Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

FOR the 65th anniversary of the Cannes Festival this year they paid tribute to an icon 50 years after her death.

Marilyn Monroe Collector (Milan), is a CD with most of the movie songs, 16 in all released next month amid many anniversary exhibitions and events in Europe.

In ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blonde’s she hams it up with Jane Russell on ‘A Little Girl From Little Rock’ but effortlessly harmonises as a duo on ‘When Love Goes Wrong’.

‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ (Some Like It Hot) remains as seductive today and the glitter and bling of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ seems strangely still in place in these times.

She duets with Frankie Vaughan for the title song in ‘Let’s Make Love’ from 1960 and as a bonus track her full JF Kennedy ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ tribute from Madison Square Garden from March 1962 where she was sewn into her dress, remains a moment in time considering the hidden relationship later revealed and the tragedies that befell them both.

Similarly Christopher Sandford reflects on The Rolling Stones Fifty Years (Simon & Schuster, £25). Conducting over 300 interviews including revisits from his earlier biographies of Jagger & Richards it is as expected comprehensive. Initially Brian Jones’ group, he even coined the name, they debuted at the Marquee in Oxford Street in 1962 with Jones, Jagger, Richards, school friend Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory, later of The Kinks sitting in on drums. Joining them on piano was 23 year old Ian Stewart from Pittenweem. By May 1963 they had signed a management deal with Andrew Loog Oldham giving away 25 per cent of their earnings in

the process.

Oldham took only ten days to secure them a recording deal with Decca but there were casualties.

Dismissing ‘Stu’ to becoming a mere roadie for the band he nonetheless played keyboards on all of their subsequent recordings.

The almost forgotten Fifer played a significant part in the Stones’ legacy up until his death on December 12, 1985 while waiting for a doctor’s appointment in a surgery. He was just 47.