If you are a listener of the Iron Leg Radio Show, you have certainly encountered the songs of the great Margo Guryan many a time.
Guryan was one of the most interesting composers of the 1960s, and a few of her songs became a certain kind of underground ‘standard’.
‘Sunday Morning’ was the most prominent of these, with hit versions by Spanky and Our Gang in 1967, a number of non-hit recordings (Julie London’s is very nice indeed) and today’s selection, which was a hit for Oliver in 1969.
Oliver aka William Oliver Swofford, is best remembered to my generation and those older for his huge 1969 hit with ‘Good Morning Starshine’ from HAIR.
He had a few other hits in the late 60s and early 70s, including ‘Jean’ (almost as big a hit as ‘Good Morning Starshine’) later in 1969, and today’s selection which made it into the Top 40 near the end of that year.
His version of ‘Sunday Mornin’, produced and arranged by Bob Crewe takes the already haunting vibe of the song and manages to turn it up a bit while giving it an expensive treatment that takes full advantage of Oliver’s soaring tenor and adding in elaborate orchestration.
It’s one of my favorite versions of the song, removing it from its intimate context and opening it up in ambitious ways.
I dig it a lot, and if you’re not familiar with Guryan’s songs, it should make a nice jumping off point.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.
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