THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
469) The Boys Blue — “You Got What I Want”
I previously featured the Sorrows’ take on “Take a Heart”, a song written by Miki Dallon and first released by The Boys Blue (see #407). Well, what goes around comes around. Today I am featuring the Boys Blue’s B-side to “Take a Heart” — “You Got What I Want”, which the Sorrows also subsequently released as an A-side and was also written by Dallon. Richie Unterberger calls it a “really good track[ with] a poppy R&B raver kind of sound” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/thats-alright-mw0000600394) and an “excellent, tough R&B/pop fusion”. (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-boys-blue-mn0001385051)
Untergerger also notes that “[s]ome have believed that the [Boys Blue] was a pseudonym for, or an earlier version of, the Sorrows, because both songs were also recorded by the Sorrows. Additionally, both songs were written by Miki Dallon . . . . It turns out, though, that the Boys Blue were . . . entirely different . . . .” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-boys-blue-mn0001385051) He contends that although “Take a Heart” and “You Got What I Want” “were done reasonably well by the Boys Blue, the Sorrows’ renditions are superior and definitive.” I have to partially disagree with Richie. I think the Boys Blue’s is the definitive version of “You Got What I Want.”
Who were the Blue Boys? Marc Campbell writes that:
Having more in common with the MC5 than the British Invasion groups, Coventry, England’s raw and explosive The Boys Blue shoulda been contenders. . . . Lead singer Jeff Elroy . . . had a great voice, cool moves and star power. The Boys Blue released one single in 1965: “Take Heart”/“You Got What I Want.” The record failed to become a hit and the band faded into obscurity.https://dangerousminds.net/comments/freakbeat_classic_the_boys_blue
As to Miki Dallon, Unterberger says:
As an artist, producer, and songwriter, Miki Dallon was an interesting secondary figure of the British Invasion, albeit one whose work rarely troubled the charts (“Take a Heart,” a fair-sized U.K. hit for the Sorrows, being his most successful tune). As a singer he was only adequate, if exuberant, but as a composer he had a knack for combining some hard-edged R&B riffs with British Invasion pop-soul.
Check out the site’s new page: Stick It to the (Fish)Man: Feedback — the coolest comments I have received!
I have added a Facebook page for Brace for the Obscure 60s Rock! If you like what you read and hear and feel so inclined, please visit and “like” my Facebook page by clicking here.
The Boys Blue perform the song live:
Here is the Sorrows’ version:
Pay to Play! The Off the Charts Spotify Playlist! + Brace for the Obscure 60s Rock Merchandise
Please consider helping to support my website/blog by contributing $6 a month for access to the Off the Charts Spotify Playlist. Using a term familiar to denizens of Capitol Hill, you pay to play! (“relating to or denoting an unethical or illicit arrangement in which payment is made by those who want certain privileges or advantages in such arenas as business, politics, sports, and entertainment” — dictionary.com).
The playlist includes all the “greatest songs of the 1960’s that no one has ever heard” that are available on Spotify. The playlist will expand each time I feature an available song.
All new subscribers will receive a Brace for the Obscure 60s Rock magnet. New subscribers who sign up for a year will also receive a Brace for the Obscure 60s Rock t-shirt or baseball cap. See pictures on the Pay to Play page.
When subscribing, please send me an e-mail (GMFtma1@gmail.com) or a comment on this site letting me know an e-mail address/phone number/Facebook address, etc. to which I can send instructions on accessing the playlist and a physical address to which I can sent a magnet/t-shirt/baseball cap. If choosing a t-shirt, please let me know the gender and size you prefer.
Just click on the first blue block for a month to month subscription or the second blue block for a yearly subscription.