Another album released in 1965, Song For Swingin’ Survivors was one of the first contributions of English protest Folk. A major influence for Donovan, The War Drags On was covered by Donovan on The Universal Soldier EP, he recorded Softley’s Goldwatch Blues on his debut album, What’s Bin Hid And What’s Bin Did released in the same year.
Whereas Donovan shot to stardom, Softley maintained a low profile opening Folk Clubs, busking and playing for free and although he collaborated with Mac McLeod, and Wizz Jones he only managed one solo album in the sixties. Note that the title might just be referring to Frank Sinatra’s mega successful crooning, cocktail, sophisticated 1956 album, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers – Softley’s album failed to chart.
In the seventies he released three albums for CBS before signing to Doll records and making three albums for them in the seventies and into the eighties. In 1984 Softley moved to Northern Ireland where he still lives, concentrating mainly on his writing and publishing collections of poetry.
Thanks to Alastair Lord for the tip.