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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Eight Days a Week with Amy!


She's terrific - Beatlerific!


Hi, I'm Chris Griffin!


I'm back to bring you more Beatles classics
performed by my latest musical discovery...

English cover girl


Amy Slattery!


To start today's tunefest, Amy's musician dad joins her on the John Lennon song "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" which was released in December 1964 on the album Beatles For Sale and in February 1965 on the B side of the single "Eight Days A Week." Here now are Amy and her dad doing right by the Beatles with their super cool cover of "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party!"

"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery
with her dad






"Because," the masterful ballad written by John and included on Abbey Road, features John, Paul and George singing in layered three-part harmony and George playing a Moog synthesiser, one of the few Beatles recordings to use the device. Amy takes it and makes it her own.


"Because"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery





In 1961 the Detroit R&B group The Top Notes were the first to record "Twist And Shout." The following year a version of the song by The Isley Brothers cracked the top 20. The Beatles cover of "Twist And Shout" was recorded in 1962, released in March 1963 on their album Please Please Me, and issued as a single in March of '64, landing in the top 3 on the U.S. chart. Amy Slattery tackled the song and her cover destroys!

"Twist And Shout"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery





The popular Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir" was written by Robert Plant and released on the English rock band's 1975 album Physical Graffiti. Even though "Kashmir" is named after a region disputed by India and Pakistan, Plant says his inspiration for the song came on a road trip across the desert of Southern Morocco. Here's Zeppelin fan Amy performing her version of "Kashmir."

"Kashmir" - Led Zeppelin cover by Amy Slattery





Released in the spring of 1966 as the A side of their eleventh single, "Paperback Writer" plowed to #1 on the U.S. chart, in the UK and elsewhere. With "Paperback Writer" composers Paul and John gave us another song that isn't about love, a trend that began a few months earlier with "Nowhere Man." Here's Amy's groovy cover of "Paperback Writer."

"Paperback Writer"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery






Released around Thanksgiving 1964 as the A side of the Mop-Tops' 8th UK single, "I Feel Fine" features that famous attention grabbing effect on the opening note - one of the first uses of guitar feedback in pop music history. Here's Amy with her version of "I Feel Fine."


"I Feel Fine" - Beatles cover by Amy Slattery






At the beginning of the post you heard Amy and her dad covering "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party." Now let's hear what Amy can do with the smash hit A side, "Eight Days A Week," the Beatles 7th single to land at the #1 spot on the U.S. chart. Go, Amy, GO!


"Eight Days A Week"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery





Amy Slattery

is super cool.

Her music SLAYS!

I hope you enjoyed my 2-parter

on this talented up-and-coming

singer and musician in the UK.


I'm Chris Griffin saying goodbye

for now and reminding you

that you've gotta fight

for your right to rock.

See you soon!

30 comments:

  1. Tom,

    Thanks for sharing your second Amy Slattery edition. This young gal really slays the old Beatles classics. I think this is here wheelhouse. She doesn't sound like other girls her age (or any of today's female singers) which makes me happy. I can't tell you how many times I say to DH, there's nothing special about this girl's voice while watching AI or The Voice. I hope Amy never tries to sound like everyone else because they are a dime a dozen. What the future mewsic generation needs is real talent, talent that pushes the limits like oldie artists did from our generations. I will give a tweet out, hopefully to drive a little extra traffic to your site and perhaps the curious minded ones to check Amy out on YouTube. Have a great day, my friend and again, thanks for the introduction of Amy Slattery!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for being the early bird today, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      Chris G and I are excited to present a second post showcasing the talent of Amy Slattery. You hit the nail, dear friend. Amy doesn't follow the crowd. She isn't part of today's hip hop crop, the endless stream of pop idol wannabes we see in singing competitions. Amy's the real deal, a serious musician and vocalist. Sweet as can be, humble, yet confident and enormously talented, Amy is an old soul, a teenager of the 60s magically transported to the present to the delight of people our age. Amy combs the catalogs of recording artists we knew and loved in our youth and breathes new life into their songs, performing, not in a "new and improved" dance-pop style as other young artists tend to do, but in authentic fashion. Amy actually channels the Beatles and other artists she covers. You can hear it in her voice and see it on her face.

