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Nov 03

TAB HUNTER – “Young Love”

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#56, 22nd February 1957

By way of contrast, Tab Hunter and his producers know their limitations precisely and the result is a modest, earnest and pleasant track. Alas for the MP3 age – I can’t gaze at the record sleeve and look into Tab’s dreamy eyes, what “Young Love” was surely best suited for. A far from innocent record, exploiting the newly discovered teenage dollar as ruthlessly as anything has, but still one concerned with innocence – the second-hand self-expression pop set free covered passions a lot less earthy than Elvis’ (though just as lucrative). “Young Love” is as smooth as young love isn’t, but it’s a humble and ginger performance, and that’ll do.

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  1. 1
    hunter young on 21 Mar 2007 #

    av got the same name as you chavy a stay in scotland my birthday is two day afore yours

  2. 2
    Victoria on 8 Feb 2010 #

    Does anyone else hear echoes of the immortal Moz in the elongated vocals on some words in the first verse?

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    larry.kooper on 15 Dec 2010 #

    Number 1 in the UK as I was being born in Manhattan – “ah hah hi found mi-en”

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    flahr on 11 Jul 2018 #

    Tab Hunter died Sunday just gone. An interesting life in which it sounds as if his UK chart-topper was something of a footnote: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jul/10/tab-hunter-how-hollywoods-boy-next-door-became-a-gay-icon

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    Mark M on 17 May 2020 #

    The documentary Tab Hunter Confidential is a pretty interesting account of a life in (and after) the Hollywood closet. Don’t think it’s on Netflix any more but it is rentable. Before I watched it, I’d always assumed that Hunter belonged to the Frankie Avalon and Ricky Nelson generation, but while they were actual teenagers when they had their first hits, Tab was a relatively ancient 25 when this made the charts.

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