's version of “Needles and Pins” to be definitive. As I read comments on YouTube beneath songs like this one originally recorded by U.S. artists and turned into bigger hits by English Merseybeat bands, it occurs to me that people who think the Brit bands' recorded versions are an "improvement" over the originals feel that way simply because they are used to hearing the English updates. If some of these great yet unsuccessful originals had turned into hits as they deserved to be, they would also sound familiar to us by now and we'd love them just as much. By the way, do you remember a song with a title similar to "Needles And Pins" called “Silver Threads And Golden Needles (cannot mend this heart of mine)”? It was first recorded in 1956 by the rockabilly queen we have been discussing in this series – Wanda Jackson. I am most familiar with the version of the song recorded live – very live – by Johnny Rivers for his album Meanwhile Back at the Whisky à Go Go.

      The process by which A and B sides of singles were designated is a fascinating topic. Throughout rock 'n' roll history there are numerous examples of superior songs being hidden away on the B sides of singles, dramatically reducing their chance of receiving radio play, catching on and becoming a hit. Poor decisions were often made regarding which side of a single to promote, and those decisions were usually made, I believe, not by the artists themselves, but by their handlers, older guys in suits and ties sitting in their comfy offices. I think in some cases those dubious decisions were made by weasels who didn’t know rock ‘n’ roll, didn’t like rock ‘n’ roll, had little respect for the artist and his or her craft and also had a tin ear and didn’t possess good instincts about the changing tastes of the record buying public. I read that Jackie DeShannon was "hard to peg." She didn't fit cleanly into any one music category because she was versatile and performed in a variety of styles. She was also too intellectual in her approach to music to fit as a teen idol, even though she had the looks to be one. Jackiee is an example of an artist who was "too good for her own good." We all know that she didn't starve because, along with being a recording artist, she made a great living as a songwriter.

      As I watch Jackie DeShannon in those live performance clips, I very much appreciate her gentle artistry and her magnetic, almost hypnotic style, the meaningful gesticulations that command your attention and keep you riveted. She’s not flashy and flamboyant. There is no twerking, no wrecking ball riding, no wardrobe malfunctions - just genuine, honest communication and interpretation of a song. I admire her for it.

      Thank you very much for sharing your impressions of this great artist, Kathryn. I have been waiting a long time to pay tribute to Jackie D and it feels good now that I finally have.

      Enjoy your Tuesday!

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  2. I actually know several of her songs. They have endured.
    Pretty young lady. Shame it took the world so long to recognize her talents. I guess that's the same across the board in any creative industry.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for dropping by, good buddy!

      I appreciate your observations here, Alex. Jackie's songs have indeed endured. "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" is just as relevant today as it was in the late 60s. Jackie's signature song, "What The World Needs Now Is Love," contributed for her to record by the Bacharach-David composing team, is also ageless, timeless and relevant in today's world.

      History has been kind to Jackie. She is recognized today as one of the greatest singers and songwriters of our generation.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Alex!

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  3. Of course I know the hits but never knew the singer...until now. I wasn't one for the first one which sounded not only country, but a bit preachy but I did like the one where you said this should have been a #1 hit. A great singer and writer of songs. Glad she got inducted into the hall of fame.

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for being one of the first to check out my new post. If you keep this up, I'm gonna nominate you for the Blog Friend Hall of Fame. :)

      I'm very happy to see you, BB, and happy to know you appreciate the songs and singing style of my featured artist Jackie DeShannon. I'm glad your ears match mine on Jackie's rip-roaring rendition of "It's Love-24," a go-go number that's guaranteed to get you up out of your seat. Why they decided to bury it on the B side of the single is beyond me.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend BB, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. I'm quite familiar with What the World Needs Now and Put a Little Love in Your Heart. I guess I just never knew that Jackie DeShannon sang them! I looked to see who else had covered them, but no... her versions are the ones I'd know.

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for joining me for part 2 of my tribute to Jackie D.

      Yessum, Jackie scored major hits with those two songs and I don't know of any covers that come close to the success or greatness of her versions. They are two of the great healing songs of the turbulent 60s and the message they carry is still of pressing importance 50 years later.

      Thank you again for swinging over to sample more of the sweet sounds of Jackie DeShannon, dear friend Kelly!

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  5. Oh My Goodness, I remember Jackie De Shannon. Love all of her songs and most of all her. Great voice.
    Plus The Searchers ! ! ! This is my music !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Welcome back to SDMM, your home away from home, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I am also thrilled to know that you remember and love the songs of Jackie DeShannon along with the kind of person she was and is, the kind that the world needs now. I'm also happy to know you remember The Searchers who covered two of Jackie's songs and turned them into Merseybeat hits.

      Thank you very much for joining the fun this week, dear friend Gayle. Please take good care of yourself, thehamish and themandiblesofdoom. I hope to see you again soon!

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  6. Hi Shady! Well, I didn't even sign on to Blogger until late this afternoon, it's been a busy week's beginning!

    Jackie DeShannon had the perfect Country Western voice, didn't she! Her "Faded Love" cut is so professional, as though no one else could ever sing it. The dynamics and chord changes are phenomenal! Simon Cowell would just love her (he probably already does!)!

    And, she is so lovely, I always wanted my hair to look like hers, lol! She always dressed the part, and, had a wonderful stage presence. I must have been running with the wrong crowd during some of her early days, to have missed "It's Love Baby"! This is a real upbeat song, and, "When You Walk In The Room" is great...the dynamics (as I said before) are incomparable-her style is interchangeable, as, she doesn't perform the same way twice!

    I love the song, "Needles and Pins" by the Searchers. It's one of my all time favorites. And, after hearing Jackie's version, who can choose between them? They are entirely different from each other. Can I give you my thoughts? The Searchers version is so musically sound-perfect diction, harmonies-spot on timing, and instrumentals. And, it's a great dance tune. Now, Jackie's version "thrusts" emotion at you! It starts out quietly, and, you can feel the emotion mount! (Well, I could anyway). It was more individual and personal, while, at the same time, she brings forth the girl group sound of the later 1950's, that I so much love.♥

    Although, I always liked the two hits she is so revered for, it is so good to meet the real Jackie DeShannon. Just simply, Shady, a wonderful look into a beautiful icon-"It's What The World Needs Now."

    Thank you for a well written tribute. Stay cool, and have a great week! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I'm so pleased that you could come by, dear friend. Thank you very much for spending part of your evening in the Shady listening to the song styling of my featured artist, the versatile and talented Jackie DeShannon. Your background as a musician makes you uniquely qualified to review Jackie's body of work and I thank you for your keen observations and opinions.

      I'm glad you appreciate the first number in this post, "Faded Love," because I do, too. It's funny how my first instinct was to dump out of it because it sounded so different, so "not my kind of music." Then I remembered how I used to say that about many different styles which have since become favorites. An open mind allows you to discover and appreciate a great deal more in life than you would otherwise.

      The more I listen to Jackie's blistering barn burner "It's Love Baby-24 Hours," the more I love it, and I keep wondering about the backing singers on the recording. Were they The Angels, The Blossoms, The Sweet Inspirations, The Andantes, Jean Thomas and the Rag Dolls or some unknown group of session singers? Whoever they were, they are the perfect complement to Jackie's lead vocals. I wish I could have found an actual video of Jackie performing "Love-24" as the opening act on the Beatles tour. Between Jackie and the Merseybeat Moptops they surely had the excitement meter pegged.

      There was another great Jackie D performance clip that I originally embedded in this post but, unfortunately, it vanished just before "air time." I will keep searching for it in hopes of including it in a future post. It was a clip of Jackie on Hullabaloo singing the Fortunes hit "You've Got Your Troubles (I've Got Mine)" and she turned in a sensational performance. I really hope it turns up again on YouTube someday.

      I am very thankful for your input on this two parter, Suzanne. Your comments added greatly to the discussion and helped me pay a fitting tribute to this gifted lady. Now more than ever what the world needs is more people like Jackie DeShannon. Thank you, Jackie, for being part of the solution, and thank you again, dear friend Suzanne, for your kind visit and comment. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  7. Hi Shady!

