Saturday, January 26, 2013

Misery Loves Company

January 23, 1962

Lennon and McCartney are branching out.  They sit down together and knock out a song specifically for another artist to perform.  Her name: Helen Shapiro.  (They're thinking of her because they are scheduled to tour the UK with her starting in a couple of weeks.)  The song: Misery.  Shapiro didn't seize the opportunity to be the first artist to record a Lennon and McCartney original (other than the Beatles), but  someone else did.  His name is Kenny Lynch, a black British soul singer.  He shared management with Shapiro and it was decided it was better suited to his style.  He will record it later this year and has a modest hit on the British charts.

Much later, Kenny Lynch will appear on the album cover for Paul McCartney's "Band on the Run" album.

Roll on, L and M, roll on!

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