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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, November 24, 2014

Breaking News: Grant Takes Richmond! (and every other city in America with her smashing Brit Beat recordings!)

Unfortunately, that headline is pure fiction because
Julie Grant (Vivien Foreman), a gifted English thrush
who released a plethora of fine recordings, never made
the U.S. chart. Not one her records even Bubbled Under.
It gets worse. Julie didn't become the star she deserved
to be in her own country because her record company
dropped the ball and failed to adequately promote her.
I'm here to correct that injustice by introducing
a few of Julie Grant's greatest grooves.

Julie Grant began her recording career in 1962
just prior to the start of the Brit beat explosion.
Two years earlier Julie had defeated another
singer, Helen Shapiro, in a talent contest,
a bitter irony because Helen went on to
become a major star in the UK while
Julie settled for only a few minor hits.

In the spring of 1963, amid newspaper headlines
of her friendship with the Beatles and a rumored
romance with George Harrison, Julie reached the
UK top 30 with the bouncy single "Count On Me."

"Count On Me" 
(March 1963, top 30 UK)

An exquisite piece titled "Then, Only Then"
went to waste on the B side of "Count On Me."

At the time Julie was robbed of another top 30 hit
but, over the years, this beautiful flip side
recording became a fan favorite.

"Then, Only Then"
(Mar. 1963, B side of "Count On Me")

A year later, backed by the UK's sensational
session singers, The Breakaways, Julie released
a brilliant cover of "Every Day I Have To Cry."

The song, written by American country soul man
Arthur Alexander, was a minor hit in the U.S. for
teen idol Steve Alaimo in 1963. Julie Grant's
"Every Day I Have To Cry" flopped in
England and in the U.S. but was a hit
in Israel. Shady says Julie's is
the definitive version!

"Every Day I Have To Cry"
(March 1964)

The flip side of "Every Day I Have To Cry"
is just as exciting if not more so.

It's a version of "Watch What You Do With My Baby,"
a song also recorded and released that year by
Brit popper Cliff Richard and the Shadows and
U.S. artists Cindy Malone and Peggy March.
This is one killer bee!

"Watch What You Do With My Baby" 
(March 1964)

Julie Grant returned to the UK chart
in the late summer and fall of 1964.

Julie brushed the top 30 with "Come To Me,"
a record she later named her personal favorite.

"Come To Me" (August 1964,
highest chart position #31 UK)

In the early weeks of 1965, Julie released
"Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)" a cover of
a recording originally released in the U.S.
by a girl group called the Cinderellas.

With backing once again provided by the Breakaways,
Julie recorded a smashing version of the song, one
that deserved to be a hit. By that time, however,
Pye Records was losing interest in Julie, didn't
promote the single and it failed to chart. A hit
waiting to happen is a terrible thing to waste!

"Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)" 
(January 1965)

In the spring of 1964 the dramatic ballad
"Giving Up" was a top 40 hit for the U.S.
R&B/soul group Gladys Knight & the Pips.

Image courtesy earlybird @

One year later Julie Grant waxed a cover that
some consider the better version of "Giving Up."
Once again Pye took its eyes off the prize and
allowed Julie's latest single to die on the vine
without sufficient promotion. Unfair!

"Giving Up" (March 1965)

Julie Grant's story reminds me of
the American artist Evie Sands.

Both women were soulful and loaded with talent.
Both made excellent recordings and should have
become major stars. Both fell victim to record
company politics and incompetence. Thank
goodness both of these wonderful ladies of
song are now getting the recognition they
so richly deserve.

Have a Shady day!


  1. Another history lesson, lol? Last week it was the Cold War and this week it's the Civil War. As usual I never heard of your featured artist Julie Grant but I loved every one of these songs. I must admit that I don't even know some of the original artists that she covered like Steve Alaimo and the Cinderellas, only Gladys Knight & the Pips, Am I imagining this or does the music you've been posting by British singers have a distinctively different sound? Whatever it is it holds up well over the years.

    Great job again, Mr. Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Kathryn! Happy Monday to you and thanks for dropping by. Yessum, I am well aware that you are a Civil War Buff. I decided to rewrite history a bit in order to bring you the wonderful recorded performances of English songbird Miss Julie Grant.

