|Summer Of '69|
|Recording Artist:||Catherine Porter|
|Date Written:||January 1984|
|Album:||Gems For Ruby (Swing Cafe label, UK, 2009)|
Catherine Porter: vocal
Also recorded by Bowling For Soup, DJ Otzi, Emily's Toybox, Janet Theory, Jive Bunny, MxPx, Bryan Adams, John H featuring Barfalk, WC Experience
"Hey Jim, this was forwarded to me by Brian May of Queen, check it out".
It was a recording of "Summer Of '69" by singer Catherine Porter, a member of the Brian May Band. She'd just released a solo album comprised of covers of her favourite songs. The album was titled "Gems For Ruby" (her daughter's name) and it included a recording of "Summer Of '69".
I have to confess, nine-times-out-of-ten I'm not very thrilled with cover versions of my songs, but this was one of those rare occasions when I was MORE than thrilled. Catherine and arranger Danny Saxon brilliantly reinterpreted "Summer Of '69 as a beautiful ballad and found something in the song that I never could have imagined.
I got my first real six-string