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Album Review

Issued in the wake of John Leyton's first flush of success in late 1961, his first, self-titled EP featured his first pair of British hit singles ("Johnny Remember Me" and "Wild Wind") and their respective B-sides ("There Must Be" and "You Took My Love for Granted"." While the hits (particularly "Johnny Remember Me") ranked among Joe Meek's most atmospherically eerie early-'60s productions, the B-sides (both written by Meek under the pseudonym Robert Duke) were pretty pallid early-'60s British teen idol tunes. All four of the tracks have been reissued on CD, but if you want a facsimile with original artwork and liner notes, it's available as one of the dozen CD-EPs in the box set Joe Meek: The EP Collection.

Biography

Born: 1939 in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Like the better-remembered Adam Faith, John Leyton had a lot of success in Britain in the early '60s with lugubrious teen idol pop that was only tenuously related to rock & roll. Not much of a singer, his hits are most notable for Joe Meek's inventive production, which utilized ghostly female backup vocals, variable-speed pianos, and swirling wind effects. Most of Leyton's earliest (and most successful) material was written by Geoff Goddard, a songwriter who often penned compositions for Meek's...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Teen Pop
  • Released: Nov 1961

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