Song of the day: Bob Lind – "Cheryl’s Goin’ Home"

August 3, 2012

A couple of days ago I posted a folk song by Bob Lind called “Elusive Butterfly”. It was released as a single in 1966, and is a one-hit wonder. Apparently, “Elusive Butterfly” the only song Bob Lind is known for.

My American bloggin’ buddy Steve Smiles (Hi, Steve!) sent me a message on Facebook saying that he thinks Bob Lind should be remembered for the flip-side of the “Elusive Butterfly” single, “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home”. I had a listen to “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” (thanks, YouTube) and enjoyed it more than “Elusive Butterfly”.

As a result, I feel the need to play it to you.

Thanks, Mr. Steve, for letting me know about “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home”.

Bob Lind – “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” (1966)


Bob Lind – “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” (1966) (alternate mix)


As well as giving me very pleasant “That’s great early folk-rock” thoughts, “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” reminded me of two other songs: “Concrete And Clay” because of the beat; and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” because of the opening vocal melody.

Unit 4 + 2 – “Concrete And Clay (1965)


The Shirelles – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960)


Steve told me that an American band called The Blues Project covered “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” (and added a “g”). Here’s their version:

The Blues Project – “Cheryl’s Going Home” (1966)


And I found another cover version. It’s by English singer Adam Faith, and although Adam maintained the linguistic integrity of the title I’m not especially keen on it. (It’s a bit too mild for my liking.) However, in the interests of completeness here it is:

Adam Faith – “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” (1966)


Addendum: I thought I’d provided you with all the cover versions of “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home”, but I was aghast to discover there are plenty of ’em. I won’t play them all (you have better things to do with your time), but I will play you the most unusual – and possibly the most entertaining – version by John Otway:

John Otway – “Cheryl’s Going Home” (1981)

Video (embedding disabled – but it’s well worth watching)

Oops. This post ended up much longer than I thought it was going to be. Sorry about that.

Song of the day: Bob Lind – "Elusive Butterfly"

August 1, 2012

I recently posted the first record I ever bought and the second one my brother bought, and a couple of people responded by letting me know what their first singles were. One of those people is Fitzall (Hi, OneSize!) who said that the first record he bought was “Elusive Butterfly” by Bob Lind. I’d never heard that song before and was intrigued. I found it, had a listen, and enjoyed it enormously.

Bob Lind – “Elusive Butterfly (1966)


When I heard “Elusive Butterfly, it reminded me a lot of Glen Campbell – or to be more precise, one Glen Campbell song in particular:

Glen Campbell – “Gentle On My Mind (1967)


And then I noticed the lyrics. At 1:04 Bob sings the phrase “…with nets of wonder…”, and that caused me to chuckle inwardly (just a little). Nets of wonder?

Later on (at 1:20), Bob sings the phrase “…the canyons of your mind…”. That made me ask myself, “Now where have I heard that line before?” And then I remembered:

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – “Canyons Of Your Mind” (1968)


Thanks, Fitzall, for buying that particular song when you were a youngster. It is my firm belief that had you not bought “Elusive Butterfly” all those years ago, you wouldn’t have mentioned it on this blog, and I would almost certainly have never heard it. I’m glad I heard it.