The next 45rpm pop record I bought was Tossing and Turning performed by The Ivy League. Released in 1965, the record made number 3 and stayed in the charts for thirteen weeks.
I don’t know why I liked the song so much back then. I find it really irritating now!
The Ivy League continues to perform, although none of the three current members, Jon Brennan (vocals and Bass Guitar), David Buckley (vocals and Drums) and Michael Brice (vocals and Lead Guitar), are from the original 1960s line-up.
My first pop record wasn’t “Walking Back To Happiness” but Helen Shapiro’s “Tell Me What He Said”. Which means that “Tell Me What He Said” wasn’t the B side of “WBTH” at all.
This memory failure has come to light because my sister passed on a pile of 45s which had been in her loft for years. After a quick glance, I shoved the records in a cupboard and promptly forgot about them. But with Spring in the air and a shortage of storage space I’ve started cleaning and clearing out the cupboards; hence, re-discovering the old records.
As we no longer have a record player, the discs are useless but they have lots of sentimental value partly because of the school-girl graffiti scrawled on the record covers.
This saunter down Memory Lane prompted me to look on Youtube for the second pop record I owned.
“Let’s Dance” was number two in the Top Ten for four weeks in 1962. Our dancing was equally bizarre but probably less proficient than the dancers enjoying the song in this film clip.
Helen Shapiro singing “Walking Back to Happiness” in 1961.
My trawls around YouTube have turned up this fab video clip. I don’t recognise the programme but the song is just as good as I remember it.
Our dad had to go away for a few days and he said he’d bring back a new record.
On his return, after he’d shared out the sticks of seaside rock, he produced a small 45rpm disc in a bright, multi-coloured sleeve. He put it onto our gramophone turntable and we were amazed to hear Helen Shapiro belting out “Walking Back to Happiness”.
This was our first pop record (definitely not the last) and my sister and I played the record so many times we were word perfect within a day.
A couple of years later, Helen released “Look Who It Is”
which I wasn’t particularly keen on at the time. But I love this clip of Helen performing the song on “Ready, Steady, Go!” with the Beatles providing visual support. Except, where’s Paul?
The B-side of “Walking Back to Happiness” was “Tell Me What He Said” and I think it’s Helen Shapiro’s best song.
Well, that’s been a lovely walk down Memory Lane today!