Song Of The Day: Fred Neil – “Please Send Me Someone To Love” (1967)

Let’s take a minute to remember singer-songwriter Fred Neil, who was born on this day in 1936. He is best known for writing the song “Everybody’s Talkin’” which Nilsson turned into a big hit in 1969 – a brilliant piece of songwriting in and of itself – but Neil’s influence among singer-songwriters in the 1960s went way beyond that. He started off as a Brill Building songwriter in the late Fifties, penning hits for Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, and by the early Sixties he was playing folk in Greenwich Village clubs and mentoring young folkies like Bob Dylan and David Crosby among others along the way. But Neil hated the music business and hated touring, and he pretty much packed it in by 1971, devoting his life to the preservation of dolphins in his native Florida up until his death in 2001. In any case he surely had one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, so deep and sonorous on this bluesy number it gives me goosebumps every time. Rest in peace you old warrior.


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