Be there rain or shine – and we’ve had plenty of each recently – summer is a many hued thang. Think pink mornings, crimson sunsets and the pale blue skies of twilight time. And all around, the lush green landscapes seem greener, and more vibrant beneath the sunny rays. So here’s a small palette of colourful ditties to tap along to in July, August, and maybe even September…
We kick off in 1966, with a samba-inspired song from L.A.’s finest.
1. Love – Orange Skies
Back to Blighty where a young troubador wrote a paean to our editor’s favourite colour!
2. Donovan – Turquoise
If these sounds are a shade too mellow, why not try this something yellow? You’ll soon be back on your feet!
3. Yellow Sunshine – Yellow Sunshine
Summer lovin’ is in the air on this psychedelic pop classic from 1968…
4. Tommy James and the Shondells – Crimson and Clover
…though these Boston garage rockers find the summer skies a little more melancholy…
5. The Rockin’ Ramrods – Bright Lit Blue Skies
Here at Bibelot, we can only speculate what constitutes this particular ‘little green bag’, but we’re guessing it wasn’t a Gucci accessory…!
6. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
Cool Rocksteady sounds are a regular feature of Jaybyrd’s Jukebox Jives. Here’s Jamaican duo, The Maytones with a catchy and scratchy tune from the early ’70s.
7. The Maytones – Brown Girl In The Ring
We featured this brother and sister duo in the last edition, but I couldn’t resist their definitive version of a truly romantic classic.
8. Nino Tempo & April Stevens – Deep Purple
From Mexico, this bittersweet track glides along with a colourful grace…
9. Los Chijuas – Changing The Colors Of Life
While a notorious Richmond combo bring it all back home, and put it all together, in this multicolour masterpiece.
10. The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow
Thanks for listening.