Song of the day: Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)”

I know there are people who would go into paroxysms of ecstasy with the pairing of Alex Chilton and Teenage Fanclub, but I’m not a huge fan of the music of either. (Please send your strongly worded letters of complaint to pmrscott@tpg.com.au.)

Despite my lack of strong feelings about Teenage Fanclub, Alex Chilton, and Big Star (that email address again is pmrscott@tpg.com.au), I liked the two songs they played in the video.

The main reason I’m playing them here is because of what Alex plays during his guitar solo in the first song. If you want to be surprised, I won’t tell you what Alex plays. But if you hate surprises, he plays this. Or if you want to bypass all that pesky “song” stuff and go straight to what Alex plays, he plays it at the 2:43 mark.

Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) / My Heart Stood Still (date unknown)

The original versions:

Eddie Floyd – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)” (1968)

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As for “My Heart Stood Still“, it was written by Rodgers and Hart for their 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee, and was recorded three times in 1928. Here they are:

Ben Selvin & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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George Olsen & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still” (1928)

I have no idea which one was the first. Are there any music historians out there?

Update: It looks like we have a winner in the “Who came first?” department. The George Olsen recording is actually from 1927:

3 Responses to Song of the day: Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)”

  1. neilohneil says:

    I don’t know which version of My Heart Stood Still from 1928 was the first to be recorded, but another blog tipped me off to the fact that Alex and Teenage Fanclub are playing the arrangement from a 1962 recording by Bernadette Carroll pretty much verbatim (it takes Rodgers and Hart and turns it into John Waters-style 1960s teen pop). This page has a link to Bernadette’s version and some good discussion about why Eddie Floyd’s original version of “Never Found Me a Girl” is so great: http://www.adioslounge.com/like-burning-fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/

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