8pm – Harmonium. Jackpot £60. Cheat answer – One of the picture round answers is Italy
9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £60 Cheat answer – the picture round contains an answer ‘Open Water‘. It’s that film where they go diving and then get left behind by the boat.
The Del Shannon song is a belter. A real pop classic from the early days. I like the bit where the girls dance round him during the middle eight looking for all the world like pagans who are about to sacrifices Del.
Obviously there were no human sacrifices in the studio that day but things still didn’t end well for Del. Suffering from depression, Shannon shot himself dead with a rifle in 1990. He was 55 years old.
This was number one in 1961. I love the sound of it, so dramatic. That’s the Joe Meek sound. Joe Meek was the producer and you can see him in the video, winding bits of tape and what not. No apps in them days.
Joe Meek recorded hundreds of artists and produced loads of pop bangers, arguably becoming the first producer-as-a-star. He didn’t play an instrument himself but he was the pioneer of the field where you don’t have to ‘know’ music to make music.
Meek was clearly a genius but was a bit unhinged. A wee read of his Wikipedia page will take you through the madness, repressed sexuality, paranoia, court cases and anger issues which led him to the 3rd February 1967 when took a shotgun, killed his landlady and then himself.