Sunday, April 28, 2013
How Does That Grab You, Darlin/Time/Bang Bang/
The track, "How Does That Grab You, Darlin?", reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in April 1966 and also reached #4 here in Australia. The other 3 tracks are from the album "How Does That Grab You ?" with "Sand " being the only other song managing to chart it was the B-Side to "Ladybird" and charted in it's own right at #107 in the U.S and made a respectable #15 in Australia.
Theme from Dr Kildare/Love Me Tender/Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo/True Love
The "golden throat" of celebrity vocalist Richard Chamberlain can actually sing. On this EP, Richard Chamberlain Hits, he sounds a bit like Pat Boone and Joe Dowell while performing well-enunciated pop ballads in a gentle, orchestrated teen-idol style. The EP has four of his eight chart hits, including his most popular recording, "Theme From Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)," the theme song from the television series in which he starred.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Show Me/A Woman Sees a Hard Time /Papa Was Too/The Truest Woman in the Wold
Joseph Arrington, Jr. (August 8, 1935 - August 13, 1982), better known as "Joe Tex", was an American musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues.
Born in Rogers, Texas, and raised in Baytown, Tex's career started after he was signed to King Records in 1955 following four wins at the Apollo Theater. Between that year and 1964, however, Tex struggled to find hits and by the time he finally recorded his first hit, "Hold What You've Got", in 1965, he had recorded thirty prior singles that were deemed failures on the charts. Tex went on to have three million-selling hits, "Hold What You've Got" (1965), "Skinny Legs and All" (1967) and "I Gotcha" (1972).
Tex's style of speaking over the background of his music helped to make him one of the predecessors of the modern style of rap music.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Tracy/Sweet Caroline/When Julie Comes Around/ Put A Little Love In Your Heart
The Cuff Links were an American rock/pop studio group from Staten Island, New York. The band had a U.S. No. 9 hit in 1969 with "Tracy", with rich harmonised vocals provided entirely by Ron Dante. The track was produced as part of a series of recording sessions – sometimes as many as six in a day – by Dante, with the songs released under a variety of band names
Tracy" hit the charts in October 1969, just as "Sugar, Sugar", a single for The Archies and the product of another anonymous recording session by Dante, was descending from its No. 1 spot. Dante's vocals for "Tracy" were recorded in just hours. He recalled: "I put on a lead voice, doubled it a few times, and then put about 16, 18 backgrounds." "Tracy" spent 12 weeks in the U.S. chart, and subsequently sold over one million copies, being awarded a gold record by the R.I.A.A.
Dante had promised "Tracy"'s songwriters, Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, that if the song was a hit he would record an entire Cuff Links album and when it charted, Vance and Pockriss quickly delved through their catalogue to produce more songs. Dante said: "It was the quickest album I'd ever done. I think I did the entire background vocals and leads in a day and a half – for the entire album. I remember doing at least four or five songs in one day." To speed the project, Vance and Pockriss hired novice arranger Rupert Holmes to work on the album, which including the second hit, "When Julie Comes Around", which peaked at No. 41 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
As the album was being completed, Vance and Pockriss created a seven-member touring band, comprising Pat Rizzo (saxophone), Rich Dimino (keyboards), Bob Gill (trumpet/flugelhorn/flute), Dave Lavender (guitar), Andrew "Junior" Denno (bass), Joe Cord (vocals) and Danny Valentine (drums).
Dante opted not to tour with the group, having accepted a solo album recording contract by Archies creator Don Kirshner that excluded any more outside work. When he called Vance to obtain his royalties for the first album, Vance refused to pay up unless Dante recorded a second album. The dispute was settled only after a personal confrontation at Vance's office and Vance erased Dante's vocals from his final song, "Run Sally Run" and replaced them with Cord's. It was the last Cuff Links single to reach the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 76 in April 1970. The single "Robin's World" appeared on the Billboard Easy Listening Top 40 the following June.
Cord's vocals appeared on only a few tracks on the second Cuff Links album, The Cuff Links, with most songs featuring Holmes. (Thanks to Ozzie Music Man for this one.)
