Never Leave Me
The Stratfords Never Leave Me b/w Enaj 45 (O'Dell, 1964)
Ahhhh here is some brilliant haunted pop. Lots of reverb'd darkness, eerie vocals, and a laconic beat, the Stratfords' "Never Leave Me" was a minor hit in their native Baltimore but nowhere else. While the song is as good as any Brian Hyland number of the same sound, I think what it lacks to have gone national is a step up in production. Chances are that "improvement" would have slickened the song and ruined not only its slight edge but flattened the mood. For the band, no national exposure probably sucked, but for the music freak, it makes for a pretty great record. The flip is also a great noir instrumental. Even though this was a local single, it is not too difficult to find.
great tune indeed. The Stratfords had at least one more 45 (O'Dell #114) Throw Stones b/w Where Is She Now and must have been from MD
thanks a lot for posting!
MichaelVee - Milano
I long ago lost contact with the other Stratfords, but I certainly wish them well.
After being in The Stratfords, one of the greatest thrills of my life, I became a record producer and wrote more songs including a TV commercial jingle. Now I direct live-action and animated productions. www.ErnieBerger.com
Thanks for filling in the blanks on this record which I happen to own.
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