D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities
Chris Dedrick

Chris Dedrick

November 17, 2021

Gilbert O'Sullivan - We Will (1972) Just a nice pre-'US fame' song I thought you might like. 

Michael Johnson - Rooty Toot Toot For The Moon (1973) His big hit was "Bluer Than Blue" in 1978.  Produced by Chris Dedrick. 

Merry Clayton - Sly Suite (1980) Arranged by Chris Dedrick. Merry Clayton was the backup singer on the Stones' "Gimme Shelter"

From Brute Force's 1980 album (released in 2009), Planetwork. All tracks were arranged by Chris Dedrick

Driving to the Stars

Fantasy of Nationality

Spinning Rock Lullaby

Spinning Rock

Our man recorded one solo record in 1972 (Be Free), but it wasn't released until 2000. 

Chris Dedrick - Begin Work

Chris Dedrick - I'll Go Away

Chris Dedrick - I'm a New Man

Chris Dedrick - Someday

Halo - Have You Ever Felt That Feeling (1981) Produced by Lawrence Hilton Jacobs of Welcome Back, Kotter fame. 

Halo - Let Me Do It (1981)

Hudson and Landry - Hippie and the Redneck (1971)

Carpenters - California Dreamin’ (1967/1999)

Hudson and Landy - The Gas Man (1974)

Pere Ubu - 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1975)

Pere Ubu - Heart Of Darkness (1975)

Rob Agerbeek - Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (1973)

Rob Agerbeek - The Word (1973)

The Chantels - It's Just Me (1966)

Y Dyniadon Ynfyd Hirfelyn Tesog - Dyddiau Fu (1970)

Gene Marshall - Shake Your Good Stuff (?) 

Jeff Reynolds - Music For Four Footers (?) 

Some Great Songs From Past D-Sides Episodes!

Some Great Songs From Past D-Sides Episodes!

November 13, 2021

Stevie Wonder - Light My Fire (1970) Listen to that bass player. 

Syreeta Wright - Spinnin' and Spinnin' (1974) No one was EVER as hot as Stevie in the '70s, and the album this came from proves that even occupied with his own music, he can lovingly produce one of the best female-sung records of the '70s. I love this factoid from Wikipedia:

Three artists who performed on this album (Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams, Michael Sembello) would all have Billboard number one songs ("I Just Called to Say I Love You", "Let's Hear It for the Boy", and "Maniac", respectively) within a year of each other, a decade after this album's release. Another artist on this album, Ollie Brown of Ollie & Jerry, would have a Billboard top ten single, "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us", in the same one-year period.

The song "Come And Get This Stuff" was originally intended for Rufus, but lead singer Chaka Khan refused to do the song. Instead, Stevie wrote "Tell Me Something Good" for them which appeared on their album Rags to Rufus.

There's no word to describe how good he was in this five-year period.

This song made it to #49 in the UK, and never a peep in the US, which is a shame. 

Gentle Giant - Weekend Cowboy (1970) I love their sound on these early demos. Less prog than they would become, a sort of The Band meets Harry Chapin. Through the filter of England, of course. 

Godley and Creme - Random Brainwaves/I Pity Inanimate Objects (1979) When Gary Storm played this on Buffalo's WIZR 107.7, I had never heard anything like it. I still love what they did with the backing vocals. 

Jimmy "Bo" Horne - Dance Across The Floor (1978) 

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs - Larry's Theme (1978) He was Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington on Welcome Back, Kotter and Michael Jackson's father Joe on The Jacksons: An American Dream ("Get the switch!") but I actually find his albums in the late '70s very listenable, especially this. So much shit came out from TV stars around that era. Scott Baio was the worst. 

Les Humphries Singers - Mexico (1972) Included here because doing this show helped me discover them. My one-man raison d'être is to make you a believer! It's not that good. Just a strange pre-sampling curio. 

Nino Tempo and April Stevens - Love Story (1972) From Buffalo, NY! Their biggest hit was "Deep Purple" from 1963. They were siblings. God, she was beautiful. Her first record came out in 1950 (!) but her biggest solo hit was "Teach Me, Tiger" from 1960. She reprised this in 1965, but this was virtually the same recording, with dialog implying that she had kidnapped one of The Beatles in order to seduce him. Just wow. I love it. 

 

Men At Work - Down Under (original, non-hit version) (1980) 

A brief retelling of The Greg Ham Story. Don't Do Drugs.

Mudcrutch - Don't Do Me Like That (original, non-hit version) (1974) The almost note-for-note prototype for the Tom Petty hit a few years later. 

The Osmonds - War in Heaven (1973)

Sammy Davis Jr. - John Shaft (1972) Ok, ok. Shaft. Ok! Shut up and let me finish my dinner. 

Sha Na Na PSA (1972)

Pink Floyd - Scream Thy Last Scream (1967) I was surprised to learn that Nick Mason sang this. 

Bee Gees - Lovers (1976) This is a very strange and wonderful album track from a band on its....third ascension? 

Sensational Alex Harvey Band - The Dolphins (1979) I love this song as much as any I have ever played on D-Sides. I never would have heard it if not for this show. 

The Langley Schools Music Project - The Long and Winding Road (1977) You should read about this. I think I read about this in RE/Search magazine. 

The Residents - Give it To Someone Else (1980) Every song on The Commercial Album is about 60 seconds long. There are 20 per side. 

Wild Cherry - Baby Don't You Know (1977) A wonderful, horrible attempt to recapture the lightning of the last single, "Play That Funky Music". THIS is how you follow up a fluke hit:

One more time
Well we play that funky music
And we were looking so good yeah
Electrified funky feeling
Was coming down like I thought it would
So we went out on the road yeah
Try to get ourselves ahead
And on the way I was surprised to discover
That all those funky people
Had been misled, they were shouting out

Black? NO! White? Right!, Oh what a sight!
I really didn't know the suckers was white
Baby don't you know, Baby don't you know
Baby don't you know, Baby don't you know
That the honkey's got soul
Baby don't you know, Baby don't you know
Baby don't you know, Baby don't you know
That the honkey's got soul

Roger Nichols and Small Circle of Friends - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1968) So beautiful, especially the "Middle 8". Just amazing harmonies. 

The Free Design - Day Breaks (2001) This will be my funeral song. I don't WANT a funeral. Just a little party for people to remember funny stories about me. In life, very few people are still in touch with me in an earnest sense. People have come and gone and sometimes I look around and wonder if someone should have bought me a ball gag long ago. Still, even after all the mistakes I have made in my life and my dealings with people I have lost, I know deep down that some people will be genuinely touched by the fact that we met and decided to be in each other's lives for as long as we had. If you listen to this song and put yourself in that place, celebrate the people who DID choose to be with you, no matter WHAT you said. Everyone is broken. Everyone. You're not alone. 

Co-written by my friend Bruce Dedrick

The Free Design - Friendly Man (1971)

Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol (1972) This song is being used for a commercial in the US. I like to think it's because of me. 

The Beatles - Revolution (Take...Your Knickers Off!) (1968)

The DAM Trio with David Bowie.

The DAM Trio with David Bowie.

November 4, 2021

Joe Simon- Come Back Home (1974) I have to play you a Joe Simon song that was used as a sample for a VERY famous Hip Hop song. Not many people know. 

Helen Reddy - I Am Woman (1971) The original, superior (to my ears) version. She has appeared on my show singing in ads for cigarettes in Australia, as well as later misses like "Handsome Dudes."

Barbara, The Grey Witch - Witch’s Love Song (1971)

Obituary

Barbara Roehrs, also known as Barbara the Gray Witch of Raven House, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Healthwin in South Bend, IN, after suffering the long-term effects of a stroke. She was born Barbara Ann Hostetler on May 9, 1944, in South Bend. She was the youngest child to John and Anna May Hostetler, both of whom preceded her in death.

Barbara was a talented and accomplished artist. She was a larger-than-life personality and public figure. She hosted a U93 radio show and appeared yearly at the Niles Haunted House. She was a beloved friend and counselor to many and had a large and loyal following. She was an animal lover. She loved spending time with her dogs – especially her beloved ‘familiar,’ Gabby. She also loved back road adventures in her Volkswagen Beetle, meeting new people, and seeing new places. She loved fishing and having a good time.

The family would like to extend a thank-you to the Heart to Heart Hospice team and the healthcare workers at Healthwin for caring for Barbara so well.

 

So for my money, the best band of the 1965-1980 period was the band that David Bowie assembled for his Station To Station/Low/"Heroes"/Lodger/Stage phase. They were loose and tight. Funky and capable. With him as a singer, there's no way the band could lose. But these dudes were special. Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, and George Murray. Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew functioned at a right-angle in the proceedings, but that, too, made the ensemble special. I rank them higher than Led Zeppelin for their harmonies, Bowie's lyrics, and just the bravery. Higher (ever so slightly) than The Beatles for their live performances, and the fact that their music was really one guy showing up with an unfinished idea and the band using the ideas as clay. They could jam but they never recorded anything that wasn't precise and good fun. 

David Bowie - Fashion (1980)

David Bowie - It’s No Game (1980)

David Bowie • Station To Station (Live) (1978)

Children of the Night - Dracula's Undying Love (1976)

This collection of 1970's "Rock & Roll" songs tells the story of a big party at Count Dracula's house. The between-song skits have a pretty cut-rate vibe throughout (Dracula sounds remarkably like Dan Ackroyd doing his SNL Yortuk Festrunk "Wild & Crazy Guy" character, The Mummy introduces himself with the lyrics to the Bob McFadden & Dor single "The Mummy")...

Count Lorry & The Biters - Frankenstein Stomp (1974)

David Bowie - “Heroes” (Live) (1978)

Electric Food - Nosferatu (1970) German heavy prog rock band which included all Lucifer's Friend musicians except John Lawton. You know who John Lawton was. He was in Les Humphries Singers! Sang their biggest hit, "Mama Loo" and enjoyed a stint with Uriah Heep

Dick (Ghoulardy) Knight - His Ghoul (1973) By the time this single was released, the name "Ghoulardi" was owned by Storer Broadcasting out of Cleveland, OH. Hence the different name. Go here to read about Ghoulardi, a story that could never happen now. You can see the "T.K. Productions" on the bottom of the label here. Read their story. You wouldn't know it from this but T.K. ended up owning the charts in the late '70s. The part The Bee Gees didn't devour, that is. 

Iggy Pop - Sister Midnight (1977)

Jimmie John - What Happens When We Die? (1964)

Jo Banks and the Soul Train - The Toy Shop Killer (1979) 

David Bowie - What In The World (Live) (1978)

Johnny Fever - Zombie (1967)

Mickey and His Mice - Cracker Jack (1970)

Discogs: Wilfred "Mickey" Fields was a saxophonist from the Baltimore area, a local legend who refused to play outside his Baltimore area, although he was invited several times to take the road for tours with many famous bands. He is recognized as one of Baltimore's best-known jazz saxophonists and has mentored many other jazz musicians, including Paul H Brown. Mickey created the "Monday Night Jam Session" at Sportsman's Lounge, allowing many young jazz musicians to perform. He was also known for his constant encouragement of young artists. Fields began his career with the blues jump band The Tilters. As a solo artist, he recorded on Atlantic Records and Groove Merchant. Howard Earl Washington, a Baltimore area jazz drummer, was another member of the Tilters. The Tilters played for the great Ethel Ennis. Fields then recorded several songs with his group "Mickey And His Mice", entitled "Cracker Jack", known as one of the 100 most funky titles ever created and the popular "Little Green Apples". He then recorded an album with the great Richard "Groove" Holmes, for the label Edmar (New Jersey). Fields also played with his talented sister, Shirley Fields, who has been a singer for many years and who has also played an important role in the Baltimore Jazz Company.

Monsters - Transylvania Disco Hustle (1977) Produced by the same guy that produced "Dracula's Undying Love." In fact, three of the guys that played on that record played on this! 

Screen Idols - Blind Man (1979) Notable for the presence of one Woody Woodmansey, ex-Spiders From Mars drummer. Right after Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat

Hodge Podge of Rarities

Hodge Podge of Rarities

October 9, 2021

Gaylord & Holiday - Dixie (1977) A remnant from the Amherst Records Story show. 

Santiago - Nice And Slow (1976) A remnant from the Amherst Records Story show. 

Bobby Hatfield - Messin' In Muscle Shoals (1971) One half of the Righteous Brothers records some forgettable pseudo-Americana, but you can't take the pure show-biz mawkishness out of the delivery. 

Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson – (Excerpt from) Dance, Sing, And Listen Again & Again! (1963) Included here because this was an early attempt to use synthesizers for more than burps and squeaks. A children's album that's pretty strange but not bad. 

