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