Saturday, September 29, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Fortunes

Artist:The Fortunes
Song:You've Got Your Troubles
Album:The Singles

The Fortunes rode The British Invasion to their only US top ten hit You've Got Your Troubles in 1965. They faded soon after but had a couple more hits later. They were from Birmingham and started in 1963 as the vocal group The Cliftones with Rod Allen, Glen Dale and Barry Prichard. They signed with Decca Records in England and added keyboard player David Carr and drummer Andy Brown. Their first couple of singles didn't catch on. But then You've Got Your Troubles reached #2 on the British singles chart and #7 on the billboard Hot 100. The song was written by the veteran songwriting team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. It's got great vocal harmonies and that's the reason the song is still a popular oldie today. They had more hits in England but not in the US. Glen Dale left in 1966 and was replaced by Shel McCrae. The Fortunes moved to United Artists in 1967 but they didn't adjust to the rise of psychedlia. A Coke jingle and the minor hit That Same Old Feeling kept them going. Then they signed with Capitol and had a US top 20 hit in 1971 with Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again. The Fortunes never split up. They just faded and Rod Allen led them on the nostalgia circuit for years. Because they were on multiple labels, it's hard to get all of The Fortunes hits on one CD. And beware of re-recorded versions. But this CD from the Dutch label BR Music has the original versions. Rod Allen and Barry Prichard led The Fortunes for years. Prichard died in 1999 and Allen died in 2008. A version of the band still tours. David Carr moved to the US and was a session mjusician for Kim Fowley. He died in 1999. Here are The Fortunes performing You've Got Your troubles on the 1965 NME Awards. This footage is on Youtube but the live audio has been replaced by the studio recording. I prefer the live version.
The Fortunes - You've Got Your Troubles by scootaway

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