Flashlite #45 Dedicated to Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannonToday’s show is dedicated to one of the greatest songwriters ever – Jackie DeShannon. There is no particular reason for this celebration of her talent, I just felt like I needed some of her music. Back in the sixties it wasn’t so easy to be a female singer-songwriter. Somehow, musical industry at the time saw women either as performers or songwriters. So, women that wanted to do both at the same time had hard time breaking through these barriers. For example, Carole King had to wait for the entire decade to be over until she was given an opportunity to record her own songs properly. Jackie DeShannon was making albums and successful singles through the decade, but typically made hits with other people’s songs (Needles and Pins, What The World Needs Now). Her own songs she very often recorded just as simple acetate demos and passed over to other artists. These recordings are not easy to find these days, but some of these recordings surfaced. Today we have a concept where we play versions of Jackie’s demos and studio versions recorded by other artists that actually made charts. But most of all, it’s a chance to hear gorgeous Jackie’s tunes in her own inspired interpretation. Slight asperity of her voice is unmistakable and paired with her perfect songs, they stand as some of the most beautiful recordings laid on tape… umm acetate.

The Searchers – When You Walk In The Room;
Jackie DeShannon – When You Walk In The Room;
Cher – Come And Stay With Me;
Jackie DeShannon – Come And Stay With Me;
Diana Dawn – Back Street Girl;
Jackie DeShannon – Back Street Girl;
The Fashionettes – Daydreamin’ Of You;
Jackie DeShannon – Daydreamin’ Of You;
Dick Lory – There’s Gonna Be A Fight;
Jackie DeShannon – There’s Gonna Be A Fight;
Jackie DeShannon – Don’t Doubt Yourself, Babe;
The Byrds – Don’t Doubt Yourself, Babe;
Jackie DeShannon And The Byrds – Splendor In The Grass;
The Boys – Splendor In The Grass;
Jackie DeShannon – Splendor In The Grass;
Wynona Carr – Carrying A Torch;
Jackie DeShannon – Carrying A Torch;
Dobie Gray – Blue Ribbons;
Jackie DeShannon – Blue Ribbons;
The Bandits – I Remember The Girl;
Jackie DeShannon – I Remember The Boy;
Jackie DeShannon – Bette Davis Eyes;
Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes.

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