The late and great Leonard Nimoy was no stranger to releasing records during and after his iconic run as Mr. Spock on Star Trek – in fact he released a total of five albums from 1967 to 1970. Since this is the Holidays and thanks to Rockford Jay, I felt for this Retro Records offering I should share Nimoy’s cover of Jackie DeShannon, James E. Holiday, and Randy James Myers’ “Put a Little Love in Your Heart“. One of the twelve tunes that Nimoy covered in his 1969 – possibly 1970 album entitled The New World of Leonard Nimoy. Now as I have shared before, since music wasn’t part of my household when growing up – a lot of the times I heard a song was thanks to a film. Which is naturally the case with “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” – a song I was introduced to thanks Bill Murray and 1988’s Scrooged!
Of the 11 other songs that Nimoy covered in The New World of Leonard Nimoy some highlights include Mel Tillis’ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town“, “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash, “Proud Mary” by John Fogerty, as well as Dick Holler’s “Abraham, Martin and John“. Apparently this album was a bit of a departure from previous records, as neither George Tipton nor Charles R. Grean helped in producing the album. Tipton by the way was well known for his television work, composing the themes for such shows as Benson and It’s a Living in addition to providing incidental music for the likes of The Love Boat and The Golden Girls to name just a few. In addition he frequently worked with Harry Nilsson – he even arranged the artist’s music for the animated adaptation for The Point!.
Charles Grean was a well known composer and producer of music – he actually aided in arranging the recording of 1945’s “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole. Furthermore he knew his away around novelty songs having written 1950’s “The Thing” and even produced 1957’s “Little Blue Man” for Betty Johnson – then in the ’60s, Grean would begin producing the albums of Nimoy, which included composing 1967’s “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins“.
The New World of Leonard Nimoy definitely appears to have a very country music vibe to it – considering some of the songs included that makes quite a bit of sense. To me, Nimoy’s cover of “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” has a bit of a New Orleans swing to it all – but you can decide for yourself after you give it a listen!