THE INSPIRATIONS – TAKE A MESSAGE TO MY GIRL

Inspirations - Take a message to my girl

A: The Inspirations – Take a message to my girl

B: Lizzy & Nicky Thomas – Musical Excursion

 

‘Take a message’ is a nice and interesting little song. Released on the Jogib label and sung by Billy Dyce & Jimmy London (aka The Inspirations & The Untouchables) this track is harbouring influences from both rock ‘n’ roll as well as country and soul. Which is no surprise if you take in account that The Inspirations were clearly inspired by the Everly Brothers when they wrote this song. Although lyrically different, the comparison seems apt when you check the harmony and message of the Brothers’ 1959 hit “Take a message to Mary.‘ It’s quite remarkable that, despite the heavy reggae riddim, ‘Take a message to my girl’ still gives off a great, undeniable sense of Everly Brothers. Which is an achievement for both, I reckon, and which is also the reason why I started digging the Everly Brothers’ catalogue to find the original of this Inspirations song.

It could be the ringing in my ears, but I think I hear a third, female voice singing in the background as well?

‘Take a message to my girl’ is also known as “This message is to you” under which title it was included on the re-issue of The Inspirations’ “Reggae Fever” album.

 

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Label: Jogib (Ja)
Release date: 1970
Matrix: DYNA J.G 640-1
Riddim: original

(originally posted on 31-01-12)

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1 Comment on THE INSPIRATIONS – TAKE A MESSAGE TO MY GIRL

  • pressurebeat says:
    26 November 2014 at 13:09

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    2 comments:

    the_voice_of_reason said…

    Three observations here:

    1. Jimmy London’s love for the Everly Brothers is well known; he recorded “Cathy’s Clown” and “Till I Kissed You” at Randys in 1971/72 for his “A Little Love” LP.

    2. Lyrically, this song might be seen as an answer record to the Tennors “I’ve Got To Get You Off My Mind”, as the singer here takes the position that he has now moved on – any thoughts?

    3. It sounds suspiciously like Nora Dean (ex of the Soulettes but still singing with the Soul Sisters, who recorded for Gibbs) as the third vocalist here.

    2/04/2012

    Pressure Beat said…

    ah, yes: Cathy’s clown. Jimmy’s version is the winner here. I have it on a 10″ Motion Records repress.

    Nora Dean sounds about right!

    The Tennors: I need to check it out. Haven’t heard that song in ages…

    2/05/2012

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