Taste of Honey

Taste of Honey

by Lenny Welch
     
 

Lenny Welch recorded for numerous labels during a lengthy career, but the tracks he made for the first of these, Cadence, remain the most celebrated. That's mostly since it was on Cadence where he had what were by far his two most famous records, the 1963 number four hit "Since I Fell for You" and original 1962 vocal version of "A Taste of Honey" that was covered by… See more details below

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Lenny Welch recorded for numerous labels during a lengthy career, but the tracks he made for the first of these, Cadence, remain the most celebrated. That's mostly since it was on Cadence where he had what were by far his two most famous records, the 1963 number four hit "Since I Fell for You" and original 1962 vocal version of "A Taste of Honey" that was covered by the Beatles on their first album. Both of those songs are on this 20-track CD, which has all of the cuts from the singles he released on Cadence between 1959 and 1964, as well as three that only showed up on a 1963 LP. During this period Welch usually explored the very mildest edge of R&B/pop, sometimes giving the impression he might have been more comfortable as a straight pop crooner than one who admitted any influence from soul and rock at all. As with many singers known only for one or two songs, there's a reason he didn't become bigger; none of the other tracks were nearly as memorable. In fact, a good number were mediocre, and sometimes the similarities in the vocals and arrangements to more successful and better talents like Brook Benton, Johnny Mathis, and Sam Cooke are too apparent. It didn't help that, prior to "Since I Fell for You," Welch also seemed to be casting about for a style, even making a strange attempt at Latin dance rock with the "Changa Rock"/"Boogie Cha Cha" single, as well as covering an obscure Paul Anka song, "I'd Like to Know." His later recordings find him settling into a more confident Mathis-like groove, but he never could get another song that stood out as readily. Ace does its usual commendable job with liner notes and vintage illustrations/press clips, but the general rock and pop fan would be better off sticking with the appearance of "Since I Fell for You" on numerous oldies various-artists compilations (though "A Taste of Honey," to be fair, is harder to locate on reissues than its stature as the original version of a tune the Beatles covered would indicate). As an interesting trivial note, a co-writer of one of the better tracks, 1964's "Father Sebastian," was Nancie Mantz, later to co-write the Electric Prunes' psychedelic classic "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667024426
catalogNumber:
1139
Rank:
10933

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Tracks

  1. You Don't Know Me
  2. I Need Someone
  3. Darlin'
  4. Three Handed Woman
  5. I'd Like to Know
  6. Changa Rock
  7. Boogie Cha Cha
  8. Mama, Don't You Hit That Boy
  9. It's Just Not That Easy
  10. Ebb Tide
  11. Congratulations Baby
  12. A Taste of Honey
  13. The Old Cathedral
  14. Since I Fell for You
  15. Are You Sincere
  16. You Can Have Her
  17. Stranger in Paradise
  18. I'm in the Mood for Love
  19. If You See My Love
  20. Father Sebastian

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lenny Welch   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Lenny Welch   Composer
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Irv Taylor   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Keith Colley   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Jim Seals   Composer
Nancie Mantz   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Darrell Crofts   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Wally Zober   Composer
John Herbert   Composer
Karen Street   Composer

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