The Stratfords – “Never Leave Me” (1964)

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This hauntingly beautiful track was the first to be recorded by Baltimore band The Stratfords back in ’64. Eerie, reverb-laden vocal harmonies, lo fi tremolo-heavy guitar, and minimal hand percussion give the tune a slight western feel that may very well possess some sort of voodoo curse. Featured on the b-side is an excellent noir instrumental titled “Enaj.” The Stratfords managed to achieve minor hit status in their hometown, playing at teen centres (seemingly the thing to do back then), school dances and local clubs. Magical stuff happening here, folks.

The Stratfords – “Never Leave Me”

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One thought on “The Stratfords – “Never Leave Me” (1964)

  1. Hi,
    I actually just got a copy that says it was copyrighted in 1963. Amazing to hear this kind of sound so early! Thanks for the info on the band; I would have never known they are from my hometown.

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