If You Think You’re Groovy: The Amazing Sound of P.P. Arnold
P.P. Arnold was one of the Ikettes, the backing singers for the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in the 60s, but after a visit to London, Mick Jagger, impressed by her powerful voice and stunning beauty—who wouldn’t be???—connected her with Andrew Loog Oldham, who signed her to his Immediate Records label, alongside acts like the Small Faces, Chris Farlowe (recognize that one?) and pre-Velvet Underground Nico (who was then recording songs Dylan had written for her with session musicians like Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones). The Small Faces backed Arnold on several of her hits, including this one, “If You Think You’re Groovy,” which was written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane:
P.P. Arnold appears alongside the Small Faces for “Tin Soldier” on Flemish television from 1968:
P.P. Arnold has been firmly entrenched in my “rock goddess” pantheon for years and years. It was super annoying to see Roger Waters right up front at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, only to find out that PP Arnold was one of the back-up singers—she even had a featured number—and I didn’t even know it for a couple of days after the fact!
“Something Beautiful Happened” (my top favorite P.P. Arnold track, audio only)
Via Dangerous Minds