Friday, February 09, 2018

It's Carole King Week Part V: Special Saving the Best For Last Edition

From 1963, please enjoy The Chiffons -- with the song's composer, Carole King, playing the fabulous piano part -- and "One Fine Day."

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- there are days when I think that's the greatest pop song of all time.

Of course, I've always regretted that no version of it exists in legit stereo. But the other day, what to my wondering eyes should appear on YouTube but the next best thing -- an extremely well done stereo version overdubbed quite cleverly after the fact by a musician/fan.

Okay, granted it's a bit like colorizing and old black-and-white movie, but darned if this one doesn't work. In any event, if you're a purist, the original still exists, obviously.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


Ken J Xenozar said...

Great song. Although I always thought "Cruel to be Kind" by Nick Lowe was the perfect pop song. Both are winners in my book.

Anonymous said...

How did you figure out that the piano part was in fact played by Ms. King?
Session credits? Liner notes?

J. Lag

steve simels said...

They dubbed the Chiffons stuff on top of her original demo. Also the rest of band, including the great Buddy Saltzman on drums.

steve simels said...

The details are here.

steve simels said...

BTW, Ms. King is 76 today.

Anonymous said...

Probably wishful thinking but... you know, it wouldn't be the worse thing in the world if there were a Carole King Week Two.

J. Lag

pete said...

I've been on the road this week, freezing my ass off in Vermont, praying to live in a plane landing in Philadelphia, etc. So I haven't checked in with Carole King Week until tonight and My LORD. I agree with you about her piano skills and the Chiffons' "One Fine Day" isn't just the greatest pop song ever written, it's the greatest woman-fronted production ever, the female "Midnight Rambler."

Unknown said...

I assume Jerry Goffin wrote the words.