      Don't you remember Steve Alaimo, one of the regulars on Dick Clark's TV series Where The Action Is? I remember watching Steve sing his hit "Every Day I Have To Cry." In case you're wondering about the name Peggy March, one of the American singers who recorded "Watch What You Do With My Baby," it is the same artist aka "Little Peggy March" who had the big girl pop hit "I Will Follow Him."

      I am as excited by the 60s Brit Beat sound as I am about Spector's Wall-of-Sound, The studio recordings made in London during that period boasted glorious horns that gave them a rich sound not present on most American records. Plus, those famous female session singers, The Breakaways, were often present to augment the main artist's vocals.

      Thank you again, dear Kathryn. I hope to see you next time!

  2. Good morning, Shadyman!

    Most all of the British invasion I've heard of tickle my fancy, but I knew zip about Julie Grant until your excellent run through of her hits. I agree that she has a soulful voice - I wouldn't identified her as a Brit (but it is pretty hard to tell they're Brits when they sing).

    I have a Shady question: how is it that so many relative unknowns are totally known to Shady??

    Most of the unknowns I love are due to a regular gift of 45s that were rotated out of juke boxes by a friend of my Dad. Best gift ever and he was happy to get rid of them. My first Beatle 45 came from the same guy!

    I'm expecting to see Julie London here - she was my favorite unknown Julie singer.

    Have a lovely day! Thanks for a great post.

    1. Hello again, dear Cherdo, and thanks for coming! Good point! The British accent seems to disappear when many of these UK artists sing. Maybe it's because they listened to and covered recordings made by American artists and wished to imitate the sound. As I told Mrs. Shady, the big difference is in those glorious Tony Hatch arrangements and the different type of orchestra and acoustics there in the London studios.

      You asked:

      << how is it that so many relative unknowns are totally known to Shady?? >>

      All it takes is research, dear friend, and you or anyone else would know as much about them as I do. As I have been reminding readers for years, I never heard of most of these artists or these obscure recordings until I came across them recently on YouTube, Amazon, Allmusic and other sources. This marvelous Julie Grant compilation cost me a pretty penny but is now in my CD collection. You wouldn't believe the prices these rare Brit girl CDs command - $40, $50, $80, $100, $150 and more!

      As I think I told you, I got some of my earliest 45s from a jukebox jobber. The very first 45s I bought at a store were "From Me To You" b/w "Please Please Me" by the Beatles, ""Do You Love Me" by the Dave Clark Five" and "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys. I bought them all the same day at a store called E.J. Korvette. Did you have them in Ohio?

      I haven't posted anything by Julie London yet, but I remember her single "Cry Me a River" being in my parents 45 collection.

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and excellent comment, dear friend Cherdo. Get some rest (and sleep) and I'll be chatting with you again soon!

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    3. My comment disappeared, and when I first wrote that my comment disappeared, the comment was from one of my other personalities (No, Sibyl can't come out to play today).

    4. Let's try this again. I'm interested in Cherdo's comment about the disappearing British accent. I could never understand a word said by the two British brothers in Oasis (I think they split up; one of them threw a tambourine at the other during a concert; the throwee couldn't go on with his jangling nerves), but I understood them perfectly when they sang. A side note: One year Favorite Young Man traveled to our home in Illinois for Thanksgiving. In the Chicago airport he saw Oasis buying pretzels. Perhaps the tambourine incident hadn't yet occurred.

    5. Howdy, stranger! Welcome to Lonesome Gulch. We don't get many visitors in these parts. :)

      Hmmm...who's that Jane Goltz woman... your evil twin? Is it sheer coincidence that you were trying to continue Cherdo's thread when your comment disappeared? I think not! The graffiti is on the wall, Janie. Obviously, Cherdo has found a way to remove your comments on MY blog as well as on hers. You'd better hustle over to Peaked in Junior High and see if your comment is still there. Cherdo seems hell bent on muzzling you here, there and everywhere!

      I am not familiar with Oasis and therefore everything you told me about them went right over my head. However, I am grateful for your multiple comments because they help to falsely inflate the total and make my blog appear to be a bustling metropolis rather than a ghost town.

      It always amazed me how my two favorite Aussie movie actresses, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, could shed their accents to play American women. They sound totally natural. I don't think it's as easy for American actors to adopt a British or Australian accent, do you? (I asked a question hoping that you would feel obligated to post yet another comment, thereby once again helping to run up my total. Hey, I'll take 'em any way I can get 'em!)

