Saturday, April 14, 2007
Downtown . . . the video
For David and anyone else who might be wondering, the video accompaniment is a cover of Petula Clark's hit song by Elva Connes Miller.
Better known as Mrs. Miller, Elva made a splash in the mid-1960s with her startling renditions of contemporary pop tunes like this one. (Read more about Mrs. Miller here and here. )
"Downtown" appeared on an album titled "Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits."
If you're like me, Mrs. Miller's voice will draw you in like a bloody car crash alongside a highway. On a more personal and slightly troubling note, photos of Mrs. Miller trigger my memories of Miss Ahmie, an elderly Cajun woman who babysat me and my twin sister when we were small.
Want to hear more from this one-of-a-kind diva? Then click here to listen to her takes on these hits -- "A Hard Day's Night," "Let's Hang On" and "Monday, Monday" -- and others.