      On her official website, Amy explains how her dad sparked her interest in music at an early age:

      "Amy grew up hearing the 60's music her dad played constantly around the house. While her friends were listening to the current bands Amy was into The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies etc. Her dad is a musician and she would often go along to watch him and also sit and observe while he worked in his studio. Amy would mess around with all the equipment and taught herself a few things on piano, guitar, bass and drums. At age 12 Amy first got up and sang and played on stage with her dad and the response she received spurred her on to take her music further."

      Thank you again for your visit and very kind comments, dear friend Cathy. Please do spread the word about the fabulous one girl band rising up in the UK, Miss Amy Slattery!

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    2. Tom,

      First up, let me say thank you for visiting my little niche on Friday and Saturday. You're such a loyal blog buddy who leaves the most thoughtful comments. It's bloggers like you that has taught me how to improve upon my netiquette. I learned a new word found on the A to Z Challenge blog site for today's letter prompt & this is a great place to use it. :) Anywho back to Amy. Yes, she has the same energy and talent of yesteryear in her vocals. You're right, you can see it in her face when she sings how connected she is to these old classics. It's so refreshing to see a young girl truly being unique by not being like all the others. That's what they say today, I'm showing my individuality but....everything they do says I have to follow the flock to be accepted by my peers which makes today's talent not-so-talented if you ask me. So hooray for Amy! Perhaps after the April challenge has past, I will find a great place to showcase Amy on my blog. Thank you again for sharing your discovery of this little UK gem with your readers. Have a nice day, dear friend!
      Curious as a Cathy

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for returning to chat about Amy and about blogging netiquette. I need to pay you the same compliment, dear friend, because you are as loyal a blog friend as they come. Few people care enough to return as you do to continue a discussion thread. Very few take as much time as you do to compose a thoughtful, substantial comment that moves the discussion forward. You are the poster girl of good blogging netiquette, Cathy! :)

      You're right. There don't seem to be many young people (or people of any age really) who dare to be different. It warms my heart to see Amy breaking away from the pack and making a name for herself with these outstanding covers of songs from the Boomer years. Hats off to Amy's father for being such a great influence on her. I am sure Amy would be delighted if you chose to shine the spotlight on her again and share her mewsic on your blog. (Amy, I know you read these comments. I wanted to explain that Cathy always spells music "mewsic" because her blog "Curious as a Cathy" utilizes a cat theme.)

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Cathy, and have a marvelous week ahead!

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    4. Tom,

      I think the purrfect way to feature Amy is a future BoTB. What do you think? I haven't decided on this post platform yet but her covering classic hits got my brain to spin that direction. She definitely rocks with the best of 'em on YouTube so throwing her on center stage to battle it out with someone else would be loads of fun. :) Thanks for visiting like always, dearest friend. Have a pAwesome week!

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    5. Hi, Cathy!

      Sure thing, dear friend! YouTube is home to many people, young and old, who put their mewiscal ability on display. Another example is the UK's singing mum Sarah Collins whom I have also featured here on SDMM.

      https://www.youtube.com/user/diddy5848/featured

      Sarah focuses on Northern Soul artists rather than bands of British Invasion, but there are many other YouTubers that cover The Beatles, ELO, Led Zeppelin and other artists Amy has covered. I'm sure you could stage a great BOTB wth Amy as one of the contestants.

      Thank you again for coming to chat, dear friend Cathy. You have a pAwesome week, too! :)

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  2. Well we can see that musical talent runs in the family. It's nice that she has her dad with her on that first one.

    She does justice to Kashmir... but I think I'll stick with Led Zeppelin's version. ;)

    An admirable version of Twist & Shout, too (which always makes me think of Ferris Bueller!!)

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thanks for coming to see part 2 of Chris's tribute to Amy Slattery!

      I'm glad you mentioned the fact that talent runs in Amy's family. The first time I listened to "Spoil The Party" my eyes popped and a smile of satisfaction appeared on my face as I realized how much Amy's dad sounds like the Liverpoolian Moptops. The dynamic duo of Amy and her dad will be returning to my blog in future posts along with more of Amy's solo performances. That's a guarantee!

