G3E2 – Origins of The Singers – The Early days

Includes: Anthony Newley, Engelbert Humperdinck, Del Shannon, Helen Shapiro Billy Fury and Frank Ifield

Welcome pop pickers to an ambitious series of articles covering 6 genres, each with 6 episodes. To give a bit of variation, the next episode of each genre will be published 6 weeks after the previous episode.

This is based on stuff like what I like, there will be various bands and artists to try and cheer you up and kick-start your weekend.  Hopefully for many of you, to bring back some fond memories and get your foot tapping.

This week we are back to the singers.  Thank you to Wiki and Top of the Pops.

Courtesy of Wiki:

The Tunes:

Anthony Newley – Why – I do remember enjoying this, not so much his other songs, but I am sure there are some good ones that you good people can post.

Engelbert Humperdinck –  Release Me – I preferred the more fast music rock ‘n’ roll at the time, but there is something about a great crooner, like him, Tom Jones and The Rat Pack, that are simply brilliant.

Engelbert Humperdinck sings a Medley of Hits.  Great voice.

Del Shannon – Runaway (1961) – Good singer, had some great hits.

Del Shannon – Hats Off To Larry – In the days, I could hit those high notes.  These days, whilst I still can(ish), you are best not around when I try.

Helen Shapiro – You Don’t Know – Always liked Helen.

Helen Shapiro – Northern soul Tell Me What He Said – I never knew this one, but worth a listen and to this day, I think the dancing shown is as good as it gets for people on the dance floor.

Helen Shapiro ~ Tell Me What He Said ~ 1962 – I remember the tune, so played this, and some great images of the early 60’s, including that icon Ena Sharples!

Billy Fury – Halfway to Paradise (1961) – I can still sing all of this from memory., beautiful song.

Billy Fury – I’d Never Find Another You. 1963, like Cliff, trying to do the raised lip Elvis impersonation.  I like this song though.

Frank Ifield – She Taught Me To Yodel – I tried so hard to sing this, not even to this day do I get even close.

I am pleased to finish this episode off with one of my favourites.

Frank Ifield and I Remember You.- Go on, sing-along.


Singalong, enjoy and be happy!

Links to Origins Series:

Genre 1 Episode 1 – Motown – The Beginning Genre 1 Episode 2 – Motown Genre 1 Episode 3 – Motown
Genre 1 Episode 4 – Motown Genre 1 Episode 5 – Motown Genre 1 Episode 6 – Motown
Genre 2 Episode 1 –

Glam Rock – The Beginning


Genre 2 Episode 2 –

Glam Rock – The early days

Genre 2 Episode 3 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 4 –

Glam Rock – The beginning

Genre 2 Episode 5 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 6 –

Glam Rock

Genre 3 Episode 1 – The Singers


Genre 3 Episode 2 – The Singers – The early Days  
G4E1 – Origins of Northern Soul & Disco – The Beginning    
G5E1 – Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Beginning    
G6E1 – Those different ones like what I like    

Featured image: “Helen Shapiro in Chalford, via Bedford.” by bazzadarambler is licensed under CC BY 2.0 .

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