Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jackie DeShannon--Put a Little Love In Your Heart (1969)

     Over a sixteen year span, (1963-1980) Jackie DeShannon had 16 charting songs. Only two of them reached the top ten. "What The World Needs Now" was written by Bacharach/David in 1965, and "Put a Little Love In Your Heart", written in 1968 by DeShannon, her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. Both songs make nice bookends on the Adult Contemporary side of the peace movement. 
     "Love in your Heart" reached #4 on the pop charts in 1969, and was covered in 1988 by Annie Lennox and Al Green as a part of the 1988 movie, "Scrooged" starring Bill Murray, where it made it to #9. DeShannon has written for many artists, but it was her song, "Bette Davis Eyes", covered by Kim Carnes which was the massive hit.
     She continues to write and perform, although much of her energies are now focused on different causes.


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