Saturday, May 08, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Mockingbirds
Song:You Stole My Love
Album:Immediate Mod Box Set
The Mockingbirds were probably the most successful unsuccessful band of the British Invasion. That's because legendary songwriter Graham Gouldman was writing plenty of hits for other bands but couldn't seem to get anywhere with The Mockingbirds. Gouldman had a band in Manchester called The Whirlwinds. He took bassist Bernard Basso and guitarist Steve Jacobsen from that band and drummer Kevin Godley from The Sabres and formed The Mockingbirds in 1964. They signed with EMI's Columbia label and Gouldman wanted to release For Your Love as the first single. Columbia rejected that for That's How It's Gonna Stay. It bombed and For Your Love would soon be a hit for The Yardbirds. This pattern repeated itself several times over the next couple of years. For example, The Yardbirds also had a hit with You Stole My Love. Outside of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Gouldman probably wrote more hits than any British songwriter of the 60s. But he couldn't seem to write any for The Mockingbirds. They became the regular warmup band at the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops. The Mockingbirds left EMI and recorded a couple more singles for Decca but Gouldman threw in the towel in 1966. The band was not working. You can get You Stole My Love on this 3CD Immediate Records various artists box set from Castle Records. Graham Gouldman would attempt a solo career but eventually would found Strawberry Studios with Eric Stewart and form the very successful 10cc with Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. Here's a video for You Stole My Love by The Mockingbirds.