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“Mary Anne”: UK Countrypolitan

Legendary producer/engineer, Glyn Johns (The Who, Faces, Belly, Joe Satriani) gets behind the mic to sing this tuneful slice of British-flavored countrypolitan, “Mary Anne:

Produced, arranged and conducted by – not Johns – but rather, Tony Meehan, drummer of premier UK instrumental outfit, The Shadows, and released in 1965 on Immediate, the independent label started by Rolling Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, along with Tony Calder.

Mary Anne - Glyn Johns 45

One 45Cat contributor highlights this factoid of note from Simon Spence’s 2008 history, Immediate Records:  Labels Unlimited:

“The Rolling Stones’ previous recording engineer, Glyn Johns’, went from control booth to the vocal booth for his debut single, a deep-voiced croon cover of the Shadows recent hit “Mary-Anne”.  Unfortunately sales of the single were less than the number of promotional copies sent to the press and radio.”

Perhaps this helps explain why Johns’ one and only Immediate 45 has commanded healthy prices at auction in recent years.

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