Archive for the 'Margo Guryan' Category

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Inspired to pursue pop music after discovering the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Margo Guryan, a schooled jazz pianist, crafted brilliant pop gems that were recorded by artists ranging from Mama Cass, Astrid Gilberto and Julie London to Glen Campbell, Bobby Gentry, and beyond. Thanks in part to a pair of reissues, and Saint Etienne’s cover of […]

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Today’s confection: Margo Guryan’s 1968 platter of orchestral pop, Take A Picture. We’ve waxed on Guryan’s excellent 25 Demos collection here in the past, but Take A Picture further succeeds in taking the singer-songwriter and placing her compositions within a smart pop context not dissimilar from the headspace Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks were […]

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

When Margo Guryan heard “God Only Knows” for the first time, she dropped everything. Raised on classical music and steeped in theory and composition, by the time she graduated college Margo seemed prepared for a serious career in Jazz music. But a friend played her Pet Sounds, that spiritual hymn, and her interests suddenly changed […]