on 8 July 2011
While the name Billy Meshell was nowhere near a household one he can be seen as one of many Brill Building writers who never made the big time in the Goffin/King or Greenwich/Barry sense but together with other writers his name appeared on dozens of hit singles in the 60s as B sides.
Meshel was mostly the composer and probably his biggest song was Dear Mrs Applebee-a hit for David Garrick in the U K and Holland and seen at the time as a song modelled on the Kinks.The original was by a girl named Marie Applebee who was actually Mary Aiese of Reperata & the Delrons
Mainly the songs of Billy Meshell fell easily into high school pop and this CD is an important addition to the catalog to anyone interested in 60s music and comes with a full booklet with info you won't find anywhere else
Some others whose names were more famous than his recorded his songs: Del Shannon,Rita Pavone,Jerry Keller,Lenny Welch,Babs Tino,Don & Juan,Gary Criss,Marcy Jo,Dion & the Belmonts,Dale Brooks,Ginny Arnell and the Royalettes
Meshel recorded some of his songs himself under a number of aliases including believe it or not Billy Stewart-which must have caused collectors to pay daft money if they thought it was the real one
Roberta Wynn heard here with a song called Dream Boy (not the Robin Ward one) is actually Meshell's wife and was an inspiration behind the song Its Murder For Roberta by one Jennie Smith who appeared on the Steve Allen Show.She challenged Billy to write a song rhyming another word with Roberta
The 30 page book with the CD is full of label scans,pics and info not to be found anywhere else
He also cut an album called Love Songs
Rare Rockin Records compilations can be alittle hit and miss. This one is very good. A fantastic 32 page colour booklet with great liner notes. The sound quality for the most part is very good, however three or four tracks sound like disc dubs to my ears. The quality of the music is well above average and many tracks being very good or excellent as in the case of 'My fool of a heart' by Lenny welch (co-written by the great Teddy Randazzo). Lots of great tracks to discover here, including the title track 'Paradise Found' by Billy himself, only a couple of really poor songs overall. If you like this period of American music (1959-67) you'll most certainly like this cd.