“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.











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Diana Ross and The SupremesStanding at the crossroads of loveThis version without Diana RossAmazon
Smokey Robinson and the miraclesThe Tracks of My TearsThe tracks of my tearsAmazon
Smokey Robinson and the miraclesThe Tears of a ClownThe tears of a clownAmazon
Marvin GayeI heard it through the grapevineI heard it through the grapevineAmazon
The Four TopsReach out, I’ll be thereReach out, I’ll be thereAmazon
Spandau BalletGoldYouTubeAmazon
The Mammas and the PapasMonday, MondayYouTubeAmazon
Donna SummerCon Te Partiró – I will go with youYouTubeAmazon
Chuck BerryGuitar boogieYouTubeAmazon
Elvis PresleyGold – buy the whole album!YouTubeAmazon
AbbaDancing QueenYouTubeAmazon
Moody BluesKnights in white satinYouTubeAmazon
Connie FrancisLipstick on your collarYouTubeAmazon
Hank WilliamsJambalayaYouTubeAmazon
Joan ArmatradingLove and affectionYouTubeAmazon
Dinah WashingtonMad about the boyYouTubeAmazon
Neil DiamondSweet CarolineYouTubeAmazon
The Human LeagueDon’t you want meYouTubeAmazon
Dusty SpringfieldSon of a preacher manYouTubeAmazon
Paco de LuciaEntre dos aguasYouTubeAmazon
Gladys Knight and the pipsLicence to killYouTubeAmazon