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed what Amy and her father have to offer, dear friend Kelly. Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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  3. It's a real treat to hear someone successfully cover some of the Beatles' best! And that is a great sound collaboration with her dad...I mean voices connecting and staying right on musically with each other! I appreciate that it is sometimes hard work teaming with another to make a good sound, but it is also a lot of fun and creates a special bond between them. Amy and her dad did a fantastic job on "I Don't Want To Spoil the Party"!

    I know all of the songs featured here today, and it was fun to hear them in another light! "Twist and Shout" is a major favorite of mine, both by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles! However, Amy's unique voice excitingly brings the song to an entirely new level! I loved it!

    Again, Amy brings back the best of the 1960's Beatles. I have always liked "Paperback Writer". This song is a challenge with its chord changes, and strong harmonies! She's "GAME ON" with this one!

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear Amy doing Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". I was so taken when I first heard the song by Zeppelin, which was in the early 1990's, then I bought the cassette tape, (still using cassettes then)lol! Amy did an amazing job on the song!

    Amy is one busy girl, Chris! You have done a great job bringing her and her music to the forefront! Her voice projects with some pretty tones and harmonies, like in "Because" and "I Feel Fine"-beautifully done! I really got a good sense of her strong vocals on "Eight Days a Week". Amy is very talented and brave to take on the Beatles! I believe they would be so impressed and happy to know her! By the way..."Kashmir" is now playing on my radio as I write-who knew!

    Thank you Shady for sharing this wonderful talent with us. Oh, you too Chris-good job! Have a great day you two! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I am very pleased to see you back here, dear friend! Thank you ever so much for swinging by for another heaping helping of the sensational UK vocalist and musician Amy Slattery, this time joined by her talented father.

      Both members of this musical family do an excellent job of channeling the Fab Four, expertly covering songs released at different stages of the band's evolution. You're right. It takes courage to cover the Beatles and upload them on YouTube for the whole world to hear - fans, skeptics and critics alike. Amy is right in the pocket with her renditions of Beatles songs and covers of other artists. Her videos are extremely popular and well received.

      I agree with you, Suzanne. Amy takes the songs made famous by other artists and makes them her own, but doesn't stray too far from the originals. Unlike some young performers, Amy wisely avoids the temptation to modernize the songs of the past by setting them to a heavy dance beat, thereby turning cherished classics into dreadful synth-pop hybrids. I applaud Amy for respecting the original artists and remaining true to their style.

      I'm delighted to know you remember that Led Zeppelin track. Once again, my eyes grew wide the first time I watched that vid and witnessed Amy performing Plant's opus with quiet authority. Know what I like about Amy as much as her talent? Amy doesn't try to be flashy and flamboyant. She doesn't rely on gimmicks because, with her ability, she doesn't have to. She performs calmly and confidently, in a no nonsense manner, and I admire her for it. I can tell you this. Amy is as sweet and humble as she is talented, and that's saying a lot. Amy is very deserving of success.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and wonderful comments, Suzanne. Take care, enjoy your weekend, and please return next Wednesday as I mark another very important date on the Shady Dell calendar. I'll see you then, dear friend!

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  4. Yes, this was fun again! That young lady is amazing whether alone or with Dad. Truly great versions of the Beatles songs. Brought me back to the '60's! I love twist and shout and her version is awesome but I will confess that whenever I hear it I think of the movie "Ferris Buehler's Day Off" and the Chicago parade scene. Loved it! Anyway, I hope all is well down by you and we were lucky today to have very nice temps and sunshine. I'm going to ignore the snow forecast for next week!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you for coming over to experience part 2 of Chris Griffin's salute to the fabulous Amy Slattery.

      I'm delighted to learn that you enjoyed the second batch of songs as much as the first. I find Amy's performances so entertaining that I never get tired of watching and listening to them. I admire Amy's serenity, her confident, composed, laid back style. A big part of her performances is her winning smile which sells the song as much as her singing and playing do. Amy's covers are spot on. They reveal genuine respect for the original artists. As I mentioned in another reply, Amy is like a teenager of the 60s who has time traveled to the present and brought the songs she loves with her. Amy is truly a Baby Boomer's kindred spirit.

