Mark Dinning: Top Forty, News, Weather and Sports (1961)

 |   |  <1 min read

Mark Dinning: Top Forty, News, Weather and Sports (1961)

The rather sad Mark Dinning has appeared at From the Vaults previously because he was the voice on the great death ballad Teen Angel of '59 which had been written by his sister Jean.

That's a classic, but this isn't because it was recorded when his career was on the skids after that initial flush of success and the alcoholism which it allowed him.

If there's anything interesting about this non-hit is that is was written by the great JD Loudermilk who penned such rock'n'roll era classics Tobacco Road (which the Blues MAgoos turned into a psyche-out trip in '66), Talk Back Trembling Lips (a huge hit for Johnny Tillitson), Sad Movies Always Make Me Cry and then in the later Sixties the hit Indian Reservation (for Paul Revere and the Raiders).

Loudermilk's songs were recorded by Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Chet Atkins, Mose Allison and Glen Campbell among may others.

But only Mark Dinning recorded this one . . . which oddly enough went to number 17 on the Australian charts, but was ignored everywhere else.

What did the Australians hear in this very American-centric song that no one else did?

For other one-off songs with a bit of history or an interesting back-story see From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Rachel Sweet; Stranger in the House (1978)

Rachel Sweet; Stranger in the House (1978)

While no one actually used the word "jailbait" at the time, you can bet the idea passed through a few music writers' heads when the photos of Rachel Sweet came across their desks from... > Read more

PJ Proby: Lonely Weekends (1965)

PJ Proby: Lonely Weekends (1965)

One of the most pressing problems facing big voiced balladeers of the mid and late Sixties -- PJ Proby, Tom Jones, Solomon King, Engelbert Humperdinck and John Rowles among them -- was a lack of... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . PETE BURNS: What's on the a-gender?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . PETE BURNS: What's on the a-gender?

A lifetime and career trajectory from beautiful young New Wave pop-boy star to a very alarming botoxed older woman is not what most people would chart for themselves. But welcome to the world... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SPELLING ON THE STONE: The King is dead, long live the king?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SPELLING ON THE STONE: The King is dead, long live the king?

Of the innumerable "Elvis is Alive" hoaxes, the song Spelling on the Stone of 1989 has to count as having one of the best/funniest back-stories. So let's get this right: Elvis wanted... > Read more