Monday, January 21, 2013

Record #0244: Handy Man / Give Her Lots of Lovin’ – DEL SHANNON

Amy 905 (original) USA, Jun. 13, 1964
Words & Music by:  Side AOtis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones, Charles Merenstein; Side B – Del Shannon
Musicians: Del Shannon (vocals and guitar), Dennis Coffey (guitar), Billy Knight (guitar), Bob “Babbitt” Kreinar (bass), Max Crook (keyboards), Marcus Terry (drums), Bill Ramal (sax)
Recording sessions: Produced by Embee Productions at Bell Sound Studio, New York, NY, 1964
Highest chart positions:  US #22, UK #36

Del Shannon’s “Handy Man” (or James Taylor’s version) is probably the 2nd best-known cover of this 1956 original by The Sparks of Rhythm. It also was a big hit for the co-writer, Jimmy “Handy Man” Jones, when he went solo and recorded the song in 1960 (US #2, UK #3).

List price:  Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15

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