WFMU Ichiban, Rock and Soul with Debbie D

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crayons To Perfume Girl of the Week: Barry St. John - the lil' gal with the big voice!



**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** - CRAYONS TO PERFUME'S FIRST SHOW COMES TO WFMU ROCK 'n SOUL ICHIBAN THIS WEEK!!!!**

Barry St. John was merely a teenager when she recorded her first 45 in 1964. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland (and named Liz Thompson), Barry joined Ian Campbell & The Midnighters and then Bobby  Patrick & The Big 6. In 1961, the Big 6 moved to London and in 1962 they began to tour Germany and eventually moved to Hamburg. During this time Barry St. John was discovered as a solo artist and moved back to London by request of her management. In 1964 she recorded her first single for Decca a cover of the Shirelle's 'Thing of the Past'. However Barry was just cutting her teeth on those earlier singles. I think she really came into her own in the late 60's with one of my faves, her whalloping version of  'Cry Like A Baby'.

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I also like some of Barry's earlier sides, especially 'Brand New Man'



Check out her versions of 'Bread & Butter',  and 'Hey Boy' - she really can belt it out.

As an added bonus, here is 'Sweet Talk Me Baby' by Bobby Patrick & The Big 6!



Here's Barry St. John's entry on the fab Ready Steady Girls site

Crayons to Perfume is coming to WFMU's Rock'n Soul Ichiban THIS WEEK!!, hosted by Glynis Ward, dj girlgroupgirl

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