Valeryan & The Birth of The Beatles
Back in 1963 Dick Rowe of Decca actually turned down the Fab 4 – a fact that possibly every Beatles fan in the world knows …
A lesser know fact is that two years later the same Dick Rowe signed school girl Valerie Anne Lawrence to Decca and My Love Loves Me was released as a single very soon after!
Similarly few would realise that the same schoolgirl of all those years ago is still releasing albums as VALERYAN ..
It all happened after I had appeared on Hughie Green’s TV talent show Opportunity Knocks in the summer of 1965 ….During the next two weeks after the show was broadcast nationally, my parent’s telephone hardly stopped ringing as they were bombarded by numerous talent scouts/agents/producers and the aforementioned Dick Rowe…. of Decca.
Luckily for me my parents’ did allow me to take up the contract but they both had their heads screwed on right so I wasn’t allowed to do live shows or tours …. it was contracted the way they wanted it…… and dictated!
I’d never have survived it all if I’d been thrust headlong into the music business at that time and I’m eternally grateful for my dad’s common sense decision. Mind you at the time I rebelled like hell as you’d imagine!!
While this is all absolutely true I didn’t expect to find my story included in a recent huge publicity campaign about The Birth of The Beatles………
I was sent the link below out of the blue just a few weeks ago … while almost everything is accurate I wouldn’t have called it The Val Richards Story, and neither would I have included a video as of my days as part of The Settlers which was made before my time and features Cindy Kent!
Perhaps click on the link and have a laugh … as I did!
COVENTRY CAROL (with Blackbird)
In the summer of 2013 we were recording 12 pilot vocals for the White Christmas album which was released later that year. As the day was hot and airless and the vocal tracks would all be re recorded for real at a later date, we weren’t worried about sounds from outside, so we opened all the windows. A little Blackbird was sitting in a tree just next to where we were working and the mic picks up his beautiful song during this take of Coventry Carol. If you listen very carefull you’ll hear him in the second verse!
This video, which is one of my favourites, was once again produced in USA by Gary Quinn who has created so many others for my songs.
Watch and enjoy the magical story of that first Christmas of so long ago.
CHRISTMAS VIDEO 1 – I Believe in Father Christmas
This Christmas we’ve decided to make a series of videos of some of my previously released Christmas songs.
Here’s the first which is a cover of Greg Lake’s classic that comes to life yet again, this time really enhanced by Pete Goodall’s fabulous distinctive guitar sounds
Massa Lubrense Spirit
Massa Lubrense Spirit is a new video from Valeryan telling a deep mysterious love story from long ago which is based on real events.
The story tells of two young students from London University hitching down to Italy during the summer break . They just wanted to chill out and enjoy stressless time together. At the start of their journey they were blisfully in love and happy, and decided, amongst other places, to visit the beautiful fishing village of Massa Lubrense.
The car the students had been travelling in pulled up near to the fishing village and they were left at the side of a dusty road to continue their journey on foot. A short distance along the road there was a track which led down to the beautiful rocky bay itself. One of them had visited Massa Lubrense a few years earlier and he wanted to show his young fiancee this idealic place, so he led the way down the remembered track to the sea.
The young couple spent several perfect days at Massa Lubrense, while enjoying the ambience of the place and the gorgeous Italian weather. To this day neither has ever forgotten that magical time, when they were both so young.
Mysteriously, soon after leaving Italy and returning to London, the two students reassessed their lives and just went their separate ways splitting up forever.
Across the years the pair have been in touch occasionally and neither can explain quite why they parted as they did, agreeing it was still one of life’s little mysteries. But not so according to the words spoken by the Spirit of Massa Lubrense in this song!
The lyrics as “spoken” by the Spirit are in both Italian and English. She captures the imagination of the listener as she provides the reason behind what prompted the students to make such a sudden change in the course of their lives.
The Italian chorus translated is very simple … “Young love is very beautiful but you are both too young. Tomorrow you will part for ever, so sieze the moment while you can!”
At the time of writing Massa Lubrense Spirit, both are still living in the UK many miles apart and are both happily married. They agree the Massa Lubrense memories will always be with them as long as they live and are part of the ever increasing rich tapestry of experiences which make them both the people who they are today.
The song is available for download on I-TUNES Groovy Reflection Album https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/groovy-reflections/1293196721