Friday, March 22, 2013
Solitary Man/ I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No)/ Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon/Cherry, Cherry
Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide including 48 million in the United States alone. He is considered to be the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard chart behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.
Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Charts, Diamond has had ten number one hit singles: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desiree", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", and "Heartlight". Diamond continues to record and release new material and maintains an extensive touring schedule as well.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Day After Day/Come And Get It/No Matter What/Baby Blue
Badfinger were a British rock band consisting originally of Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, Mike Gibbins and Tom Evans; active from 1968 to 1983, and evolving from The Iveys; formed by Ham, Griffiths and David "Dai" Jenkins in Swansea, Wales, in the early 1960s. Joey Molland joined the group in 1969, following the departure of Griffiths. Signed by The Beatles' Apple label in 1968 as The Iveys, they adopted the name Badfinger in 1969. Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits in 1970 and 1971: "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney), "No Matter What", "Day After Day", and "Baby Blue". The Ham/Evans-penned Badfinger song, "Without You", became a Billboard number one hit for Harry Nilsson.
In 1970, the band engaged American businessman Stan Polley to manage their commercial affairs. Over the next five years the band recorded several albums for Apple and toured extensively, but became embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records' dissolution. They signed to Warner Bros., but Polley's financial machinations resulted in a lawsuit by Warner Bros., over missing escrow account money. Warner's consequent withdrawal from market of the 1974 album, Wish You Were Here (seven weeks after its release), cut off the band's income. Three days before his 28th birthday, on 24 April 1975, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself, leaving a note that included damning comments about Polley.
The next three years saw surviving members trying to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits. The albums Airwaves (1978) and Say No More (1981) foundered, as Molland and Evans see-sawed between cooperation and struggle in attempts to revive and capitalise on the Badfinger legacy. Having seen Ham's body after Ham's wife had called him, Evans reportedly never got over his friend's suicide, and was quoted as saying in darker moments, "I wanna be where he is." On 19 November 1983, Evans also took his own life by hanging.
This little rarity comes to us from New Zealand and contains Badfingers 4 biggest and well known Hits. "Come And Get It" was released in 1969 and reached #7 in the US and #4 in the UK, "No Matter What" was released in 1970 and reached #8 in the US and #5 in the UK, "Day After Day" was released in 1971 and made #4 in the US and #10 in the UK, "Baby Blue" saw release in 1972 and charted at #14 in the US.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron/Liberty Valance/ Bears/ Peanut Butter
Originally known as the Posmen, the Ocala, Florida-based sextet adopted their anglophile moniker during the British Invasion, led by The Beatles and other British artists. The group was originally composed of Bill Balough (bass), John Burdett (drums), Chris Nunley (vocals), Tom Richards (guitar), Billy Taylor (organ), and Barry Winslow (vocals/guitar).
The Guardsmen's first single, "Baby Let's Wait", failed to make the charts, but their second offering, "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron", rode the Peanuts craze all the way to #2 in the Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the bestsellers for 12 weeks, with an eventual one million sale and a gold record from the R.I.A.A. in February 1967.
Snoopy, the Red Baron, and aircraft became recurring themes in their music, though they did have some chart singles on other topics, including "Any Wednesday", "I Say Love", and the Top 40 hit "Baby Let's Wait", a re-release of their first single.
"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" is a novelty song written by Phil Gernhard and Dick Holler and recorded in 1966 by the Florida-based pop group The Royal Guardsmen. The song was recorded at the Charles Fuller Productions studio in Tampa, Florida, and was released as a single on Laurie Records. The single made number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (US) chart during the week of December 31, 1966, number 6 on the Record Retailer (UK) chart in February 1967 and number one in Australia for five weeks from February 1967.