      Thank you very much for visiting, dear Janie Junebug. Don't do anything I wouldn't do and have a wonderful week ahead!

    6. Cherdo is definitely out to get me. I think quite a few Americans can speak with a flawless English accent. I don't know about Australian. I can't speak with a northern English accent, but I can use The Queen's English well enough. It helps that The Hurricane went to school in England. When she first visited England, she called me and suddenly she was British. The Hurricane's first British boyfriend was an exchange student at her prep school. He helped her practice her valedictory, and he amused her by reading it aloud as Margaret Thatcher, The Queen, and an Amurrican.

    7. That's so cool, The Hurricane attending school in England and the British accents to which she was constantly exposed rubbing off on her. An education abroad is a wonderful opportunity and I'm glad your daughter took advantage of it. Thanks for sharing that, dear Janie!

    8. I'm glad she paid for it herself because I don't have that much money. When she told me she was going to Cambridge, I said, Don't do it. You'll be in debt the rest of your life.

      Then I thought about it and said, Go! Take advantage of this while you can.

    9. I'm glad you didn't talk her out of going because it turned out to be a life enriching experience. I know you are very proud of her, Janie. You have much for which to be thankful this year, including our friendship, yours and mine. Just think, we didn't even know each other last year at this time!

  3. oh how wonderful of you to take it upon yourself and keep the unheard tunes of wonderful people like this alive. it never fails to amaze me how, even today, the general public or record companies pick and choose who is to be famous. although i love and respect all musicians, sometimes certain people strike me as more deserving or fame and notoriety than others. do you know what i mean?
    but i think that the last paragraph that you wrote of this post sums this whole think up PERFECTLY.
    I do wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, Shady. Daisy and i will be headed down to family gatherings near Wichita and eating and having a grand old time. i hope you have a great one :D
    -Abigail and Daisy

    1. Hi, dear Abigail! It's very kind of you to swing by SDMM before starting your Thanksgiving travels and celebrations. Over and over again you have proven yourself to be a wonderful friend.

      How true it is! Fame and fortune often belong to those less worthy than others we could name, and this blog has become a showcase for solo singers, groups and bands that never made it but should have. The same is true of TV series that get the ax and movies that fail at the box office while others of lower quality enjoy massive success. It is the classic clash of artist vs. businessman and, sadly, the businessman almost always wins.

      Julie Grant made great recordings, yet she is relatively unknown not only stateside but also in her native England. Why? Because her record company didn't have enough faith to promote her. They made a business decision and sank their resources into artists that had already achieved hits. It's like trying to get your first job and nobody will hire you unless you have experience.

      Thank you again, dear sweet friend, for being so great. I wish you and fur ball Daisy and your whole family a safe and happy Thanksgiving. God bless, Abigail!

  4. I'm sorry to get off topic, but I really like the car at the top. Is it a Ford Galaxie? :-)

    1. Hi Susie! Your comments are classic, dear friend! :) That picture was shot in black and white to give the impression that it was snapped in the 60s. However it was actually taken in 2008 specifically for use here on SDMM by Toni Deroche who owned the Dell at the time. I can't be sure of the make and model of car but I'm glad it caught your eye nevertheless.

      Thank you very much for your visit, dear friend Susie. I hope you played a few tunes while you were examining that vintage auto and I hope you will visit again soon.

      Take care!

    2. My parents bought a Ford Galaxie (ie, not y? I don't remember that spelling) when I was eight years old. They probably still had it when they died about twenty-five years later.

    3. Two more comments, dear Janie? You're on fire, gurl! Thank you for continuing this off topic thread started by Susie. Would you next like to discuss the mating habits of the pygmy hippopotamus?

    4. Okay. You start. I love off-topic comments.

    5. I got a topic for ya. Which football team is worse, the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? :)

    6. Favorite Young Man is convinced the Jaguars are the worst in the world.

    7. That's still debatable. Has he ever watched the Bucs?

    8. Probably not. He doesn't watch much football. He prefers documentaries and books. The apple didn't fall far from the tree--he lives two minutes away.

    9. Me, too! (I, too?)...Uh...same here! Ever since Mrs. Shady started administering a painful electric shock every time she caught me watching sports, I have lost interest and don't watch them anymore. Like you and Favorite Young Man, I love to watch documentaries.

