Guest Spot – Jack Owen: Mist Over the Mersey

Hi Everyone

Welcome to the next Guest Spot; Jack Owen, with one of my favourite of his album songs; Mist Over the Mersey.

Here’s Ian to tell you more about Jack and the song…

Hi Folks

A new feature we are introducing will be Open House Studio “Guest Spots”. These are recordings made at the studio over the years by local singers and musicians who have all left their mark on the music history of the Wirral, Merseyside, and beyond.

We start with my personal favourite of the many excellent songs written by Jack Owen, a well-known singer songwriter back in the 1960’s and 70’s, who kept plying his trade right through the millennium.

In recent years Jack has re-discovered his mojo, along with a back catalogue of albums made over the last 40 years. Now, re-mastered at Open House Studio and re-issued, they present one man’s musical history and, far from being just “skeletons in the cupboard”, some real gems have been unearthed in the process.

This song, written in 1976, featured on his, “Together Alone”, album recorded at Open House Studio in the 1980’s.There have been many “what if” moments in the music industry and I always said that, but for an accident of time and place, this could have been the song that a certain Gerry Marsden recorded, before his famous “ferry” song hit the charts. It would have been just as popular, to my mind, and Jack’s subsequent career may have been a stellar one.

This new version of the song was engineered and produced at the studio by Andrew Jones, with some great session work from Andrew himself on bass, Helen Sheppard on backing vocals and Brian Jones on Guitar, when Jack made his, “Resonances”, album a couple of years ago.

See what you think of this nostalgic Liverpool love song, “Mist Over the Mersey”, and muse on what might have been.

Ian Chesterman



Thanks Ian. Jack’s suite of albums are all available to download on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and other music download platforms.

Happy listening.

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