The Royal Guardsmen went on to record several other Snoopy-themed songs, including two follow-ups to "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" – "The Return of the Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas" – together with other tunes such as "Snoopy for President". The other 3 tracks on the EP appear (along with "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron") on their Snoopy vs. the Red Baron album.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
It's for You/He Won't Ask Me/ You're My World (Il Mio Mondo)/Suffer Now I Must
Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, 27 May 1943) is an English singer, actress, entertainer and media personality. She began her career as a singer in 1963, and is most famous in the UK for her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (1964) and "You're My World" (1964), both of which reached #1. Black had eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts between 1964 and 1971. In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 claimed that her version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was the UK's biggest selling single by a female artist in the 1960s. "You're My World" was also a modest hit in the United States, peaking at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"You're My World" backed with "Suffer Now I Must" reached #1 in Britain on the chart dated 30 May 1964 and remained there for a total of four weeks, one week more than Black's preceding single "Anyone Who Had a Heart". Although Black would return to the UK Top Ten eight times, "You're My World" would be her final #1 hit.
Black's "You're My World" was also #1 in Australia for two weeks that July when it also spent three weeks at #2 in New Zealand while in South Africa the disc was the second biggest hit for the year 1964. A Top Twenty hit in Denmark, the track also reached #12 in Canada, #2 in Ireland, #8 in Norway and #7 in Sweden.
"You're My World" was the first track by Black to be released in the US, where the singer was signed to Capitol Records. Peaking at #26 in August 1964, "You're My World" would become Black's only Top 40 hit in the United States.
"It's for You" is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles for Cilla Black for whom it was a UK Top Ten hit in 1964. The song was mainly a McCartney composition. The B-side of "It's for You" was "He Won't Ask Me"
Paul McCartney, who had been present at Abbey Road Studios when Cilla Black had recorded her breakthrough hit "Anyone Who Had a Heart", had written "It's for You" with John Lennon using "Anyone Who Had a Heart" as the model although Black herself has opined: "For my money, ['It's for You'] is nothing like the 'Anyone...' composition." On 3 June 1964 McCartney cut a demo of "It's for You" to give to Black and producer George Martin. Black recorded the song at Abbey Road Studios that 2 July with Martin producing the session and she would recall: "That was some session...John [Lennon] and Paul [McCartney] joined me and George Martin. We made one track and then everyone had a go at suggesting how they thought it should be recorded. George said it should be one way, John and Paul another and I just added my suggestions while they were thinking of what else they could do with the composition."
Having Black, well publicized as an associate of the Beatles, record a Lennon–McCartney tune did not result in the anticipated smash hit: "It's for You" followed Black's back-to-back #1 hits: "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World", into the Top Ten but remained there for only two weeks - 29 August & 5 September 1964 - at #8 and #7.
In the US "It's for You" became Black's second single release in September 1964: although the precedent "You're My World" had reached the US Top 30, "It's for You" rose no higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than #79.
"It's for You" reached #17 in Australia.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Wendy/Don't Back Down/Little Honda/Hushabye
In America this EP was named "Four By The Beach Boys" it was the band's first and only EP (not counting the Holland bonus EP Mount Vernon and Fairway) in the US. It contained only songs from the album All Summer Long. The track "Little Honda" peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 while "Wendy" peaked at #44. The EP itself charted at #44 in the US and #11 in the UK. If you are only after the music then don't bother downloading this post as I've already posted the American version previously but this does have the Australian artwork.
In My Room/I Get Around/Don't Worry Baby/ When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
"I Get Around" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for The Beach Boys. The song features Love on lead vocal for the verse, and Wilson for the chorus. It was a single which was released in 1964 through Capitol Records; the B-side of the single was "Don’t Worry Baby", which itself charted at #24 in the United States. "I Get Around" was The Beach Boys' first number-one hit song in the United States. It also charted at #7 in the UK and #33 in Australia.
"When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1965 album Today! and as a single the previous year hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #7 in Cash Box. It spent two weeks at #1 in Canada's national RPM chart it also made #27 in the UK and #39 in Australia. The B-side of the single was "She Knows Me Too Well" and stopped one place under the Hot 100.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love/Fun, Fun, Fun/ Hawaii/Be True To Your School
The "Fun, Fun, Fun" single backed with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" was released in the United States in February 1964. The single peaked at the #5 spot on the Billboard chart.
In the United Kingdom, the single was released in March 1964 through Capitol Records. However, the single failed to chart. In Australia, the single peaked at the #6 position, which was the band's highest charting single in Australia at that time.
