Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday
The other night, a coworker gave me a ride home, as Ed and the boys were at the Drive In watching Clone Wars. This is the gentleman who surprised me with his love for jazz a few months back, so it was only natural that the radio in the car was tuned to the Orlando jazz outlet. A song came on, the three of us in the car were happy to hear a blast from the past and blog fodder had arrived. The song? Ace's "How Long."
If you're the average person, you may be wondering why that one song from the 70's merited a blog entry. The reason why it's notable in my book is that it is the first hit featuring vocalist Paul Carrack. Since then, Paul has had several solo hits, but he's also fronted many bands who hit the charts and has been a part of even more.
Are you familiar with Squeeze? Maybe, maybe not. Their biggest hit, "Tempted", features Paul's lead vocals. He replaced Jools Holland for their East Side Story album and returned to the band for a spell in the 90's to record their album Some Fantastic Place.
More than likely you're familiar with his work with the third band he charted with, Mike and the Mechanics. Paul is more prominent with them and you've heard his vocals on "Silent Running" and "The Living Years".
He has charted as a solo artist, too. "Don't Shed a Tear" and "I Live by the Groove" were hits in the late 80's/early 90's. Clearly, this is a guy who knows how to tap into what makes a hit.
Other artists, mostly across the pond, recognize this. Take a look at the man's discography and you'll find that he's recorded on the most popular selling single of all time, Elton John's "Candle in the Wind '97", with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt and Roger Waters, too.
Some guys work for years to break into the business. Other artists toil way, have hit after hit and they're not known. Then you've got Paul Carrack, a hit maker many times over that most people don't even realize that they've heard him time and time again.