      How are things going with your new doggie Zoe? I hope she's feeling more at home at The Pines with every passing hour. I am eager for you to post updates and more pictures of her. More snow in next week's forecast? As I said last month, it's a long March to spring. Looks like it's a long April, too. :)

      I very much appreciate your cheery visit and supportive comments for Amy, dear YaYa. I know Amy is reading the comments because I contacted her and notified her of the series. I can testify that Amy is as sweet and gracious as she is lovely and talented. Stay tuned for more of Amy's performances coming up in future posts.

      Thank you again, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy your Friday and weekend!

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  5. Am not the greatest Beatle fan there is, but do like the 2 covers by Amy very much, friend Shady: "I Feel Fine" and "Eight Days A Week" ... Thank you for sharing ... Okay, and now me goin back to shoveling some more snow after 3 days of promising Spring weather ... goodie ... smiles ... 0h ... and happy Friday the 13th ... smiles ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      How are you, my dear friend at the North Pole? :) Thank you for coming over for a look and a listen as I present another set of Beatles covers by YouTube star Amy Slattery (plus, as a bonus, a Zeppelin song for your listening pleasure).

      I'm pleased to learn that you found a couple of favorites by Amy in part 2, cat. I could listen to Amy's singing and playing eight days a week and never grow weary.
      It warms my heart to realize the extent to which Amy has embraced the same music that I loved as a teenager. Another Beatles song comes to mind, one that describes Amy's music and the positive energy that radiates from her - "Good Day Sunshine."

      cat, I do believe the earth has left its orbit and is hurtling into deep space. How else could you explain more snow coming to your region in mid April? :)

      Happy Friday the 13th to you, too, dear friend cat. Please heed my warning. Keep away from lover's lane tonight and don't go swimming alone in the lake. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend, dear feline friend!

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    2. ... there is absolutely no swimming in da lake at this time unless for ice fishing in da lake ... baby Shady. its cold out there ... Much love, cat.

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    3. Hi again, cat!

      I thought you belong to the famous Polar Bear Club, dear friend! :)

      Okay, I stand corrected. Stay warm by the fire and hang on. Winter can't last forever. :)

      Have a safe and happy weekend, dear kitty friend!

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  6. Hi Shady!

    Wow, Amy sounds better every time! She really rocked the Zeppelin tune. I enjoyed all the song selections - especially "Paperback Writer" :-)
    Happy Friday, my friend!

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      Welcome back for part 2 of Chris's tribute to Amy Slattery, the pride of the UK.

      I'm thrilled to learn that you enjoy Amy's covers of Beatles and Zeppelin. Amy is fortunate to have a father who is veteran musician and fostered Amy's interest in the music of the 60s and 70s. According to Amy's Facebook page, her interests include the following bands in addition to the Beatles and Led Zappelin: The Who, The Hollies, The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Police, Bob Dylan,
      The Strypes, The Zombies, Oasis, AC/DC, Elvis Costello and The Osmonds. As you can see from that list, Amy and her dad are versatile. They perform songs in a variety of styles. I will have more great performances by Amy and her dad coming up in future posts.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend diedre, and have a super weekend!

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  7. Hi Shady (and Amy)!
    Shady, you discovered a true gem here. Amy is truly a gifted accomplished musician. You can see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree with her dad joining in on the "Party".
    All of her songs are done exquisitely on both post! My favorite is Kashmir(mostly because I'm a huge L.Z. fan)!"I'm Down" comes in at my second
    fav!
    Thanks, Shady for finding this talented star for us! I really enjoyed all her many talents!
    Sincerely,
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      How are you, dear friend? I am excited to have you here to sample the vocal and instrumental talents of Amy Slattery and her father.

      I agree wholeheartedly, dear friend. Amy is a gem, and a very polished one at that, and her dad also wowed me with his Beatlesque singing and playing. Both artists will be back in future posts.