"Be True To Your School"was backed with "In My Room", and was released in October 1963 and was a collaboration between Brian Wilson and Gary Usher. "Be True to Your School" charted at #6 on the Billboard charts, and number 4 in the UPI chart survey for newspapers across the United States. It rated #3 in New Zealand's Lever Hit Parade, #6 in Sweden, and #10 in Australia.
"Hawaii" backed with "The Rocking Surfer"was released in Feb. 1964 and charted here in Australia at #9.
Monday, March 11, 2013
David Watts/Two Sisters/Lazy Old Sun/ Situation Vacant
"David Watts" is a song written by Ray Davies that originally appeared on the Kinks's 1967 album Something Else by the Kinks. It was also the American and Continental Europe B-side to Autumn Almanac. It has been included on several compilation albums, including The Kink Kronikles (1972). All the tracks on this EP are taken from the Kink's 1967 5th album Something Else.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Pictures of Lily/Doctor, Doctor/Happy Jack/ I've Been Away
This is an Australian only EP like the previous post. It includes 2 singles the first "Pictures of Lily" b/w "Doctor, Doctor" which charted at #4 in the UK and #51 in the US while the second single "Pictures of Lily" b/w "Doctor, Doctor" in the UK Made #4 while in the US it had as it's B-side "Whiskey Man" and charted at #51.
The Kids Are Alright/It's Not True/A Legal Matter/La La La Lies
The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (guitar, vocals, keyboards), John Entwistle (bass, brass, vocals) and Keith Moon (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Younger Girl/Little Honda/Kissin' My Life Away/Sea Of Love
The Hondells were a 60s surf/hot rod rock band from Los Angeles, California. The group was initially formed as a studio outfit by music producer and songwriter Gary Usher in 1964. Among the musicians who were involved in the studio incarnation of the Hondells were Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, Richard A. Podolor, Joe Kelly, Chuck Girard and Curt Boettcher. The band scored their sole big hit with the extremely bouncy and catchy "Little Honda" in 1964; this song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys fame and peaked at #9 on the Billboard pop charts. Usher quickly assembled a legitimate version of the group to capitalize on the success of "Little Honda". Ritchie Burns, who had sung backing vocals on "Little Honda", was promoted to lead singer of this particular band. However, since Burns was still working in a bank at the time he became a full-fledged member, he didn't appear on the group's cover photo on their self-titled album; he had friends pose as band members, instead. The Hondells not only appeared on such popular 1960s music variety TV programs as "Shindig!" (1964) and "Bandstand" (1952) but also popped up as themselves and performed a few songs in the enjoyably silly "Beach Party" comedy features Beach Ball (1965), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and Ski Party (1965). Moreover, the band sang the title tune during the opening and ending credits of the film Winter A-Go-Go (1965). Alas, the group was unable to match the success of "Little Honda": the follow-up song "My Buddy Seat" only went to #87 on the Billboard pop charts while their cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Younger Girl" stalled at #52. The Hondells as both a band and a name were retired in 1970.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I'd Love You To Want Me/It's Sure Took A Long Long Time/Me And You And Dog Named Boo/Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend
Roland Kent LaVoie, better known by the stage name Lobo (born July 31, 1943), is an American singer-songwriter who was successful in the early 1970s, scoring several U.S. Top 10 hits, including "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" #5, "I'd Love You to Want Me" #2 "Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend" #8 all appearing on this EP along with "It's Sure Took A Long Long Time" #27.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Take The Money And Run/Rock'n Me/Jet Airliner/Fly Like An Eagle
Steven H. "Steve" Miller (born October 5, 1943) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter who began his career in blues and blues rock and evolved to a more pop-oriented sound.
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1967 in San Francisco, California. The band is managed by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is known for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of the classic rock radio format.The group has been releasing albums and singles since 1968 and currently have released 18 studio albums, 3 live albums, 7 (official) compilation albums, and at least 29 singles.
