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These pages present a song by song guide to Lyn Paul's solo recordings.

Check the On Disc page for a discography of Lyn's solo releases as well as earlier recordings with The Nocturnes and the New Seekers which feature her singing the lead vocal.

If you're searching for a particular song or songwriter you may also use the Songs and Songwriters Index.


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Sail The Summer Winds (single cover).

Lyn Paul
Sail The
Summer Winds

(Japanese
single cover)


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John Barry

John Barry
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The Dove (UK video cover).

The Dove
(UK video cover)


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Sail The Summer Winds

Written by: Don Black / John Barry
Produced by: John Barry (GTO Production)
Arranged by: John Barry (No credit given on single)

Featured on the album: The Dove.
Featured on the compilation album: 16 Original Top Hits.

Lyn's first solo single after the break-up of the New Seekers was taken from the soundtrack of the Gregory Peck film The Dove (ABC Records ABDP-852). As an actor Gregory Peck was nominated five times for an Academy Award and in 1962 he received the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in To Kill A Mocking Bird. In a radio interview in 2009 Lyn Paul recalled meeting him when she was recording the song: "I was so nervous... I was recording it and Gregory Peck was sitting, just listening to it. All I could think was 'Oh my God'... I was a huge fan of Gregory Peck, I can't even begin to tell you... and he was just sitting there and smiling at me... I was so nervous, so I sound a little bit like a chipmonk on it." (Ready Steady Sunday, Bay Radio, 7th June 2009)

The songwriting and production team behind Sail The Summer Winds couldn't have had a finer pedigree. John Barry had long established himself as a maestro of film scores and TV themes. Notable among his many successes were Hit and Miss (the theme tune to Juke Box Jury) and the soundtracks to films such as The Ipcress File (1965), The Lion In Winter (1968), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Walkabout (1970). Barry was best-known for his James Bond scores, including Thunderball (1965), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

By the time he came to work with Lyn Paul in 1974, Barry had also written the score for the historical drama Mary Queen of Scots (1971) and the TV theme for The Persuaders (1972). His future successes would include soundtracks for The Deep (1976), Moonraker (1979), Jagged Edge (1985) and Out Of Africa (1985) as well as more Bond movies - Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987).

Lyricist Don Black, who co-wrote Sail The Summer Winds with John Barry, also had a string of hits to his credit. His first hit, Walk Away, was a chart success for Matt Monro in 1964. The following year he wrote his first film score with John Barry (the title song for the James Bond movie Thunderball) followed by Born Free in 1966 (for which he and Barry won an Academy Award and an Ivor Novello Award). Sail The Summer Winds was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1975.

Don Black has also collaborated on many stage musicals. By 1974 he had already written Billy (with John Barry) which was the hit musical in London that year. He would go on to write Bar Mitzvah Boy (with Julie Styne); Tell Me On A Sunday (with Andrew Lloyd Webber); Aspects Of Love (with Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart); Sunset Boulevard (with Lloyd Webber and Christopher Hampton) and Dear Anyone (with Geoff Stephens). Dear Anyone featured ex-New Seeker Peter Oliver on its soundtrack and provided Hot Chocolate with their 1978 hit I'll Put You Together Again (UK number 13).

Sail The Summer Winds didn't quite make it into the Top 50 singles chart but "bubbled under" for 18 weeks (08/06/1974: 55-56-55-57-57-55-62-60-52-61-51-55-57-63-59-58-65-71).

B-side: Lay Me Down

Written by: Peter Doyle
Produced by: David Mackay
Arranged by: David Mackay (No credit given on single)

Featured on the album: New Colours
Available on the CD: We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (US album)

The B-side of Sail The Summer Winds was written by another former-member of the New Seekers, Peter Doyle. It was originally featured on the New Seekers' 1971 album New Colours (Polydor 2383 066) and is typical of the soft ballads which Lyn sang while she was a member of the group. In 2008 Lyn re-recorded the song for the album A Tribute From The Heart, a limited-edition CD to raise funds for the Peter Doyle Fund.

Catalogue Number: Polydor 2058 472
Released: 24th May 1974


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Save The Best
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Save The Best For Last

Written by: Phil Galdston / Jon Lind / Wendy Waldman
Produced by: Rod Edwards / Nick Magnus

Save The Best For Last was a hit for Vanessa Williams in 1992. In the USA the single spent five weeks at the top of the chart; in the UK it peaked at number 3. The song was earmarked as a "possible" for inclusion on Lyn Paul's album Late Night, though Lyn later thought better of it and abandoned the recording.

