||Margo Guryan is
a rare discovery a songwriter and arranger
with amazing vocal talent who had a brief - but
nonetheless significant - impact on pop music.
During the highpoint of her career, her songs
were recorded by some of pop musics most
important stars: Mama Cass, Bobbie Gentrie and
Glen Campbell, Astrud Gilberto, Julie London,
Jackie DeShannon, Carmen McCrae, The Lennon Sisters,
and Claudine Longet. In fact, there were two hit
versions of the Margo Guryan-penned "Sunday
Morning" released a year apart in the late
1960s the first by Spanky And Our Gang,
and the second by Oliver (who had previous success
with "Good Morning Starshine" and "Jean").
Although she preferred writing songs that others
could record and perform, in 1968 Margo recorded
and released an album entitled "Take a Picture".
Although the success of this record back then
was limited, it has since become a much sought-after
collectors item, so much that original pressings
of the "Take a Picture" LP have been
spotted being sold on e-Bay for as much as $190
each! Margos exquisite songwriting has garnered
attention from some "celebrity" fans
as well. To name just a few, Japanese pop star
Cornelius released Take a Picture in Japan on
his own label; Beck has been known to listen to
Margo on the road. And according to her bands
website, Garbages Shirley Manson says she
wants to cover Margos "Love Songs".
To address the continued interest in Margos
work amongst taste-makers and music collectors,
and to bring Margo Guryans irresistible
sound to a wider audience, Franklin Castle re-released
"Take a Picture" in 2000, and now offers
a further glimpse into the world of Margo Guryan
with "25 Demos".
Click the highlighted tracks below for sound clips: