D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities

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

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)


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

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

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)


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)

I Bring The Funk.

As Bob Burtman would say, "Icksnay on the uck-fay" as the Parliament Funkadelic live version of "Tear The Roof Off" commenced to play. 

Some songs that James Brown made famous and then decided to rerecord. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.


James Brown - I Feel Good (1975) Not the version you're used to hearing. 

James Brown - Problems (1975) If you Google "James Brown" and "Problems", it will take a LONG time to get to this song. 

James Brown - It’s A New Day (1970) My favorite song by JB

Parliament-Funkadelic - Tear The Roof Off (Live 1976) Do not listen if the swears offend you. 

The Clash - Radio Clash (Remix) (1980)

African Music Machine - Mr. Brown (1974)

Chuck Brown - B.A.D. (1984)

George McCrae - I Get Lifted (1974) From Wikipedia: He was about to return to college to study law enforcement, when Richard Finch and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band invited him to sing the lyrics for a song that they had recorded for the band, but could not reach the high notes that were required for the song. The original intention was that Gwen, his wife, should record it, but she was late for the session and George recorded alone. The rest is history! Finch and Casey began their decade-long chart dominance. People don't recall what a big influence the Miami Sound had on dance floors and AM radios all over the country. You just can't fake those grooves. 

Jimmy “Bo” Horne - Let Me (Be Your Lover) (1978) Sampled by Stereo MC's to fine effect. 

Jimmy “Bo” Horne - Dance Across The Floor (1978) 

Ron Louis Smith - Make Me Know It (1978) Ronald Louis Smith is the original KC and the Sunshine Band trumpet player and the leader of the horn section and choreographer. He created all the dance moves the band was famous for. The Sunshine Band was formerly called the Ocean Liner Band. Ronald Louis Smith wrote/produced the hit disco record "Spank" artist Jimmy Bo Horne.
He arranged and played the trumpet parts in the big reggae record "Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley. He also worked with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine at Miami Sound Studio.

Chicago - What’s This World Coming To (1973) I love Chicago albums V, VI, and VII. As good a trio of records any group recorded in the '70s consecutively, except for Stevie

Bobby Rydell - Sway (1976) This is not the original 1960 hit, but an attempt to modernize through the demon known at the time as Disco. Many, many artists rode the train to sadness. Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Kate Smith, Bobby Hebb, so so many. 

Frank Sinatra - All Or Nothing At All (1977) This is not the original 1939 hit, but an attempt to modernize through the demon known at the time as Disco. Many, many artists rode the train to sadness. Bobby Rydell, Sammy Davis, Kate Smith, Bobby Hebb, so so many. 

The Beach Boys - Here Comes The Night (1979)  This is not the original 1967 song, but an attempt to modernize through the demon known at the time as Disco. Many, many artists rode the train to sadness. Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, The Hollies, so so many.

Osmonds - I, I, I (1979) Produced by Maurice Gibb. No answer from Robin or Barry

Jeff Lynne - Goin’ Down To Rio (1977) From his two-sided dance single. Attendant dance steps on the cover. He was in The Move

Bobby Hebb - Sunny ’76 (1976)

Neil Diamond - Dancing In The Streets (1979)

Elton John - Thunder In The Night (1979)

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs - Kiss and Tell (1979)

Maureen McGovern - I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (1979)

Sammy David Jr. - We’ll Make It This Time (Theme from "Kojak") (1976)

Tom Jones - Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina (1979)

Obscure Beatles Covers - Do You Think I’m Creepy?

The King's Singers - Strawberry Fields Forever (1978) Scratch and sniff! Produced by the late, great Greg Lake

Bangor Flying Circus - Norwegian Wood (1969) 

The Goodship Lollipop - Maxwell's Silver Hammer (1969)

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) 

Bud Shank - I Am The Walrus (1968)

Charlotte Dada - Don't Let Me Down (1972) The Girl with the Golden Voice, a title she has more than justified since she started her career with the Uhuru Dance Band early in the 1960s. She also sang with Franco and the Walking Shadows before breaking off as a solo artist, recording with Leader of Uhuru Dance Band Stan Plange and his Experimental Group and the Britain-based group Cool Blaze.

Cher - The Long and Winding Road (1973) At 30:50 of this podcast, the bass player makes a pretty big goof. 

