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The Egg

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Greetings from the Orb of Positivity!

For this weeks BOTB’S I humbly submit to you a darling quartet of audio joy. YES, from deep inside my shell I offer you all the round sounds of songs with the word “darling” in the title in some shape or form from decades spanning the 40’s through 70’s!

Starting off this chronological audio tour is this fun little 1948 ditty that featured vocalist Bob Vincent with Al Trace and his New Orchestra. I guess the old one didn’t rock and roll! I love how the maternal female voice in the song talks sanity to this flirty girl. Below is a Wikipedia excerpt on Bob.



Born Vincent John Cernuto, he started singing in bands in the 1940s. He was the featured vocalist on the song You Call Everybody Darling, as recorded by Al Trace in 1948. This recording peaked at # 13. Vincent started his theatrical agent career by taking over Julius J. "Bookie" Levin's Mutual Entertainment agency. In 1962, Vincent relocated to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he became Entertainment Director of Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Reno showrooms. In 1965, having met up-and-coming singer Wayne Newton at Harrah's, Mr. Vincent moved to Los Angeles, California where he co-managed Newton's career.

For the Nifty Fifties I opted for 1957’s “Little Darling” by The Diamonds. This iconic song has been used in many Hollywood movies as it is quickly recognized and sends you back to that era faster than Marty McFly!



For my favorite decade our Boys of Summer came up with 1967’s “Darlin”, a reworked song from 1964 called “Thinking ‘bout you baby” performed by a Sharon Marie. Ever since I first heard this song I found this to be a precursor to the hip sounds that were due to come to the radio waves at the end of the decade.



The last decade of Darlings is “Little Darling”, brought to you by the Michael McDonald era of the Doobie Brothers, not one of my favorite incarnations of the band but when picking a ‘70’s Darling I was torn between the San Jose, California band or GB’s Supertramp. I opted for the Doobies as I wanted a more upbeat song to compete with the others. McDonald’s voice within months was everywhere with his Steely Dan And Kenny Loggins collaborations before heading off on a great solo career.



Enjoy this musical journey through the years and let the voting begin!!!

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Well alrighty then..."Let the voting begin" indeed.

Golden:  Beach Boys.  50 years later and I still hear things in this song which I never really noticed before.  And the way it just jumps out of the gate in its race to a finish line which sees the song conclude FAR too soon and which, as a result, leaves me, as it has from the get-go, wishing that there was still more to come.  Of course there was...with the whole thing being re-released this year.  A nice and welcome visit from an old/gold friend.

Silver:  Almost by default this catchy little ditty grabs a solid second place.  Bob Vincent, Al Trace and his New Orchestra have a song here which could surely thrive if recorded in the here and now by the likes of The Brian Setzer Orchestra or Colin James and His Little Big Band.  Well done.  Fun.  I found myself wishing that a rockin' R&B Combo from that exact era had recorded a version of it too.  A cool add which both cleanses and freshens the pallet.

A distant Bronze to my least favourite era of the Doobies.  Sorry but I liked their more Rockin' sounds far more than the more smoothly portrayed jazz stylings as offered, at that time, to an audience so HUNGRY for anything which wasn't 'disco' that even Michael McDonald offered relief to assaulted ears everywhere.  This one is OK.  But...it isn't their best.  Not even close.  That said...it still limps across the finish line in 3rd place having barely approached a sweat.

And sitting in a waste basket, neatly squeezed into that emptied tin of tuna,The Diamonds attempting to offer up a rendition, so to speak, of a pearl inside an oyster.  Back in 1957...and yes I remember hearing it when it was new 'cause Mom and Dad would have the radio on when we drove distances to visit family or go to the cottage...it sounds exactly like a cliche.  Of the 4 choices available this week...this song has the least 'life' to it.  It's just terribly 'dated'.

Interesting Egg my man.  VERY interesting.  Thanks.
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I LOVE the new Darlin'!!!!! Going to be interesting chief Egg.  [smile]
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From Merriam-Webster:

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The origins of "darling" can be found in the very heart of the English language; its earliest known uses can be traced back to Old English writings from the 9th century. Old English "deorling" was formed by attaching the Old English suffix -ling ("one associated with or marked by a specified quality") with the adjective "dēore," the ancestor of our adjective "dear" ("regarded very affectionately or fondly," "highly valued or esteemed," "beloved"). English speakers appear to have developed a fondness for "darling" and have held on to it for over a thousand years now. And though its spelling has changed over time - including variations such as "dyrling," "derlinge," and "dearling" - "darling" has maintained its original sense of "one dearly loved."
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"Oh Darling", as Fenella Fielding (90 years old this week) would say!



