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SIMON OATES - I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH TO LOSE YOU

Did Simon Oates really attempt to release a record? It's interesting to note that this is a demonstration record and not for sale.
"I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH TO LOSE YOU"  b/w "A WOMAN AIN'T A WOMAN"
COLUMBIA DB 8755 / 12/2/1971

7XCA.32815 Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd.
Arranged & Conducted by Pete Moore with the Maggie Stredder Singers. Produced by Bob Barratt.
 
It's got to be our very own Simon Oates.  Apart from that whole 'no two performers sharing a name' business, it seems the producer Bob Barratt had a history of doing songs with... unusual performers: - to say nothing of some of the other Columbia artistes on the roster being TV favourites like Deryck Guyler, Frankie Howerd, Benny Hill and Clive Dunn.

The Feb '71 date would fit perfectly, I imagine, with some entrepreneuring soul thinking "This Doomwatch guy's really popular at the minute. Seems a good all-rounder. Does a lot of cabaret work, I see..."  And let's face it: if old rouĂ© Oatesy was going to cut a disc, the songs could only go out under titles like "I Love You Too Much To Lose You" and "A Woman Ain't A Woman!"

With thanks to Tony Darbyshire and Scott Burditt

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