Shelby Lynne’s “Just a Little Lovin”

If someone had told me that it was a good idea for a girl singer to record an album full of songs that had been hits for the late great Dusty Springfield, I’d have thought them mad. So it’s a good thing that Barry Manilow did not consult with yours truly when, a few years, he put that very idea to the country-rock singer Shelby Lynne

The resulting album, Just A Little Lovin, recorded in early 2007 with producer Phil Ramone at the helm ( Manilow, it appears, was not available), is not just better than expected, it is an unqualified success.


Lynne, who, it appears, recorded the songs live, and in the exact order they appear on the CD makes what many admiringly think of as “Springfield’s songs”  her very own by turning her back on everything that Springfield had done to them. Springfield’s  readings of the songs was always on a grand scale, dramatic and emphatic. Lynne has gone for quietly detailed, emotionally precise  performances, and it’s as though songs such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s  Anyone Who Had a Heart and Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde’s I Only Want to Be With You have taken on a life the listener never suspected they had.


To suggest that his album is a homage to Dusty Springfield is not to do it the justice it deserves. It is a very thoughtful reworking of material which Springfield used to sing, and deserves to be judged on its own merits, which are considerable. 


Anyone Who Has a Heart sung by Shelby Lynne








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