Showing posts with label Lulu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lulu. Show all posts

Monday, 16 April 2018

Boom bang-a-bang (spanish version) - Lulu

In 1969, four artists won the Eurovision Song Contest. This was due to there being not enough rules in case of a draw. Since then, the rules - and the voting system! - have changed so this is not likely to ever happen again.

One of the winners that year was Lulu with her song 'Boom bang-a-bang'. Such was the success, that she recorded the song in German, Italian, French and Spanish. Wikipedia casts some doubts about the existance of a Spanish version sung by Lulu, but I think the listener has to decide whether this is Lulu or not. She certainly pronounces her Spanish very bueno!

My collection: 7" single no. 5901
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 14, 2018
Cost: 3 euro
Tracks: 'Boom bang-a-bang (cantado en espanol)' / 'Morning dew'

Monday, 16 February 2015

The man who sold the world - Lulu

'The man who sold the world' was written by David Bowie and recorded as the title track of his third album in 1970. The song was covered by the Scottish singer Lulu in 1974. Bowie invited her to a concert he gave after which he met her in his hotel room saying: "I want to make an MF of a record with you [because] you're a great singer." She didn't think Bowie would follow up, but a short time later she was actually in the studio, recording tracks with David Bowie and Mick Ronson producing.

When 'The man who sold the world' was released as a single, it reached number 3 in the UK singles chart, and also top 10 in the Netherlands and Ireland.

My collection: 7" single no. 5698
Found: Velvet Vinyl Outlet, Leiden, January 16, 2015
Cost: 1 euro  
Tracks: 'The man who sold the world' / 'Watch that man'

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Boom bang-a-bang - Lulu

'Boom bang-a-bang' was the United Kingdom entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1969. It was sung by Lulu. The song famously became one of four winning entries. The single peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart and at number 19 in the Dutch Top 40.

The song was the second entry with a nonsense title to win (after Massiel's triumph in 1968 with 'La la la'), and became infamous in the comedy world - most notably inspiring Monty Python's Flying Circus to parody it with 'Bing tiddle-tiddle bong'. Over two decades after its first release, the song was infamously included on a blacklist of banned songs issued by the BBC during the 1991 Gulf War.

My collection: 7" single no. 3693
Found: Empire Records, Den Haag, May 5, 2009
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Boom bang-a-bang' / 'March!'

Sunday, 26 April 2009

I'm a tiger - Lulu

Lulu was born on November 3, 1948. She is best known for her hits 'To sir, with love' and 'Shout'. This single, recorded in 1968, was written for her by Marty Wilde, which explains why I would want to have it. It's a charming little song in which Lulu shows her Scottish accent more than usual. The B-side was written by another prominent artist, Harry Nilsson.

My collection: 7" single no. 3235
Found: Beanos, East Croydon, London, October 18, 2000
Cost: 2,5 pounds
Tracks: 'I'm a tiger' / 'Without him'

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