Duffy Power — “I Saw Her Standing There” (alt. version): Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 20, 2022


645) Duffy Power — “I Saw Her Standing There(alternate version)

What a wild, happening ’63 cover of “I Saw Her Standing There” by the great Duffy Power (see #638). Duffy’s first take is even better than his A-side, but the Beatles told him it was “too jazzy”! Well, it is gloriously jazzy, in a Austin Powers/Quincy Jones “Soul Bossa Nova” sort of way. Yeah, baby!

Colin Harper:

[Duffy] recorded I Saw Her Standing There on 20 February 1963, [and] he was only the second artist to cover Lennon/McCartney on record. At that time [they] were trying to establish themselves as songwriters for other artists already considered successful and had written the song with him in mind. Duffy was backed by the Graham Bond Quartet, including John McLaughlin (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass) and Ginger Baker (drums) . . . . When word came back that “the boys” found it “too jazzy”, it was re-recorded, toned down, a month later. The group, plus Duffy, toured together and guested on the BBC radio show Pop Go the Beatles.


Bruce Eder adds that “the most impressive aspect of the recording, given its early date, was Power and the band’s thorough reinvention of song, a strong hint of just how much talent and ambition resided behind that fading teen idol persona.” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/duffy-power-mn0000120231)

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