SOFT PSYCHEDELIC NUMBER WITH SOULFUL VOCALS
BOBBY VEE – “Beautiful People” / “I May Be Gone” (Liberty 56009) October 1967
After the Summer hit “Come Back When You Grow Up” which went Top 5 in America, Bobby Vee was back in vogue for the first time in several years.
He needed a follow-up single with hit potential and he chose “Beautiful People”, written by Kenny Gist, Jr. I’d never heard of this song writer but some research has uncovered that he wrote “Next Plane To London”, recorded by The Rose Garden.
“Beautiful People” is up-tempo, bouncy rhythm pop with female backing vocals. It’s blessed with neat drum patterns providing a racy beat on which Bobby Vee can build his soulful vocals.
The song was also a hit for Kenny O’Dell. Both versions were competing in the American charts around the same time.
The B-side “I May Be Gone’ is a Vee original, credited on the label to Robert Thomas Velline, his full name.
It’s a shame Bobby didn’t get the chance to write and record more of his own material because his songs are certainly good enough.
“I May Be Gone” has a vague psychedelic charm, dominated by a loud pulsating bass guitar and the steady drum beat has plenty of space to weave interesting patterns.
A really good record from Bobby Vee.