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Keely Smith Sings the John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook CD

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  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Deep Dive in to the Late, Great Keely Smith’s Reprise Album Catalog with Its Long-Awaited Reissue of 1964’s Sings The John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook

  • The Album Was the First of Its Kind, a Respected Pop Singer Tackling Beatles Songs

  • Keely Risked Ridicule by Being Too Hip for Her Peers and Too Square for the Smart Set Digging the Merseybeat Sound

  • Instead, She Scored a Big Hit Album in the U.K.

  • Arranged by Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter, the Album Alternately Seduces and Swings

  • Produced by Keely’s Soon-to-Be Husband Jimmy Bowen

  • Liner Notes by Steve Hochman

  • Rare Photos

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

Lots of pop vocalists have tackled the vaunted SONGS Lennon-McCartney songbook, but this 1964 release from the late, great Keely Smith was the first album by an artist of her ilk devoted to the lads from Liverpool. And perhaps the best one, too...with sparkling arrangements by Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter, and production from Keely’s soon-to-be husband Jimmy Bowen, the record alternately seduces and swings, and Keely’s voice—with its bluesy phrasing and lilt patented on The Strip—is the perfect instrument to interpret these Fab tunes. But there’s more to the story here. Sure, “groups” like The Chipmunks and The Hollyridge Strings released Beatles cover albums in 1964, but a pop singer? Of Keely’s stature and pedigree? Not a chance. Keely risked ridicule from both the traditionalist and rock and roll camps by crossing over the great pop music divide to record these songs. Many of her peers were still openly dismissive of the Mop Tops; and the new generation digging the Merseybeat sound were likely to see her as square. It was just another courageous, nervy move in a career full of ‘em; and Keely’s reward was asmash album in the U.K. For the first-ever reissue of this classic record, we’ve addedliner notes by Steve Hochman along with rare photos. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision...truly a Fabulous release!


1. If I Fell
2. This Girl
3. Please Please Me
4. And I Love Him
5. World Without Love
6. She Loves You
7. A Hard Day’s Night
8. Do You Want to Know a Secret 9. Can’t Buy Me Love
10. All My Loving
11. I Want to Hold Your Hand
12. P.S. I Love You

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