Continuing the series, don’t forget you can use any artist, song, or album beginning with ‘D’. Feel free to add your choices, and to play along.
British band Liquid Gold were pretty much a one hit wonder, in 1980. Their simple and rather bad pop song ‘Dance Yourself Dizzy’ was a popular hit, selling over a quarter of a million, and reaching number two in the charts. Unpretentious, and unashamedly lacking in style, it nonetheless caught the imagination of many record buyers, including me. Lead vocalist Ellie Hope was perhaps aware of her shortcomings, but gave herself 100% to the performance. For me, it is just unbridled nostalgia. Happy times.
Dance Yourself Dizzy
Desmond Dekker was a Jamaican-born Ska and Reggae artist who enjoyed a lot of success in the UK. He made the charts with ‘007’, ‘It Mek’, and ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’. But for me, this 1968 release remains a real anthem of my teenage years, and almost fifty years later, my toes are still tapping to it. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the lyrics, nobody does…
In 1964, Martha and The Vandellas released their version of a song that has been covered many times since. When Motown was riding high with its distinctive sound, they brought us the marvellous ‘Dancing In The Street’, co-written by Marvin Gaye, and one of many hits from this girl group over the years. For me, it sums up a time in my life, and a sound that I still adore. Ignore the later cover versions, and relish this one instead.
Dancing In The Street
Irish band Thin Lizzy enjoyed great popularity in the UK, until the early death of their lead singer and guitarist, Phil Lynott, in 1986. Perhaps best known for their massive hit, ‘The Boys Are back In Town’, this track also featured highly in their record sales, and became associated with them forever, despite being a cover version of the King Harvest original.
Dancing In The Moonlight
I didn’t feature the Beach Boys under ‘B’. That was because I knew I would be adding songs they had recorded to this list. The enduring genius of Brian Wilson and the rest of the band never fails to amaze. It is arguable that no vocal group has ever harmonised so well, nor adapted their style across time periods and genres with such success. Here is their lamentably short song, Darlin’.
And just to add to the magic, here they are again, with the plaintive, Don’t Worry, Baby.
Don’t Worry, Baby
Perhaps best known from the Mamas and Papas version, this wonderful crescendo of sound from The Shirelles, (though previously recorded by the 5 Royales) is yet another anthem of my youth. Originally released by the girl group in 1959, it was re-released in 1961, when I was only nine years old. Despite my age at the time, I loved it immediately, and still do. The version that became a huge hit for The Mamas and Papas was not released until 1967, but by then I had long owned the Shirelles superior recording.
Dedicated To The One I Love
Steely Dan make my top pick again, and no apologies. I have no doubt they will feature many times before this A-Z concludes. Another masterful tune from the greatest band of that era. Wallow in the quality…
That has just scratched the surface of ‘D’. So, I have left you so much to add. Off you go!