      Thanks for reporting in, dearie. I'm publishing a new post tomorrow morning and hope you enjoy it.

  5. Julie Grant should have been an international superstar. I love her voice. It's sad when record companies give up on a great artist. Thanks for the introduction, Sir Shady.


    1. Awww...that's a great comment, dear Janie. Thank you! I'm very happy to know that you appreciate Julie Grant's singing as much as I... or even as much as ME. I'm always happy to introduce deserving yet little known recording artists.

      Stay tuned for my next post in which I will proudly present the very best of Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes!

    2. I don't appreciate Julie Grant's singing as much as yours ("me") because I've never heard you sing. I look forward to the Sex-O-Lettes. I'm sure you appreciate them as much as I do.

    3. Speaking of singing, I can't wait to hear "Janie Junebug's Greatest Hits," the songs that Cherdo lifted from her answering machine. Cherdo told me she is creating a special Christmas post to showcase your talents. In the meantime, if you're still taking requests, please sing "Melancholy Baby." Thank you, ma'am!

    4. I threw out the baby with the bathwater. There will be no such Christmas post.

    5. The first sentence of your comment would make a great song title. You should get with Burt Bacharach and start churning out hits!

  6. Julie Grant has a deep, soulful voice. After listening to all the songs I have to agree with Ms. Grant...I enjoyed "Come To Me" the best. There's just something more in the way she sings that one. You can tell she loves it. Thanks for introducing her to us and I hope you and Mrs. Shady have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eddy was here yesterday watching Jack cut up bread for the stuffing...begging all the way..Eddy, not Jack! Take care!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for coming over and listening to English songbird Julie Grant. Yessum, Julie herself selected "Come To Me" as her favorite. I'm a beat fanatic and love her peppier numbers as well. I'm so glad you liked what you heard here!

      I'm happy to learn that Eddy visited The Pines again. I'll bet he was licking his chops as you and Jack started preparing food for the Thanksgiving feast. I hope you'll save some turkey and stuffing for my buddy (Eddy, not Jack :)

      Thank you again for being here this evening, dear friend YaYa. Stay warm and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. I remember Every Day I Have To Cry Some by Steve Aliamo. I didn't know who sang it, but I went on youtube and that was the song I heard on the radio! Cool! A song I had totally forgotten. And I had to go hear Gladys sing Giving Up because I don't think I ever heard that one. (I have to say that Gladys sang the living hell out of it.)

    Julie Grant has an interesting, clear voice with quite a vocal range but she didn't sing songs that had melodies people could easily sing along with because her voice was such an instrument that kind of leapt about with ease. I don't know if you know what I mean. Back then people were used to songs they could sing along with on the radio and her vocal manner was hard to follow at times for an average teeny bopper of the day. Especially in her favorite one--Come To Me. Hard to sing along with her, you know. I tried. Complex melody. But fascinating to listen to. :)

    1. Hi, dear Rita! It's so nice to see you again and thank you for coming over, my friend. I'm glad you remember Steve Alaimo and his 1963 U.S. hit "Every Day I Have To Cry." If you watched Dick Clark's music series Where The Action Is you remember Steve as one of the regulars along with Paul Revere & the Raiders, Linda Scott, Keith Allison and the dance troupe The Action Kids. I'm also glad you checked out Gladys Knight's soulful ballad "Giving Up." I agree that it's a classic.

      Here's the thing about these British recordings I've been bringing you this year. They are an acquired taste. They have different arrangements, different orchestration and different song structures. I was tuned in to the Beatles and the other principal British Invasion bands, but never knew about most of these other Brit Pop and Brit Beat artists and recordings until very recently. Now that I have discovered them they represent my favorite genre, at least for now. Thank you for giving them a try.

      Thank you again for your visit and this excellent comment, dear friend Rita. I wish you and your kitty cat Karma a very happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Hi Shady. Julie has an excellent and strong voice. I enjoyed every song. My favorite was,'Baby, Baby.'

    I also remembered, "Every Day i Have to Cry," and wondered which version I would like better. Julie's was better for me because she has a better voice and sings with a lot of feeling.

    I know a lot of people with great talent don't make it too far. I once heard Barbra Streisand's sister sing. She sounded just like Barbra, but I guess they didn't want two women with the same voice making it. I don't know.

