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A place in my heart

Perhaps you, like me, found yourself beguiled by a TV ad for the new Range Rover last year — the one with the dog staring out of the window of a loft apartment and a female voice singing what sounded like the opening 30 seconds of best ’60s Southern Soul ballad that never made it out of the vaults. I wasn’t alone in trying to track it down, only to discover that there was no more to it than those few lines.

They turned out to have been written by Dom James (melody) and Tommy Antonio (words) and recorded in London with the singer Emma Smith, formerly of the Puppini Sisters. It was created to order by people who do that sort of thing for a living, and that’s all of it that there was. But James noticed the interest it created, and he promised to finish it. Now he has.

Here it is, lip-synched by Emma on YouTube and available via Bandcamp as a fine slice of balm for this bizarre summer. Apart from a couple of lines of the lyric that could have stood a bit more work, it lives up to the promise of the original snippet. I can hear Gladys Knight singing it now. But the original will do just fine.

* Here’s the Bandcamp link:

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kevin Mitchell #

    I had Etta James in my head. Wondered why I couldn’t remember what it was!


    July 24, 2020
  2. andrew pring #

    Don’t want to be a party pooper – I really love the song and Emma Smith’s vocal – but surely the intro is too much of a steal from Gladys Knight’s Every Beat of My Heart – to escape copyright infringement, or is this called sampling, and royalties have been paid?

    July 24, 2020
    • But surely there are a thousand doo-wop hits that begin almost exactly like that? I’d hate to see it become a copyright question. It would be like suing for the use of the chords of ‘La Bamba’.

      July 24, 2020
      • andrew pring #

        I agree, but lawyers have a way of getting involved

        July 24, 2020
  3. david black #

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, great track

    July 24, 2020
  4. Good tip Richard. (Steve Turner)

    July 24, 2020
  5. Sedat Nemli #

    I hear a Lesley Gore in there, too..

    July 24, 2020
  6. WKB #

    Blatant lift from Gladys (& Johnny Otis) of course, however, if it points just one person towards Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Doris Duke, Linda Jones, Mable John, Bettye Swan et al., it’s a laudable exercise.

    July 24, 2020
    • Tim Young #

      Doesn’t a whole new generation need to discover Linda Jones?

      July 25, 2020
      • GuitarSlinger #

        Yeah … but by listening TO Linda Jones … not a cheap pastiche of her

        July 25, 2020
  7. GuitarSlinger #

    The Yank musician/composer’s point of view ;

    Commercial corporate , Cut & Paste , Xeroxed pastiche at its worst not worth the time or digital space wasted upon it . And definitely not worthy of our consideration

    Suffice it to say … if you want the sound … go back to the original ( and PAY for it ) rather than taking the cheap ( work for hire ) way out by copying it .

    July 25, 2020

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