Monday, December 05, 2005

thimble generator


Just read the sad news about Chris Whitley who has gone to the big record store in the sky. I came to his songs late in the day but have just found this fab link to his gig at Cafe Du Nord,San Francisco, CA07/24/05

I took a dander out in the rain up Leith Walk and passed a sign for 'Jumbo Bridies' only on the Walk..folks..
I also took a tumble into Cash Generator where folks off load crap cd's for very little wonga. This means they are available to the discerning public for the price of a 1976 kebab..
The racks were full of SClub7, Stephen Gately, Adam Rickett, Boyszone , 911 and East 17. Needless to say, I was not tempted to part with any cash. However, I did spend a quid on 'Greatest Hits of Rolf Harris' A little gem that has been alluding me for many aeons. Released on the magnificent Disky label and with a proper cover, I am one delighted anorak...and it now graces pride of place in my vast cd collection. However, mine is but a drop in the brine. I met someone the other day who had a collection of 80,000 albums.I didn't get a chance to ask if they could tell me the 24,356 one they acquired, that would let us know if they were indeed a serious collector or just a show off.
Left of the planet and round by the Pizza Hut tonight...no countrry just drama and angst wrapped up in a pop ribbon.

Keith West Excerpts from a Teenage Opera mp3

I wondered what this record actually sounded like for years, thanks to the net I now know and it is 'nae bad' as Arthur Askey would say when in Moncrief.

4 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

My God, never heard that before! Guess ole Keith didn't make it to the U.S. And those children. There's always something a little sinister about children singing on records of that period...

5:05 am  
Blogger dickvandyke said...

Hi grrl. I also posted this fine track some weeks ago, and here is the blurb I put alongside ...

What's your first musical memory? This song is one of mine.
In the summer of '67, up my cobbled street - lodged between The Beatles, Tremeloes, curly white hair, short pants and grazed knees - came this oddity.

And, if ever there was an example of a multi-talented, versatile musician being known for just 1 song - then it must be Dagenham's Keith West. For a decade wef 1965, this guy had more fingers in more pies throughout music's grocery store than I have ... er, metaphors!

Perhaps to be best remembered for this song (better known as 'Grocer Jack') is a questionable badge of honour. Kids loved it's pop purity - and so must the many others who helped to make it reach No 2 in the then booming UK charts.

The song has a simple tale - but with many a salutory lesson! Old Grocer Jack, the door-to-door delivery man, hasn't missed a day's work for decades. But, when he doesn't show up one morning ...

I know, I know ... most of you young bloggees were still swimming warm and safe within dad's scrotum back in the 60s. But I wonder, has anyone out there heard this song before? Or do you recall singing along to it? Was it a hit in the US?

Keith West deserved far more commercial success. His pedigree progressed through Mod Soul, R&B, pop/rock psychedelia and West Coast harmonies. He was lead vocalist and tunesmith with bands The In Crowd, Tomorrow (pictured), and Moonrider. You could do worse than seek out his Groups & Sessions Compilation album.

All the best.

12:04 pm  
Blogger guapo said...

All together now! Grocer Jack, Grocer Jack....

2:53 pm  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

hey dick van dyke..wonderful notes to accompany this piece of mental nostalgia. I remember the spooky kids all singing 'Grocer Jack, Grocer Jack' I hadn't realised Keith West was so multi talented. I wonder what he is doing now if he is still around?? cheers for the posts all you posters out there in posterland.

8:39 pm  

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