    When I went to youtube to listen to Steve Alaimo sing, I noticed they have the Beatles singing, "World Without Love." I'm going back to have a listen. Thanks, Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Happy Thanksgiving! (I know that you Canadians already celebrated the harvest holiday last month.) I am very thankful to see you and thrilled to learn that you appreciated the strong, clear voice of England's Julie Grant, a recording artist who deserved much more success than she achieved. The nice part about Julie's story is that history has been kind, Today Julie has many fans around the world, people like me who are into British Beat, Northern Soul and girl groups and know a good thing thing when they hear it. I think some of Julie's covers are better than the original American versions, As I told Rita the trick is to get your brain tuned in to the different sounds and sensibilities of British recordings.

      I went over to YouTube and listened to "A World Without Love" If you read the comments you see there's a firestorm of controversy over who is doing the singing on the various posted videos. Most seem to agree it is not the Beatles. A few people said one of the versions is a 1970s Beatles tribute band. The singing on the posted demo is believed to be unknown session singers and not Paul. As you know the song was written by Paul, given to friends Peter & Gordon (the act you were lucky enough to see in concert) and they recorded it and achieved a hit. I happen to like the American cover version by Bobby Rydell best of all.

      Thank you ever so much for dropping by and for your wonderful comment, dear friend Belle. Today when I celebrate Thanksgiving I will give thanks for your ongoing true blue friendship. God bless!

  9. Gobbledee Gook Shady! I took a break and decided to come by for some upbeat music news! And, what to my surprise! Well, I have to say I have not heard of Julie Grant, but it looks like she really stayed busy, for not receiving much glory-had you only been a record critic in her day! There were almost as many British singers as American, out there struggling to be heard. And, so many graced the paths of the Beatles!

    Well, I really like Julie's styles, meaning, I feel her voice taking on a new personality with each song. It's as though she dives into the story and becomes the true owner. 'Watch What You Do With My Baby' is probably my favorite song of hers-the voice is so familiar, but I can't place who it is she sounds like there. And, the video that accompanies this one is very good. I know the song, 'Every Day I have To Cry', and you are correct, my friend-Julie's version is TOPS!
    And, 'Giving Up', is also very good. Again, this song brings out some other personality in Julie. I like the upbeat energy and instrumentals presented.

    So, my friend, we've had cool, yet sunny, days lately. A fine 'how do you do' for a pleasant Thanksgiving Day! Hope yours has been great. I'm glad I was able to come by and inspect your newest performer, and I agree, it is unfair. What were they thinking? Too many irons in the fire?

    A great post Dear Shady, have a safe and wonderful weekend. See you soon! ♫

    1. Hello, dear Suzanne! I am overjoyed to see you, my special friend. Things seem better when you add a little music to your day and I'm so glad you came over and spent some time listening to my jukebox. It pleases me to know that your ears tuned in to Julie Grant the way mine did. You're right. There were many excellent artists who joined the 60s Brit Beat movement in hopes of becoming stars but relatively few succeeded. Julie Grant defeated Helen Shapiro in a singing contest and yet Helen was the one who became a household name in Britain while Julie struggled every step of the way. What a great doublesider Julie gave us with "Every Day I Have To Cry" backed with "Watch What You Do." Both are sensational but I give a slight edge to the fab flip and I'm pleased to know that you agree. If the song sounds familiar you might have heard the version released in America by Little Peggy March, the pop princess who had a huge hit with "I Will Follow Him."

      It was a sunny, breezy and cool day in my neighborhood and a dozen family members were here to celebrate turkey day. I hope you found reason to be thankful this day and I pray for better times ahead for you and my buddy Karo. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Thank you again for setting aside time to relax and unwind with some tunes here at SDMM. God bless you, dear Suzanne!

  10. Hey Shady Del,

    Sorry for the delay in visiting your blog, it's very busy as we approach Christmas and the end of year as we're all trying to fit everything in before Christmas Day. However I have now had a moment to breathe and am here reading your wonderful post. I do like the track which was popular in Israel but no where else - getting off track a moment, I'm posting a song by the UK band OASIS called Wonderwall, so let me know your thoughts on it Shady. I trust the snow has cleared and/or been blown away over there as we officially head into our summer on Mon 1 Dec. See you - Allie-Millie

    1. Good morning, good evening and hello, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to pop in. I'm happy to know you enjoyed Julie Grant and, in particular, her cover of "Every Day I Have To Cry."