Charles Dodge – (Excerpt from) Synthesized Voices (1976) Liner notes: "A1 and B realized at the Columbia University Center of Computing Activities and the Nevis Laboratories
A2 realized at the Bell Telephone Laboratories"

Pretty strange synthesized vocal music. 

Cradle - Man Is A Man (1970) The Quatro sisters record a kind of Moody Blues meets Blue Cheer hybrid of prog. Suzi Quatro quit to become a solo star (mostly in England) and as Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days. Patti Quatro appeared on Fanny's Rock and Roll Survivors album. The single from that album was a cover of "I've Had It", which I remember them performing on American Bandstand, but it didn't help. I still felt kinda funny watching them. 

Don Powell - Black Man (1972)

Tronquista - Hoffa's Blues (1966) Rare 1966 blues release by an anonymous R&B / blues singer in a tribute to Teamster’s President Jimmy Hoffa who was very popular with African-Americans for his stand on equal rights. It was pressed in 1966 for the Teamster’s convention in Miami and was available only at this event. The name Tronquista is the name used for the Teamsters union in Puerto Rico so this may be a clue to the identity of the artist and suggests it was privately pressed in the Miami area rather than union headquarters in Detroit.

John Strand - Remembering Laci (2003)

From WFMU:

"Remembering  Laci" was written and performed by John F. Strand, a guard at Tracy, California's Deuel Vocational Institution. 

Here's the Wikipedia article. 

Lila - Step Into Time (1978)

Liner notes:

Dear Friend,

We are happy you are listening to our songs of the Mother. This album was inspired by the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) and his wife Sarada Devi (1853-1920), great devotees of the mother, who dedicated their lives to loving tolerance and appreciation between devotees of all religions and all paths. "All the main religions and spiritual paths are true", Ramakrishna said, after practicing 80 of them one by one. "God is Form and Formless Mother, and Father, Son, Friend, Beloved. He is available in whatever way the individual heart yearns for him". We hope our songs help you in your own way. We bow to your soul and individuality.

Everyday day at noon, we pray for a new world of Love and Harmony. Join with us if you would like.

Lila

Lou Christie - Mickey's Monkey (1969) You know I am a big fan (for various reasons) of Lou Christie's Buddah Records period. From the late '60s to the early '70s, he made some pretty odd recordings, but he also made the wonderful Paint America Love. This was the album before that. 

The Mam'selles - Oye Coma Va (1969) 

Voodou Juju - The VooDou Ju Ju Obsession Part 1 (1969)

Richard O'Brien - Shock Treatment (1981) You kids love that Rocky Horror Picture Show. But you might not know is that there was a sequel. It was called Shock Treatment. It was not very good. And it went virtually unnoticed. In fact, it only showed at midnight movies (as did the Rocky Horror zeitgeist in time). But without the electric Tim Curry on screen, it was just another "let's make a move, guys!" dynamic. I saw RHPS once and I felt horribly embarrassed. And it takes a lot to embarrass a man who mixed plaids with stripes. I cannot imagine this. This version of the theme song is not on the OST, as it is slightly more radio-friendly (in its time) than the cast version. 

Star Drek - Bobby Pickett and Peter Ferrara (1976) Yeah, the same Bobby Pickett that had a big hit with "Monster Mash". That one oddball hit kept him in cheap capes and attempts at all sorts of permutations, including comedy and disco. 

Stephen Kalinich - If You Knew (1969) In 1969, he recorded his only album, A World of Peace Must Come, with production by Brian Wilson. It was unreleased until 2008. The Beach Boys appear on some of the tracks from the album. While under contract as an artist signed to the Beach Boys' Brother Records, Kalinich co-wrote several songs released by the group including "All I Want to Do", "Be Still", "Little Bird", as well as "A Time to Live in Dreams" with Dennis Wilson. Many Beach Boys completists are unaware of their collaborations with Kalinich and Charles Lloyd. These people are idiots. 

Stephen Kalinich - The Magic Hand (1969) 

Stop Smoking...Stop Over-Eating With Reveen (1978) Excerpt from this nutty record out of Canada. Peter Reveen quickly gained fame across North America with his stage shows.
AKA Reveen The Impossibilist

Supernatural Family Band - Thank You (Falettenme) (1976) "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" was a 1969 hit for Sly and the Family Stone. This is a crazy cover with young girls offering up the least soulful interpretation since Ann Margret. But somehow all the craziness works for me. I don't know. The tuba? The harmonica? 

The Average Disco Band - I Want You (She So Heavy) (1976) A remnant from the Amherst Records Story show. Listen closely and you can hear a swarthy male voice intone "J'taime". Maybe some Serge Gainsbourg floating around? This song bears almost no resemblance to the Beatles version. 

The B.C. & M. Choir - Stealing In The Name Of The Lord (1969) "B.C.& M." stands for "Baptist, Catholic & Methodist Choir." 

The Eric Burdon Band - City Boy (1975)

The Mighty M.C.'s - Drugs, Don't Get Involved (1986)

The Minute Men - Please Keep The Beatles In England (1964)

The United States of America - Osamu's Birthday (1968) To be rerecorded by Joe Byrd and the Field Hippies the following year. In THAT version, the vocals were recorded phonetically with backward backing, then reversed. Interesting, but she was no Dorothy Moskowitz

Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson – (Excerpt from) Dance, Sing, And Listen Again & Again!

Bill Niles and His GoodTime Band - Bric-a-Brac Man (1967)

Bill Spiller - Hot Pants Girls (1971)

Byron MacGregor - How Good You Have It In America (1974)

Carol Channing & Jimmy C. Newman - Lousiana Cajun Rock Band (1978)

Senator Sam Ervin - Bridge Over Troubled Water (1974)

Stop Smoking With Reveen Excerpt (LP)

The Beach Boys‘ ”Feel Flows” Box Set.  Bill Haley‘s ”Rock Around The Clock”: Albatross or Albatrosses?

The Beach Boys‘ ”Feel Flows” Box Set. Bill Haley‘s ”Rock Around The Clock”: Albatross or Albatrosses?

October 1, 2021

Sunflower Radio Promo (1970)

The Beach Boys - Slip On Thru (Instrumental backing and backing vocals ) (1970) 

The Beach Boys - Forever (1970) 

The Beach Boys - Til I Die (vocals only) (1971)

The Beach Boys - Add Some Music To Your Day (1970) 

The Beach Boys - Seasons In The Sun (1971) Originally titled "Le Moribund" ("The Dying Person"), it was a huge hit for Terry Jacks in 1973, who had previously been part of a husband-wife band called The Poppy Family. The Poppy Family had a sitar player in the band. Four people. One was a sitar player. ANYHOO, Jacks tried repeating his luck by recording another Brel song, "Ne Me Quitte Pas", as "If You Go Away", but as the French say, "La foudre ne frappe jamais deux fois."

Wikipedia: The first version of the song was recorded by Jacques Brel, who also wrote it in a brothel in Tangiers. Sung in a marching tempo, it tells of a man dying of a broken heart and shows him saying his last farewells to his close friend Emile, a priest friend, an acquaintance named Antoine, and his wife who has cheated on him numerous times with Antoine. Despite knowing of Antoine being his wife's lover, he wishes no ill upon him but tells him to take care of his wife. The American poet Rod McKuen translated the lyrics to English. In 1964, the Kingston Trio first recorded an English version of "Seasons in the Sun", which was later heard by Terry Jacks and became the basis for his rendition.

Jacks rewrote the lyrics, although he is uncredited for it. He justifies the rewriting by stating that he deemed the original version and its translations to be "too macabre". The inspiration for the rewritten lyrics was a close friend of his who was suffering from acute leukemia and died four months later. The Terry Jacks rendition, which was later dedicated to the friend, has the dying man giving his last words to his loved ones with whom he shared his life, much like the original. However, unlike the Jacques Brel version, the man does not die broken-hearted but instead, acknowledges the rights and wrongs of his actions in life as he passes away peacefully.

In the rewritten version, the man first addresses his close friend, whom he had known since childhood, and reminisces the happy times they had such as playing and studying together ("climbed hills and trees", "learned of love and ABC's"), and friendships with others ("skinned our hearts and skinned our knees"). He then addresses his father, who tried to give him a good upbringing and exert a positive influence on his undisciplined life ("I was the black sheep of the family", "You tried to teach me right from wrong", "wonder how I got along") which included overindulgence, vices, and revelry ("too much wine and too much song"). The man finally addresses "Michelle", possibly his daughter or niece, and stating how she lifted his spirit up in times of despair. Before he dies in peace, the man reminds all three that he will always be alive in their hearts and will be present in spirit when they see people or visit places; pretty girls (old and new friends) for the close friend, young children playing for the father, and flower fields for Michelle.

This version is actually produced for The Beach Boys BY Jacks. He produced this one song and they gave him the heave-ho. Maybe he said, "I'll produce, but there's this song I wrote called 'Put The Bone In' which you might like." The ticket back to Vancouver was on its way. 

Allan Sherman - Pop Hates The Beatles (1964)

The Average Disco Band - Eleanor Rigby (1977) Coming soon, my Amherst Records show! 

The Average Disco Band - Help (1977) 

Avon "Elusive" Salesperson Ad (1969) 

Bill Haley and His Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1974) Live from the Hammersmith Palais in London. 

Bill Haley and His Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1979) Amsterdam, Netherlands. Notable as having Chico Ryan from Sha Na Na on rhythm guitar. To me, I guess. 

Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock (1968 vocals, accompaniment overdubbed horribly by a bunch of anonymous guys.)

Bill Haley and His Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1968) Philips Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, before an audience invited to a session by Sonnet Records. 

Boiling Point - Let's Get Funktified (1978) 

? - Dedicated To The ATA (197?) Off the album CB Truckin': 20 Gigantic Hits 

Elton John - She Sold Me Magic (1970)

Erwin Bouterse and His Rhythm Cosmos - Disco Party (1979) 

Freddy Cannon - Red Valley (1971) Featuring Wadsworth Mansion, which had a catchy as hell hit the previous year with "Sweet Mary". One album and zap. 

Invader - Disco Soodara-bushi (1979)

Joe Thomas - Tongue Twisters (1983) Known as "The Ebony Godfather". 

The Jules Blattner Group - 2001: A Soul Odyssey (1969) I played their song "Call Me Man".   

Winterspring - No One (1970) 

Bill and Lisa - Koobamanah (1973)

From the back cover: "Music today is so open to style and expression that we enjoy the challenge of always presenting a wide variety of songs to reach as many people as possible. They have been entertaining alternately between the Montauk Golf & Racquet Club and Gurney's Inn for the past three years. Off-season, Bill and Lisa perform on cruise ships, including trips to the South Pacific and the Orient."
 

Kool and the Gang - Raw Hamburger (1969) Formed by Robert "Kool" Bell, his brother Ronald Bell and a bunch of their New Jersey teenage friends in the mid-60s (then called the Jazziacs), Kool & the Gang played traditional jazz in regional venues for several years, slowly morphing their style to incorporate emerging funk sounds of Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown. They were signed by the De-Lite label in the early '70s and gathered a small but loyal national following (in particular for their 1971 release Live at the Sex Machine). The group's fortunes exploded in 1974 with Wild and Peaceful, an infectiously raw album that spawned three smash hits, "Funky Stuff," "Hollywood Swinging," and "Jungle Boogie," all featuring great instrumentation and lyrics virtually shouted by the group. However, as quickly as they rode to fame, Kool & the Gang faded, their rough sound appearing out of place against the slick, dance-oriented sounds that began to dominate popular radio in the late '70s. And then they broke up, never to be heard from again. 

Kool and the Gang  - Country Junkie (1972) 

Looking Glass - Sweet Something (1973)

My time at Record Theater in Buffalo, NY. Artists re-record their biggest hits years later.

My time at Record Theater in Buffalo, NY. Artists re-record their biggest hits years later.

September 27, 2021

Born in North Carolina, Ray Denson started to dance professionally in 1951, taking on the professional name of Billy Lamont. His singing career started in 1956.

"(Zap! Pow!) Do the Batman" was recorded for Atlantic in January 1966 with Gate Wesley and his band, one of the first Batman records. "Communications Is Where It's At, Parts 1 & 2" was credited to Billy the Baron & His Smokin Challangers (sic), released in 1976.  Probably Lamont's final release was the 12-inch maxi-single "The Man With the Master Plan"/"The Cowboy" (credited to Billy Lamont & the Unn Band), issued in 1980. 

Billy Lamont died on June 3, 2012, aged 82. 