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - The Long and Winding Road

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Old Brown Shoe 

Don Randi Trio - Tomorrow Never Knows (1966) Don Randi began his career as a pianist and keyboard player in 1956, gradually establishing a reputation as a leading session musician. In the early 1960s, he was a musician and arranger for record producer Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. He played piano on "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra and on her albums as well as being a member of her touring band for decades. He performed on the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and "God Only Knows". His piano can be heard on the Buffalo Springfield songs "Expecting to Fly" and "Broken Arrow". He claims to have played on over three hundred hit records, working with Linda Ronstadt (the harpsichord on "Different Drum"), Quincy JonesCannonball AdderleyHerb AlpertSarah VaughanLee Hazlewood and Frank Zappa.

Doug Parkinson In Focus - Dear Prudence (1969)

Fickle Pickle - Maybe I'm Amazed (1970)

Ken Ray Wilemon and I - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Ken Ray Wilemon and I - Here, There, and Everywhere

Ken Ray Wilemon and I - I Should Have Known Better 

Franck Pourcel and His Orchestra - Don't Let Me Down (1969)

Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo - The Word (1966)

Ray Conniff - Hey Jude (1978)

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Gimme Some Truth 

The Koppycats - Things We Said Today (1966) Ian & The Zodiacs were a British Rock'n'Roll and Beat band formed in 1958, originally known as The Zodiacs, in Liverpool, England. The band existed in relative obscurity until relocating to Germany in 1964 where they achieved national success. During the band's three-year stint in Germany, they released three albums under their name, exclusive to the country until their re-release. They also released two cover albums featuring material by The Beatles with the name The Koppycats.

The Koppycats - Nowhere Man (1967) Jeesh, get the chords right. And the harmonies. 

Les 409 - Hello Goodbye (1967)

Les 409 - I'm a Man (1967)

Link Wray - Please Please Me (1963)

Mike Quinn - Apple Pie (1969)

Nicky Scott - Honey Pie (1969)

Helen Merrill - Norwegian Wood (1970)

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Beware of Darkness 

Ken Ray Wilemon and Me - Jet



If any country’s gonna invade another one, ruin an entire Olympic Games, and make fun of another land’s women, you better believe it’s gonna be the good ol’ USA!!

Randy Bachman is Canadian royalty for his pop success in the '60s and '70s with various bands. And for his seeming inability to stop rockin'. But first, I have a sincere question for both of you: 

You're not a...commy, are you? 

Hagers - 84 Olympics - The Russian Game (1984) 

The Guess Who - Take The Long Way Home 1970 (The Way They Were)

Chad Allan & the Expressions - Stop Teasing Me (1965) 

Union - Mainstreet USA (1981) You....ARE....going...TO....TOUR.....WITH....THE...OLDIES....we LOVE!!!!!!! Get in the box with Cummings. We can wait. The Canadian government can wait. 

Union - Next Stop London (1981)

Brave Belt - Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes (1971) God help the person with these afflictions. This was the band he formed after he left The Guess Who and before he formed BTO

Here he is with his purse. 

Brave Belt - It's Over (1971)

Brave Belt - Too Far Away (1972)

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Easy Groove (1977) From the album Freeways. Here's a good article on the history of Randy Bachman and BTO in particular. 

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Lookin' Out For #1 (1975) This was their last big-ish hit in the USA. 

Chad Allan & The Expressions - Made In England (1965)

Axe - Take the Long Way Home (1970) The second song in the show, recorded as an instrumental for RB's first post-Guess Who album, Axe. I much prefer Burton Cummings' wailing. 

Chad Allan - Ramona's Hourglass (1968) Written by our boy.

The Guess Who? - Believe Me (1966)

Ironhorse - I'm Hurtin' Inside (1980)

Brave Belt - Never Comin' Home (1972) 

Randy Bachman - I Am A Star (1978)

Randy Bachman - Just A Kid (1978)

Randy Bachman - Maybe Again (1978)

Ironhorse - Sweet Lui-Louise (1979) Trying to tweak the record-buying public by reminding them of the accidental stuttering in "Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"

Axe - Zarahemla (1970)

Iron Horse - One & Only (1979)

The Guess Who - Palmyra (1970)

The Guess Who - Silver Bird (1970)

The Guess Who - The Answer (1970)

Union - Keep the Summer Alive (1981) You know this song as a Beach Boys release, but what you might not know is that it was co-written by Randy Bachman

Union - All Night Long (1981)



ABC Records’ Answer to Cream. Solo Paul Revere and the Raiders. “The Naked Ape” Soundtrack You’ve Been Asking For.

