Wednesday, 22 December 2010

No. 3 - "The Willows"

'Church Bells May Ring' ('56)



Originally released on the Melba label in 1956. The song was initially called 'Church Bells Are Ringing' then renamed to the more sensible 'Church Bells May Ring' after a month from release. The Willows recorded as The Five Willows previous to this release.

"There are two significant legends that surround this record. The first is that the great bass break was done by a substitute singer that appeared with the group only for the recording session. According to the legend, his name is Richard Simon. The second tale is that the famous pealing chimes during the song were played by Neil Sedaka then part of the original Tokens who also recorded for Melba ("While I Dream" on Melba #104)"

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