Billy The Baron & His Smokin Challengers - Communications Is Where It's At (1975)

Billy Baron and the Umm Band - The Man With The Master Plan (1980) 

Gate Wesley & Band - (Zap! Pow!) Do The Batman (1966) Billy LaMont on lead vocals

Freddie Cannon - She’s A Mean Rebel Rouser (1983) On Amherst Records! Notice the label reads, "From The LP 'Rock Attack'" which never came out. Oh, Lenny...I played this side because the credited writer Frederick A. Picariello is Freddie Cannon's real name. He wrote this. Old rocker to the bone. In his discography, his name is spelled "Freddy" AND "Freddie". 

Side 2 of the 1966 Musicor Label All-Star (?) Album "The Gene Pitney Show"!

Gene Pitney - There's No Living 

The Critters - I'm Gonna Give

The Bitter End Singers - I'm On The Run 

Teddy and the Pandas - (Bye, Bye) Out The Window

Steve Rossi - My Alphabet of Tears 

Marie Knight - Cry Me A River 

 

Selections from the 1973 album, "Carnival", by The Les Humphries Singers.

Dixie 

Something I Saw 

Uniform 

Carnival 

 

Me - Scare Us (2012)

 

The first try was so successful, we need to do it again. 

Percy Faith - A Summer Place '76 (Original release in 1959) In 1960, the original Percy Faith version (from the movie of the same name) reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks, a record at that time. 

Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula '69 (1956) Produced by Kim Fowley, the remake eliminates the swing in favor of a straight 4/4. The original reached #7. 

Charlie Daniels Band - Uneasy Rider 88' (1973) The original reached #9. Charlie Daniels had played on records by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and co-wrote the Elvis song, "It Hurts Me." And apparently, he felt the need to retro-fit his big hit to denounce gays instead of hippies. His biggest hit was "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

Bobby Hebb - Sunny '76 (1966) 

The Residents - Santa Dog '78 (1972)

The Moonglows - Sincerely '72 (1954) 

Sœur Sourire (The Singing Nun) - Dominique '82 (1963) Belgian singer (born Jeannine Deckers) in 1933. Later she became a nun (Sister Luc-Gabrielle) and recorded 'Dominique' in 1963. The song was an international hit and even reached #1 on the Billboard chart after it was released in the USA with the artist name 'The Singing Nun'. The Singing Nun also achieved the remarkable feat — the first in American chart history — of a simultaneous No. 1 single and No. 1 album, both of which sold over a million copies.

She committed suicide on March 31, 1985. Deckers and her companion Annie Berchet were found dead in a flat at Waure near Brussels. Both had taken an overdose of barbiturates. The tragedy happened after the Belgian authorities demanded the tax from the monies earned during her fleeting 15 minutes of fame. The convent took a large share of the royalties from her success, as did her record company.

This apparently left the former nun in such a state of depression that she took her own life. In a joint suicide note, Deckers wrote: “We are going together to meet God our Father. He alone can save us from this financial disaster.”

I told you. Religion ruins everything. 

Michael Rabon & The Five Americans - I See The Light '69 (1965) John Durrill was the keyboardist and wrote "Dark Lady" for Cher

Louis Jordan - Caledonia '56 (1945) 

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over '65 (1960)

Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed '80 (1968)

Andre Williams - Bacon Fat '86 (1956)

 

 

 

My Vinyl Collection Keeps Getting Bigger and Worse.

My Vinyl Collection Keeps Getting Bigger and Worse.

September 7, 2021

Allen & Rossi - Sway (1976) POACA will recall Marty Allen's ubiquitous presence on 70s talk shows and game shows. Whether they like it or not. Naw, he was funny! More Allen and Rossi vinyl to come!

From Both Sides Now, a wonderful resource for people wanting to know the stories behind the labels: The Calla label started in 1965 as an independent New York label, owned by Nathan (Nate) McCalla. Calla hit big with J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright" in 1966, a song recorded in England with British musicians backing Jackson, and then turned this 45 hit into an LP of the same name. Calla licensed the rights to J.J. Jackson's material to Warner Brothers sometime later, and the same song re-charted in 1969 on WB. Other artists on the label included The Sandpebbles, Jean Wells, Billy Mitchell, and Betty LaVette, Rudy Love, and The Persuaders.

Early singles and possibly the first album were distributed by Cameo-Parkway, but Cameo-Parkway soon ran into problems staying in business. With Cameo-Parkway on the rocks, McCalla decided to do his own distribution. McCalla was a friend of Morris Levy and was part of the Roulette Records group of labels, but operated independently as far as distribution. This worked well until 1972 when the material seemed to dry up.

Calla was all but inactive for the 1972-1975 years. But in 1976, Calla issued a handful of albums distributed by a company called Shakat Records. The albums that sold well were shifted to CBS for distribution later that same year, and CBS eventually reissued several of the Calla albums on Epic, with a small Calla logo.

Calla shut its doors in 1977 when Nate McCalla decided to go on an extended stay outside the United States. When he returned in 1980, he was soon murdered. Like many record company execs, Nate McCalla was less of a studio man and more of an office man, one who knew what he liked, signing a wide variety of musical genres to his label. He leaves a relatively small but quite interesting musical legacy. 

Dennis Parker - New York By Night (1979) 12" Mix. 

Dennis Parker - Like An Eagle (1979) 12" Mix" 

Look at this guy. Just look at him. Sweat. Muscle. Mmmm. I think I'm gay now. Actually, he did straight porn AND gay, and he hooked up with Jacques Morali, and then made this album. I actually like it. As disco goes, it's in the hands of the master. And so was Dennis, for a while.

Side One of "The Gene Pitney Show" (1966): This is a fake live album, with Joe O'Brien as emcee. The album features several Musicor acts of the time, many of whom never had an LP release, meaning that this album is the only place to find some of these songs in stereo. I believe this album was meant as a ploy to get more exposure to other Musicor acts by having their biggest star (Pitney) "appear" with the others in concert. However, as stated earlier, this is a fake live album, and a poorly done one. Crowd noises are added in at seemingly random points in the songs, some of the sound effects weren't properly cued up so you can hear the FX record gain speed. On top of this, Joe O'Brien randomly starts speaking at random points on some tracks. If it weren't for the hard-to-find songs (in stereo or mono) this would be just a waste of vinyl. 

Gene Pitney - Backstage

The Critters - Georgianna 

The Bitter End Singers - Let Me In or Keep me Out

Teddy and the Pandas - Once Upon A Time

The Platters - I Love You 1,000 Times

Danny and Diego - Glitter and Gold 

Tony Bruno - This Time You're Right (1974)

Tony Bruno - Love Was Born Today (1974)

I'm glad I bought this little-known soundtrack to a little-known movie with songs by a little-known singer that I love (Tony Bruno). 

Elliot Lurie - Rich Girl (1976)

Elliot Lurie - Disco (1975) I have raised 3 children, done thousands of gigs, won Musician of the Year in High School, etc., but NOTHING gives me more pleasure than doing my imitation of Elliot Lurie. 

Therapy - Fantasia on Eleanor Rigby (1975) Sleeve notes: "This album, our third, is a selection of material which can be heard at a typical Therapy performance."

I'm the Greatest - David Hentschel (1975) Phil Collins on drums. 

Selections from Side One of Les Humphries Singers' "Carnival" album (1973) WHICH I OWN!!: 

Kentucky Dew

Do-Da

Lonely Kind of Man

Square Dance 

Les Humphries was not a bad songwriter at all. Somewhat derivative in places, but mostly inoffensive pop in the vein of Gilbert O'Sullivan or a young Elton John after a night out. 

Os Mutantes - Panis et Circenses (1970) English version. Translates to "Bread and Circuses"

Os Mutantes - I Feel A Little Spaced (1970) English version of "Ando Meio Desligado". These are not bad. I think the songs are so good and the performances so sincere and unaffected that they transcend our clunky lexicon. They must have done this to expand their audience in the USA. It didn't work but I'm glad they released this at all. 

Bobby Lee Trammell - You Mostest Girl (1958) Our favorite guy, Bobby Lee Trammell, records an almost note-for-note copy of Elvis' "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)". 

J.D. Drews - Don't Want Nobody (1980) Jürgen Drews from the aforementioned LHS tries to break into the American market by anglicizing his name and adopting all the quirky affect of a real-live New Wave singer with somewhat staid results. This song was written by P Delph and D Edwards. I can't see that they wrote anything else. The Brecker Brothers, Jan Akkerman, and Joe Chemay. 

 

Pete Sacco - Pennsylvania (197?) Lou Christie's brother recorded this on the Lightning Label. 

The Abortion Show

The Abortion Show

August 27, 2021

You know, as long as there've been lady parts and attendant man parts to go into them, abortion has been practiced.

It always will be.

No law can change it either way. The only thing that laws like Roe do is give a safe, clean room in which to practice the fetal cell-smooshing arts for the poorest and least advantaged of us. That seems to be the real reason people wave signs and chant their religious nonsense. Taking things away from people they think are less deserving. Because as my old mistress Missy Quinn said (and I'm paraphrasing) if you can't trust a woman with a choice, how can you trust her with a child? 

 

Bill Seluga - Dancin' Johnson (1978) Bill Seluga was a founding member of the improv comedy troupe Ace Trucking Company. His Raymond J. Johnson bit was pretty much that, a bit. He was probably best known for the bit "But ya doesn't have to call me Johnson". It was the voice and the repetitiveness that was supposed to be funny. In the '70s, it was. The Ace Trucking Company was active from the late '60s through the mid-'70s and was frequently on variety programs like The Tonight Show, Mike DouglasDick Cavett, and The Midnight Special. Fred Willard was in this group So was Patty Deutsch, who was also in the later incarnation of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, as well as the Exorcist parody album The Hexorcist. I could go on and on. 

Cold Chisel - Choirgirl (1980)

Kinky Friedman - Rapid City, South Dakota (1974) 

Abortion Suite: 

Victor Buono - I Am (1971) American actor and comedian. Six foot four and tipping the scales at some 400 pounds, Victor Buono often played the "heavy" on screen. A 1971 album Heavy! charted, thanks in no small part to Victor's performance of the "Fat Man's Prayer" on The Tonight Show. He also played the role of King Tut in the '60s Batman series. 

The Gaunga Dyns - Rebecca Rodifer (1967)

Peggy Seeger - Nine-Month Blues (1979) Discogs: Peggy Seeger (born June 17, 1935, New York City) is an American folksinger. She is also well known in Britain, where she lived for more than 30 years with her husband, songwriter Ewan MacColl. The well-known Pete Seeger is her half-brother.

Gary Paxton - The Big "A" = The Big "M" (1978)

Malvina Reynolds - Rosie Jane (1975)

Lee Hazlewood - I'll Live Yesterdays (1971)

Harry Chapin - Woman Child (1972)

Sylvain Sylvain - Formidable (1981)

Lorene Mann - Hide My Sin (A-b-o-r-t-i-o-n N-e-w Y-o-r-k) (1972) Hmm. Same label and backing vocalists as Elvis

End of Abortion Suite. 

 

Adam & Eve - Hey Neandertal Man (1970)

I Nuovi Angeli - L'uomo di Neanderthal (1970) 

Harlem Underground Band - Smokin Cheeba Cheeba (1976)

John Farrar - Falling (1980)

Kin Ping Meh - Come Together (1972)

Syreeta - How Many Days (1972)

Dave Clark Five - Good Old Rock and Roll (1969)

The Holy Mackerel - Wildflowers (1968) 

Todd Rundgren - Tin-Foil Hat (2017) Featuring Donald Fagen. 

John Travolta - What Would They Say (1978)

American Spring - This Whole World (1972)

Denny Laine - The Blues (1973)

Three Dog Night - A Change is Gonna Come (1969)

Michael Nagy (Naj) - A Clever Man (1998)

Adriano Celentano - Pregherò (1962)

Barry McGuire - This Precious Time (1965)

Cindy und Bert - Im Fieber Der Nacht (1978)

Elvis Presley - Proud Mary (1972)

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Hickory (1974)

Gary Lewis and the Playboys - Then Again Maybe (1972) 

Frank Zappa - I Don't Wanna Get Drafted (1980)

 

Wendy and Bonnie are connected to Wendy and Lisa.

Wendy and Bonnie are connected to Wendy and Lisa.

August 25, 2021

Cal Tjader - Along Comes Mary (1967)

Cal Tjader - Gimme Shelter (1971)

Marran Gosov - Lampenfieber (1977) Now THIS is German Existentialism!

