Wednesday, November 14, 2018

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Dave Berry

Artist:Dave Berry
Song:The Crying Game
Album:Best of 60s British Beat

You probably heard this record in Neil Jordan's 1992 film The Crying Game. But you probably know nothing about it. It was a top five hit in England for Dave Berry in 1964. He got left behind when The British Invasion came to the US. He was born David Holgate Grundy Feb. 6, 1941 in Woodhouse, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He started singing in local groups in 1960. His stage name was a tribute to Chuck Berry. Berry was spotted by producer Mickie Most and that got him a record deal with Decca. His first single was a 1963 cover of Chuck Berry's Memphis. It reached #19 on the British singles chart. The Crying Game was his fourth single. It reached #5 on the British singles chart. Berry was conflicted. He wanted to be a rock singer but he had his greatest success with weepy ballads like The Crying Game. The song was written by Geoff Stephens of The New Vaudeville Band. Remember Winchester Cathedral? He was mostly a producer and songwriter. The guitar solo is by Big Jim Sullivan. As I said, Berry's recording was used in the 1992 film The Crying Game. Boy George's cover was also in the film and it was a top twenty hit in the US. Berry's other hits in England were Little Things in 1965 and Mama in 1966. He never charted in the US. You can get The Crying Game on this various artists budget comp. Berry still tours the nostalgia circuit in England. Here's Dave Berry performing The Crying Game in 1964. If you're wondering why he seems to be hiding, apparently that was his performance gimmick.

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