Mocking Bird

Album: Once Again (1971)
  • This John Lees composition first saw the light of day as long ago as 1968. In an interview with this website, Keith Damone (official biographer of the band with his wife Monika) said Lees wrote "Mocking Bird" while he was living with the parents of his future wife, Olwen. The song is based on a musical phrase from "Pools Of Blue", which he wrote around the same time.
  • Lees recorded a demo on a tape recorder borrowed from Olwen, and it rapidly became a live favourite, although it wasn't recorded until 1970, augmented by an orchestral arrangement by Robert Godfrey, which unfortunately would result in litigation lasting years and costing the band a small fortune.
    The single was released in the UK on the Harvest label, March 3, 1971, backed by "Vanessa Simmons". >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments

Be the first to comment...

N.W.A vs. the WorldSong Writing

How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.

Wedding Bell BluesSong Writing

When a song describes a wedding, it's rarely something to celebrate - with one big exception.

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsSongwriter Interviews

Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.

How The Beatles Crafted Killer ChorusesSong Writing

The author of Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles, explains how the group crafted their choruses so effectively.

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.