Mr. Oldie Knows
Our very own Mike Marvin shares his vast knowledge and in depth perspectives of all your favorite songs and artists monthly in his very own column.
The original title of “I Will Follow Him” was “Chariot”-pronounced “shar-e-o” and was first recorded in French by Petula Clark in 1961. The tune found its way to America where it was given English lyrics. This translated to a Number one hit for Margaret Battavio, better known as Little Peggy March. She was little all right-standing at 4’ 10”. The combination of extreme devotion and a lilting melody resulted in a #1 hit in May, 1963. In the Top 40 sense, she wasn’t a “one hit wonder”. Her follow-up,the wistful “I Wish I Were A Princess” peaked in the top 30 that Summer and was much later used in the 1988 movie “Hair Spray”. After one more semi-hit “Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love” in the Fall of 1963 and a minor hit with “The Impossible Happened”, she found great success in Germany. If you’re curious you can find some of her German hits on Youtube.
April 11th, 1970 was a sad day for Beatles fans. On that date, Paul McCartney announced to the world that the Fab Four was no more. Intergroup bickering tore the band apart. Recording sessions for the White album and the originally named “Get Back” sessions were marred by dissension-disagreements over musical direction, money matters, and Yoko Ono being at the sessions. In the Summer of 1969, the Beatles set aside their differences to record “Abbey Road” what became their farewell album-well almost. After that album was issued, Apple Records released an album of tracks that were only issued as singles. This marked the first stereo appearance of “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution”-their most successful single. But what to do about the “Get Back” session tapes just wasting away in the vaults. Ace record producer Phil Spector was called in to salvage the project. That album was finally issued as “Let It Be” in May, 1970. The title single was their 19th chart topper. There would be one more chart topper with the swan song, “The Long & Winding Road”, which turned out to be a bone of contention for Paul McCartney. He strongly objected to Phil Spector’s overdubbing an orchestra and choir- and demanded that those elements be removed. When it didn’t happen, Paul quit the group. Really sad.