Lifting The Veil (Part Deux)

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Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#1 May 21, 2012
I feel kind of silly now. Thouht Christine Chartrand's "Je Ne Sais Plus" was a Lesley Gore song (see original thread Lifting the Veil), but on second thought it must be "Goin Out of My Head". I don't understand French, so it remains a mystery. But here's an excellent version:

Cilla Black - Goin' Out Of My Head (1969)_9/9

video by nyrainbow4
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#2 May 21, 2012
That's awesome--just viewed Cilla Black - Goin' Out Of My Head (1969)_9/9 again--bet she has more good videos.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#3 May 21, 2012
Took forever to figure that out. Helped to find a clue in the sidebar of Christine Chartrand's Je ne Sais Plus video. But there is somethign to be said about not knowing the words...ahve always loved the songs melody, but having learned the words hearing it in English it grows tiresome. But can listen to the Christine Chartrand version over and over again. Not to knock the Cilla Black cover--it really is enjoyable--especially the b/w--love those black and white video performances.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#4 May 21, 2012
Tragic....Cilla Black's Wiki page ends by explaining:

Black is a supporter of the British Conservative Party. During 1992 she made prominent calls for the party's re-election.[22] She was very supportive of Margaret Thatcher and said on Radio 1 in 1993 that Margaret Thatcher made Britain great again.

Talk about ruining the ambiance!
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#5 May 21, 2012
This cover is good too; have always enjoyed viewing Petula Clark's videos:

Petula Clark - Going Out Of My Head [HD video / Very Good picture quality]

video by 60popvideos

----

Cilla Black's Wiki page referred to her doing a song called "Alfie", explaining it went to a film by the same name starring Michael Caine. Read Alfie Wiki page--it looks like an interetsing film. Enjoyed Caine in 'X,Y and Zee' w/Elizabeth Taylor and Susannah York, and in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' w/Steve Martin; a very funny film.

Also, Cilla Black was the original 'If Anyone Had a Heart'--love the French version of that by Petula Clark--she has numerous good videos of it on YouTube.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#6 May 21, 2012
Ooops..."Anyone Who Had A Heart" (not 'If Anyone Had a Heart').
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#7 May 21, 2012
Have to admit, this is quite excellent though...it's just that it appears as a dichotomy having learned of Cilla Black being a Thatcher supporter:

CILLA BLACK-ALFIE.-MUSIC BY-((BURT BACHARACH --Hal David ))((orig recording 65))

video by MrAlbundy87
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#8 May 21, 2012
Easiest to get that by simply searching "Cilla Black Alfie" on YouTube--it's the first video.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#9 May 21, 2012
Absolutely love this one; a classic; found it about three years ago--an all-time fave for sure:

Petula Clark - Anyone Who Had A Heart (French version 1964)_HQ

video by nyrainbow4
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#10 May 21, 2012
This is under the video (sentimental song directed to self-centered Alfie in the film):

CILLA BLACK-ALFIE.
CONDUCTED BY BURT BACHARACH
MUSIC BY BURT BACHARACH--- lyrics written by Hal David --((orginal recording))

recorded at abbey studios 65

What's it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, Alfie,
then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie,
what will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie,
I know there's something much more,
something even non-believers can believe in.
I believe in love, Alfie.
Without true love we just exist, Alfie.
Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie.
When you walk let your heart lead the way
and you'll find love any day, Alfie, Alfie.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#11 May 21, 2012
WOW!!! Fantastic performance; 1964 (it's the b/w version where she is singing onstage; too bad a woman lights up a cigarette at the end--terribly distracting):

CILLA BLACK ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART

video by sukes58
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#12 May 21, 2012
Absolutely love that CILLA BLACK ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART performance! So very tragic to read on her Wiki page that Cilla Black was a Maggie thatcher supporter. Dreadful.

The comments under the video are fun to read--Brits are funny in how they say things. But as good as it was, I don't think the orchestra was "flawless"--there seems to be a mistake right at the start around 0:07.

This is a classic though! How much fun to find it! Love the song; both Cilla Black and Petula Clark (French) versions.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#13 May 21, 2012
Here's one of the comments I was thinking of--so typical of the English--funny:

"This just makes me cry, she is soooo amazing. As a seven year old or so, i was going on a massive trip to London to see her at the London paladium with my family, a long trip south, but was so overcome with excitement that on the day , i was sick! she will always be our Cilla, and our Bobby (God rest his soul)."
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#14 May 21, 2012
This is excellent too! Unfortunately, it's not the entire performance:

Dionne Warwick - Anyone Who Had A Heart, Live 1964

video by MikeyG0901

--all three singers had superb covers--all in 1964--just happens to be the year I was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#15 May 21, 2012
Okay...I had a first impression the song was Cilla Black's...but it's explained on her Wiki page that Burt Bacharach wrote the song for Dionne Warwick. There is even mention of Bacharach saying there weren't any white singers that could convey the emotion he felt (until Cilla Black). Very interesting. Still, I think this quote explains why I tend to like, at least at this moment, the Cilla Black version best:

In his 1969 study of popular music history Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, the rock music journalist Nik Cohn wrote prophetically:

“ It’s true — the British don’t like their girl singers to be too good, they think it smacks of emancipation, and Cilla at least seemed safe. Obviously, she was quite a nice girl. Also, she was respectable and reliable, very clean and quite unsexy, and she played daughter or maybe kid sister, steady date or fiancée, but she played nobody’s mistress at all. She wasn’t like that. Everyone patronised her like hell, waiting for her to fall, but then she didn’t fall after all, she floated instead and she’s still up there now. She won’t ever come down either — she doesn't sing much, she still comes on like a schoolgirl but she’s liked like that and she can’t go wrong. Genuinely, she’s warm and she makes people glow. In her time, she will grow into a pop Gracie Fields, much loved entertainer, and she’ll become institutionalised."
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#16 May 21, 2012
That said, I agree with this comment too (under her Going Out of My head video):

"I know! she's actually really cute! She was called 'unsexy' by a friend but I think it's quite untrue, she has a great figure and charm."

Cilla Black - Goin' Out Of My Head (1969)_9/9

video by nyrainbow4
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#17 May 22, 2012
That Petula Clark video--Petula Clark - A Tous Ceux Qui Ont Un Coeur (Anyone Who Had A Heart)(1964)--w/the framing, then her on the balcony, then the horse, then when she throws her arms up (funny)--it's such a classic video. Best of. Right there with Gigliola Cinquetti 'Non Ho L'Eta'; Carmen Villani 'Lo Per Amore'; and Rosanna Fratello 'Un Rapido Per Roma'. Odd to have found these sensational videos over three years ago--they remain the best of. Not to dismiss Cilla Black's Anyone Who Had A Heart--that's right there with them too....Love the orchestra too.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#18 May 22, 2012
Crazy...the video has been up over a year now and there's only about 1,200 views. It's the best performance--classic--of Rosanna Fratello's Un Rapido Per Roma (begins near the 10:00 minute mark--it's the last of three songs/singers):

Canzonissima 1971/72 - 13/28.avi

video by SAMA45100
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#19 May 22, 2012
Always enjoyed this one; obscure:

ROBERTA MAZZONI - IO DI NOTTE (1966) CANTAGIRO - live

video by mitoplus1976

--The San Remo performances by Petula Clark and Betty Curtis of "Invece No" are also quite remarkable. Learned of these several years ago, really love them.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#20 May 22, 2012
Awesome!! They now include the intro. and Roberta Mazzoni running up to the microphone:

Roberta Mazzoni - Io di notte (Cantagiro '66).avi

video by SAMA45100

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