The English translation to what he is singing:
At the first time came energy
At the second then the imagination
At the third came with you the pleasure
At the fourth you've kissed me
At the fifth I was searching you
At the sixth then only cursed you
At the seventh i have discovered you
At the eighth tasted on the skin
 
Stage fright
Without you I can not be
Fever
Without you I'm alone
Fever
My cross and yarn on the pulse of power
Fever
I need you again and again
Stage fright
 
At the ninth you've touched me
At the tithe seduces me very quick
At the eleventh came the Wonderland
At the twelfth it started all over again
 
You are hope and energy
The engine of my imagination
My cross and yarn on the pulse of power
My time-escort until midnight
Without you I can not be
Without you I'm alone
I need you again and again
stage fright

Sakarin Boonpit – ควายหายล้อมคอก (Buffalo Disappears Around the Stall) (1978?) Thai cover version of Elvis' "Little Sister"

Silver Apples - Oscillations (1968)

Silver Apples - Program (1968)

Silver Apples - I Don't Care What The People Say  (1998)

Silver Apples-  You and I (1969)

Decades after their brief yet influential career ground to a sudden halt due to being sued for exorbitant amounts by Pan Am Airlines, Silver Apples remain one of pop music's true enigmas: a surreal, almost unprecedented duo, their music explored interstellar drones and hums, pulsing rhythms and electronically-generated melodies years before similar ideas were adopted in the work of acolytes ranging from Suicide to Spacemen 3 to Laika.

Silver Apples was formed in New York in 1967 and comprised percussionist Danny Taylor and lead vocalist Simeon, who played an instrument also dubbed the Simeon, which (according to notes on the duo's self-titled 1968 debut LP) consisted of "nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls... The lead and rhythm oscillators are played with the hands, elbows and knees and the bass oscillators are played with the feet." Although the utterly uncommercial record — an ingenious cacophony of beeps, buzzes, and beats — sold poorly, the Silver Apples resurfaced a year later with their sophomore effort, 'Contact', another far-flung outing which fared no better than its predecessor.

This record's cover, depicting the duo in the cockpit of a Pan Am airplane, resulted in a legal battle that left the band unable to continue recording and releasing music. However, in 1996 the Silver Apples resurfaced, as Simeon and new partner Xian Hawkins released the single "Fractal Flow." American and European tours followed, and a year later a new LP, 'Beacon', was released to wide acclaim. 

Simeon Coxe died on September 8, 2020.

Wendy & Bonnie - The Winter Is Cold (1969)

From Under The Radar: Genesis, released in 1969, was the one and only album from sisters Wendy and Bonnie Flower. The San Francisco-based siblings were 18 and 15 at the time the album was originally released, and the music of Genesis belies their tender ages. The songs on Genesis are light psychedelic folk, reminiscent of artists like The Free Design, Tim Buckley, and, to a certain degree, fellow Californians, The Mamas and the Papas. The sisters’ harmonies are the main draw, floating into the ether above the airy soundscapes. While songs like “Let Yourself Go Another Time” and “The Winter Is Cold” are upbeat and jaunty, most of Genesis is restrained beauty.

The album has been championed of late by artists the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Stereolab, and Super Furry Animals, the latter of which sampled the gentle Wendy & Bonnie paean “By the Sea” in the opening of its 2003 song, “Hello Sunshine.” Unfortunately, at the time of its initial release, Genesis did not find as impressive a following. Shortly after the album was released, and amid promotion for the record that included an aborted slot on The Merv Griffin Show, the group’s record label, Skye Records, dissolved due to bankruptcy. Subsequently, Wendy and Bonnie Flower faded into seeming obscurity.

Then my show came along. This show opens with Cal Tjader, who co-owned Skye Records along with being an in-demand percussionist. he was a family friend that thought the young girls would benefit from not being thrust into the pop scene without a guiding hand on their team. But when the label went belly-up, Bonnie went off to college. I like most of this album. I wonder how many other hidden masterpieces got snuffed out before they got a chance to be heard by a wider audience. I mean these two teenagers, 15 and 18, got pretty far relatively speaking. Even for the time. 

Wendy and Bonnie - By the Sea (1969) 

Wendy and Bonnie - Five O'Clock In the Morning (1969) 

Wendy and Bonnie - Let Yourself Go Another Time (1969) 

Yardbirds - Knowing That I'm Losing You (Tangerine) (1968)

Yardbirds - White Summer (1968)

The Yardbirds - Glimpses (1967)

The Yardbirds - Dazed and Confused (1968)

Eric Burdon & The Animals - Orange And Red Beam (1968)

Freee Fall - Big Mack Truck -?????  That's really how it's spelled. Recorded "live" onboard Norwegian Cruise Liners and, as the name states, intended for the passenger/tourist audiences. I enlarged the back cover because it's amazing. Apparently Norwegian gave these passenger-only records as gifts. I gotta get some more. 

Brandon Wade - Letter From a Teenage Son (1967) 

Bulldog - Rock & Roll Hootchi Coo (1974) Rick Derringer (the composer) spelled it "Hoochie Koo". Believe it or not, it had been rendered on vinyl three times before his own recording in 1973 became his biggest hit (by far).

It was first recorded in 1970 by Johnny Winter and his band, Johnny Winter And, of which Derringer was a member. In 1973, Derringer recorded a solo version, which was his only Top 40 chart hit as a solo artist in the U.S. It became a staple of 1970s radio and rock music compilations. The song was initially recorded by Johnny Winter in 1970 with his band "Johnny Winter And", which included Rick Derringer and other former members of The McCoys, Derringer's previous band ("Hang On Sloopy" was their biggest hit...by far.).

In 1970, they recorded the song during the Live Johnny Winter And tour, which was released as Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70. Winter and Derringer later recorded the song with Winter's brother for Edgar Winter's White Trash live 1972 album Roadwork.

Bulldog was an obscure spinoff of The Rascals that formed in 1971. Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli, after leaving their successful act behind, signed with Decca Records. That first album sank without a trace, and their contract with Decca came to an abrupt end and Bulldog spent the majority of 1973 trying to avoid the oldies circuit that had started swallowing up their contemporaries.

They signed with Neil Bogart's Buddha Records in 1974 and released Smasher. Perhaps Buddha's primary reputation for bubblegum and novelty records can explain why this release was virtually ignored upon its release. The album sank without even a slight showing on the Billboard charts and Bulldog was dead by early 1975.

Cornish and Danelli would resurface a few years later, teaming up with Wally Bryson (Raspberries) in the power-pop act, Fotomaker. Though they issued several albums, they too were dealt a merciless death, leaving Cornish and Danelli on the oldies circuit in a revived lineup of The Rascals. They would later be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of their former bandmates that they had worked so hard to extricate themselves from. 

Rick Derringer rererererecorded the song in 2012, a new version of the song with lyrics reflecting his Christian beliefs. Titled "Read the Word and Live It Too". He supported Trump. So f him. 

Cledus Maggard - Virgil And The $300 Vacation (1976) I've played Cledus Maggard and The Citizen's Band on my show once before, playing the song "The White Knight" on my CB Radio show. 

Leslie Podkin - You Won't Need No Money (1961)

Ogo - Marijuana [Guam] (?)

Roy E. Baker - Ballad Of The Abortion Child (A Love Letter From Heaven)  (1974)

Obituary: Roy “Boy” Edward Baker, age 85 of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014. Roy was born May 28, 1929, in the coal mining town of Hazard, KY to Gilbert and Mahalia Baker. It was growing up in Hazard that he picked up the nickname “Roy Boy.” He was never able to shake the nickname and it has followed him throughout his life. He was affectionately known as “Roy Boy” by the many friends that loved him so. As a boy, Roy was a Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer all rolled into one. In the small coal-mining where he lived, people worked hard and went to bed early. At night, Roy Boy would slip out of a bedroom window just to wake the town by ringing the church bell. He was the epitome of mischief. His father was a coal miner and Roy grew up expecting that he would follow in those footsteps. It didn’t take him long to decide he needed to pursue something else. “I worked a half-day in a coal mine where donkeys drug the coal out. I decided that was not the life for me,” he said. Roy left the coal mining town where he grew up and continued to have a career with General Motors in the tool and die industry. An accomplished musician playing piano, guitar, banjo, drums, and the bull-fiddle, Roy enjoyed many years as a musician, singer, and songwriter. While working for General Motors, he often played musical shows on weekends. The name “Roy Boy” became his stage name. As a movie actor, he played the part of a coal miner in the movie “October Sky,” which was partly filmed in Knoxville and Oliver Springs. When he was nine years old, Roy began drawing cartoons and selling them to his classmates in Hazard. A true patriot of America, Roy continued to use his talents drawing pictures that exemplified his patriotic love of God and country. On any given day you could find him sharing his art with friends at fast-food restaurants. His trademark was the patriotic clothing that he designed and wore in support of America. His iconic little red and white striped truck proudly displayed the American flag and could be seen in parades and events all over East Tennessee. His support for humanitarian projects was recognized and honored in various circles. He was recognized as the Man of the Year in Abstract Art by the city of Knoxville in 2007. 

The British North-American Act - Corduroy Coat (1969)

This setlist might be my best ever! Hollywood stars and groovy ads!

This setlist might be my best ever! Hollywood stars and groovy ads!

August 22, 2021

Brenda Lee - Takin’ What I Can Get (1976)

Carla Bley - Rawalpindi Blues (1971) From the great artist herself.

The first piece we wanted to record was RAWALPINDI BLUES, which featured Jack Bruce and trumpet player Don Cherry, but it seemed impossible to get them both in New York at the same time. By the time Jack could get away (he was working almost every night in London with Tony Williams’ band) Don had to leave for commitments in Europe. So we split the music into two parts and recorded Don’s parts first. This actually enhanced the piece since it was intended to be a dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures. The first session, featuring Don Cherry and the “eastern band”, took place on Nov. 30th, 1970...The band’s improvised sections were of the highest quality, rare and effortless. Don left the country the next day and on Dec. 7th Jack arrived and went right into the studio and recorded for 2 days and nights almost straight through. Luckily John McLaughlin was also in town so we were able to use him on electric guitar. With Jack on bass guitar, Paul Motian on drums and myself on organ, we had the “western band”  Again, I was amazed at how great the playing was. We finished up RAWALPINDI BLUES and also recorded BUSINESSMEN, DETECTIVE WRITER DAUGHTER, parts of … AND IT’S AGAIN, and a few other bits and pieces. Jack and John went back to London and I settled down to putting RAWALPINDI BLUES together.
After listening to the material we had so far I decided to bring in another singer to do parts of RAWALPINDI BLUES that hadn’t been suitable for Jack or Don. I needed someone who could slide his voice around. Steve Ferguson, formerly of NRBQ, was a country singer from Kentucky, but I heard a connection between the way Steve moved his voice and the way it’s done in Eastern music. He came in on Dec. 18th and it worked out well. 

Using the best of the things we had so far, we put a tape together. RAWALPINDI BLUES was really difficult to mix. We had indiscriminately filled up all 16 tracks right at the beginning and then crammed in other elements wherever there was the slightest space. So when we finally got down to mixing it, it was all hands on the board and took two full days. One of the most un-nerving and time-consuming parts was a process I used a few times called cross-fading, which involved mixing two 16-track tapes down to a 2-track tape all at once. They used to flinch at RCA when we called in and told them how many machines we would need that day. From then on we tried to keep things simpler. We didn’t want Ray Hall to grow old before his time.

We ended up calling it (the album) a chronotransduction, which was a word coined by Sherry Speeth, a scientist friend of Paul’s (Paul Haines, the lyricist), although we still call it opera for short.

I find this whole album amazing, frustrating, thrilling, devastating. I LOVE Jack Bruce on this. Linda Ronstadt sings on this album as well. I highly recommend it. "Hotel Overture" might be the most amazing horn-playing (French horn player Bob Carlisle) I've heard on record. 

Chuck Berry - Little Marie (1964) Sort a sequel to "Memphis". No, it's a sequel to "Memphis". 

Dave Clark and Friends - I’m Sorry Baby (1972)

Davey Johnstone & China - One Way Ticket (1977) Ass-kicking music from Elton John's band. I love it. Released on his label. 

Frank Sinatra - Everybody’s Twistin’ (1962)

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - Mendy Never Sleeps (1970) Even before my time, Dolly Parton was a young talent brought into the fold of Nashville society by Porter Wagoner, more or less, by starting out as a singer on his TV show. She was too talented, too gifted a songwriter and singer, too unconventionally beautiful, and too ambitious to stay there for long, even though she stayed two years past her initial agreement. Dutifully, she stayed longer than she should have, and in fact, the hit "I Will Always Love You" was written for him. 

Petula Clark - L’Agent Secret (1969)

Bill Haley and the Comets - A Little Piece At A Time (1971)

Billy Thorpe - Drive My Car (1975) His next album would be his breakthrough and zenith in the US, "Children of the Sun". 