Australian Playboys - Black Sheep R.I.P. (1967) The "Australian Playboys" was the name given to the Melbourne-spawned rock & roll band The Playboys, for their appearances and record releases outside of Australia, to avoid confusion with Gary Lewis's backing band "The Playboys."

Because if you mess with Jerry's boy, you're gonna have a bad time. Only one person humiliates Gary Lewis, and that's his father. 

Eden's Children - Awakening (1968)  "Sham," as ABC wanted the non-existent fans to call Richard Schamach, really was. To be hyped as better than Cream no doubt created expectations this trio could never live up to.  Produced by Bob Theile, who wrote “What a Wonderful World” and produced countless great artists from the '60s. 

Bob Kuban and the In-Men - Drive My Car (1966) Their hit was “The Cheater” (1965). The frontman/singer was Walter Scott.
Scott disappeared on December 27, 1983. In April 1987, his body was found floating face-down in a cistern. He had been hog-tied and shot in the back. Scott's second wife, JoAnn (née Calcaterra), pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution of his murder and received a five-year sentence. Her lover, James H. Williams Sr., whom she married in 1986, was found guilty of two counts of capital murder involving the deaths of his previous wife, Sharon Williams (who died from what was originally thought to be an auto accident in 1983), and of Walter Scott.

That, my friends, is Rock and Roll. 

Briarcliff Strings And Voices - I Want To Hold Your Hand (1966) 

Burt Bacharach - Lisa (1967)

Eden's Children - Just Let Go (1968) Here is an excellent interview with the lead singer Richard Lee ("Sham"). "After Eden’s Children, I went out to play with Edgar Winter when he was putting together White Trash. When Rick Derringer became available to Edgar I made a hop to Boston again and played with Vern Miller’s (The Remains) group Swallow, with George Leh." 

Eden's Children - Invitation (1968)

Eden's Children - Stone Fox (1968)

Freddy Weller - Listen to the Young Folks (1970)

Gary Wilson - Chromium Bitch (1977) Gary Wilson is an experimental musician/performance artist best known for his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me, after which he promptly retired from recording and performing concerts. He slowly gained a strong cult following during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the early 2000s became active again.

Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds - Who Do You Love (1975) On Playboy Records. What's that trivia question I gave you? 

Hot Chocolate - Walking On The Moon (1980) “Baby you make me Feel like Im walkin...” 

Hudson & Pickett - Sky High Market (1976) 

Jim Valley - Try, Try, Try  (1967)

Jim Valley - Go-Go Round (1967)

Jim Valley - I'm Real (1967)

Jimmy Webb - Saturday Suit (1973)

Jimmy Webb - Arnie's Appeasement Signals (Samurai Sequence)(1973)

Jimmy Webb - Gymnast's Ballet (Fingerpainting) (Soundtrack)(1973)

Jimmy Webb - Song Seller (1972)

Mean Mister Mustard - Davy Jr and Guess Who? (1969)

Paul Revere and the Raiders - We Gotta All Get Together (1970 Version) 

Paul Revere and the Raiders - We Gotta All Get Together (1969 Version) Written by Fred Weller. He also recorded a version solo. It's not THAT great a song. 

Raiders - Song Seller (1973) Written by Jimmy Webb. 

Raiders - Just Seventeen (1970) My favorite Raiders track. 

Paul Revere Interviews His Raiders - Free Cardboard Disc from Teen Scoop mag (1967) They had an unbelievable sense of humor. 

Freddy Weller - Sexy Lady (1974)

Daniel J S Lewis was this show’s biggest fan.

He and I were friends for 45 years or so. He was a great man who taught me that all we have to offer is kindness in the end. We recorded music together, influenced each other's taste, did some awful things to each other, as brothers sometimes do. And if you like this show at all, you heard me mention him a few times, as this show was practically his as well as mine. I always knew he was listening, and to be honest, doing more shows (among other things) will be very hard without him. He was also a great singer/songwriter. The only difference between him and me was that I was foolish enough to try. 

I will be talking about him at length once I feel I can. 


Carole King seems nice.

Frederik - Se Jokin Minulla On (1975) The Locomotion in Finnish. 

Alice Babs - Been To Canaan (1973)

Pretty Purdie and the Playboys - You've Got A Friend (1971)

Carole King - Child of Mine (1970) 

Design - I Feel The Earth Move (1973)

The City - Now That Everything's Been Said (1968) From the great Light In The Attic website: 

By the mid-‘60s, King’s marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she’d written many of those wonderful hits, had hit the rocks. A divorce loomed, and King all but retired to raise their two daughters. She headed west to Laurel Canyon in ‘67, taking the children with her, and made the previously unlikely move of joining a progressive folk-rock band. King formed The City with future husband Charles Larkey on bass and Danny Kortchmar on guitar and vocals. With King on piano and vocals, they created a folk-rock sound that pre-empted the singer-songwriter boom of the ‘70s.

