Sunday Morning Coming Down

I mentioned Junior’s Choice last week, a BBC radio show for kids which I listened to when I was one, and which reminded me of two songs which often got played on the show.

First up, from 1961, a tale of a quiet hero:

Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John

The second was originally recorded by Dick Van Dyke, but I’ve plumped for the version I remember, from 1962, and which features Barry “Eve of Destruction” McGuire on lead vocals. It should probably reside in my folder entitled “You Couldn’t Get Away With This Nowadays”. You’ve been warned:

The New Christy Minstrels – Three Wheels on My Wagon

Looking at them, I think it’s fairly clear where the inspiration for The New Main Street Singers, from the wonderful A Mighty Wind movie came from:

The New Main Street Singers – Potato’s In The Paddy Wagon

A Mighty Wind does for the 60s & 70s US folk scene what Best In Show did for competitive dog showing and what This is Spinal Tap did for washed-up British rock bands, which is unsurprising given it’s the same bunch of funny people (principally, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean) behind all three movies.

And, like This is Spinal Tap, it’s filled with really great songs, like the title track, for example:

The Folksmen, Mitch & Mickey, The New Main Street Singers – Mighty Wind

Seriously, if you’ve never seen it, track it down and give it a watch. You won’t be disappointed.

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

It’s a Don Williams song for you this morning, but a version performed as a duet with Emmylou Harris on her cunningly titled Duets album:

Emmylou Harris & Don Williams – If I Needed You

And, since I missed posting last week, here’s a song which that reminds me of, from a truly magnificent film, one of my absolute favourites, A Mighty Wind, which does for folk music what This Is Spinal Tap did for rock music, which is hardly surprising given the same people were behind both films:

Mitch & Mickey – Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow

If you’ve never seen it, seek it out. It is beautiful, funny and moving. I’ll say no more.

Except: More soon.