Here's my order:

1. The Diamonds

2. Beach Boys

3. Doobie Brothers

4. Al Trace

Here are a couple more darlings:

1. First, the great Merle Haggard:




2. My friend Felicity Buirski wrote this song about Leonard Cohen. Contrary to the title on youtube, the song is actually called "Come To Me Darling":




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Scrambling to vote this morning:

GOLD for the Beach Boys

SILVER to The Diamonds

BRONZE for Al Trace

TIN to the Doobie Brothers

A couple by the Lovin' Spoonful:

Darlin' Be Home Soon



Darlin' Companion


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Gold -- The Beach Boys -- A very good track from a great album.

Silver -- The Diamonds -- Goofy but more substantial than the competition. I've always wondered how serious they were.

Bronze -- The Doobie Brothers -- Forgettable.

Tin -- Al Trace, et al. -- This went to #1 in 1948. Their other big hit was "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd Have Baked a Cake". That's a familiar expression from my childhood, but I never knew it was a song title.


Recorded in September 1954 and included on his first album: Elvis Presley, "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')"



Thanks, T. Egg.

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Too soon???

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1. Gold for 'Darlin''  by the Beach Boys, classic
2. 'Little Darlin'' by the Diamonds, they got the silver
3.  'Little Darling' by the Doobie Bros., bronze, sounds like early doobies, don't it?  
4. 'You Call Everybody Darlin' by Al Trace and his mediocre singing with orchestra
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John B, this is currently on eBay....
 

Paperback Writer on eBay.JPG 

Like me, you must be glad you got your copy when it was a little cheaper. 

I just had another look at mine. The price tag is still on it. $3.50 brand new.

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Wazzup El Huevo!!! Interesting choices. It would've been awesome to but the Beatles' Oh Darling in the mix, but stupid YouTube doesn't have it! Anyway, on to my votes...

GOLD: Darlin' by the Beach Boys
I love everything about this song: Carl's vocal, the horn section, the piano, even the album it appeared on. Fabulous choice Crazy Egg.

SILVER: You Call Everybody Darlin' by Al Trace
It's cute and funny. Gotta love the 40's!

BRONZE: Little Darlin' by the Diamonds
Kinda dorky, but I'm a sucker for 50's stuff. It sounds like a rip off Dion song. Dion is awesome, but without his vocals it's just blah.

TIN: Little Darling by the Doobie Brothers
I like the Doobie Brothers, but the world didn't need another weird Michael. His vocal gives me a gag reflex. It wouldn't be a bad song if it weren't for his "singing." A waste of a good track.

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Gold - The Beach Boys - Great track from Wild Honey

Silver - The Diamonds

Bronze - The Doobie Brothers - Not bad, but I much prefer the pre Swedish Chef years.

Tin - Al Trace 
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Unbelievable!   Even as funny as it is, 25$ would be about all I would pay for used.   This price reminds me of trending/overpriced shoes such as Yeezys and Big Baller brand.   Brian Wilson fans:  please don't sell a kidney for these things! 

for 'Paperback Writer' at least, should try Amazon.  I have had success going on the Amazon in my country and clicking on other countries icons, and buying from Britain or Australia and so forth if a price is too high in the USA.  
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Originally Posted by John B
Unbelievable!   Even as funny as it is, 25$ would be about all I would pay for used.   This price reminds me of trending/overpriced shoes such as Yeezys and Big Baller brand.   Brian Wilson fans:  please don't sell a kidney for these things! 

for 'Paperback Writer' at least, should try Amazon.  I have had success going on the Amazon in my country and clicking on other countries icons, and buying from Britain or Australia and so forth if a price is too high in the USA.  


It's as low as $20.00 on Amazon US Marketplace. 
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This week could have been songs from three centuries. From the 19th:

Magnus Carlson & Martin Hederos, "Oh My Darling Clementine" (not by Stephen Foster)


Alison Krauss & Yo-Yo Ma, "Slumber My Darling" (by Stephen Foster)


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