Monday, October 22, 2007


Tops with Helen Shapiro

Helen Shapiro born 1946_september_28 in Bethnal Green, London, England.

She is remembered today by younger pop culture buffs as the slightly awkward actress/singer in Richard Lester's 1962 debut feature film, It's Trad, Dad.
From 1961 until 1963, however, Helen was England's teenage pop music queen, at one point selling 40,000 copies daily of her biggest single Walking Back to Happiness during a 19-week chart run. A deceptively young 14 when she was discovered, Shapiro had a rich, expressive voice properly sounding like the property of someone twice as old, and she matured into a seasoned professional very quickly.

Helen Shapiro's debut LP 'Tops' with me is a selection consisting primarily of covers of 1961_1962 hits associated with other singers.
It's an astonishingly wide array of material, associated with the Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight, Marv Johnson - You Got What It Takes, Connie Francis - Lipstick on Your Collar, Bobby Darin - Beyond the Sea, Brenda Lee -Sweet Nothin's, and, from a British perspective in the jacket notes, Marty Wilde - A Teenager in Love, among others. She does well with the repertory, backed by Martin Slavin and his Orchestra in tasteful fashion on most of it, and Shapiro was probably the only female singer in England at the time who would not embarrass herself covering an early Motown number, You've Got What It Takes.
The primary goal of this LP seems to have been to show off the 15-year-old singer's range, intonation, and control, which this disc does admirably.
Most of the contents of this LP subsequently appeared on two EPs, and some of the best of those appear on the 2003 Helen Shapiro EP Collection CD.

Shapiro, Helen - 'Tops' with me 1962_03_10

01-Little Devil
02-Will You Love Me Tomorrow
03-Because They're Young
04-The Day The Rains Came
05-Are You Lonesome Tonight
06-Teenager In Love
07-Lipstick On Your Collar
08-Beyond The Sea
09-Sweet Nothin's
10-You Mean Everything To Me
11-I Love You
12-You Got What It Takes

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Shapiro, Helen - 'Tops' with me 1962_03_10 ORIGINAL RELEASED AS LP EMI SCX 3428

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