Saturday, August 24, 2013

Gary Shearston • I Get A Kick Out Of You

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The song "I Get A Kick Out of You" first appeared in the 1934 Broadway musical 'Anything Goes', where Ethel Merman introduced the Cole Porter song that was quickly confirmed as a classic. It was covered by many, including people who participated in revivals and movie versions of the show. In 1974, the song was given an acoustic treatment by Australian Folk singer Gary Shearston. He had a dry approach to the song, not offering the more common reading, using sly wit. Shearston's cover earned world-wide attention, with radio play from London to Melbourne to Los Angeles. Watch this clip of Shearston playing "I Get A Kick Out of You" on 'Tops of the Pops'.

Shearston continued to make music, but never achieved the same success. He spent time in London before moving to California for several years. In 1989, he left the music business, and went on to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Australia. It was said he would sometimes lead Folk services, playing his guitar as the congregation sang. Shearston passed away in July of this year, at the age of 74. You can purchase Gary Shearston's version of "I Get A Kick Out of You" on iTunes.

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