Only Sixteen CD
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In the world of popular music, Terence Perkins is a classic rags to riches story. Terence was working as a milkman on the Isle of Wight, his birthplace, when he entered and won a local talent contest. The prize was an appearance on the television show '6.5 Special' and the resulting exposure earned him a recording contract with Decca, where he was billed as Craig Douglas. After two singles with Decca, neither of which made the charts, Craig signed for Top Rank and, by carefully selecting covers of American repertoire, soon hit the charts. He topped the charts with 'Only Sixteen' when the original by Sam Cooke barely made #23 and recorded eight Top 50 hits in a little over two years with Top Rank. Further hits were secured on Columbia and a return to Decca, and he later recorded for Pye and Fontana. Whilst his chart career may have ended in 1963 with the advent of the Merseybeat boom, his long term career was assured and Craig continues to tour the nostalgia curcuit to this day. This album features re-recordings of all of Craig's hits, including both versions of 'A Hundred Pounds Of Clay'.
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Apart from the hits, the disc contains some versions of standards given the Craig Douglas treatment. Inexplicably, Buddy Holly's great number "Everyday", the flip of "Peggy Sue", has its composer described as "unknown". It was of course Buddy himself with alleged input from producer Norman Petty.
If you have recently seen Craig Douglas performing live, this disc would be a good souvenir of the event, but as a record (sorry about the pun) of his great days, it falls flat. If I had known it was not original tracks I would not have bought it.
I do still wonder why the picture on the front cover is Craig Douglas "then" and not "now" though. Well, actually no, I don't wonder.....
On reading this I was almost going to cancel the order, and request a refund. However as I hadn't paid a lot of money for it I decided not to.
How thankful I am now that I didn't cancel the order. This is a great collection, and they are all the original recordings (I can pick up a re-recording on the very first note). Without any doubt these are the original.
The track "One Hundred pounds Of Clay" you get the original recording and a bonus track of the new recording. There is absolutely nothing to complain about on this disc. All original tracks and great to listen to.
It's worth every penny, and an awful lot more than the small amount I paid. Buy it, and travel back to a time when the world was a more innocent place. It is a brilliant CD, and a joy to listen to. Ignore those who claim these are not the original recordings. They are misleading you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
disappointed that they were not the original recordings, but I really liked all the songs.Published 17 months ago by Ray Leahy
was all the rage when i first met my wife and she was "only Sixteen"....its our golden wedding soon! great.Published on 18 Jun. 2014 by cowboy
Unfortuantely, these tracks are re-recordings; not what I wanted at all, and not possible to tell when buying over the internetPublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by R J Taylor