Listening Room # 2 – The Caravelles – You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry

The Caravelles – You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry (1963) on Smash Records

The Caravelles - You Don't Have To Be A Baby To CryWispy one-hit-wonders, but it doesn’t matter when you make good music.

Lois Wilkinson and Andrea Simpson began their musical careers very young and put out this album when they were just teenagers (Lois 19 and Andrea 17). Apparently, this album is a little harder to find as well. This London based duo was one of the few female acts to be included in the category “British Invasion” of the 1960s. Their one hit, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry” is a light, airy tune, with a soft guitar and drum backing. The entire album is full of these mellow tunes, featuring Lois on the guitar, and Andrea on the clarinet. They co-wrote 4 songs on the album, of which I love “Don’t Sing Love Songs.” Overall, it is a great brit-pop album, with sweet vocals, reverb-filled guitars, and innocent fun. I really enjoyed this one, as I stumbled onto it in my record boxes. It is really a gem, and an excellent example of chics who are just beatnik cool.

The Caravelles do not have an offical website, but there is minimal information out there via diehard fans.

However, youtube, you win:

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Posted on September 9, 2009, in Listening Room - Albums and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Listening Room # 2 – The Caravelles – You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry.

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