Save The Best For Last has also been recorded by: Captain & Tennille, Richard Clayderman, Floyd Cramer and James Last.

The songwriting trio who wrote Save The Best For Last also wrote Vanessa Williams' hit The Sweetest Days (UK number 41 / US number 18), as well as I Owe You One for Aaron Neville. Songwriter Phil Galdston has also written songs for Brandy (One Voice), Cher (Kiss To Kiss), Celine Dion (I Don't Know, If That's What It Takes) and Jaci Velasquez (Love Will Find You).


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Song Without End

Written by: Laurence / Weston
Produced by: David Mackay

Featured on the album: Give Me Love.

A sing along New Seekers style song which doesn't stretch Lyn to her full potential.

Released: June 1975


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Tammy Wynette: Legends In Concert (DVD cover).

Tammy Wynette
Queen
Of The
Country Music
Hall Of Fame

(DVD cover)


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Stand By Your Man

Written by: Billy Sherrill / Tammy Wynette

Featured on the DVDs: Charlie Rich & Friends - Legends In Concert, Johnny Tillotson - Rock 'n Roll Legends, Tammy Wynette, Queen Of The Country Music Hall Of Fame - Legends In Concert.
MP3 available from: Amazon, Play.com.

Tammy Wynette wrote Stand By Your Man with her producer Billy Sherrill. Released as a single in late 1968, the song provided "the First Lady of Country Music" with her fifth number 1 hit on the US country chart and her first Top 20 entry on the pop chart. The album Stand By Your Man also achieved mainstream success.

Stand By Your Man soon became a country standard. Within a year it had been covered by many of the other leading ladies on the country scene - Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Billie Jo Spears and Dottie West. Since then it has been recorded by artists across the musical divides, including versions by the Dixie Chicks, Elton John, Springfield Revival, Candi Staton and Tina Turner, two unlikely covers by Erasure and Motörhead, and an ironic version by Lyle Lovett.

In the UK Stand By Your Man did not become a hit for Tammy Wynette until 1975. It spent twelve weeks on the singles chart, including three weeks at number 1. By 1975 Wynette's marriage to country singer George Jones was coming to an end. Appropriately enough, the song D-I-V-O-R-C-E was chosen as her next UK release. This had originally been a hit in the USA before Stand By Your Man. In the UK it peaked at number 12 but also inspired a comic cover version by Billy Connolly, which reached number 1.

Glenys Kinnock MEP, wife of the former Labour party leader Neil Kinnock, named the song as one of her favourites. "I think if you are not subservient to men then it's much easier for you sit back and enjoy a song like this and not feel threatened by it. It's really slushy and sentimental. You don't have to be politically correct about it... It's not a feminist song, of course, but I do think that it is a song that feminists can and should accommodate... It gets to you, you can't escape it." (BBC2 Country Night)

Lyn Paul included Stand By Your Man in her stage act, introducing the song as Stand On Your Man following her own D-I-V-O-R-C-E from club-owner Vince McCaffrey [1980]. The performance featured on the Legends In Concert DVDs was recorded at the Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida. On this occasion Lyn introduced the song by saying: "I am gonna sing you a song now that you will recognise instantly and I desperately hope that you forgive me for singing it seeing as it's one of Tammy Wynette's most popular hits but I just happen to love the song to death so I hope you enjoy it."

Released: 27th June 2005


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Talk Amongst Yourselves

Written by: Boy George
Produced and arranged by: Kevan Frost

Featured on the album (CD): Taboo.
MP3 available from: iTunes.
Live versions featured on the DVDs: Culture Club - 20th Anniversary Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Taboo - Original London Production.

A song from Boy George's musical Taboo, which George wrote for his mother. In George's words: "a very hard song to sing" and, as he also said, Lyn sings it "superbly".

A CD single featuring the full length version and a radio edit of the song was distributed to radio stations in the UK in July 2002. The single also includes A Case Of You (incorrectly labelled on the CD as A Case For You).

