Hi, everyone. Welcome to another edition of Music Monday.
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Today’s song is an unmistakeable classic from the 1970’s and one of my all time favorite songs. It features an incredible base line, great lyrics and a fabulous vocal by one of the best blue eyed soul singers out there. He is also sadly underrated despite being the voice behind groups like Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics.
Singer, songwriter and musician Paul Carrack was born on April 22, 1951 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. According to his website, he started touring as a musician when he was 17. That puts his career at 55 years and counting. He started 2023 with the release of a new album, Don’t Wait Too Long, and is currently gearing up for a European tour which will begin next month.
Carrack is one of the vocalists I have loved forever due to his smooth yet incredibly soulful delivery on nearly every song he sings. He has sung today’s song many times over the last five decades in a number of different ways. Yet to me, nothing beats the original. But the version from his 1995 album, Blue Views, comes very close.
Happy birthday, Paul Carrack.
“You said that you never intended
To break up our scene in this way
But there ain’t any use in pretending
It could happen to us any day“.
Top: Paul Carrack (far left) with Ace circa 1974. Bottom: Carrack circa 2022. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
Ace: “How Long” (1974, written by Paul Carrack).
Paul Carrack: “How Long” (1995, written by Paul Carrack).
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