Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Anthony Newley - "We Took Our Love Outside Today" (1971)

Anthony Newley - "We Took Our Love Outside Today" (did not chart). Written by Jennings Cobb (words) and Neely Plumb (music). Produced and arranged by Neely Plumb. LP: For You (Bell, 1971).

The spoken-word For You album is the British actor, singer, and songwriter Newley's only release on Bell, and it abides in a time bubble wherein albums like Rod McKuen's In Search of Eros enjoyed ongoing sales and the term "romance" demanded a certain sexual frankness. The words come from a 1965 book by Jennings Cobb with music by Neely Plumb, father of Eve (The Brady Bunch's Jan).

At the time of this album, Newley had recently divorced from Joan Collins and received critical lashings for his X-rated film Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? His successful 1971 soundtrack for Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (co-written with Leslie Bricusse), though, would soon make Newley's world taste good again.

I'd be curious to hear how any of the tracks from For You aired on Los Angeles MOR station KMPC, who included it in a 1971 playlist. Present day listeners might hear this material as a possible template for Saturday Night Live's "hot tub lovers," in which Will Farrell and Rachel Dratch play two professors who over-articulate their one track minds.

Anthony Newley - "We Took Our Love Outside Today"

See also: A KMPC Playlist circa 1971

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