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I just listened to the Phil Nee program ... What a fun show! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the whole thing driving down the Interstate. The songs were among those we'd all choose from '67, and the commentary from both of you was interesting. I hope you two do some more of these soon. I was tempted but didn't pull over and do the Davy Jones shimmy. Excellent job all around, and great audio, too.
Thanks, David. Others can catch our segment here: http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/1970/01/phil-nees-those-were-days-program-with.html
Early 1964 brought Beatlemania to America. Three years later it was Monkeemania.
Upon first hearing the record "Live", I thought it was the prefab four using a different name much like the Four Seasons did as The Wonder Who? After all, just like the Beatles, the Monkees back then could seem to do no wrong.
But The Merry-Go-Round turned out to be a Los Angeles area band led by Emitt Rhodes. A message song to the young, it first charted on February 24, 1967 at the Florida station where I was a deejay. A much requested single, it spent four weeks in our top 10 beginning in mid-March. It was a scattered regional hit around the US and reached only #57 in Cashbox (#63 Billboard) after spending nine weeks in the Cashbox Top 100 charts. When the group disbanded in 1969, Rhodes had a brief but somewhat successful solo career. He was a darling of music critics. Having grown up in Hawthorne like the Beach Boys, he wrote his own songs and was sometimes likened in comparisons to Paul McCartney.
A lot of people think that "Live" was a Bangles song when the girl group included in on a 1985 album. The original is truly a sixties forgotten hit.
Disc Jockey Phil Nee picked The Merry-Go-Round version of "Live" as one of his Top Ten Favorites from 1967. He, too, mentioned The Bangles version, which I finally downloaded today. (They do a damn good job on this song!) I remember Linda Ronstadt recording a version of Emitt's "You're A Very Lovely Woman" before she broke through to her mainstream audience ... so Emitt definitely had his fans.
You can count me among them. I bought everything he ever did (and that wasn't an easy task for some of those releases!) His first solo album (featuring the hit "Fresh As A Daisy") got a lot of attention because Emitt played all of the instruments and did all of the vocals himself, something Paul McCartney had just done with his first solo release ... and he just happened to sound a lot like Macca ... which drew even more attention to this disc. This is one of those that should have been a MUCH bigger hit than it was ... solid straight through and still one of my all-time favorite albums. (kk)
Styx told me I've got too much time on my hands!
Here are various followups to some of what you've covered recently ...
"Yellow Balloon" was a classic summer of love song fer sure. You see Luke R. Yoo playing drums who, of course, is Don Grady from My Three Sons. That Shebang show was entirely from the stadium and included Casey interviewing Angels players. Yellow Balloon was also recorded by Jan & Dean and, in an unusual circumstance, I was able to work on both Jan and Dean's and Yellow Balloon's Sundazed CDs, as well as supplying photos for Nancy Sinatra's CDs! Despite a pretty phony (at times) persona, she was beautiful for sure. AND she did some great songs!
I listened to some of your Phil Nee show, too. Great stuff. Now, if only you could get Weber, Riley and Card on there!!! Glad to hear Tom Doody confirm Dex as the Shames' discoverer, as I have written in my liner notes for their CDs.
Here's Dex with the 1966 lineup from the '67 WLS Personality magazine.
Here are the Shames at Dex's Wild Goose Club with FH star Hooke front and center:
The New Colony 6, Buckinghams, American Breed and Ides of March ALL played at Dex's places as well as the other great bands of the day, as seen below, along with the greatest CFL and WLS DJs of the period.
Altho the Ides were likely pushing their new spring '67 45, "My Foolish Pride" at the above date, in 1970, Dex was still a backing member of the band. Attached, hear Dex introduce the Ides on stage at his club as they do a 6+ minute version of a Traffic classic!
As for the Riddles, it's hard to believe this great 45 was their only one. An October, 1967 release date for their follow up 45, "Your Kind of Loving" came and went without a release. The below press release came inside the Mercury DJ 45 sleeve of "Sweets":
And from Chicago's own "Psyche Pscene magazine:
Here are some more of my April, 1967 memories ...
The Ideals had some local success too, especiall with "The Gorilla."
More on The Riddles ...
Our DJ Buddy Phil Nee had the chance to interview Ron Fricano of The Riddles when the Quill Records box set came out a few years ago. He sent us this clip to share with our readers ...
This clip is from a special I did when Collectables released a Quill Records salute. There were some strange cuts on there including the flip side of Sweets For My Sweet by the Riddles. This is with Ron Fricano. You mentioned The Riddles recently and I thought I would send
Phil also sent us this vintage clip from an interview he did with Arthur Conley, who was climbing the charts fifty years ago today with his big hit "Sweet Soul Music", essentially a reworking Sam Cooke's "Yeah Man".
I am sending you some rare interview clips that might fit well in your 1967 spotlight series. The first is a bit of a 1996 interview I did with Arthur Conley. He told me it was the first interview with an American dj since Sweet Soul Music was on the charts.
>>>As for the cover for Nancy Sinatra’s “Sugar Town” hit, it’s a beaut! (Mike Ogilvie)
There is one of the lingering questions of 1960’s Record Companies. You have Nancy Sinatra on your label and in her hey-day, you give her one picture sleeve. It’s not even that great of a pic somehow. How could Reprise (US) not have pic sleeves on all her 45’s???? Especially the “Sugar” Lp cover on Sugar Town or something!!! Talk about bad marketing, this probably would have jumped sales tremendously. Missed opportunity for sure.
You'll find a photo of that sleeve (from her #18 hit "Lightning's Girl") on the website shortly ... but here's a sneak peek ... she's still looking pretty damn good (if perhaps a little bit "Halloween-ish") on this one! (kk)
And, speaking of the brand new, deluxe 4-disc version of the 50th Anniversary "Sgt. Pepper" release, I had the rare opportunity to view a copy of this up close the other day and it looks absolutely AMAZING!!! Can't wait to get my copy and take it for a test drive! (kk)