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  • Audio CD (26 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B000026PRE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Susan Maughan - Best Of - Cd

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"One of the iconic early songs of the 1960's is definitely the Susan Maughan classic pop song Bobby's Girl, which was a cover of a hit on the other side of the pond. This "best of" compilation consists of 18 pure early 1960's pure pop tunes, sung quite endearingly by Susan.

Bobby's Girl was by far and away Susan's biggest ever hit, reaching a high of #3 in 1963, the same year that Susan won the best female singer award. At 44 minutes in length the CD is not overly long, but it means you can enjoy these pop tunes more frequently, and at a decent price, the CD is really a bargain.

County Durham born Susan may not have the greatest voice in the world, but she can sure put over a tune. Hand a Handkercief to Helen was a small hit for Susan, and some say the song is aimed at Helen Shapiro, who Susan dislodged as the #1 singer at the time. Verdict Is Guilty and Bachelor Girl are what can only be described as "pure pop tunes of their time" - so if you like early 60's music "like I do" (that incidentally is the name of a hit for the beautiful 60's and very underrated singer Maureen Evans) - you will really enjoy this jolly CD."
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2005
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Born Marion Susan Maughan but dropping her first name, Susan's big hit was a cover of Bobby's girl. Originally an American hit for Marcie Blane, Susan took the song to the top three in the British charts. Neither singer had much success after that although as I explained in a review of a Marcie Blane compilation, Marcie really wasn't interested in a recording career, or indeed a singing career of any kind, and contented herself with a normal life away from the spotlight. As a contrast, Susan has built a singing career on the strength of Bobby's girl, performing on cruise liners, at seaside resorts and elsewhere on the cabaret circuit.
Following the success of Bobby's girl, Susan had the chance of to cover Tell him, which had been a huge success for the Exciters in America. Susan's manager turned it down so Billie Davis recorded the song instead and took it into the UK top ten. Susan did manage to scrape into the lower end of the UK charts with her next two singles (Hand a handkerchief to Helen, She's near to you) but subsequent singles failed even to do that.
This compilation, containing the three hits and the best of the rest, provides a reminder of what a great singer Susan was in the sixties. While she deserved to have more than one major hit, it's great to know that even just one big hit was enough to allow Susan to pursue a career spanning several decades doing what she enjoys - singing to her fans.
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Susan Maughan was cute, pert and - oh yes - had a great singing voice. In 1963 she officially took over Helen Shapiro's mantle as Britain's Top Female Vocalist (It was alleged that her "Hand A Handerkerchief To Helen" was a direct jibe at the deposed Queen Helen, but I never bought that one). Her career as a chart artist however was - in common with very many other good performers of the day - effectively ended by Beatlemania and all that came in its wake. This compilation more than amply illustrates what a fine singer Susan Maughan was, and it is good to know that she did at least continue making a successful career for herself in the less high-profile world of cabaret and cruise liners. Her rendition of "Bobby's Girl" sits firmly in a fairly rare category : An example of a British cover version that was actually significantly better than its American original. In this case her powerful interpretation knocks into a cocked hat the rather uninspired Marcie Blaine version, which came complete with a spoken verse, which - thankfully - Susan's producers chose NOT to replicate. If good, unabashed early 1960's British pop is your bag, there will be plenty here for you to enjoy - and at a very reasonable price too.
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Susan Maughan had one of those "pleasant" pop voices of the early 60s and this collection shows it off well. All tracks are original Philips from 1962-1964 and in proper mono.

A great selection of mostly upbeat tracks. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that on one or two tracks the sound quality is not A1. Good enough, but for HiFi listening you can tell the reduction in quality.

I did not recognise many of the titles, but on hearing them found them very catchy.

Still recommended as you don't find many recordings of Susan these days.
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That's right, 21-year-old Susan Maughan's "Bobby Girl" (a cover of teenage American recording débutante Marcie Blane's one and only hit) entered the British charts the very same week as the Beatles' "Love Me Do" (11 October 1962). The British "Bobby Girl" rose to #3 and stayed around for 19 weeks, while the lads from Liverpool topped out at #17. However, that trajectory would radically change by January with the Beatles' "Please Please Me" [#2], and then on to greatness of an unprecedented and unmatched scale. Conversely, Susan would be losin' from then on, having only two more singles dent the Top 50; then off the charts permanently by June '63. (In the US, Marcie Blane's trajectory was eerily similar: her original "Bobby's Girl" made it to #2; there were two low-performing chart follow-ups; and she disappeared by October at just 19 years of age.)

This CD collection [total running time: 44 minutes even] tracks Maughan's 1962-64 recordings, with apparently one glaring, frustrating exception I will mention at the end. Her "Bobby's Girl" is noticeably inferior to Marcie Blane's, as it lacks the original's teenage innocence and charm. Maughan belts it out in big-voiced, mature, middle-of-the-road style overpowering the featherweight teen-crush ditty and creating a rather risible mismatch.

Her "Bobby Girl" follow-up would determine her whole future in the recording business, and it proved to be an all-out stinker: an original this time, called "Hand a Handkerchief to Helen" (nothing to do with teenage hit-maker Helen Shapiro; the name was not so uncommon then). She again overwhelms the silly thing - not that there was really any way to rescue it.
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