A Case Of You

Written by: Joni Mitchell
Produced and arranged by: Kevan Frost

This Joni Mitchell song first appeared on Mitchell's 1971 album Blue. Biographer Karen O'Brien described it as "one of Mitchell's most sensual and visceral songs." (Shadows and Light, page 130) A Case Of You depicts the end of a love affair, pouring scorn on protestations of fidelity whilst acknowledging the strength of the passion that had previously existed.

The song takes a few listens to really hit home. As Mitchell said: “My music is not designed to grab instantly. It’s designed to wear for a lifetime, to hold up like a fine cloth.” (Quoted in 'She Bop' by Lucy O’Brien, page 178)

Boy George's influence is apparent in the choice of the song. In an interview with Charles Spencer, which appeared in the Daily Telegraph, George said: "I'm actually a huge fan of Joni Mitchell and met her once, and she said to me 'Never let anyone interior decorate your art.' So I decided to stop being ambiguous and to put myself into the songs." (Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 15th August 2002, page 21)

A Case Of You has also been recorded by Prince (1983), Graham Nash (1992), Tori Amos (1995), Nancy Wilson (1999), Diana Krall (2000) and k.d. lang (2004). In 2000 Joni Mitchell recorded a new version of the song for her album Both Sides Now.

Label: First Night
Released:
July 2002


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Talking In Your Sleep

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Talking In Your Sleep

Written by: Roger Cook / Bobby Wood
Produced by: Rod Edwards / Nick Magnus
Arranged by: Rod Edwards / Nick Magnus

Featured on the album: Late Night.
MP3 available from: iTunes.

Talking In Your Sleep was an international hit for Crystal Gayle in 1978 (UK number 11 / USA number 18). Eastenders' star Martine McCutcheon took it back into the UK singles chart in 1999.

The song was co-written by Roger Cook, better-known for the hits he had written in partnership with Roger Greenaway, not least I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by the New Seekers. Cook and Greenaway ended their association in 1975, the year that Lyn Paul had a Top 40 hit with their song It Oughta Sell A Million. Greenaway stayed in the UK; Cook became a tax exile in Nashville. Both continued to have success as songwriters. Crystal Gayle gave Cook his first country chart-topper in 1978 with her recording of Talking In Your Sleep. Two years later, in 1980, she also gave Greenaway a number 1 with her recording of It's Like We Never Said Goodbye.

Talking In Your Sleep has also been covered by Reba McEntire on her 1995 album Starting Over and by Lynn Anderson, whose version is included on the Various Artists compilation Country Greats (Legacy 80112).

Released: 18th September 2006


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Who's Sorry Now (single cover).

Lyn Paul
Who's Sorry Now
(single cover)


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Who's Sorry Now

Written by: Ted Snyder / Bert Kalmar / Harry Ruby
Produced by: David Mackay
Arranged by: Johnny Hawker

Featured on the compilation album: Gala Performance.
Live version featured on the CD: It's Cliff Richard Show No.2.

Originally recorded by Isham Jones in 1923, Who's Sorry Now was a number 1 hit in the UK for Connie Francis in April 1958. The song rescued her career. Up until that point she had recorded a string of flops and her record company, MGM, had been on the point of dropping her.

The song features lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby set to a tune by Ted Snyder. Ruby died on 23rd February 1974, just a few months before Lyn recorded the song. Lyn's version features one of those special growly vocals on the line "And I know" which only Lyn can do!

Who's Sorry Now came close to being a hit for Lyn, bubbling under the UK Top 50 for six weeks (05/10/1974: 67-61-58-54-65-72). It also bubbled under 'down under', entering the Australian Top 100 on 20th January 1975 and hovering around for 16 weeks until the week of 5th May (20/01/1975: 95-77-?-72-68-65-60-60-64-62-60-60-67-66-68-75).

B-side: Sweet Lovin' Ways

Written by: Flett Fletcher
Produced by: David Mackay
Arranged by: David Mackay

A love song with a country feel to the arrangement, Sweet Lovin' Ways is not unlike some of Olivia Newton-John's early recordings (songs such as If Not for You and Let Me Be There spring to mind).

Catalogue Number: Polydor 2058 514
Released: 6th September 1974



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Who's Sorry Now
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Who said that?

Joni Mitchell

Harry: I can't believe you still listen to Joni Mitchell.
Karen: I love her and true love lasts a lifetime.
Richard Curtis, 'Love Actually' featuring
Alan Rickman (as Harry) and Emma Thompson (as Karen).



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