Listen: What The World Needs Now Is Love / Jackie DeShannon What The World Needs Now Is.mp3
Listen: Put A Little Love In Your Heart / Jackie DeShannon Put A Little Love In Your H.mp3
She was on one of those fund drive, non profit shows, where you can get some 8 CD set of the ‘golden age’ for a $150 pledge, and then there were a bunch of other 60′s acts playing for a mummified audience to hawk the whole shabang.
The Association were on too. They sounded great, but ouch did they look awful.
Jackie DeShannon on the other hand, sounded and looked beautiful, classy, deservedly confident. Did all the hits, which sadly totaled two (‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’, ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’). In her day, she was churning out singles, for years really. Signed to Liberty and part of the now romantic LA record business which included Phil Spector and Jack Nitzsche, many times the songs were not her own.
Listen: A Lifetime Of Loneliness / Jackie DeShannon A Lifetime Of Loneliness.mp3
There were a patch of Bacharach/David releases. Some were a bit over-written, too many parts, and not so memorable at the time (‘A Lifetime Of Loneliness’ comes to mind). This was never the case with those she had a hand in writing. Doesn’t matter, fact is, they all sound classic now.
Jim Lahat told me Jackie DeShannon made her first UK trip in ’07, stopped by the BBC for an interview, and was a total class act. She sure looked it the other night.
Listen: When You Walk In The Room / Jackie DeShannon 01 When You Walk In The Room.mp3
And when she wrote a smash, she really would hit it out of the park: ‘When You Walk In The Room’. Hard to believe her version charted for only one week in January ’64, peaking at #99.