The four tracks appearing on this EP all charted in the US charts "Take the Money and Run" #11, "Fly Like an Eagle" #2 "Rock'n Me" #1 " all from the 4x Platinum album Fly Like An Eagle #3 album and "Jet Airliner" #8 from Book Of Dreams #2 and triple Platinum.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Dave Dee,Dozy,Beaky Mick and Tich - I'll Love You/Petula Clark Things Go Better With Coca- Cola/Dave Dee,Dozy,Beaky Mick and Tich Things Go Better With Coca- Cola/The Supremes Things Go Better With Coca- Cola/Ray Charles Things Go Better With Coca- Cola
Here's a nice little EP from Germany with German versions of Coca-Cola adds with intro's from Dave Dee and Co.in German.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Shazam/Guitar Boogie/Sleepwalk/ F.B.I.
Shadows are a British pop group with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 as 'The Shadows' and 34 as 'Cliff Richard and the Shadows', from the 1950s to the 2000s. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK's beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars in their own right. As pioneers of the four-member rock-group format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums.
The Shadows' core members are Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett; there have been numerous the line up throughout its history. The band's unique sound was originally produced by a combination of American Fender guitars, British amplifiers made by Vox and echo units Meazzi Echomatic tape and Binson magnetic disc. The Shadows, with singer Cliff Richard, dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the five years before The Beatles. Although they lost ground in the late sixties, the band enjoyed a second spell of success and interest from the late seventies until the present day.
The Shadows are the third most successful UK charted hit-singles act behind Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. The Shadows and Cliff Richard & the Shadows each have had four No.1 selling EPs.
This recording was taken "live" at an actual performance at the Colosseum Theatre, Johannesburg. The personal appearances of The Shadows made such a tremendous impact on the audiences in Southern Africa that the numbers played were immediately in great demand. F.B.I. has already shot high on the hit parade and the other titles on this disc rapidly followed suit.
Shadows Of The Night/Heartbreaker/ Anxiety (Get Nervous)/Treat Me Right
Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski; January 10, 1953) is an American singer and four-time Grammy winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial success, particularly in the United States. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 14 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong" and "Invincible". Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV.
A hit single, "Shadows of the Night", (US #13, AUS #19) heralded a new LP, Get Nervous, released in late 1982. The album was another smash, reaching US #4, her fourth consecutive RIAA and CRIA platinum certification, and the single would garner Benatar her third Grammy, again for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" of 1982. The follow-up singles, "Little Too Late" and "Looking for a Stranger", were also successful, hitting US #20 and #39 respectively. The WWII-themed music video for "Shadows of the Night" featured then-unknown actors Judge Reinhold and Bill Paxton as an American fighter copilot and a German radio operator, respectively. The album was certified platinum in Canada where it peaked at 16 on the album charts.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Old Man/The Needle and the Damage Done/Heart of Gold/Harvest/Alabama
Harvest is the fourth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on February 14, 1972 on Reprise Records, catalogue MS 2032. All the tracks on the EP are from the album It featured the London Symphony Orchestra on two tracks, while noted guests David Crosby, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, and James Taylor contributed vocals. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks, and spawned two hit singles, "Old Man", which peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Heart of Gold", which peaked at #1. It was the best-selling album of 1972 in the United States.
Bad Moon Rising/Lodi/Get Down Woman/Porterville
Creedence Clearwater Revival (sometimes shortened to Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums.
The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed country rock and swamp rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they positioned themselves as Southern rock stylists, singing about bayous, the Mississippi River, catfish, and other popular elements of Southern iconography.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were ranked at 82 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time
"Bad Moon Rising" is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival "Lodi" is the B-side. It was the lead single from their album Green River and was released in April 1969, four months before the album. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September 1969 (see 1969 in music). It was CCR's second gold single.
"Porterville" Recorded October 1967. Initially released as a single in November 1967. It was the last single that the band released as The Golliwogs. Both "Porterville" and "Get Down Woman" appear on their debut album Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The House of the Rising Sun/It's My Life/We Gotta Get Out of This Place/Boom Boom
The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London on finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic No.1 hit single, "The House of the Rising Sun", as well as by hits such as "We Gotta Get out of This Place", "It's My Life", and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. They were known in the US as part of the British Invasion.
