Kentucky Blues – Lauren Copley
No this is not a song about getting depressed and down about some fried chicken (KFC used to be called Kentucky Fried Chicken for those of you who may be too young to remember this). Rather it is a love song by a young girl, Lauren Copely, who was only around 15 or 16 when she recorded this. The song was written by Terry Dempsey who was one of the most successful local song writers at the time.
‘Kentucky Blues’ is a Country and Western tinged pop song where Lauren pleads with the Kentucky Blues to leave her alone as she is reminded about a previous lover. It has a catchy tune, especially the chorus and Copley’s surprisingly mature vocals inject the track with a real feeling of the sadness that the narrator is feeling. The song would prove the most successful of her 3 Springbok top 20 hits as it got to number 1 and spent 4 weeks there.
Despite her early initial success and the music press of the time fawning over her, she had quit the music scene by the time she was 20 and went on to become a journalist. However, in 2015 she released a new album called ‘Chrysalis’ which included what I believe was a re-working of ‘Kentucky Blues’, but I haven’t heard it.
‘Kentucky Blues’ was a huge success for what promised to be an exciting artist, however, Lauren had her reasons for quitting the business. We can only look back at this piece of perfect pop and enjoy the quality of her voice and try not to get the blues about what could have been.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)