Kevin Coughlin - I Gotta Be Me (1969)

Soupy Sales - Muck-Arty Park (1969) From the album, "A Bag of Soup". Soupy Sales was a television comedian whose antics delighted children and enraged adults. He flirted with mainstream success with comic pop songs on television and radio, but in the end remained a cult personality, albeit one who pushed the envelope of what was possible in TV comedy. He played a big role in the growth of "pie-in-the-face" comedy. 

The Residents - Elvis and His Boss (1978)

Tom Jones - Never Had a Lady (1979)

Me singing over an instrumental song I programmed. 

Noel Harrison - A Young Girl (1969)

Coca-Cola - Keep Things Jumping (?)

Burgess Meredith - The Capture (1966) Played The Penguin in the TV series with Adam West. There was a whole series of Batman records released to promote the 1966 TV series where they got the actors from the show to do these "in character" songs. 

The Cowsills - The Milk Song (1969) This is the band that served as the prototype for The Partridge Family. But the mother was not seen as attractive enough. So Shirley Jones would have to be the one to sing "Whale Song" and make me feel funny. Down there. I didn't understand these feelings. 

Datsun - All You Really Need (1972?)

The Dave Pell Singers - Oh, Calcutta (1972) Oh, Calcutta was an off-Broadway musical that got pretty bad reviews but thrived in the era of flower-power as a corporate weapon. Loosen up, brother!! Anyhow, it enjoyed a long run, eventually reaching Broadway, with revivals running for years and years. One skit's first draft was written by John Lennon of The Beatles

Stereo Speaker Test (?)

Dick Clark - The Wasting of Wesley Joe Grimm (1969)

John & Ernest - Super Fly Meets Shaft (1973) Produced by Dickie Goodman, the then-king of the cut-in record. 

The Garden Club - Little Girl Lost and Found (1967) One member was Tom Shipley, later of Brewer and Shipley, who had a Top 10 hit with "One Toke Over The Line". Which Lawrence Welk covered on his TV show. 

The Gentle Touch - Among The First To Know (1967)

Hank Levine - Let Us Begin Beguine (1964)

George Burns - The Sun Shines On My Street (1969) ANOTHER take-off/tribute based on The Beatles' Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band cover. There were many. Who was George Burns

POACA might recall that before television was the king of everything, radio was the thing. And no one was bigger in that medium than the plain-spoken, often exasperated but always kind and honest George Burns. He and his wife/comic foil Gracie Allen reigned supreme for decades. It would not be exaggerating to say that she was the most famous radio star for years. Gracie Allen ((in real life, an amazing intellectual who held her own on the very difficult quiz show "Information, Please" (which you should research but you will not because no one reads this)) had a singular ability to make audiences love her. From the '30s to the '50s, Burns and Allen were one of the most beloved shows in all of America. And George Burns won an Academy Award in 1974 for his appearance in The Sunshine Boys (when he replaced another giant of radio, Jack Benny, who died before the movie was made.) He also appeared in the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with Peter Frampton. No one won an Oscar for that. He also reached the Top 20 in the country chart with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again". 

Jayne Mansfield - That Makes It (1966) Basically, The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" from a woman's point of view. Jayne Mansfield was an attractive, versatile Marilyn Monroe-esque It-Girl who gave birth to Mariska Hargitay of "Law and Order SVU". 

Julie London - Marlboro Song (1963)

The Lettermen - Touch Me (1970)

Mike Curb and Bob Summers - Teenage Rebellion (1969)

Orson Welles - I Know What It Is To Be Young (But You Don't Know What It Is To Be Old) (1984) Ah, the French

The Partridge Family - Summer Days (1971)

Os Mutantes and Rita Lee. Also BIll Haley rarities.

Os Mutantes and Rita Lee. Also BIll Haley rarities.

August 21, 2021

This show features Rita Lee, the first, best-known singer in Os Mutantes, one of the greatest non-English bands ever. Their music was inspired and free of boundaries, their lyrics subversive and literate. They carried on for years after her departure. I don't think the original three ever reunited. Maybe someone from Brazil can teach me about Os Mutantes. From my international fan club. 

 

Larry Jon Wilson - Ohoopee River Bottomland (1974) Listen to those handclaps during the last verse. That's production. 

Charles Lloyd - All Life is One (1971) Alan JardineBill CowsillBrian WilsonMichael O'GaraMike Love, and Rhetta Hughes on backing vocals. Dave Mason (featured in another episode) on acoustic guitar

Rita Lee - And I Love Him (1970) A sort of garish cover on an otherwise good record. 

Bill Haley - Let the Good Times Roll Again (1979)

Bill Haley - Mohair Sam (1976) Recorded in 1976 at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, for Sonet Records. Not released in the US until 1979. 

 

This is a rare studio version of Bill Haley's version of the Charlie Rich hit. He often played it live. Written by Dallas Frazier who also wrote "Elvira". 

Bill Haley and His Comets - I Need the Music (1979)

Bill Haley Rock Around The Clock (1969) Live @ The Bitter End in NYC. Haley was a pro, that's for sure. He brought it in every live performance I've seen or heard. 

Buddy Raye - Alphabet Man (1985?) Buddy Raye, AKA Dick Kent, AKA Sonny Cash, AKA Elmer Plinger (probably his real name), was a member of the MSR Singers. He was the most prolific of all the song-poem singers. I go into detail on my show, but here's a link to that wiki. I have an extensive collection but this one is just different somehow. 

Elton John - Nina  (1967/68) From the Gentle Giant website: "Reg (Elton) played with Simon Dupree & the Big Sound for a couple of months when our keyboard player Eric Hine was recovering from glandular fever. We toured Scotland during this time and became good friends. One night in a Scottish hotel he played us what was to become songs from his first album including 'Your Song' Of course we fell about laughing especially when he said he was changing his name to Elton John. We got on so well that Reg wanted to stay with us. At a session in Abbey Road studios he played on a track called 'Laughing Boy From Nowhere' featuring Phil (Schulmann)'s son Calvin (laughing) and we recorded one of his songs. We stayed in touch for quite a time after that and I used to go to see Reg and Bernie Taupin in Watford where they lived. I also went down to the studio when he was recording his first album...This would have been around the time GG was forming. One more celebrity highlight: Dudley Moore played piano on a Simon Dupree single 'Broken Hearted Pirates' (terrible song)...

I Got You Babe Tiny Tim & The Band (1967) Tiny's girlfriend Eleanor Baruchian shares (Cher's?? HAHAHAH) vocal duties with Tim. Are you a The Band completist? You have this. Somewhere. 

John McLaughlin, Charles Lloyd & Mike Love - California Girls (1974) From the cable show Speakeasy with Chip Monck. Chip Monck MC'd the Woodstock festival, worked with Dylan and Hendrix, etc. etc. Good interview here. Odd to hear such strange style-differences clash. 

Lovers & Friends - Misty (Epic Version) (1977)

Mutantes - Dom Quixote (1969)

Odara - Gilberto Gil e Rita Lee (1977) From the wonderful live album Refestança. "Refreshment"

Os Mutantes - Ando Meio Desligado (1970)  "The Divine Comedy or I'm Half Off"

Os Mutantes - Fuga No. II (1969) 

Carole King - Porpoise Song (1968) 

Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - Agora é Moda (1978) "Now It’s Fashion" 

Rita Lee - Vamos Tratar Da Saúde (1972) "Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life" 

Rita Lee e Tutti Frutti - Yo no creo pero. (1974) "I Dont Think So"

Rita Lee-  Lady Babel (1976)

Rita Lee - Shangrilá (1980)

The Association - One Sunday Morning (1975)

The Uncoolest Band In The World!!!

The Uncoolest Band In The World!!!

August 19, 2021

You would be right to think of Sha Na Na as a goofy amalgam of caricatures from a bygone era that might not have actually existed. But there was a time, JUST before their crowning achievement: their show being syndicated, when they attempted to be real, songwriting artists. Not of their self-appointed time and place, but as legitimate pop singers. I DO like some of their stuff. Scott Simon, J Jocko, and Denny Greene released solo records. They were not successful. None of these songs were, either. Scott Simon co-wrote "Sandy" for Grease

ShaNaNa (letter-spacing is intentional - this is how the label reads) - Top 40 (1971) Reached #84, the closest thing they ever had to a hit record. Produced by Eddie Kramer, a South African-English recording producer and engineer that collaborated with several artists now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including the BeatlesDavid BowieEric ClaptonJimi Hendrixthe KinksKissLed Zeppelinthe Rolling StonesJohn Mellencamp, and Carlos Santana.

Also AnthraxJoe CockerLoudnessPeter FramptonJohn MayallTen Years AfterMott the HoopleJohn SebastianCarly SimonDionne WarwickSmall FacesSir Lord Baltimore, and Whitesnake.

(Deep breath) Kramer's film soundtrack credits include Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of WightFestival ExpressJimi Plays Monterey, Jimi Plays Berkeley, Live at the Fillmore East, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, The Pursuit of HappinessRainbow BridgeThe Song Remains the Same, and Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More. And this album by ShaNaNa.

Sha Na Na - Bounce In Your Boogie (1972) Produced by Jeff Barry, who co-wrote "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Then He Kissed Me", "Be My Baby", "Chapel of Love", and "River Deep - Mountain High" (all written with his then-wife Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector); "Leader of the Pack" (written with Greenwich and Shadow Morton); "Sugar, Sugar" (written with Andy Kim); "Without Us" (written with Tom Scott), etc.

And he produced this album for Sha Na Na. 

Sha Na Na - Glasses (1972) This is the only song I could find in their discography that was written by John "Bowser" Bowman

She Na Na - Only One Song (1971) This might be their best original, save for the clunky drum punch-ins and mediocre preaching. 

John Lennon's backing band of choice from 1971-1973 or so also tried to succeed on their own terms, first as a kind of hippy-dippy second-rate peace-loving band of conscience, and later as a hippy-dippy second-rate peace-loving band of conscience that had backed John Lennon. Carly Simon was in the band for a brief time. 

Elephant’s Memory - Old Man Willow (1969) This is from the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack. I love Buddah Records. 

Elephants Memory - Crossroads of the Stepping Stones (1969) Produced by Wes Farrell who was the music director for The Partridge Family

Elephant’s Memory - Mongoose (1970)

John Lennon - Woman is the Nigger of the World (1972) With Elephant’s Memory and Invisible Strings. I happen to love this song and Yoko's lyrics are truer every day. 

John Lennon - Sunday Bloody Sunday (1972) Which is better? This, or McCartney's "Give Ireland To The Irish"?

Chuck Berry - Bio (1973) Backed by Elephant's Memory

Elephant’s Memory - Running Man (1974) 

Someone gave Ringo Starr a big pile of cocaine (a hell of a drug) and convinced him that he could run a record label, or at least serve as a tax-dodge for someone else. From the website Rare Beatles:

As early as 1970, Ringo had involvement with a production company, Beachport Company Ltd. (in fact, most of the RING O’ RECORDS releases feature this name). On July 26, 1973, Ringo started a new music publishing company, Wobble Music Ltd.. However, his own compositions were published by two other Ringo-owned companies, Startling Music Inc. and Richoroony Ltd.. Ringo purchased Tittenhurst Park, John and Yoko’s old manor, on September 18,1973 and immediately made the in-house studio, re-christened Startling Studios, available for use by other recording artists.

With Apple Records not being fun anymore and virtually little product being released, George formed Dark Horse Records Ltd. on May 23, 1974. Hot on George’s heels, on June 28, 1974, Ringo started a company called Reckongrade Ltd.. By December 11, Ringo changed the name to Pyramid Records Ltd.. On April 4, 1975, Ringo officially declared that RING O’ RECORDS was open for business, even though one single and an album had already been released! Just to add more confusion to the paper trail, the RING O’ name and logo were trademarks of another Ringo company, Wibble Records Limited.

RING O’ RECORDS actually signed artists and produced records. However, Ringo was not, personally, an active participant in the company, nor was he signed to the label. Over a three-year period, seven albums, and 17 singles were released. [Ed: Click that link for a complete discography.]

In North America, Capitol Records distributed the first two singles and the first album of the fledgling label. Polydor issued the label throughout the rest of the world. But distribution problems and the lack of a personal recording deal saw Ringo put his floundering company on hiatus for 18 months.

Polydor became the worldwide distributor for the newly re-launched RING O’ RECORDS in March 1977. Only a handful of artists (eleven) recorded for the label.

In 1978, RING O’ RECORDS, in Europe, became a production company, the Able Label. Ringo’s financially disastrous venture into the record business was over.

Bobby Keys - Gimme That Key (1975)

Dirk and Stig - Ging Gang Goolie (1977) Listen for Eric Idle. This is him and Ricky Fataar, late of the South African band The Flames, The "So Tough"-era Beach Boys, and The Rutles, of which this record is a precursor. If in name only.

