Heard this for the first time in many years yesterday when listening to a radio show featuring the charts from 1982. I’d forgotten what a beautiful song it is and how good this little duo were. Both still around doing their own thing. They reunited briefly in 2008 which is where I think the sequence at the end of the video is from. A happy sad song for these happy sad times.
Lesley Duncan was a singer-songwriter in the early 1970s although her performances as a backing singer go back into the 60s. I came across her songs after I saw an album of hers advertised on the inner sleeve of another singer/band’s LP. It was a common way for record companies to advertise their other artists. I loved her music, her voice, and as a teenage boy I loved her too. She was the only singer I ever wrote to, and received two signed photos in return which spent many years on my bedroom wall. Lesley had terrible stage nerves which curtailed what might have been a much bigger career. Search out on YouTube her duet with Elton John singing ‘Love Song’ which she wrote.
Unbelievable voice. The comments underneath the video say it all.
Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland, the final scene.
Great acting, great singing. Watch it and weep – you won’t be able to keep writing.
The members of the group grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same schools. They shared a love for harmony and music in general. They were discovered and signed to a contract with Andex Records by Herb Alpert, where they recorded under the name The Echoes.
After leaving Andex Records they changed their name and signed with Indigo Records as The Innocents. The trio were all members of a car club named The Innocents, hence the name of the group. Their first Indigo hit single, “Honest I Do,” was released in 1960. It was produced by Gary Paxton of Skip & Flip and Hollywood Argyles fame, and by Kim Fowley, who was later associated with and produced The Runaways and other groups. The record hit #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1960. “Honest I Do” was followed by “Gee Whiz”, which also topped out at #28 in January 1961. The 1961 album release Innocently Yours featured the trio staring out through prison bars. This cover is featured in the book, 1000 Album Covers.
In June 1961, the British music magazine, NME, reported that the Innocents were part of Alan Freed’s road show, that also included Brenda Lee, The Shirelles, Bobby Vee, Etta James, Gene McDaniels, The Ventures, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, The Fleetwoods, Kathy Young and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Innocents released seven singles after “Gee Whiz” on Trans World Records, Reprise, Decca, and Warner, but none of them charted, though they continued to score hits backing up Kathy Young. (thanks Wikipedia)
Damita Jo DeBlanc (August 5, 1930 – December 25, 1998), known professionally as Damita Jo, was an American actress, comedian, and lounge music performer.
Credited as Damita Jo, DeBlanc had some chart success in the early 1960s with two answer songs: 1960’s “I’ll Save the Last Dance for You” (an answer to “Save the Last Dance for Me”) and 1961’s “I’ll Be There” (an answer to “Stand by Me”). Both songs were originally sung by Ben E. King (the former with the Drifters) and made the R&B top 20, and “I’ll Be There” also reached number 12 on the pop chart. In 1962 she recorded “Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in her Stocking)”, previously made famous by the Andrews Sisters and Bill Haley, for Mercury Records. In 1966 she had a minor hit with a cover of the Jacques Brel song “If You Go Away.” She was successful in Sweden, where “I’ll Save the Last Dance for You” peaked at number 2 (March 1961), “Do What You Want” at number 5 (July 1961) and “Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in her Stocking” at number 3 (January 1962). (thanks to Wikipedia)
“Moon River” is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
There was an eruption of behind-the-scenes consternation when a Paramount Pictures executive, Martin Rackin, suggested removing the song from the film after a tepid Los Angeles preview. Hepburn’s reaction was described by Mancini and others in degrees varying from her saying, “Over my dead body!” to her using more colorful language to make the same point.