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Zayn Adam - Dream from basement tapes.

Songwriter Peter Richardson got the late Zayn Adam to demo some songs for him a few years back and at one of them was great take and good enough to take the point of a final production, so Peter has done this with, In a Dream . A single release of the song will go live on digital platforms on the 20th of August. This follows a long process of getting the recordings to a suitable technical quality.  Zayn's performance is as always sympathetic and convincing being the professional vocal stylist that he was. He was a ballad specialist and Peter can be happy with Zayn's interpretation.  Links -

Janie Renee - digital re-issue

Canadian jazz singer/songwriter, Janie Renee will make her album titled, Les Valises available for digital streaming and download from the 30th July 2021.  To date the album has only been available on CD. Here the French language press release from her label Les disques MME -  Links - iTunes > Spotify -

Unreleased Lesley Rae Dowling song to be a single

 Dressing for the Boys is a song written and performed by enigmatic singer/songwriter, Lesley Rae Dowling (LRD).  Her producer, Terence (Tully) McCullagh had a pre-production version of her performing the song in his archive. He dug it out recently and decided to make a single out of it.  When he heard how well it turned out he said he could not remember why it was never finished before.  "I think it was around the time we were working on her  Unravished Brides album, we did a quarter inch stereo take of the song. She was writing a lot of material at the time and this song somehow got forgotten", said Tully. Lesley Rae Dowling live circa 1985 (c) Songwrights Publishers Written in the 1980s, it has a very catchy chorus.  One can hear the influences of the pop writers of the period in her approach. Lesley played a simple piano track to accompany her voice. Tully kept this and has thus captured that charm in his very sympathetic production. It is something of a surprise that s

Crocodile Harris' debut re-mixed

 Miss Eva Goodnight was written by the McCullagh brothers in South Africa in the 1970s.  They recruited Crocodile Harris, the stage name for the late Robin Graham, a young singer at the time, with hopes of making a career in pop music. Terence (Tully) McCullagh asked him to try out a vocal take on the back tracks for the song the brothers had prepared.  Single sleeve (c) Songwrights Publishers Tully remembers that Harris added a special delivery to the lyrics. "He did not sing it exactly as we wrote it, but his approach was very catchy. The local EMI representative heard Croc's version and that was it. He signed and we got a number one record", said Tully.  They had launched a new pop act who went on to follow-up on this debut. More re-issues are planned. The original release was issued in the 1970s. Last month Tully re-produced the song, keeping only Harris' vocal. The new production was released on the 2nd of July 2021. Links - Spotify -  h