THE NASHVILLE TEENS - WHATCHA GONNA DO?


THE NASHVILLE TEENS - 'The Little Bird'/'Whatcha Gonna Do? (Decca F.12143) April 1965

The last Nashville Teens record to hit top 40 was 'The Little Bird', an excellent beat ballad written once again by John D. Loudermilk. The strange thing about this release was that the same song was recorded by Marianne Faithfull and released at the same time. Both were Decca artists, so in effect they were competing against each other.

Producer Andrew Loog Oldham was also involved with both acts and explained his thoughts on the 'clash' of the singles in Record Mirror during May '65. It turned out that Marianne Faithfull's version was more successful, eventually reaching top 10 whilst The Nashville Teens stalled at number 38. Things like this meant a lot back in the 60s.

The flip is 'Whatcha Gonna Do?', a wonderful beat rocker with a compelling guitar break. The song was written by songwriters not in the band. I think the lack of a songwriter was a problem for The Nashville Teens and is probably why they never released a studio album in Britain during this period.


Record Mirror - May 1965


Record Mirror - May 1965

Record Mirror - May 1965


NME - April 1965


NME - April 1965




   


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