      You picked two of my favorite numbers as your faves, Toni. In fact. the songs I selected for this series are merely the tip of the iceberg. Amy's channel is filled with great covers. My eyes roll back in my head when I listen to Amy's faithful renditions. It gave me great pleasure to introduce her in this two-parter.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and excellent comments, dear friend Toni. Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Chris is right, she does slay. Scrolling down, Amy's renditions just keep getting better and better. I only have one quibble. If she's going to play guitar on a Led Zeppelin song, she really needs a cigarette dangling from her mouth;)

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for returning for the part 2 conclusion of Chris G's series on Amy Slattery.

      Ha! I'm not sure Amy would be willing to go that far in her quest for realism, good buddy. :) Maybe she will speak to that if she leaves a comment. I contacted her and informed her about the posts.

      I played drums, Kirk, and you just reminded me of the garage band I joined as a teenager. I'm afraid we were more style than substance. At our first live gig, we attempted to wow the crowd by imitating the stage antics of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Unfortunately we failed to think it all the way through and wound up destroying our instruments BEFORE the performance.

      (BA-DUM-BUMP)

      I'm thrilled to know you agree that Amy slays, rules, crushes and kills with her superior covers. Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Kirk, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  9. Wow what a talent. Where does all this fabulous come from ?
    Paperback Writer another one of my favorites !

    Where do you find all this talent ? You are Amazing !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      How are you, my friends in the Arizona desert? Thanks a lot for swinging by to feast your eyes and ears on a second sensational set of Amy Slattery performances - classics in their own right!

      As I recall, I discovered Amy last fall whilst conducting a YouTube search for original studio recordings by The Beatles. (There are only a few currently available due to copyright claims.) I first stumbled upon Stevie Riks, the UK based Beatles impressionist musician whom I introduced soon after in a two-parter hosted by Chris Griffin's sister Meg. Here are links to Meg's posts featuring Stevie:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2017/11/meg-manifests-major-mop-top-mania.html

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2017/12/i-want-beatles-for-christmas-and-santa.html

      Stevie led me to Amy and the rest is blogging history. I'm pleased to know that you love her singing and musicianship. Amy and her dad will be back here on SDMM in the future, so stay tuned!

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Gayle. Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead!

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  10. I'm glad you brought Amy Slattery back for another round! What a voice and what a presentation of those songs. Fresh, but in keeping with the Beatles style. Thanks, Shady.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you for returning for another heaping helping of Amy Slattery with her musical dad as an added bonus.

      You got it right, Cheryl. Amy breathes fresh new life into these classics whilst remaining true to the original songs and artists. I cringe whenever I hear club or house remixes of songs such as these - misguided attempts to make them palatable to younger generations. Amy preserves and protects the integrity of the songs - no nonsense - no gimmicks. I admire her greatly for it.

      Thanks again for joining the party again this week, dear friend Cheryl-Lee!

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  11. This young girl is a true talent and gifted in being able to play so many different instruments. I also love that she is young and loves this older music. Too many times today, the people sound like the same so this is nice to see plus her dad is encouraging by playing with her. I a, trying to catch up on my posts! I was away last weekend and have been trying to catch up. I always look forward to your posts here and on mine. Have a fab day...we have had snow, freezing rain, rain..you name it.

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Welcome back to SDMM, dear friend! I am thankful you didn't miss Chris Griffin's two part series featuring the talented UK singer and musician Amy Slattery.

      Thanks for mentioning something I haven't emphasized enough. Amy is not only a gifted guitarist, she plays drums and other instruments - an amazing young person who, unlike many of her peers, shares our passion for the music of the Baby Boom era.

      What??? You have snow and freezing rain up there? That's hard to believe. Perhaps I should't be surprised. Down here in Florida it is delightfully cool and windy today.

      Thanks again for stopping by, dear friend BB. I'll be over to visit you soon. Have a wonderful week!

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  12. What a wild and crazy site. Love it. So much to see. So much to read. Thank for commenting on my Guest Post (Alex's site).
    Cheers,

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    1. Hi, Lynn!

      Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories, my new friend!

      Thank you for the compliment about the blog. It's lots of fun and I enjoy entertaining friends.

      Regarding Alex's post, you are very welcome, Lynn. I can certainly relate to the fun and challenges of location shoots. I wish you all the best in your writing career aboard the La Vita.

      You are cordially invited to join me every week here at SDMM, your home away from home.

      Thanks again, Lynn!

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