Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Stars on 45RPM: It Isn't There by The Swinging Blue Jeans (HMV POP 1375)

Incredible to think that in the 1960s not everything turned to gold, popularity didn't automatically score you a chart hit and the music charts were a highly competitive area with bands struggling to maintain success.

It appeared for a time that Liverpool band The Swinging Blue Jeans could do no wrong, their second chart hit The Hippy Hippy Shake rocketed to No.2 in the UK charts in 1963 in good company at the time with fellow Liverpool bands Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Fourmost and The Beatles.

1964's beat boom dawned with another rocker, the Little Richard favourite, Good Golly Miss Molly (UK No.11) and the bluesy You're No Good (UK No.3).

By Summer 1964, there was another single Promise You'll Tell Her but chart success didn't follow and nor did it with their December '64 release It Isn't There.

It Isn't There shows a gentler side to the band who are perhaps better known for a slightly edgier hard hitting sound.

Chart success would elude The Singing Blue Jeans throughout 1965 although they would reach No.31 in early 1966 with Don't Make Me Over.

I found my copy of It Isn't There covered with One Of These Days (His Master's Voice, POP1375) in a Tenby charity shop back in August for 50p.

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