Shelby released

Today is Shelby Lynne’s forty-third birthday, and this bit should tell you everything you need to know about the music biz: she made a record with George Jones (“If I Could Bottle This Up”) way back in 1988, and she put out six full albums before winning a Grammy for Best New Artist — for 2000.

She also has a certain visual appeal:

Shelby Lynne

But what I really wanted to mention is this: in 2008, Shelby put out Just a Little Lovin’, a tribute to the late Dusty Springfield that garnered decent reviews. Did her label put out a single from it? They did: “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” a song which Dusty did cut but which is much more strongly associated with Dionne Warwick. More music-biz brilliance, right? Except that Shelby’s sparse, stripped-down, aching version packs just as much of an emotional wallop as Dionne’s — and more than Dusty’s. Sometimes the music biz gets it right.



  1. Jeffro »

    23 October 2011 · 12:21 am

    The retro look in that video was pretty cool – the Selectric, rotary phone, cassette deck and so on. I couldn’t tell what kind of turntable she was using, but that looked for all the world like a Shure cartridge hung out there on the tonearm.

    Plus she can sing. Yes.

  2. CGHill »

    23 October 2011 · 10:41 am

    I seem to recall that cartridge as being an Audio-Technica.

    At least it gives me another reason to look, right?

  3. Tatyana »

    23 October 2011 · 2:38 pm

    She has a decent stylist. The song I find annoying in its monotony and…how to define it…irresolution (the musical phrase that stretches and stretches without harmonious ending)

  4. CGHill »

    23 October 2011 · 2:53 pm

    What has always struck me about this song has been the abrupt shifts in rhythm, through 5/4 to 4/4 and 7/8, which apparently made life difficult for lyricist Hal David.

    For comparison, here’s the Dionne Warwick original, with more elaborate orchestration and actual background singers.

  5. Tatyana »

    23 October 2011 · 3:03 pm

    oh, that is just a screaming toothache. like a drill machine at dentist’s.

  6. Jeffro »

    23 October 2011 · 3:45 pm

    On second thought, I think you are correct. Made me look!

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    24 October 2011 · 2:21 am

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