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#100, 30th April 1960

Sorry about that!

Newley’s second No.1 is a big step up from “Why?”, thanks mostly to a sympathetic Shadows-indebted backing which lets Newley sound flirtatious instead of just unctious. The lyrics don’t give him much wiggle-room, though. “If I say I love you, do you mind? Make an idol of you, do you mind?” – there are not many ways for a cheeky London chappie to play those.

And so the strange false start of modern British pop fades out with a record that’s uninspiring but hardly a disgrace. Newley, like Adam Faith, had no further No.1s, just a respectable second-tier hit-making career before a turn back to acting (where Englishness has always found ways to pay well). The cockney-pop blueprint hadn’t taken – I think the London focus was part of the problem. Newley and Faith look forward to Mary Poppins more than to Please Please Me, entertaining enough but perhaps already a stereotype, lacking the freshness needed for a bigger impact on pop.



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    Marcello Carlin on 25 Jul 2007 #

    Then again, Newley and Barry did go on to co-write “Goldfinger” which is a faintly logical modernist outcome of the Faith/Newley parallel.

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    lord darlington on 17 Mar 2010 #

    Not sure about ‘uninspiring’, as this sounds a lot more like it affected Deram-era Bowie than the ghastly Why. As for the cockney pop blueprint not taking, Joe Brown was soon to embark on a pretty successful career (including a ‘ghost’ number one with A Picture Of You) and Mike Sarne had yet to get his sweaty mitts on Wendy Richard.

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    crag on 13 Apr 2011 #


    Yvonne Mitchell, actress (1961).

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    Mark G on 21 Oct 2013 #

    In fact, I’d go as far as to say if Newley had followed this up with a version of Bowie’s “Love you till Tuesday”, he’d have been accused of “Sticking to the formula”

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    Jimmy the Swede on 24 Oct 2013 #

    …and I think that would have made Tony Newley a wonderful human being.

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    Mark G on 24 Oct 2013 #

    Instead, it fell to Paul Nicholas..

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    Patrick Mexico on 25 Oct 2013 #

    Dah dah dah dah.. The Biz.

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    Lazarus on 21 May 2014 #

    No mention of the film? I just watched this on Youtube to remind me of it before casting my votes on 1960 – it’s from ‘Let’s Get Married.’ Newley and Bernie Winters appear to be milkmen and are accompanied by a blonde who I assume is Anne Aubrey. Newley’s character was called Dickie Bird! John le Mesurier, Lionel Jeffries and Hermione Baddeley also appeared.

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    lonepilgrim on 23 Jun 2014 #

    compared to many of the kitchen sink productions of this time this sounds refreshingly uncluttered. It’s a very lightweight song that sounds like the sort of thing you might hear in a cabaret

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    wichitalineman on 15 Mar 2017 #

    And here’s the film clip, featuring the amorous milkmen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3gAXGiEBmI&index=30&list=PLhx2akBFqci2H4HcpV7EFiObt1iyZWGVt

    The whole film was on youtube but has since been taken down.

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    Gareth Parker on 1 Jun 2021 #

    A big improvement on his 1st #1 to my ears. I like this, so a 7/10 from me.

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