The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s and suffered from poor business management. Under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals, the much-changed act moved to California and achieved commercial success as a psychedelic and hard rock band with hits like "San Franciscan Nights", "When I Was Young" and "Sky Pilot", before disbanding at the end of the decade. Altogether, the group had ten Top Twenty hits in both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.
The original lineup had brief comebacks in 1975 and 1983. There have been several partial regroupings of the original era members since then under various names. The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Hang On Sloopy/You Make Me Feel (So Good)/Runaway/Up And Down
The McCoys were a rock group that started in Union City, Indiana, in 1962. The original members, all from Union City, were guitarist Richard Zehringer (later known as Rick Derringer), his brother Randy on drums, and bassist Dennis Kelly. This first line-up was known as "The Rick Z Combo", and later known as "Rick and the Raiders". When Kelly left for college, the Zehringers were joined by bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, saxophonist Sean Michaels, and keyboardist Ronnie Brandon. This was the line-up that took the name of "The McCoys". Brandon left the group in 1965 and was replaced by Bobby Peterson on keyboards.
One of their best-known songs is "Hang On Sloopy", which was #1 in America in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1965 and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. American sales alone were over one million copies. Other hits include a Top 10 cover of "Fever" (Billboard #7), and a Top 40 cover of Ritchie Valens's "Come On Let's Go" (Billboard #21). A cover of "Sorrow", the B-side of their version of "Fever", was a hit in the United Kingdom for The Merseys and was later covered again by David Bowie. Its opening line, "with your long, long hair and eyes of blue" was quoted by George Harrison in the fadeout of "It's All Too Much", featured on the 1969 Yellow Submarine film soundtrack album.
The two Zehringer brothers (then known as Rick Derringer and Randy Z) and Hobbs became Johnny Winter's band for the albums Johnny Winter And and Live Johnny Winter And in 1970 and 1971 respectively. As backing musicians, both Derringer and Hobbs contributed to Winter's later releases, Still Alive and Well (1973), Saints & Sinners (1974) and John Dawson Winter III (1974). Derringer and Hobbs later played with Edgar Winter, as well as appearing on the Together: Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter Live album (1976). Hobbs later toured with Johnny Winter, but without Derringer, resulting in Winter's Captured Live! album (1976). Derringer also played with Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, among others, in addition to forming later bands, such as DNA, with drummer Carmine Appice.
Hobbs died of drug-related heart failure on 5 August 1993, (Derringer's birthday), at the age of 45. Peterson died in Gainesville, Florida, on 21 July 1993, at the age of 47.
Don't Worry Mother Your Son's Heart Is Pure/Fever/C'mon Let's Go/Sorrow
This Indiana group was still in high school when they were tapped by the Strangeloves production team of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer as a vehicle for their material in 1965. Their first effort, "Hang on Sloopy," was a monster number one smash, built around a riff and chorus that ranks with "Louie Louie" and "La Bamba" as a garage band perennial with its compelling, elemental simplicity. Featuring the lead vocals and lead guitar of a young Rick Derringer, they went on to cut a lot of similar chunky, innocuous pop/rock over the next couple years with fair success. The "Hang on Sloopy" sound-alike "Fever" was their only other Top Ten entry, and the Ritchie Valens cover "C'Mon Let's Go" their only other Top 40 hit.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
To Sir With Love/Morning Dew/Love Loves to Love Love/Best of Both Worlds/Day Tripper/Take Me in Your Arms (And Love Me)
Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3 November 1948, Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through to the present day. She is internationally identified, especially by North American audiences, with the song "To Sir With Love" from the film of the same name and with the title song to the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries she is also widely known for her Eurovision Song Contest winning entry "Boom Bang-a-Bang" and in the UK for her first hit "Shout".
That's The Way/Going To California/Stairway To Heaven
On this Australian only release the high flying Led Zeppelin airship goes light with three laid back takes on the Acoustically EP. Years before unplugged sessions became trendy, the mighty Led Zep took the back porch approach as they pulled back on their hard edged blues rock, with easy going takes of "That's The Way", "Going To California" and "Stairway To Heaven". Issued in 1972, each track lends itself to the breezy un-electrified onslaught of power.