Produced by Lou Adler and featuring Jimmy Gordon on drums, The City’s sound is deep and soulful, imperfect but passionate. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you’d expect and as widely covered as her factory work. “Now That Everything’s Been Said” was a hit for American Spring [Ed: That was the band that Brian Wilson produced, featuring his wife Marylin and his affair d'couer, his sister-in-law Diane.], “A Man Without A Dream” was tackled by The Monkees, and “Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)” was a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. Central to the album’s appeal is King’s own stirring reading of her track “Wasn’t Born To Follow,” covered masterfully by The Byrds for the Easy Rider soundtrack.

King had been used to a life on the sidelines, and her stage fright left the trio unable to tour the LP which adversely affected their fortunes. That, plus some behind-the-scenes distribution problems, meant the album was quickly deleted, and it remained so for the next thirty years–partly at King’s request. Even so, its failure was a surprise to those concerned. “I was 26 when Now That Everything’s Been Said was released in 1968,” King says of the album. “[We] expected it to zoom to the top of the charts within, at most, a few weeks. Individually and together, we optimistically imagined the album’s success as if it had already happened. Danny and Charlie kept telling each other, ’It’s a great album. The City is gonna be Number 1 with a bullet!’"

Frances Yip - I Feel The Earth Move (1973)

The Isleys - It's Too Late (1972) From one of my favorite pages, Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews: Their review of Brother, Brother, Brother (two stars out of five) This is the kind of thing you can do when you own your record company: the Isleys turn over half the running time to three Carole King covers ("Brother Brother," her then-current hit "Sweet Seasons," and a ten-minute version of "It's Too Late"). All of which are calming and pretty but not particularly moving, similar in style to Givin' It Back but not quite as rough. Those numbers are complemented by some funkier tunes more reminiscent of Get Into Something, including the single "Pop That Thang," "Love Put Me On The Corner," and the propulsive "Work To Do." More than anything, this is transitional, pointing out the direction that was to pay off far better commercially and artistically starting with the next studio album. The younger crop of Isleys played most of the instruments again but still received no producing or arranging credits.

Carol Burnett - It's Too Late (1972) 

Jerry Butler - So Far Away (1972) 

Daffi Von Cramer - Locomotion (1972)

Lone Kellerman - Kom An Baby (1977)

Mike James Kirkland - It's Too Late (1973)

Nora Aunor - Sweet Seasons (1972) Known as "The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema" for her contribution to the Philippine film industry. Aunor has released more than 360 singles and recorded more than 200 songs and over 50 albums. She has notched more than 30 gold singles and with an estimated gross sales of one million units, Nora's cover of "Pearly Shells" (1971) is one of the biggest-selling singles in the Philippines. Due to a botched cosmetic surgery in Japan while endorsing a cosmetic surgery clinic based in Shinagawa and Makati, her vocal cords were damaged and she cannot sing due to paralysis of her left vocal cords.

Peter Nero - Jazzman (1975) 

Rita Coolidge - One Fine Day (1979)

Carole King - Pierre (1975)

Marlena Shaw - So Far Away (1972)

Vikki Carr - So Far Away (1971)

Carpenters - One Fine Day (1973) 

The City - Snow Queen (1968)

The City - I Wasn't Born to Follow (1968)

The Counts - Jazzman (1974)

The Lettermen - You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Man (1970)

Tiiti - Sata Kettaa (1979)

Carole King - Time Gone By (1979)

The Anita Kerr Singers - You've Got A Friend (1973) 

Stanislaw Sojka - You've Got A Friend (1979)


A fecund amalgam featuring the lost Associations album, early INXS, and stuff about Hayti, Durham. Amalgams can’t be fecund, can they?



The Association was a pretty popular late-'60s singing group. Think Three Dog Night. Like that. Pretty similar arc. You know "Cherish", "Along Comes Mary", "Windy", etc. After the hits dried up, members like Jerry Yester fought the inevitable slide into oldies tours with the odd single, tour, and always in a state of flux. In 1975, a cobbled-together version of the band recorded what would be known to fans as "The Association Bites Back". While RCA was the record company of...record...they do not have tapes that they can remaster for a waiting public. But replacement member Larry Brown did put some of the songs on YouTube. Cassette quality, but a nice historical curio of a once-thriving concern. Here are 4. 

