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Sunday 31 May 2015

Single Song Sunday

We had a request earlier in the week for some Del Shannon. I am happy to oblige.

Del features in this week's "Single Song Sunday" line-up with his version of "Handy Man", sandwiched between the Jimmy Jones original and the slowed-down version by James Taylor which was a top 5 hit in the States in 1977. The mandatory reggae version is by Cornell Campbell, and for the first time we have a light orchestral rendition courtesy of Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra. Ronnie Laws is mainly there as padding, to be honest.

"Handy Man" - Jimmy Jones

"Handy Man" - Del Shannon

"Handy Man" - James Taylor

"Handy Man" - Cornell Campbell

"Handy Man" - Frank Chacksfield Orchestra

"Handy Man" - Ronnie Laws

For the Del enthusiasts among you, here are a couple more cover versions of two of his big hits.

"Runaway" - Bonnie Raitt

"Little Town Flirt" - Electric Light Orchestra


  1. I always look forward to the mandatory reggae version Ernie.
    Your boys walloped Villa yesterday

  2. We did indeed, Chic, and I was lucky enough to be there. If we could only play like that every week...