5/11/17: The Magic Lanterns “Shame, Shame”

I have no idea how the music in my head got there. It started yesterday, actually. “Shame, Shame” by The Magic Lanterns has been in my head for over a day, and I don’t regret it one bit. I started by playing it in the 9:00 hour, and later in the day put it on my Facebook, but this old song is still resonating with me, so I thought I’d share it with you here today.

UK-based pop-rock outfit “The Magic Lanterns” only made two albums until they parted ways, but lead vocalist Jimmy Bilsbury went on to co-found the Les Humphries Singers, a group known for its diverse lineup and R&B/gospel stylings. The Magic Lanterns also helped launch the career of future Grammy winner Albert Hammond, known for his songwriting and production skill.

“Shame, Shame” charted well in the United States after The Magic Lanterns found success in the UK, peaking at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. None of their other releases managed to find success on the same scale, but this music remains relevant as a way to look back in time to when everybody wanted to be The Beatles and “pop” music sounded like what we think of as “oldies” today. There’s always music worth remembering and new favorites to be found, whether the band sold out stadiums or stayed close to home. Listening to “Shame, Shame” is not only a good time while The Magic Lanterns crank up the volume and give you an old-school rock performance, it’s also a reminder that not every great artist has to fill up stadiums and stay famous for fifty years. As it’s always been, good music is good music.


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