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From the 1968 album “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”, “Pretty Polly” features boyfriend at the time, Stephen Stills, on guitar. US singer songwriter Judy was affectionately known on the circuit as “Judy Blue Eyes” which might just resonate with Crosby, Stills and Nash fans as approximating to the opening track of their second album. (“Suite Judy Blue Eyes”).

A folk singer, Judy helped bring the world’s attention to poets like Leonard Cohen, covering songs like “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”, which was certainly on my turntable a lot in dreamy adolescence (‘your hair upon the pillow like a sleep golden storm…’)

“Pretty Polly” is a trad song, but given the Collins treatment, it’s transmogrified into a moody soundscape, with pleading guitars to complement the pleadings of the central character as the ballad builds from gentle start to full throated anger at the end.

Guess I was just 14 years old when I heard this first. Still brings a lump to the throat.

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About the Curator: Richard Parsons

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I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.

In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?