Tallyman

Album: The Best Of Jeff Beck (1967)
Charted: 30

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Graham Gouldman, who Beck knew from his days in The Yardbirds. Gouldman wrote the Beck-era Yardbirds songs "Heart Full of Soul" and "Evil Hearted You."

    A few years later, Gouldman formed his own band, 10cc.
  • This was Jeff Beck's second single as a solo artist, following "Hi Ho Silver Lining."
  • A tallyman is a guy who comes around collecting rent. This tallyman also brings items, which he sells to the family, keeping them in debt.
  • "Tallyman" is a very English word, which limited this song's international appeal. It wasn't released as a single in America, except for promotional purposes.
  • As he did with "Bus Stop," Gouldman's father Hymie helped out with the lyric.
  • This was produced by Mickie Most, who was Beck's producer in The Yardbirds. Most also produced Beck's first two solo albums.

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