 

Someone gave George Harrison a big pile of cocaine (a hell of a drug) and convinced him that he could run a record label, or at least serve as a tax-dodge for someone else. At least his discography is more extensive. Among same:

Henry McCullough - You Better Run (1975) Late of Wings. One wonders how this signing happened. If you listen to "Money" by Pink Floyd, Henry is the one saying "I was really drunk at the time..." They also recorded Paul and Linda but they didn't offer much in the way of insight. Any Beatle fan knows this label. 

Attitudes - Ain’t Love Enough (1975) Yes, THAT David Foster

Jiva - Don’t Be Sad (1975) Jiva was the first American act signed to Dark Horse Records. According to Geoffrey Giuliano's George Harrison biography, Harrison signed Jiva because they were followers of the young Indian Guru Maharaji, to whom he had been introduced by his future 2nd wife Olivia.

Stairsteps - Posado (1976) This was originally The Five Stairsteps and Cubie, and then just The Five Stairsteps. Then Five Stairsteps. And then, for a brief time, "Dr. Jimmy and His Amazing Dancing Uvula", and finally, just Stairsteps.  They recorded "O-o-h Child", the huge hit from 1970. 

Ravi Shankar - I Am Missing You (1974)

Ravi Shankar - Dreams (1974)

 

The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack (long version) (1970)

The Lundstroms with Tiny - The B-I-B-L-E (?)

Think - Gotta Get To Know Each Other (1971) Think had an oddball Top 10 hit in the US with "Once You Understand". 

Traffic Safety Tip (Public Service Announcement) (?)

Spike Jones Without His Orchestra - What is a Disc Jockey? (1954)

Vox Populi - Ah! (1969) 

Wayne Newton - Charade (1964)

We All Together - It's Us Who Say Goodbye (1973)

Werner Müller - The Stripper (1972)

William Shatner - That’s Me Trying (2004)

Wilson Malone Voice Band - Penny Lane (1968)

Xerox - Bit By Bit (?) 

Dave Mason, Cass Elliot, Laura Nyro, and a RARE disco single by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Dave Mason, Cass Elliot, Laura Nyro, and a RARE disco single by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

August 16, 2021

Discogs: Dave Mason was a founding member of the group Traffic, but left following the release of their debut album, Mr. Fantasy (1967), only to rejoin halfway through the sessions for their next album, Traffic (1968), after which he left again. Last Exit (1969), a compilation of odds and ends, features little material by Mason apart from his song "Just for You". Traffic later re-formed without Mason, although he briefly began working with the band for a third time, touring with them in 1971 and playing on Welcome to the Canteen. In his brief spells with the group, Mason never quite fit in; Steve Winwood later recalled. In 1970, Mason was slated to be the second guitarist for Derek and the Dominos. He played on their early studio sessions, including the Phil Spector production of "Tell the Truth", which was later withdrawn from sale (and is now a collector's item). He also played at their first gig at the London Lyceum but left the group soon after that.

For a brief period in the mid-1990s, Mason joined Fleetwood Mac and released the album Time with them in 1995. He toured with them over the course of 1994–95. Over the course of his career, Mason has played and recorded with many notable pop and rock musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones (e.g. on Street Fighting Man), George Harrison (appearing on All Things Must Pass), Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, and...Cass Elliot. One of Mason's best-known songs is "Feelin' Alright", recorded by Traffic in 1968 and later by many other performers, including Joe Cocker, whose version of the song was a hit in 1969. For Traffic, he also wrote "Hole in My Shoe", a psychedelic pop song that became a hit in its own right. "We Just Disagree", Mason's 1977 solo US hit, written by Jim Krueger, has become a staple of US classic hits and adult contemporary radio playlists.

Cass Elliot was credited with creating the group name 'The Mamas and The Papas' while watching a TV program, with the other band members, while temporarily residing in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Although some releases were still credited to Mama Cass Elliot, it was around this time that she used her original stage name, Cass Elliot. She starred in many a TV show including two specials of her own. She was loved and is still admired for her pleasing alto and all-around ability to entertain. In her way, she was as troubled as her other drug-taking contemporaries like Jim Morrison, in addition to her life-long weight problems which probably kept her close to people but not so close that her loneliness abated. She, to me, sounds like an American Annie Haslam

So if you didn't know that these two members of the RRHOF did an album together, now you do! 

Wiki: After being introduced by a mutual friend, Mason and Elliot hit it off and decided to pursue singing together professionally. Elliot, having released two solo albums at that time, missed the collaborative effort of producing music, and Mason, who had just arrived in the U.S. after splitting with Traffic, was interested in a fresh collaboration. Originally Elliot was intended to be co-producer with Mason on an intended solo album by the latter: after Elliot sang background for Mason on some sessions the idea of the album being a Mason/Elliot collaboration emerged. 

Dave Mason and Cass Elliot - Glittering Facade (1971)

Dave Mason and Cass Elliot - Sit and Wonder (1971)

Dave Mason - Every Woman (1973)

Dave Mason - Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave (1970)

Dave Mason - Save Me (1980) Michael Jackson on backing vocals. 

Dave Mason and Cass Elliot - On and On (1971)

Cass Elliot - I'll Be There (1972)

Cass Elliot (billed as Mama Cass Elliot) - It's Getting Better (1969)

Cass Elliot - New World Coming (1970)

Dave Mason - The Lonely One (1973) Stevie Wonder on harmonica solo. 

 

Laura Nyro - Beads of Sweat (1970) Laura Nyro (rhymes with "Hero") was a female Jimmy Webb (or he a male Laura Nyro) who reinvented songwriting possibilities for a generation. She influenced so many writers that I cannot list them here. Her influence really shows itself in the works of Todd Rundgren, Elton John, Patti Smith, so so many. She merged the melodic gifts of Carole King with the lyrical ones of Bob Dylan. You know her songs. Between 1968 and 1970, a number of artists had hits with her songs: The 5th Dimension with "Blowing Away", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness", and "Save the Country"; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter, Paul and Mary, with "And When I Die"; Three Dog Night and Maynard Ferguson, with "Eli's Comin'"; and Barbra Streisand with "Stoney End", "Time and Love", and "Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)". Ironically, Nyro's best-selling single was her recording of Carole King's and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof".

Laura Nyro - Eli's Coming (1968)

Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry (1969)

Laura Nyro - Mr. Blue (1978)

Laura Nyro - Smile (1976)

Cockney Rebel - Psychomodo (1974)

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (1976)

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - Sebastian (1973)

Paul Revere and the Raiders - Ain't Nothing Wrong (1976) Everybody tried disco. Everybody. This song was written by Harry Casey and Rick Finch! Flopped.  

Johnny Cougar - Need Somebody Baby (1976) Like my unfortunate management deal that forced me to call myself "Sir Gilbert Slitherbottom VI", John Mellencamp's management had no idea who or what he was. He started out for a brief period of time as a "glam rocker" but then tried out for a solo career with his first album Chestnut Street Incident released by former David Bowie manager Tony DeFries on the Mainman (division of MCA) label. That album was a complete flop partly due to the fact that the record label wanted to mold John into something he was not (a pretty boy ala James Dean) and the fact that the album mostly consisted of cover songs. 

Johnny Cougar - The Man Who Sold the World (1976) What a strange curio from the early days of John Mellencamp

Queen - All Dead, All Dead (1977)

The Spotlights - Batman and Robin (1966) Produced by Leon Russell and Snuff Garrett. Gig's a gig!

Dion and the Belmonts - My Girl the Month of May (1966) This album features the song "For Bobbie" which was written by John Denver, and he recorded it himself in 1972, retitling it' "For Baby."

Mick Taylor - Leather Jacket (1979)

Moody Blues - Veteran Cosmic Rocker (1981)

Ruth Copeland - The Silent Boatman (1970) Do you prefer this version or the one by Parliament?

The Osmonds “The Plan” is a concept album about Mormonism.

The Osmonds “The Plan” is a concept album about Mormonism.

August 15, 2021

The Osmonds “The Plan" (1973)

The platitudes are vague enough, the admonishments placid enough, the complaints about society inoffensive enough. Kolob was/is a Mormon magical land with...never mind. Look it up. Kolob Records was the exclusive domain of the Osmond family (Jimmy, too--in fact he was making records in Japan as early as 1969 and his hit in the US, "Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool" featured The Mike Curb Congregation, which we have played on this show many times) and in 1973 Kolob released this. It's very professionally done. There's instrumental virtuosity in many styles. Makes for a pretty good listen once or twice, but I think it ruined their credibility in the younger market. Both "Goin' Home" and "Let Me In" reached #36 on the Billboard chart. This album didn't reach #50. 

POACA might recall that at one time The Osmonds roamed the teeny-bopper landscape free of predators, and actually charted 4 Top 10 hits. I thought it was more. And my sister bought every Tiger Beat and Teen Beat magazine she could find. Always Donny's toothy grin. And she also bought a few Osmond albums, including this one. I want the one they released ONLY in Japan, The Wonderful World Of The Osmonds. Because I love that shit. My birthday is coming up in 10 months. Might as well?

Both Donny and Marie would try to change their images down the road, but when this came out, it was really the beginning of the end for any question of artistic integrity. 

War In Heaven

Traffic In My Mind

Before The Beginning

Movie Man

Let Me In

One Way Ticket To Anywhere

Are You Up There

It's Alright

Mirror, Mirror

Darlin’

The Last Days

Goin' Home


Lou Christie

Selections from "Paint America Love" (1971)

I came across this album when I was heavy into Q Magazine out of England. They did an article about it and I tried to find my own copy. And I like it. I find that Lou Christie is just a little different, a little more daring than his contemporaries. He tried and failed at much, but what hit, I really love. I will never not be fascinated by Paint America Love

Look Out The Window

Wood Child

Paint America Love


Buddy and Cathy Rich - The Beat Goes On (1967)

Dyke and the Blazers - Let a Woman Be a Woman, Let A Man Be A Man (1969) 

Funk band formed in 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona. Best known for their 1966 hit single Funky Broadway, later even more successfully covered by Wilson Pickett.

The band was disbanded when bandleader "Dyke" Arlester Christian was shot to death in 1971.

Eddie and Dutch - My Wife The Dancer (1970)

G. C. Cameron - If You Don’t Love Me (1974) Written by Stevie Wonder. G. C. sang both lead parts on The Spinners' big hit, 1970's "It's a Shame", co-written and produced by Stevie, and remained with Motown as a solo artist when The Spinners left Motown in 1971. Although Cameron was not a major-seller for the label, he did have a hit with "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday", the theme song of the 1975 film Cooley High, which was later covered to great success by Boyz II Men.

Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula ’69 (1969) Produced by our friend Kim Fowley

Lou Christie - Genesis and the Third Verse (1968) I love Lou's collabs with his Gypsy pal, Twyla Herbert. Herbert was born in Riverside, California. Christie was 15 years old when he met Herbert, a "bohemian gypsy, psychic, and former concert pianist," at an audition in a church basement in his hometown, Glenwillard, Pennsylvania. She was over 20 years older than him, with flaming red hair, a self-described clairvoyant and mystic who allegedly predicted which of their songs would become hits. They co-wrote "Lightning Strikes". 

The Jackson Five - Doctor My Eyes (1973) Yes, The Jackson Five covered Jackson Browne

John Travolta - Razzamatazz (1976)

Julie London - Louie Louie (1969)

King Crimson - Cirkus (1971)

Renaissance - Can You Understand (1973) 

Godley and Creme, and Some Obscure Original Versions

Godley and Creme, and Some Obscure Original Versions

August 12, 2021

Albert Finney - Those Other Men (1977) On the Motown label. Hard times had befallen this American institution. I remember him singing this on the Mike Douglas Show. He explained the lyric, and the crowd applauded. 

Bill Haley - God Bless Rock and Roll (1980) From the Producer, Kenny Denton's book about his life in music:

In March 1979 I received a phone call from Sonet Records, asking if I would like to produce 3 or 4 tracks with their artist Bill Haley. Although Bill had not sold in large volume for many years, I jumped at the opportunity to work with a Legend. I was asked to contact Bill’s manager, Mr. Patrick Maylnn. This would turn out to be a very short conversation filled with unease, as he told me there was no way I would be producing his artist Haley! This was a job for his assistant Dave Davis who doubled as Bill’s road manager, and that Bill had insisted that Davis should produce any recordings he was going to make. I contacted the record company to inform them of my conversation with Mr. Malynn; their reaction was that unless I produced the recordings for them, no sessions would take place.

