Songwriters' Circle

Janet Fraser Crook
30 Jul 1999

46 minutes
BBC 2 series, also known as In The Round.
John features in show with four solo 'hits'.

The show has been recorded in Subteranea, West London. All artists are on stage simultaneously in a club setting. Left to right: Spooner Oldham (keyboards), Dan Penn (guitar), John Martyn, Paul Heaton (vocals), Dave Rotheray (guitar), and for the last two Beautiful South tracks, Jackie Abbot.

John wears a long black leather coat and has a strange mark on the left side of his head. He listens attentively to the other performances and his own show is not one of his best. He doesn't seem very satisfied with it himself either.

nr track artist(s) time comment
01 I'm Your Puppet Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham [4:00] Written in 1965, 1966 hit by James and Bobby Purify
02 May You Never John Martyn [3:49] Acoustic guitar tuned very low
03 Rotterdam Paul Heaton, Dave Rotheray [2:03] The Beautiful South hit October 1996
04 Dark End Of The Street Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham [3:09] Classic James Carr hit, 1966
05 Couldn't Love You More John Martyn [3:24] Low tuned electric guitar, friendly audience
06 Old Red Eyes Is Back Paul Heaton, Dave Rotheray [3:19] The Beautiful South, March 1992
07 Do Right Man Do Right Woman Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham [4:56] Aretha Franklin, 1967
08 Don't Want To Know John Martyn [3:49] Acoustic, low tuning, fair performance
09 Don't Marry Her Paul Heaton, Dave Rotheray, Jackie Abbot [2:17] The Beautiful South, December 1996
10 I Met Her In Church Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, John Martyn [2:44] John plays solo on electric. The Box Tops minor 1968 hit. Written for The Sweet Inspirations, though.
11 Sweet Little Mystery John Martyn [3:54] Electric guitar. John: "Only just..."
12 Perfect 10 Paul Heaton, Dave Rotheray, Jackie Abbot [2:50] The Beautiful South, September 1998
Production: Serena Cross
Director: Janet Fraser Crook