Sunday, 30 April 2017

Spencer Davis Group: Waltz For Lumumba (1966)

This wonderfully hedonistic instrumental track which first appeared on the 1966 album Autumn '66 and then the 1967 album I'm A Man by The Spencer Davis Group. Its arguably one of their best songs but often unheard of.

It was recycled as Waltz For Caroline for the 1968 film Here We Go Round The Muberry Bush; a 1967 British teensploitation film based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France. Viva la revolución!

Plot summary: Frustrated that he still hasn't lost his virginity, teenage grocery store delivery boy Jamie McGregor (Barry Evans) appeals to Spike (Christopher Timothy, of James Herriot fame), an older ladies' man, for advice. After failing to seal the deal with several local girls because of his working class mannerisms and a paralyzing case of teenage self-doubt, Jamie struggles to get the attention of Mary Gloucester (Judy Geeson), a beautiful classmate who doesn't seem to know he even exists.

How very 60's. 

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