- Artist: Graig Douglas
- A Side: Don't Mind If I Cry
- B Side: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
- Label: Pye
- Format: 45s
If you've not heard the killer before, be prepare to fall in love with another standout British creation, a mountainous big emotional beater that will surely move you.
Terry Perkins aka (Craig Douglas) from The Isle Of Wight had always possessed a superior voice with a creamy richness that afforded him several British hits from 1959 through 1962. In 1959 he reached no. 1 with his version of Sam Cooke's "Only Sixteen". Followed by minor hits with two other "soul covers" "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "When My Little Girl Is Smiling". After that his career slept for a few years. His final Soul cover coming in 1966 "I'm on the Outside Looking In" then after that predicable failure, his went on pause until 1969. That was until the box office smash film "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" was released and Tony Hatch came up with matching up Craig's floating vocal to Bert Bacharach and Hal David's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", but this also failed to receive airplay or sales, with B. J. Thomas taking all the honours.
The final unjust insult came from Pye Records themselves, when they erroneously credited the artist as GRAIG Douglas instead of Craig. But like has happened countless times over the decades, out of adversity, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the flipside just happens to be Craig's finest moment in the studio as far as Northern Soul scholars are concerned. Written by balladeer J. A. Freeman, produced by Tony Hatch resulting in British Beat Ballad Heaven of the highest calibre.
Listen as the most-unusual intro sidetracks you until haunting strings, precise drumming, aerial girls swoop in... swirling violins, triumphant horns raise the roof glueing this magnificent performance together. Creating a real lost jewel buried under the haystack of British pop mediocrity that neither Tony Hatch nor Pye Records acknowledged at the time.
Thank Heavens for the curiosity and determination of the British Northern Soul vinyl-investigators allowing this 45 the long overdue exposure it so deserves. I played this disc a few years back in those much anticipated "Soul Essence" Saturday afternoon freestyle sets.. the intro, then Craig's creamy voice turned heads, causing turntable voyeurs to leave their seats. After the record had finished, it was sold to a very insistent collector.
It is listings like this that allow us to disclose hidden brilliance, even though this 45 has had a cult following for over 40 years from fleeting in cultured settings like Soul Essence, but still, most people have never heard its captivating beauty.
Condition ReportTwo clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. Full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in store stamped birth-sleeve
- Title: Don't Mind If I Cry
- Title: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
- Year: 5th December 1969
- City: United Kingdom