And oldies tours are exactly where they ended up. Think Three Dog Night


Travelin' Boy

That’s What She Said

Time to Get High

Cherish (a disco remake with a strangely funkified coda.)


The Pullice - Can't Get Enough (1966) As seen on the lower right, this is how they spelled their name. 


McDonald's Commercial (1969)

Grady Tate - Multiplication Rock “6” (1973) Nostalgia for POACA.

Born in Durham, NC, in a district called “Hayti”, the historic African-American community that is now part of the city of Durham, North Carolina. It was founded as an independent black community shortly after the American Civil War on the southern edge of Durham by freedmen coming to work in tobacco warehouses and related jobs in the city. By the early decades of the 20th century, African Americans owned and operated more than 200 businesses, which were located along Fayetteville, Pettigrew, and Pine Streets, the boundaries of Hayti.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the neighborhood continued to develop through years of racial segregation imposed by white Democrats in the state legislature, following the Reconstruction era in the South. With black-owned businesses and services, a library, a hotel, a theatre, and a hospital, the community became self-sufficient. It declined in the late 20th century, due to suburbanization, which drew some residents to newer housing outside the area. A 1958 urban renewal and freeway project took down houses and businesses in 200 acres of the community and split it with a freeway. St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church (1891) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; its congregation was founded in 1868. The church has been used since 1975 as a community and cultural center. Hayti's residents have included African Americans who achieved national reputations for their successes.

From Wikipedia:

There is a similar district (well, there was) called “Soul City” near Hendersonville, NC. Friends of mine say they can't find much that's left. 

21 Years of Rock n Roll (1977) 
"The record that launched the Rock 'n' Roll era became a hit in Australia in July 1956. It proved to be one of the most fantastic hits of all time with collective sales estimated at over 22 million. 'Rock around the Clock' has been waxed in thirty-five different languages with over 140 versions globally.
2SM/3XY/4IP with the ANZ Bank commissioned the cream of Australian rock talent to record this limited-edition tribute to 21 years of Rock 'n' Roll. Hope you enjoy it."

The artists:
Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band
Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan & Frankie J. Holden 
John Paul Young who had one big US hit with "Love Is In The Air". 
Daryl Braithwaite
Renee Geyer 

Aurora Toy Sales Film hosted by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble (1969) Originally seen at the 1969 New York Toy Fair.

Bev Bevan - Heavy Head (1976)

Cat (Bob Chance) - Slap Dance (1979)

Colours - Bad Day At Black Rock, Baby (1968)  Colours was signed to Dot Records in 1967 and released their first single later that year. In 1968, they issued their self-titled debut LP. In 1969, they issued a follow-up LP titled ‘Atmosphere’, but only Dalton and Montgomery are credited on the record. After the band broke up in late 1969, Radle went on to play in Delaney & Bonnie and, shortly afterward, Derek & the Dominoes and J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton. Chuck Blackwell also achieved some renown in the early 70s by playing with Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, Freddie King, and other artists.

Doris Duke - Feet Start Walking (1971)

Harmon Bethea The Maskman - Prices and Crisis (1974) A World War II veteran, he recorded and performed gospel and rhythm and blues with the Progressive Four and the Corinthian Singers for Lillian Claiborne’s D.C. label in 1947 and ’48. In late 1949, Claiborne paired Bethea with another of her local acts, The Cap-Tans.

In the midst of the British Invasion and the surge of Motown Records, Bethea took on the persona of “The Maskman", first donning the mask in 1968. His backing group evolved from the Cap-Tans to The Agents. The Bethea continued recording and performing well into his 60s.

Helen Reddy - Baby, I'm A Star (1977) The only track on her Ear Candy album produced by Kim Fowley.

INXS - Doctor (1980)

INXS - Jumping (1980)

The Vegetables (INXS) - We Are The Vegetables (1980)

Jerry Lawler - Heart Of Stone (197?) 

John Sebastian - Face Of Appalachia (1974) A beautiful song co-written by Lowell George

Don Walker and Michael Hutchence - Speed Kills (1981) From the movie of the same name. 

Michel Legrand - Wonder Where I'll Be Tomorrow (1974) 

Skafish - We’ll See a Psychiatrist (1978)

The Osmond Brothers - Takin' on a Big Thing (1970)

The Family Dogg - Advice To Smokey Robinson (1972)


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