    I'm glad you posted a part II! I liked hearing more of her songs and exploring her different songs. It's a shame "When You Walk Into a Room" was released as a B side and didn't catch on - I really liked the sound.

    Thank you for sharing these classics, dear friend.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming back over to sample the songs in part 2, dear friend!

      I wonder if your dad had any of these Jackie DeShannon platters in his collection. You should ask him.

      Yessum, the decision makers missed the mark on Jackie's records and those of countless other great artists by placing the better, more exciting songs on the B sides of singles. It sure makes you wonder how they could have been so tone deaf.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend JM!

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    2. Hi Shady,

      I'll ask my dad Tonight!

      I know, that's amazing. I just got into cassettes, are the B sides of cassettes similar to the B sides of records? I'm still used to CDs, haha.

      Have a great Thursday!

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    3. Hi Jessica Marie!

      Let me know what if anything your dad tells you about Jackie DeShannon.

      I have not listened to cassettes for many years but your remark got me curious and I just discovered that the format is making a comeback. As it was in the past, major hit albums are are once again being released on cassette. Here is an article and list:

      http://www.electronicbeats.net/the-most-mainstream-records-recently-released-on-cassette/

      You are apparently talking about cassette SINGLES and, as it was in the past with reissue vinyl 45s, it is likely that some cassettes are being released with back-to-back hits while others with include the original B side. For example, here is the eBay listing for the 1989 Madonna single "Oh Father":

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/MADONNA-Oh-Father-1989-Cassette-Single-RARE-Like-New/162613863218

      The cassette single contains the original B side "Pray For Spanish Eyes":

      http://www.45cat.com/record/722723

      Thanks for letting me know that cassettes are "in" again, dear friend JM, and have a great day!

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    4. Hi Shady,

      Give your thanks to Urban Outfitters! That's how I rediscovered them. I bought a few newer cassettes from UO, but I buy all of my classics, oldies, and classical cassettes from record shops. I love walking around record shops more.

      I might have to write a blog entry at some point about cassettes. Maybe it'll get more people interested. It's interesting listening to them again, though.

      Thank you for the links! I'll have to check them out. I might buy one or two. ;)

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    5. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Yessum, Urban Outfitters. That's what I read, too. I had no idea cassettes were making a comeback same as vinyl records. What's old is new again!

      It is fun to walk around record shops. That's how I spent much of my time when I was your age.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend JM!

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  8. Hi Tom
    I've never heard of her before, thanks for sharing.
    She was such a beautiful lady and her talent should have been recognized earlier. I'm very surprised about how much you know about music, most of the time you talk about singers completely unknown to me, and with great stories behind, surely she was very unfortunate to sing in a such "revolutionary " period when people had other in mind. Have a nice week Tom! Ciao !

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    1. Hi hi hi, Katia!

      Thank you for coming over for a visit, my dear friend in Italy. I am very happy to see you today!

      To me Jackie DeShannon represents the best the Sixties had to offer. She was (is) a great singer and a gifted songwriter. She is intelligent and beautiful and a great communicator. As I watch Jackie in those live performance clips singing songs of love and peace, I am mesmerized by her gentle grace and her compelling gestures and facial expressions. There simply aren't enough like her today - artists singing songs of healing and hope and really connecting with the audience the way she was able to do.

      It was my pleasure to introduce you to the songs and recordings of Jackie DeShannon in this two part series.

      Thank you again for your comment, dear friend Katia. Enjoy the rest of your day and week!

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  9. Hi Shady,
    I sure appreciated reading your tribute to Jackie DeShannon. It's nice to hear the backstory, the 'coming of age'of an artist. It sure makes one appreciate the hits more to know what all went into the career leading up to the hits. She obviously had some fierce tenacity to not give up after so many disappointments.

    I love the song "Needles & Pins" -- and I do like the Searchers version better but a lot of that is probably familiarity -- although I do like the Searchers music better. But Jackie's version is fabulous too. On the other hand, I like Jackie's version of "When You Walk in the Room" better than the Searchers. It's interesting that they had hits with both of Jackie's songs.

    "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)" is super fun! Hard to believe it wasn't a hit -- and why it was hidden on a B side is a real shame.

