Dramatic Ballads: The Last Good Day Of The Year

My inspiration came after seeing the movie ‘Blood ties’ and hearing ‘There goes my love again’ from White Lies. I love those dramatic songs. The more dramatic, the better! I like the drum rolls, twanging guitars and big orchestra sounds, like the famous ‘wall of sound’ from Phil Spector. I hope you will enjoy these dramatic ballads too!

One of the tracks is from The Dells. On the 29th of May this year singer Marvin Junior of the Dells died. ‘Iron Throat’ is what David Ruffin, the former lead singer of the Temptations, once called Marvin Junior. ‘Two tons of fun’ is what he called himself. He grew up hoping to be the next Ray Charles and eventually inspired other singers, including Teddy Pendergrass. In the 1970s Gamble and Huff wanted the Dells to join the Philadelphia International label, but when they failed, they contracted Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes with singer Teddy Pendergrass. They thought his voice sounded almost similar to the one of Mavin Junior.

The voice of Marvin Junior was huge and versatile (it often reached into tenor territory) and it held up through more than two dozen albums and 57 years of performing. Unlike some other acts of their era, the Dells had no angry breakups and just a few personnel changes.

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Track listing:

Glass Candy – Redheads Feel More Pain [Eddy's Instrumental Edit] (2013)
Cousteau – The Last Good Day Of The Year (1999)
Al Wilson – Do What You Gotta Do (1969)
Lloyd Cole – Butterfly (1991)
John Legend – Wanna Be Loved (2013)
Bill Withers – Can We Pretend (1974)
O.V. Wright – Rhymes (1976)
Bobby Walls & Co – Just You And Me (1973)
The Dells – It’s All Up To You (1972)
Tears For Fears – Mad World (1982)
Goldfrapp – Yellow Halo (2011)
Anthony David – On My Way To Crazy (2012)
Omar – Come On Speak To Me (2013)
Jim Guthrie – The Rest Is Yet To Come (2013)
Morgana King – Walk On By (1967)
Nino Tempo ‎– Boys Town (Where My Broken Hearted Buddies Go) (1967)
Marvin Gaye – I Wish I Liked You (As Much As I Love You) (1966)
The Originals – Suspicion (1965)
The Four Tops – Sweet Was The Love (1960s)
Judy Street – What (1966)
The Walker Brothers ‎– In My Room (1966)
Martha & The Vandellas ‎– You've Been In Love Too Long (1964)
Duffy – Keeping My Baby (2010)
The Like – Don’t Make A Sound (2010)
Midge Ure – No Regrets (1982)


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