“I fix broken hearts; I know that I truly can.” (I switched the comma for a semi-colon because splices make me cringe.) This oldie but goodie tune is the perfect choice for today’s SLS, imho. People (many people) associate “Handy Man” with James Taylor, and indeed he had the most successful cover of it in 1977, when it peaked at #1 on RPM Top Singles and #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100, but it is actually a much older song. Btw, Taylor won a Grammy for his version. Jimmy Jones and Otis Blackwell wrote “Handy Man” in the 1950s and it was first released by the Sparks of Rhythm in 1959 (that version and the 1964 Del Shannon version have the writing credits listed incorrectly, according to Wikipedia).
James Vernon Taylor was born in 1948 and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 6 Grammy Awards to his name. He first tasted stardom in 1970 with his own song “Fire and Rain” and went on to hit No. 1 in 1971 with Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.” He also had success with cover songs ~ besides “Handy Man,” James also sang “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Every album he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over one million copies. (I’m not going to go into his personal life and issues here.) He released a new album last year, American Standard, which hit No. 4, making him the only artist with a top 10 album in every one of the last six decades. James is planning to tour with Jackson Brown later this year. Enjoy the song!
Hey girls, gather round
Listen to what I’m putting down
Hey baby, I’m your handy man
I’m not the kind to use a pencil or rule
I’m handy with love and I’m no fool
I fix broken hearts, I know that I truly can…
Written for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday.
Image from Pixabay. Information from Wikipedia.
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