Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Michelle Lee - Michelle Lee Sings L. David Sloane - 1968

Okay 80's pop culture fans this one is for you. The record isn't an 80's record, but to me Michele Lee is strongly connected to the 80's because of her role on Knotts Landing. I have to admit I was far too young to be watching this show because it was basically a sleazy soap, but for whatever reason I watched Dallas and Knotts Landing and Dynasty with my mother back in the day. A big part of that is because I didn't get cable until the late 80's and so I mostly grew up with just the local networks stations. We didn't have the sort of niche programing that kids have today. Heck I didn't even have MTV until '87 or '88. So at least for the first season I watched Knotts Landing and while my mother continued watching later seasons I didn't, but I was always a little aware of what was going on as I would over hear my mother talk about the show with others. So there is the 80's connection and my connection to posting this record from 1968.

While I'm being honest here I should say, that before seeing this record I wasn't even aware that Miss Lee sang. I knew she had been around long before Knotts. I loved and still love the Herbie movies the first of which she is in (The Love Bug). So when I saw this I was quite surprised and interested. It turns out she can really sing and there are quite a few great performances turned in on this record. If you are a fan of that Bacharach style of song writing and production, then I think you'd like this record. It reminds me a lot of what he was turning out in the late 60's. I know I'm not exactly making a giant leap with that comparison since the record does include several Bacharach cuts like "The Look Of Love" a Bacharach classic made famous the year before by Dusty Springfield and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" made famous by Dionne Warwick that same year of 1968. Highlights on this record for me are tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10 & 11. Oddly enough I don't have L. David Sloane on my list and I'm pretty sure that was the minor hit from the record. It's okay, but the others are better.


01 I Didn't Come To New York To Meet A Guy From My Home Town.m4a
02 The Look Of Love (From _Casino Royale_).m4a
03 Love Is Blue (L'Amour est blue).m4a
04 Goin' Out Of My Head.m4a
05 I Can't Believe I'm Losing You.m4a
06 Spooky.m4a
07 L, David Sloane.m4a
08 Can't Take My Eyes Off You.m4a
09 Kiss Me Goodbye.m4a
10 Honey (I Miss You).m4a
11 Do You Know The Way To San Jose.m4a

Michelle Lee Sings L. David


André said...

Some twenty-five years ago I found the L. David Sloane 45, left it in its row to pick it up a few minutes later in the record shop - and then it was gone.
The price was around fifty dollarcents. But I never saw it again in my neck of the woods.

So ubiquitous thanks for giving me the opportunity to hear it (and have a look at the singer as well).

Spencer said...

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

Thanx for this share! I've been searching high and low for this!! :)

Spencer said...

You are very welcome.

bthrock said...

My parents had the "L. David Sloane" single plus this album, and my brothers and I (ages ~8, 5 and 5) all knew L. David Sloane. I can't wait to hear it again! Michelle Lee's biggest moment as a singer was probably when she snagged the female lead role of Rosemary in the film of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Philo said...

She also made a movie called "Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story" in which she played country music star Dottie West and sang all of her own songs. If you can find it it's worth watching.

I sooo wish this was still available Spencer. Any chance you'll be posting it again?

Spencer said...
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Spencer said...

Send me an e-mail and I'll get you a link.