Saturday, June 14, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-David and Jonathan

Artist:David and Jonathan
Album:David and Jonathan

Of course most folks are familiar with The Beatles classic Michelle. But this cover of Michelle by David and Jonathan was a US top 20 hit in 1966. I think a lot of listeners thought the record was by Chad and Jeremy. David and Jonathan? They had one other hit in England. They are the very successful songwriting team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. Both guys are from Bristol, England. Greenaway was a member of The Kestrels. When Cook joined the Kestrels in 1964, they started writing together. Their first big hit was You've Got Your Troubles by The Fortunes in 1965. Then they started recording together as David and Jonathan. The odd thing was they were on EMI just like The Beatles and George Martin was their producer. Michelle was their second single and it reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. In those days, anything remotely related to The Beatles was likely to be a hit. That was David and Jonathan's only hit in North America but Lovers Of The World Unite reached #7 on the British Singles chart. They also sang the theme for the 1966 film Modesty Blaise. When Greenway and Cook started to have a lot of success as songwriters, they decided to quit recording as a duo. You can get all their recordings on this comp from RPM Records. Greenaway and Cook continued to write many hits together until Cook moved to Nashville in 1975. Cook was also lead singer of the late 60s group Blue Mink. Here's a video for Michelle by David and Jonathan.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent singing Frank. I am sorry they never had any more hits. Very talented singing duo. Thanks so much for introducing them to me. I like what I heard.