All The Time – Quinsey
If, like me, you grew up in the 80s, and someone started talking to me about Quinsey, I would immediately have thought of the medical examiner in TV show Quincy starring Jack Klugman. Those more mature than me may well shake their heads sadly and moan about the youth of today and such like as they had clearly said Quinsey, not Quincy.
And when you put on Quinsey’s ‘All The Time’ you no longer think of murder and solving crimes (without the help of DNA analysis, I might add), because what you get is a big voice embracing a smooth and gently flowing song. There is an element of Scott Walker in the voice and the song clearly moulds itself around the formula that Engelbert Humperdinck made popular, and it does so in a stylish manner.
Quinsey’s real name was Alan Elderkin and he hailed from what was then Rhodesia. He played with a band called the Etonians, before coming to the attention of producer Grahame Beggs. ‘All The Time’ was released in 1968 and made number 14 on the Springbok Top 20, spending 8 weeks on the chart. Despite several further releases, including the theme tune to a local film called ‘The Long Red Shadow’, ‘All The Time’ would be his only chart hit which I guess goes to show that you can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the the people with your second single.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)