Monday, 3 September 2012

Mono Monday: Michael Holliday - The Story Of My Life

The news of the passing of American lyricist Hal David at the age of 91 on September 1st has no doubt got people thinking of many of the fabulous records he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach in the 1950s and 60s, yet The Story of My Life Recorded by Marty Robbins in the US and Michael Holliday in the UK would be their first number one.

Holliday's rendition is a very laid back affair with "ba bom bom" backing vocals aplenty, but not far removed from the stars sound. Holliday himself was a popular TV personality of the 50s although his private life was far from straightforward but well documented over the years.

The Story of My Life was Mike's first number one in 1958, (Starry Eyed would be his second in 1960) and would ultimately be knocked of the UK top spot by another Bacharach/David composition Magic Moments (recorded by Perry Como).

Mike's version of The Story Of My Life (produced by Norrie Paramor) also thought off several other versions for the top spot by Alma Cogan, Guy Mitchell, Gary Miller and Dave King.


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