The Quiet Five — “When the Morning Sun Dries the Dew”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 21, 2022


676) The Quiet Five — “When the Morning Sun Dries the Dew”

This gentle strummed ballad of “haunting folksiness” (Richie Unterberger, originally meant for Marianne Faithfull, hit #45 in the UK.

Richie Unterberger gives us some band history:

[The Quiet Five] ma[d]e the lower reaches of the U.K. charts . . . releas[ing] half a dozen singles in 1965-1967 (one in the U.S. only) in various styles showcasing their accomplished vocal harmonies. The best of these, their debut, “When the Morning Sun Dries the Dew,” was written by guitarist/singer Keis Ife for Marianne Faithfull. While it[] . . . would have been appropriate for [her] . . . the Quiet Five ended up releasing it themselves, and it did nudge just inside the British Top 50. . . . Some of their work had fleeting similarities to other pop-oriented acts of the British Invasion, such as the Fortunes, Peter & Gordon, and the Tremeloes, but they never established too strong an identity of their own. . . [T]hey also backed Faithfull on a 1965 EP. . . . Ife left the group in 1967 to record as a solo act with MGM, and is best known for the late-’60s single on which he covered Joe South’s “Hush,” as this was the version that inspired the big cover hit of the same song by Deep Purple. adds that:

A London based group of musicians formed the Trebletones in 1961 . . . . Learning there was another Trebletones, [what are the odds of that?!] the group became The Vikings. . . . The Vikings’ manager, John Smith, had wanted a group he had seen, Patrick Dane and The Quiet Five, to turn professional. The group were not interested in touring, so the entire group was dropped and the Vikings group was brought in as replacements. . . . Kris Ife had written “When the Morning Sun Dries the Dew” for Marianne Fairhfull, but the song was considered to have hit potential, and the group were brought to Abbey Road Studios to record it . . . . Upon release, it charted at number 45. A cover of Fats Walker’s Honeysuckle Rose”, the second release, failed to chart. “Homeward Bound” from . . . Simon and Garfunkel . . . followed, but only achieved a chart placing of 44 as it met with competition from Simon and Garfunkel’s own version that went to Number 9. . . . The group moved to CBS records for one last single and then called it quits.

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