Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Cheers! Paul Samwell-Smith!

The Rock Birthdays page tells me that today is Paul Samwell-Smith's birthday, born May 8, 1943. Paul was a founding member and bassist for the Yardbirds from 1963-1966. He went on to enjoy a successful career as a record producer working with acts such as Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, and Carly Simon. He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as a member of the Yardbirds.

Here's the Yardbirds Mk. III (according to Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees) performing their single Heart Full of Soul, issued in June 1965. This smash on both sides of the Atlantic always sounded to me as if it could have been co-written with Ennio Morricone given the spaghetti-western lope on the chorus. This clip also features Joltin' Jeff Beck on guitar dishing out one of the more memorable guitar riffs of the 60s as well as the always-cool Keith Relf looking enigmatic in a pair of impenetrable shades.

Happy Birthday Mate!


steve simels said...

Written, of course, by the great Grahame Gouldman.

To me, it always sounded more Eastern European than spaghetti western, but then a lot of Gouldman's songs have a sort of Russian folk song melancholia. Gouldman's Jewish, of course....

Kid Charlemagne said...

Abserlootly Steve,

There is a Eastern vibe on the guitar-apparently they had hired a sitar for the session-but I don't know, I think of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" when I hear this song.