    I really love her bonafide hits "What the World Needs Now" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" -- Those are classics! I could listen to either of them over and over. I wasn't too keen on "A LIfetime of Loneliness" -- it was too slow for my taste. Same with "Faded Love".

    Thanks for putting a spotlight on this gem of an artist. Thanks to you, I'm now a Jackie DeShannon fan. Loved hearing about all her hard work. She's going to be 76 this month! Where is she now? Do you know?

    Happy Hump Day, my friend. Have a good one.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, One-L Michele!

      Thank you very much for joining me for part 2 of my series on the outstanding singer and songwriter Jackie DeShannon. I'm very glad you could make it, dear friend!

      Yessum, a decade or more of disappointment preceded Jackie's breakthrough and I admire her perseverance. The Searchers recorded many fine covers of U.S. originals. A year ago, as you might recall, I posted the Brit band's version of LaVern Baker's "Bumble Bee":

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2016/06/sparring-partners-float-like-butterfly.html

      When I listen to Jackie's killer bee "It's Love-24" I picture go-go dancers (like the ones in the window of that pool hall in Ann Arbor, MI. :)

      I am very pleased that you favor Jackie's two uplifting hit singles. The first was released in 1965, the second in 1969. Both are still relevant today and every man, woman and child should take to heart the important messages they convey.

      It seems likely that Jackie D is living in Southern California because she has been married for many years to musician and film and TV composer Randy Edelman who is based in Los Angeles.

      Thank you again for making time to join me for this series on Jackie DeShannon, dear friend Michele. Say hello to your mom for me and have a super day!

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  10. Interesting how some of the songs she wrote were hits for other, whereas some songs written by others were hits for her. I wonder if she considered herself a singer first and a songwriter second, or the other way around. At least in 1969, with the two "love" hits, we got to see both sides of that coin.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      How are you, my new friend? Thanks a lot for dropping in for part 2 of Jackie D.

      Yes it is indeed fascinating the way the game played out for Jackie. For one reason or another some of the best songs she wrote fell flat when she recorded them but were spun into solid gold by other artists like those Merseybeat lads The Searchers. Seems likely that an artist lucky enough to record a Bacharach - David composition stands a good chance of gaining a hit from it. Jackie had two such successes back-to-back in 1965.

      You pose an interesting question, Kirk. I wish Jackie would see this post and tell us if she considers herself first to be a singer or a songwriter.

      Hey, thanks again for keeping the discussion going, good buddy Kirk. I very much appreciate you visit and comment!

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  11. What a talented woman. I enjoyed listening to all the selections.

    Thanks for your nice comments about my playing. Too bad you couldn't see me live. It's always a different experience when you see the energy of the performer.

    Have a great rest of the week!

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      It's wonderful to see you, dear friend. Thanks a lot for coming over!

      I'm pleased you got to hear and in some cases see archive footage of Jackie DeShannon. Her magic really comes through when you can behold her facial expressions and subtle yet meaningful hand gestures. I wish I could have witnessed you playing the violin at your recital. Your virtuosity makes me weep.

      Thank you again for being here to sample the sounds of Jackie D, dear friend Sherry. I'm glad you like the selections offered in this two-parter. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  12. Some great music here, linked to some great memories for me and for that I thank you

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    1. Hey hey hey, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, dear Aussie friend? It's been a while and I am very happy to see you!

      I'm thrilled to know you actually have great memories linked to the songs of Jackie DeShannon. Jackie has been part of the solution for 60 years and counting.

      Thanks again for swinging by, dear friend Jo-Anne, and please come again soon!

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  13. Hi Shady!
    Well this was sure a little bit of what my world needs ever so often! Jackie D's talents certainly stretched far beyond her humble Kentucky roots. I don't think she received near enough credit for "Bette Davis Eyes". I truly enjoyed the tunes and cool memories blast, and am looking forward to more frequent returns to more of the same.
    Good to see you, my friend!

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend. Thank you for coming over to check out my two-part salute to a talented lady many regard as a national treasure, Miss Jackie DeShannon.

