For all you Luvvers out there

Nineteen sixty-four, and we’re watching Ready Steady Go:

“Shout,” the single, was credited to Lulu and the Luvvers, and thereafter no one referred to the wee Scottish lass as Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie. (Even “wee” was at least slightly arguable; I remember at least one set of liner notes claiming she was 5’2″ or so, which was a stretch by an inch, or perhaps by 2.54 cm.) The Luvvers were an actual band, but they had little reason to go on being an actual band after Lulu went solo and changed labels.

Lulu resplendent in green

Lulu after giving up her bangs

Lulu on British TV in 2018

This last photo dates from March. March 2018. (Today, she turns 70.)

“Faith in You” was the lead single from Making Life Rhyme, the 2015 album that brought Lulu back to Decca Records, fifty-one years after her debut.

Roger Green, whose sense of chronology is even more highly developed than mine, has a bio and a bunch of song links in this week’s Music Throwback.

5 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    3 November 2018 · 9:02 pm

    Definite cognitive dissonance here for someone whose first experience of “Shout!” was from that “Animal House” bit. Seems ill-suited to someone like Lulu that I always thought of as somewhat-folkie, at least based on “To Sir with Love”

    I hope she didn’t hurt her pipes with that strained-sounding bit.

  2. CGHill »

    3 November 2018 · 10:04 pm

    Try this on for size: the original (that is, before Van Morrison and Them) 1964 version of the Bert Berns classic “Here Comes the Night”:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic4st4YoYUc

    Died at #50 on the UK charts, didn’t chart here at all.

  3. Roger Green »

    4 November 2018 · 5:59 am

    This is true: I wrote that piece about 5 months ago, realized she was turning 70 and on a Saturday to boot, and bumped it until yesterday

  4. fillyjonk »

    4 November 2018 · 7:43 am

    I don’t know much Lulu, but “Here comes the night” feels more on-brand to me than “Shout” does.

  5. CGHill »

    4 November 2018 · 11:08 am

    While I wrote this piece on Friday night, after the basketball game.

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