Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 06/15/2019

Ashton, Gardner & Dyke sounds like a law firm or a group of accountants, but it was actually a music group that had its beginnings in Liverpool in 1963 (you know, before that other group from Liverpool hit it big!)

After a few lineup changes, by 1968 the trio had added a lead guitarist (without adding his name to the mix). They then settled in to record their first album in 1969. Their first single failed to do much. They switched record labels, and in January 1971 released Resurrection Shuffle, a song written by Ashton. The record shot up the charts in the UK, hanging around for 14 weeks and reaching number three.

Tom Jones released his version of the song in the US before Ashton, Gardner & Dyke’s version release caught on there. Tom’s version peaked at #35 on July 17. Ashton, Gardner & Dyke’s version of the song slowly followed Tom’s version up in the charts, but only reached #40 the first week of August. Perhaps the two records competing with each other kept either single from doing well.

Maybe it’s just me, but when comparing the two versions, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke’s video (in color!) it seems a lot more alive than Tom’s video (in glorious black and white).

The group turned into a one-hit wonder and never charted again in spite of recording a few more albums. Tom’s career took a nosedive as well, and it was six years before Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow brought him back into the top forty.

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