      I doubt that many people, especially younger ones, know that Jackie co-wrote (with Donna Weiss) "Bette Davis Eyes" or that she penned and originally recorded those songs made famous by bands of the British Invasion. It's good to know that in the 21st century Jackie is being recognized and lauded by critics, music historians and legions of new fans around the world.

      It would delight me to have you visit more often if you are able, dear diedre. I value your friendship and thank you for joining the discussion today. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  14. Tom,

    Great second edition on Jackie D! I know the songs, "What The World Needs Now" and "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" but I can't swear to it that I know her versions. She really is a multi-talent and beautiful, too! The performers of yesteryear had so much more going for them then artists do today. We've been watching the new season of AGT and there are a few older singers on the show that I can't believe have not been discovered before now. I tell DH every time one of them sing that this is the sound upcoming wanna be stars need to copy instead of what's current. It's been a long time since I've heard Jackie's two most popular songs and it was a great joy to hear both again! Have a good day, my friend. BTW, my blog is working again. :)

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you so very much for coming by for a visit and for listening to the second batch of songs by Jackie DeShannon, a play list that includes her two biggest recorded hits.

      Jackie's versions of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and "Put a Little Love In Your Heart" are by far the best known, but both have been covered by a good number of other artists. "What the World Needs Now" was covered most memorably (for me) by Los Angeles DJ Tom Clay who had a hit single in the summer of 1971 with his social commentary creation "What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John." In 1988 "Put a Little Love" was covered by Annie Lennox & Al Green for the soundtrack of the movie Scrooged and Dolly Parton recorded a gospel version in 1993.

      We can only hope that the pendulum will swing back the other way and more young artists will perform positive, life affirming songs like the ones Jackie gave us.

      Thank you again for joining me for part 2, Cathy. I am very happy to know your blog is back in working order. Enjoy your day and the upcoming weekend, dear friend!

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  15. Thank you for introducing me to Jackie D, friend Shady ... I have been following and will be following ... smiles ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming back over to experience part 2 of Jackie D. It was my pleasure to introduce you to her writing and her singing. I hope Jackie put a song in your heart.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend cat, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. I see why you like her. She looks so pretty plus she's talented. I wish we make music now the way they used to.

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    1. Hi, Lux!

      Thank you very much for joining me for the part two conclusion of my tribute to Jackie DeShannon.

      I hear you, dear friend. Seems too few artists these days are singing songs of peace, love and hope, and maybe it would help matters if more of them did.

      Thanks again for taking a look and a listen, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  17. I'm late again but I sure enjoyed part 2! Love her music and talent. Those songs about love are as relevant today as they were back in the late 60's. Maybe more so as the world seems a bit out of control at times. I learned a lot about her and had the opportunity to share some of my limited knowledge about her with one of our Docs in surgery. Thanks again for the great post and info! Hope your weekend is great too!

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    1. Hi, Yaya!

      Thank you very much for being here for part 2 of Jackie DeShannon. I appreciate your weekend visit, dear friend!

      Jackie was a major contributor to the soundtrack of my youth, an artist who lifted my generation up with her inspiring songs of love and goodwill. Seems a shame that it is hip these days for artists to come across as sleazy or negative or both. What Jackie symbolizes, I think, is an America that you and I once knew, an America we miss and wish we could create again. It is still possible if we all come from unconditional love.

      I'm delighted to know you talked about Jackie and her music with one of the surgeons. Don't be surprised if Jackie's songs start playing in the OR someday during a procedure. :)

      I'm so glad you got a lot out of this two-parter and very thankful for your visit and comment, dear friend YaYa. Take good care of yourself and Chubbsie and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  18. I've obviously heard her two biggest songs, but out of this selection of songs "It's Love Baby" was my favorite. I'll be honest though, most of these songs gave me flashbacks to watching "Austin Powers."

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. Hi, Ashton!

      How have you been, dear friend? How's your little daughter?

      Thank you very much for taking a peek at this post celebrating the songs of Jackie DeShannon. I'm happy to know your ears matched mine on "It's Love Baby," a recording that had hit written all over it but was hidden away on the B side of the platter.

      I can understand how these Burt Bacharach songs flashed you back to Austin Powers: Int'l Man of Mystery. :)

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend Ashton!

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