Music To Cook To In January – A Host Of Golden Oldies – Elvis Presley, Dinah Washington, Hank Williams… Paco de Lucia. And a Couple of Films

“If music be the food of love, play on,

Give me excess of it”


….from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – the last of the twelve days of Christmas, otherwise known as Epiphany, the feast day of the three kings, which falls on the 6th January. One of them, Caspar (or ‘Gaspar’), brought gold.

So the films for this month have got to be Twelfth Night (a lovely rendering of Purcell’s If music be the food of love) and the wonderful early Bond, Goldfinger. The clip below the Purcell gives a flavour of the delights of Goldfinger, including the famous quote…

“‘Do you expect me to talk?’… ‘No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die'”

And the music for this month is also mostly about gold, and when I search Amazon I find a whole plethora of vintage music on albums named ‘Gold’. So here’s my golden oldies list for January – all from albums named ‘Gold’.

But there is also the lovely voice of Elena Ledda, singing Fabrizio De Andrè’s Pregadoria In Gennargiu (prayer in January).

As a complete contrast Connie Francis song (from her album Gold) is true music history.















what’s it like?

buy it

Diana Ross and The Supremes Standing at the crossroads of love This version without Diana Ross Amazon
Smokey Robinson and the miracles The Tracks of My Tears The tracks of my tears Amazon
Smokey Robinson and the miracles The Tears of a Clown The tears of a clown Amazon
Marvin Gaye I heard it through the grapevine I heard it through the grapevine Amazon
The Four Tops Reach out, I’ll be there Reach out, I’ll be there Amazon
Spandau Ballet Gold YouTube Amazon
The Mammas and the Papas Monday, Monday YouTube Amazon
Donna Summer Con Te Partiró – I will go with you YouTube Amazon
Chuck Berry Guitar boogie YouTube Amazon
Elvis Presley Gold – buy the whole album! YouTube Amazon
Abba Dancing Queen YouTube Amazon
Moody Blues Knights in white satin YouTube Amazon
Connie Francis Lipstick on your collar YouTube Amazon
Hank Williams Jambalaya YouTube Amazon
Joan Armatrading Love and affection YouTube Amazon
Dinah Washington Mad about the boy YouTube Amazon
Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline YouTube Amazon
The Human League Don’t you want me YouTube Amazon
Dusty Springfield Son of a preacher man YouTube Amazon
Paco de Lucia Entre dos aguas YouTube Amazon
Gladys Knight and the pips Licence to kill YouTube Amazon


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