      I went to YouTube and watched the official video for "Wonderwall" by the UK Indie Rock band Oasis. The Beatles influences are obvious and when I defocused my eyes I could imagine Lennon sitting in that chair singing the song. I then got into reading about the music industry's loudness wars, having noted that the Oasis album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? from which "Wonderwall" was released as a single, is listed as an example of a "loud" album. As an avid CD collector I have noticed the vast difference in loudness between CD's produced in the late 80s and early 90s and those released in the new millennium. I am familiar with the process of compression and sound saturation from my years of editing TV commercials. I routinely "smashed" the sound signal against an audio limiter in order to make spots pop. I am not in favor of the practice in music because it distorts the music and reduces dynamic range. I am happy to know that sheer loudness is no longer the goal for most artists and engineers.

      There's been no snow here in Florida, just refreshingly cooler weather as of late, I hope you enjoy a delightful summer down under.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Allie-Millie!,

    2. Ok, Shady, it will be back to normal in another week so I won't be as flat out:) out of interest did you like the song Wonderwall, the vocals and tune or was it abit ho hum for you

    3. Hi, Allie-Millie! To be frank, I am not a big fan of 90s Indie Rock and therefore, I cannot see myself buying or listening to this type of material. That said, the Brit Beat Pop I now listen to every day and post about on the blog was also an acquired taste, and therefore I cannot say with certainty that I will never be an Oasis fan. What is your impression of "Wonderwall"?

  11. Hi Shady,

    I find the song very powerful and I think it could be very healing if you've had your heart heart. I like the acoustics and I wonder if we all ought to have a wonderwall in our lives :)

    1. Thanks for giving me your interpretation of the song, Allie-Millie. I shall watch the video again and try to use your set of filters and experience it in a different way. Good night, dear friend!

  12. I love these vintage photos and classic songs. Nice collection. :)

  13. Hi, SuperLux! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I'm delighted to know you enjoyed these tunes by English songstress Julie Grant along with the vintage pictures I managed to find.

    Thank you very much for your visit and comment, SuperLux. I hope to see you back here again soon!

  14. It's such a shame that she never got the recognition that she deserved. I enjoyed listening to her songs, thank you for introducing me to her Shady!

    1. Hi, Sarah! I'm very pleased to see you, dear friend! I totally agree. If husky voiced Helen Shapiro could become a major UK singing star, then why didn't Julie Grant, whose bold interpretations of American hits matched and sometimes eclipsed the originals? I'm delighted to know that you appreciate her work. Thank you so much for coming by, dear friend Sarah, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  15. Hi Shady, I did read the comments and agree it wasn't the Beatles. I've always loved that song and I also loved Peter and Gordon. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you very much, dear Belle! I'm very happy to see you again. Don't you wish the people who leave comments on YouTube would be a little more respectful? I use the site every day and find many hateful comments. If someone wishes to point out a mistake made by the uploader of a video they should be more tactful, don't you agree?

      Yessum, I remember you telling me what a joy it was the time you went to see Peter and Gordon.

      Thanks again, dear Belle. Please take good care of yourself and I hope to see you soon!

  16. Kathleen Mae SchneiderDecember 1, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Sorry for the late arrival. I just wanted to comment ever so briefly about Julie Grant's authentic vocalizations and extensive range - I enjoyed all the songs on this post!

    Is it just my imagination, or do "Come to Me" and "Giving Up" have haunting tonalities similar to European Goth metal songs delivered by those incredible female artists like Marcela Bovio and Sabine Dunser on a previous post? The minor key and dreamy atmospheric effects in those two songs sure remind me of those gals you introduced me to months ago. I'll never forget them!

    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! Welcome back to SDMM! It is one of the biggest and most rewarding surprises of my blogging career to know that my Halloween post dedicated to the female fronted gothic symphonic European heavy metal bands had a positive impact on someone like you. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. Your background in classical music is not too far removed from the orchestral grandeur of those compositions. Perhaps it also explains why you and I enjoy the majestic, atmospheric, minor key recordings of Julie Grant. Remember the 60s band the Left Banke and their hits "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina"? I loved their baroque sound for the same reason.

      Wow, thank you very much for this interesting comment, dear friend Kathleen. It's food for thought and I love to explore threads like this one, Please say hello to Mother for me and enjoy the rest of your week!


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