A few days later I had the most charming call from Mr. Maylnn saying, ‘That if the record company had so much faith in me, they had decided to give me their blessing to produce the recordings”. Patrick also suggested that I should contact his assistant Dave Davis, as he Knew Bill so well, he would be in a position to give me a few helpful pointers. I welcomed any input that would make the sessions go smoothly, so I phoned Davis to obtain any useful suggestions that he may be able to pass on to me about Bill. Davis told me  “Its very important to make sure he is in a vocal booth separated from the band, he’s a very moody type of guy, and the slightest thing could upset him, never call him Bill, only Mr. Haley”. Davis went on to tell me various other nuances about Bill that I may encounter. I was beginning to think maybe I should have left the productions to someone that knew Mr. Haley a bit better than myself.

Charro - Love Will Keep Us Together (1977) For people of a certain age, Charro was a talk show/variety show mainstay. Sexual without being sexual. Talented without record sales. She played a mean flamenco guitar! But she was also a willing parody of herself. 

Clarence Carter - Jennings Alley (1976) 

David Cassidy - Darlin’ (1975)

"I wanna change my image! i really wanna show people I can R O C K!! Gimme that guitar. Now find me the best producer you can get. Brian Wilson! What? He's trying to get his brothers to get him hamburgers? Ok. What about Mike Love? No? Ok....Bruce Johnson. HOW MUCH are the extras on the cover costing me?? Just...get the janitor's family..." Yes, "I Write The Songs" is on the album. And "Darlin'" was a Beach Boys single from the late '60s. Not as bad as his brother's Todd Rundgren-produced desperation from 1980. 

Dennis Wilson - River Song (1977) The album "Pacific Ocean Blue" was the best post-1973 recording by any Beach Boy bar none, including the band itself. 

Gentle Giant - Freedom’s Child (1970) Folky, nice demo, sort of a POC for the prog leanings that would flourish and flounder later in the decade. I like all the stuff they did during these unreleased demo recordings, but I don't really dig their first album. 

Godley and Creme:

If it wasn't for Gary Storm of WIZR 107.7 in Buffalo, I never would have heard about these guys, but for a good two years, I was obsessed. The things they did with harmonies, writing lyrics, and wild sound experiments that I had never heard before amazed me. Especially "Random Brain Wave/I Pity Inanimate Objects". They were in 10CC and I tried for a good long time to like 10CC, but it just never took as it did with these guys. It didn't surprise me that they ruled MTV's early days. Their imaginations ran wild and in the video realm and its nascent possibilities, they were champions. 

Godley and Creme - “Consequences” Side C (1976)

Godley and Creme - The Sporting Life (1977)

Godley and Creme - Hit Factory/Business Is Business (1977)

Godley and Creme - Random Brain Wave/I Pity Inanimate Objects (1978)

Godley and Creme - Gizmo Demonstration Record (1975) Godley and Creme quit 10CC (they should have just taken a break, but who can reason with wealthy stoners?) to develop and record with a kind of E-bow for all six strings of the electric guitar. Little teeth rubbing against the strings to create a fine sound, when it worked. From Kevin Godley's website:

In 1977 Lol Creme and I released a triple album box set called CONSEQUENCES to explore the potential of a device we’d invented years earlier called the GIZMO. It was a mechanical unit that straddled the bridge of an electric guitar and bowed the strings to simulate violin, viola, cello, and contrabass. Unfortunately, the technology and physical materials of the day weren't resilient enough to engineer a reliable product and the GIZMOTRON, as it was dubbed when brought to market in 1979, quickly faded from view (as did the album). Oh, it surfaced occasionally over the years, on the odd track by some big names, sonic experimentalists, and fans of arcane guitar effects but, at the time, it was a double whammy kick in the balls for us, so we reluctantly let it go - we had to. The GIZMO represented an extensive period of intense work and faith with negligible critical or commercial rewards, so we moved on, let the patents expire, and closed the door on that chapter of our lives. 

Godley and Creme - An Englishman in New York (1978)

Like The Beach Boys, Godley and Creme have apologists who can mine and cheer for little nuggets from sonic abortions like Ism Ism, Birds of Prey, and Goodbye Blue Sky, but trust me. Stay with their first three albums. They released an album called The History Mix (Vol. 1) which was produced by Trevor Horn and featured two side-long, occasionally clever dance-mixes (?) chock full of G&C/10CC snippets recontextualized. But as big a fan as I was, no group I know regurgitated their own mythology as much as these guys. Their first three records, though, are seminal. 

 

Original versions, anyone?

Brenda Holloway - You Made Me So Very Happy (1967)

Cissy Houston - Midnite Train To Georgia (1973) Note the spelling of "midnight" changed for the Gladys Knight version. 

Linda Lyndell - What a Man (1968)

Jean DuShon - For Once In My Life (1966)

John Hartford - Gentle On My Mind (1967)

Greyhound - Black and White (1971)

Leon Russell - This Masquerade (1972)

Lou Johnson - Always Something There To Remind Me (1964)

Os Mutantes CD in English is meh.

Os Mutantes CD in English is meh.

August 12, 2021

This is an English version of Os Mutantes' hits they recorded in English that I bought. Sean Ono did the artwork, which isn't great. In fact, the songs sort of lose their charm when not sung in Portuguese. 

Ray Charles kicks off an odd potpourri.

Ray Charles kicks off an odd potpourri.

August 6, 2021

Ray Charles - The Sun Died (1968) 

Ray Charles - Understanding (1968) This song only reached #46 in 1968, but it was a big enough hit to inspire the odd-ball takeoff recorded by The Red Shadow. It contains the unfortunate little snippet: 

My old lady also understands that a man must have respect
What I mean is, if she must play around don't let me catch her,
because what I don't see can't hurt me, you
understand?

But on the other hand, If I should ever
catch her I'm not gonna talk about-a
and call her a bunch of bad names like you all might
No no mh
What I'm gonna do,
I'm gonna go down-town to the
Hardware store and buy myself a double blade ax,
Come back, square off, and believe her soul's gonna
Belong to the good lord
Because her head's gonna belong to me, and I
Guarantee she'll know what I mean when I'll say...

The Red Shadow - Understanding Marx (1975)

Red Shadow was an odd outfit performing polemical rock and roll from the mid-1970s. The core of the group was three ideologically minded economists who met at the University of Michigan in the early 1970s. They decided to form a band to preach the urgent message of left-wing economics. 

Red Shadow put out two albums, Live at the Panacea Hilton (1975) and Better Red (1978) [Ed: WHICH I JUST BOUGHT FOR YOU!!]. Red Shadow’s song “Gone Gone Gone” is a parody of the Beach Boys’ “Fun Fun Fun” in which the malign corporate overlords will be “gone gone gone when the workers take their power away.” Similarly, “Anything Good” reworks Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” to accommodate the following lyric: 

They may know how to serve the ruling corporate brass
But they’ll never have the knowledge of the working class
No no, no they don’t know know know
Anything good

Sammy Davis Jr. - The People Tree (1972) Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, who also wrote Sammy's only #1 hit, "The Candy Man". That song was from the soundtrack to the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. "The People Tree" was, in fact, the follow-up single, and it sank without a trace. 

Gordon Parks - Blowin’ Your Mind (1972) With vocals by O. C. Smith, whose big hit was "Little Green Apples". Talk about trying to make lightning strike twice (see "The People Tree")! O. C. Smith had been recording since the mid-'50s, starting out as Ocie Smith. An excellent stylist. I could and should do a whole show about him. 

Leonard Nimoy - Spock Thoughts (1967)

The Beach Bums (alias for Doug Brown and the Omens) - The Ballad of the Yellow Beret (1966) With Bob Seger(!) on vocals. Look at the composer.  From AllMusic: Despite a meager recorded output, Doug Brown and the Omens continue to hold a key place in Detroit rock and roll history as a launching pad for the young Bob Seger. Brown was already fronting the Omens when he first met Seger in 1964, soon inviting the aspiring singer/songwriter to join the band; financed by Del Shannon, sometime around 1965 the group cut a single, "TGIF"/"First Girl," which represents Seger's first known official recording. In January 1966, Brown produced Seger's regional solo blockbuster "East Side Story," the record credited with making the singer a Detroit superstar; the following summer, he also helmed Seger's "Heavy Music," another local smash. 

Which doesn't excuse this particularly tone-deaf single. I guess no one thought their darker moments would be around in 2021. 

The Osmonds - Havin’ A Party (1975)

Gentle Giant - Weekend Cowboy (1970)

The Isley Brothers - Sweet Season/Keep On Walkin’ (1972)

Pat Boone - Wish You Were Here, Buddy (1966)

James William Guercio  - Tell Me (1973) Terry Kath on vocals, uncredited. 

Bob McGrath - Sir Duke (1977)

The Utica Club Natural Carbonation Beer Drinking Song (1968) The band playing on this is the Chicago-based The Trolls.

Richard Berry - Doin’ It (1973) Richard Berry wrote and recorded the original 'Louie, Louie,' later performed by The Kingsmen. It is the second most-covered song in the history of rock music.

Be Thankful For What You Got (inst.) - William DeVaughn (1974) From Wikipedia:

DeVaughn was a salaried government employee as a drafting technician and a part-time singer. He wrote a song called "A Cadillac Don't Come Easy", which was eventually re-written to become "Be Thankful for What You Got", in 1972. He spent $900 towards getting it recorded with Omega Sound, a Philadelphia production house. The record producer at Omega, John Davis (a member of the MFSB studio session group), came up with a smooth arrangement, eventually booking time to record at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, used by Philadelphia International Records

The song was released on Roxbury Records, a subsidiary of Chelsea Records, run by industry veteran Wes Farrell. You know him from his work with The Partridge Family. 

The record sold nearly two million copies on its release in spring 1974, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard R&B chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. With a sound and content influenced by Curtis Mayfield, its simple and encouraging lyrics hit home, to the extent that it became featured on gospel radio stations. When his success as a recording artist seemed guaranteed, DeVaughn quit his government job.

DeVaughn released an album, mainly of songs with a religious character, and its second single, "Blood Is Thicker than Water", reached No. 10 R&B and No. 43 pop later in 1974; "Give the Little Man a Great Big Hand" had only minor R&B chart success early the following year. Live, DeVaughn preached to and admonished his audience from the stage [Ed: Just like George Harrison!]. He lost interest in the music industry not long afterward, working in a record store and again as a draftsman.

Dave Dudley - Coffee, Coffee, Coffee (1965) Written by Tom T. Hall.  

Terry Jacks - Put The Bone In (1974)

Lee Edwards (The Christian Con Man) - Maui Girl (1983) From one of the biggest inspirations for this show, for better or worse, 365 Days Project: "The Christian Con Man Goes Hawaiian" is like a three-wheeled Radio Flyer rolling down a rocky hill. It starts slow but careens out of control by the journey's end. The track "Maui Girl" appears at the point when Lee Edwards is really picking up momentum (or another glass of cheap whiskey). "KIMCHEE LOVIN'!! I SHOOK HER COCONUTS!"

UK - In The Dead of Night (1979) This is the almost never-heard single recorded with Terry Bozzio on drums, instead of the original with the also-great Bill Bruford. 

Bill Haley and the Comets - Me and Bobby McGee (1972)

The Four Tops - So Deep Within You (1973) Odd to hear The Four Tops cover The Moody Blues. This has to be Justin Heyward on lead guitar. HAS to be. 

IS. Here is an article.

Fanny - Conversation With a Cop (1970) From Discogs: Fanny was an American rock band, active in the early 1970s. They were one of the first all-female rock groups to achieve critical and commercial success, including two Billboard Hot 100 top 40 singles.

The group was founded by guitarist June Millington and her sister, bassist Jean, who had been playing music together since they moved from the Philippines to California in the early 1960s. After playing in several bands, they attracted the interest of producer Richard Perry who signed them to Reprise Records in 1969 as Fanny. The band recorded four albums together before June Millington quit the group. Following a final album, Fanny disbanded in 1975.

Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can Can (1970) 

Jackie Lynton - The Ballad Of Hank McCain  (1969) From the soundtrack to "Gli Intoccabili" (aka "Machine Gun McCain"); Written by Ennio Morricone. Fricking GREAT. 

GTOs - Circular Circulation (1969)

Hugh X. Lewis - Evolution and The Bible (1968) 

Frank and Nancy Sinatra - Life’s a Trippy Thing (1971?)

Renaissance - Island (1969)

The KISS Show!! With Gilbert Neal and Ken Ray Wilemon

The KISS Show!! With Gilbert Neal and Ken Ray Wilemon

August 5, 2021

The KISS Show!! With Gilbert Neal and Ken Ray Wilemon:

 

Wicked Lester - She (1972)

Lips - Beck (1971?) The original version of “Beth”, obviously from a cassette. This band never released anything. Lips was born the night Criss's previous band Chelsea died.  While the material they would develop was similar to the material Chelsea had done, several later KISS songs were born in this period.  "I know you love complainin'..."

