D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities

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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