Mockingbird is soon covered by a range of name artists, including Martha and the Vandellas (1963), Dusty Springfield (1964) and Aretha Franklin (1965). A Jan. 1974 release by Carly Simon and James Taylor makes US#5 (CA#3,NZ#6,UK#34).(*)
Chris Blackwell releases the single in the UK on the Island label but it doesn’t hit until re-release in 1969 (UK#33). In 1966 the duo moves on to Musicor Records‘ R&B subsidiary, ▷Dynamo ▹ which releases Luther Dixon-produced 1967 album Come By Here.
The soundtrack includes original music by the troubled, prolific arranger, composer Jack Nitzsche(*). Trained by Phil Spector, Nitzsche was keyboardist on many Stones and Neil Young albums and would compose filmscores for several very popular films of the 70s and 80s. His music for Performance includes several singles… and a Moog III. Among the artists are Randy Newman, Buffy and The Last Poets, as well as Ry Cooder‘s highly-regarded guitar work on Jagger single Memo from Turner.
The 1968 movie catches Warner so by surprise that it takes 2 years for a chopped, censored version to be released (there are 4 versions!) and 37 years to appear on DVD. Cammell’s last film is 1995’s Wild Side. Outtake (4m) Making of (10m)
Released Sep. 26, the single is a major hit (US#2,NL#1,UK#8). The studio album, his sixth (released June 25, 1984), is an international hit, tops the UScharts for 24 weeks and sells 13M copies in the US alone. In 2003 Rolling Stone scores the song #143 of its 500 Greatest Songs.