Crazy Joe and the Variable Speed Band - Eugene (1981) Co-written and produced by Ace Frehley. "Crazy Joe" was actually Joe Renda, White Plains NY producer and recording studio owner linked to the local Ren-Vell Records and North Lake Sound studio. He is perhaps best remembered for...this..., but his roots extend back to early 60s garage rock.

Gilbert Neal and Ken Ray Wilemon - Beth 

Gene Simmons - Black Tongue (2004) Garbage. Utter trash. 

Kiss - Bad Lovin’ (1978) (“Dr. Love” demo)

Peter Criss - Hooked On Rock and Roll (1978)

Gilbert Neal and Ken Ray Wilemon - I Was Made For Loving You

Kiss - Watchin’ You (1972-73)

Paul Stanley - Tracks Of My Tears (2021)

Wicked Lester - Too Many Mondays (1972) Turn up the volume to hear at comparable volume. It speaks to how Kiss would have turned out if they hadn't decided on the gimmick we all know. 

Gilbert Neal and Ken Ray Wilemon - Dr. Love

 

Potpourri featuring some bad Jan and Dean:

 

The Free Design - You Could Be Born Again (1968)

Bernie Waldon - Bright Lights And Go-Go Girls (1968)

Obituary:

Bernard E. “Bernie” Waldon, age 77, passed away June 27, 2012, in Brooksville, Fla. He was born in Crawfordsville to Floyd and Agnes Waldon. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School and moved to Indianapolis in 1965. Bernie worked in radio for several years at WILO, WHOW and WIRE in Indianapolis, and WZIP in Cincinnati. He was a musician working with several Country and Bluegrass groups mainly the Indiana Band and Bluegrass Partners. He appeared on radio and television, was a guest on the Grand Ole Opry and Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Bernie retired from Emery Worldwide in 1977, prior to that he worked for Purolator Courier. Bernie was a private pilot and past president of the Indiana chapter of the Antique Airplane Association of which he was a national lifetime member. He also belonged to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations, the Experimental Airplane Association and the Luscombe Association. He served eight years in the Indiana National Guard.

Billy Dee Williams - A Taste Of Honey (1961) This was the first version of what would become a very popular war-horse for singers all over the world. Another trivia question! Who did it first? Lando California

Jean DuShon - For Once In My Life (1966) This was the first version of what would become a very popular war-horse for singers all over the world. Another trivia question! Who did it first? Jean DuShon.   

Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr. Bojangles (1968) This was the first version of what would become a very popular war-horse for singers all over the world. Another trivia question! Who did it first? Jerry Jeff Walker. He also wrote it. 

Rod Rogers & The Swinging Strings - Beatle Crawl (1965)

Tony Bruno - Rhoda Mendelbaum (1969) How I love Tony Bruno. 

Gianfranco & Gian Piero Reverberi - Nel Cimitero Di Tucson (1968) From the movie "Django, Prepare a Coffin". Starring Terrence Hill. 

The Jackson Five - Doctor My Eye (1973)

Jan and Dean - Laurel and Hardy (1966-1969) In response to market forces, Jan and Dean decided to go all out and record a psychedelic album of their own. In the process, Jan got into a car crash that left him somewhat debilitated. The album was finished by 1969. While presented as a Jan and Dean album, Jan Berry (even though he wrote and produced the material) only played and sang on a few songs due to complications from his car accident. Dean Torrence, who by that time had become disillusioned with the duo's prospects, only appears on one song. Glen Campbell made some contributions to the sessions, and singer Tom Bahler performed lead vocals on several songs. Tom Bahler wrote "She's Out of My Life" for Frank Sinatra. He never sang it, but Michael Jackson did on Off The Wall. Bahler also wrote the Bobby Sherman hit "Julie, Do Ya Love Me". A song I wrote and sang in my mind for Julie Pawlowski of Emporium Avenue, West Seneca, NY, 14224.

This song was co-written by Roger Christian, who co-wrote several songs for The Beach Boys, mostly about cars, including "Ballad of Ole' Betsy", "Car Crazy Cutie", "Cherry, Cherry Coupe", "Don’t Worry Baby", "In the Parkin' Lot", "Little Deuce Coupe", "No-Go Showboat", "Shut Down", and "Spirit of America", all of them penned with Brian Wilson.

And Roger Christian was from Buffalo, NY. We rule. 

Jan and Dean - The Universal Coward (1965) You have to hear this to believe it. 

Jan and Dean - Yesterday (1965)

Kathy McCord - She’s (I’m) Leaving Home (1970)

Kathleen McCord was born to Bill and Ann McCord. Both of them were in the show business: Bill was a radio and television announcer at NBC, whilst Ann was a singer who sang backup on Perry Como's TV show and hit records like "Catch a Falling Star", "Round and Round" and "Magic Moments". She was introduced to Chip Taylor by her brother, Billy Vera (who had a big weepy hit with "If I Could Just Hold You Again") when she was 16 years old. She has something to do with Kiss. I forgot. 

My Two Favorite Side-Long Songs and Some Beach Boys Rarities

My Two Favorite Side-Long Songs and Some Beach Boys Rarities

August 4, 2021

Bill Withers - You Got The Stuff (1979)

Bruce Johnston - Deirdre (1977) Not bad on Sunflower, but excrement here. 

Frank Sinatra - I Sing The Songs (1977) Written by Bruce Johnston. Barry Manilow's Grammy-winning version was actually the third recording, after Captain and Tennille and David Cassidy. But if you listen to this show, you already know that. 

The Soft Machine - Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeeling’ (1967)

Sons of Champlin - Fat City (1966) Lead singer Bill Champlin joined Chicago in 1982

The Archies - Don’t Touch My Guitar (1969)

The French Fries (Sky and the Family Stone) - Danse A La Musique (1968)

The Shaggs - Things I Wonder (1969)

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (demo) (1979)

Utopia - Sunburst Finish (1977)

The Beach Boys - Loop De Loop (1970)

The Beach Boys - ’Til I Die (Remix) (1970)

Brian Wilson - It’s Over Now (1977)

 

My Two Favorite Side-Long Songs:

Renaissance - Song of Scheherazade (1975)

Yes - The Gates of Delirium (live in Detroit) (1976)

Transcendental Meditation, Celebrity Children, and The Free Design

Transcendental Meditation, Celebrity Children, and The Free Design

August 4, 2021

The Beach Boys - TM Song (1976) I am hoping The Beach Boys knew that this song was so terrible that no DJ in his right mind would offer up anything but the "money" song, which, in this case, was a nearly total soul-evisceration of Chuck Berry's wonderful hit. The BB version went to #8, but that was on the heels of their surprisingly popular Endless Summer compilation from the previous year. Even with the little play that starts the song, the whole thing lasted a mercifully short 1:35. I hate BB apologists. 

The Beach Boys - Transcendental Meditation (1968)

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Charles Lloyd and The Beach Boys - TM (Transcendental Meditation) (1972) Backing vocals by Al Jardine, Billy Hinsche (a friend of the band from way back, who was in Dino, Desi, and Billy) Carl Wilson, Michael Love, and Pamela Polland. 

Ringo Starr - Back Off Boogaloo (Stop and Smell The Roses Version) (1981)

Albert Desalvo - Strangler in the Night (1967) Sleeve reads "...These are my thoughts, feelings and emotions." Albert H. DeSalvo. Astor paid the real serial killer Albert DeSalvo (The Boston Strangler) fifty bucks for the rights to Strangler In The Night which was then ghostwritten and recorded by The Bugs adding the voice of former Boston WEEI reporter Dick Levitan, who actually interviewed DeSalvo a couple of times.

Muhammad Ali - Ali’s Elusive Dream (1976) If Dan was here, he'd say this was Ali's Rubber Soul

Wolfman Jack - Free Shots (1975) Cautionary tale about VD. Who was Debbie Sabusawa

Mike Douglas - Have a Nice Trip (1968) Cautionary tale about drugs

Reuben Ware - The Fate Of Mary Jo Kopechne (1971)

From Wikipedia: On July 18, 1969, Kopechne attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, off the east coast of Martha's VineyardMassachusetts. The celebration was in honor of the dedicated work of the Boiler Room Girls and was the fourth such reunion of Robert Kennedy campaign workers. Robert's surviving brother, Senator Ted Kennedy, was there. Kopechne reportedly left the party with Kennedy at 11:15 p.m.; according to his account, he had offered to drive her to catch the last ferry back to Edgartown, where she was staying. She did not tell her close friends at the party that she was leaving, and she left her purse and keys behind. Kennedy drove the 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off a narrow, unlit bridge, which lacked guardrails and was not on the route to Edgartown. The vehicle landed on its roof in Poucha Pond. Kennedy extricated himself from the vehicle and survived, but neglected to inform authorities until the next day of the accident and his inability to rescue Kopechne.

Assistant Medical examiner Donald Mills signed a death certificate listing cause of death as accidental drowning. A private funeral for Kopechne was held at St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1969. The service was attended by Kennedy, his wife Joan, his sister-in-law Ethel, and hundreds of onlookers. Kopechne was buried in St. Vincent's Cemetery in Larksville, Pennsylvania, in the parish cemetery on the side of Larksville Mountain. She was among the fifth generation of her family interred in that cemetery.

The exact time and cause of Kopechne's death is not positively known, due to conflicting witness testimony at the January 1970 inquest, and lack of an autopsy.

  • Kennedy claimed the accident occurred shortly after he left the party at 11:15 p.m. on July 18. But part-time Deputy Sheriff Christopher "Huck" Look testified that he saw Kennedy's car, with Kopechne and Kennedy in it, around 12:40 a.m. on July 19.
  • John Farrar, the fire rescue captain who retrieved the body on July 19, testified he believed that Kopechne stayed alive for up to half an hour in an air pocket, and ultimately suffocated in the submerged vehicle. A petition to exhume the body for autopsy was denied by a Pennsylvania court. 

Kennedy failed to report the incident to the authorities until the car and Kopechne's body were discovered the next morning. Kopechne's parents said that they learned of their daughter's death from Kennedy before he informed authorities of his involvement. They learned Kennedy had been the driver from wire press releases sometime later.

Melinda Marx - How I Wish You Came (1965) Melinda Marx was the daughter of Groucho Marx

Michael Chaplin - Restless (1965) He was the son of Charlie Chaplin

Nino Tempo and April Stevens - Put It Where You Want It (1973) From Buffalo, NY. My home town. 

Ray Manzarek - The Whole Thing Started With Rock and Roll (1974)

Scott Walker -The Plague (1970)

Ike and Tina Turner - Sweet Rhode Island Red (1974)

Paul Revere and the Raiders - Swim (1964)

The Boones - Please Mister Postman (1974)

The Hollies - The Baby (1972)

The Royal Guardsmen - Squeaky Vs. The Black Knight (1966) Same catalog number as "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron". This version was issued only in Canada and only for approx. 2 weeks while licensing issues were being worked out using the "Snoopy" name.

Art Linkletter - Dear Mom and Dad (1969)

Autry Inman with Bob Luman - Ballad of Two Brothers (1968)

Frank Lyndon - Fonzie Meets Kotter's Sweathogs (At The School Dance) (1976)

Herman Silvers & Cornell Tanassy - Hello Ronnie, Good-Bye Jimmy (1980)

James Brown and the J.B.s - Gimme Some Skin (1977)

Johnny Cash & Rosey Nix - Father and Daughter (1974) In the 1980 Rolling Stone Record Guide, this album is described as "weird". It's not. It sounds like a gap-filler. Johnny doesn't sound his best here singing this Cat Stevens cover with his daughter, who also cannot seem to sing. She was the daughter of June Carter and her second husband (of three), Edwin "Rip" Nix. I tried to find his football card from his time with the Tennessee Vols, but I don't think football cards were a thing? Edwin and June divorced in 1966. In around 1985, Edwin married Ira Pilkinton.  During her first marriage, to singer Carl Smith, she had a daughter, Rebecca Carlene Smith, professionally known as Carlene Carter, a country musician. Her song "Every Little Thing" appeared on my band "East of Idaho"'s setlist during the first year of our existence. She married Nick Lowe, who I've featured on another episode, and appeared in his wonderfully droll video for "Cruel To Be Kind". 

Wilt Chamberlain - That’s Easy To Say (1960)

The Millennium - There Is Nothing More To Say (1968)

Genesis - Apocalypse in 9/8 (1972)

The Free Design - Friendly Man (1971)

You know I love The Free Design more than almost any group I've discovered on my show. Here are three of their best songs. 

The Free Design - Love Me (1971)

The Free Design - A Leaf Has Veins (1968)

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