Anyone who grew up to the 60’s possess a certain inclination to psychedelic colors, flowers and a catchy tune called “The Beat Goes On”. Written by Sonny Bono, no not frontman, singer and knight Bono of U2, but the other half of famous 60’s duo Sonny and Cher. Music was recorded by world renown Los Angeles based sessionists called “The Wrecking Crew”. “The Beat Goes On” peaked at Number 6 on Billboards top 100 in 1967 and was covered by many prominent artists at that time.
One of my favorite covers was done by Band Leader and Drummer Extra Ordinaire Buddy Rich with 12 year old daughter Cathy doing the vocals. The Beat Goes On was included in a 1967 Release of Buddy Richs’ “Big Swing Face”. The sweet young voice of Cathy Rich beautifully contrasts the hard pounding style of Dad Buddy Rich. Its a great cover. Something I never tire listening to.
The most recent cover was done by Canadian Jazz Singer and record producer Emilie Claire Barlow. The eighth Jazz release of Emilie Claire Barlow, The Beat Goes On includes other memorable tracks such as; Sunshine Superman, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, Raindrops keep fallin on my head and Album Title, The Beat Goes On. Emilie Claire Barlow is in her usual self in this Album. Very musical and captivating voice. The Music is top notch as well. The backing is expertly done and presents many layers that only add to the quality of the tracks. Anyone who’s into West Coast Jazz will do well to include this beautiful album in their collection.
From Cher to Rich and recently to Barlow, The Beat Goes On is a timeless song that will continue to captivate anyone with a fondness for great tunes and hypnotic beats. Its a song that will make sure the beat goes on and on and on and on.
Hello Folks, my name is Reggie Halili and I’m one of the contributors for LetsGroovePH Facebook.com/letsgroove.ph and LetsGroovePH Spotify.
Lets Groove, Groovy Jazz Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/letsgrooveph/playlist/27t0eMpzL68klH22qZV2Vo
Sonny and Cher, In Case You’re In Love: https://open.spotify.com/album/0yuxxezsHkxWIMbuPYlcAh
Buddy Rich, Big Swing Face:
Emilie Claire Barlow, The Beat Goes On: https://open.spotify.com/album/6L6CnGHpTnvj3BUf441OCh