In 1972 a crack Dell Rat unit
was sent to prison by the
Unific Court of Love for a
crime they didn't commit...
(DEATH BY DISCO).
These men promptly escaped
from a maximum security
stockade to the York, PA
underground. Today, still
wanted by the government,
they survive as soldiers
of soul and revivers of
rock ‘n roll.
If you have a problem
(with hip hop divas and gangsta rap)...
if no one else can help
and if you can find them
maybe you can hire...
SONNY AND CHER
Success breeds success. A great example is "Baby Don't Go" by Sonny and Cher. The record was released in 1964 but stayed under the radar, becoming only a minor regional hit.
In the summer of 1965, Sonny and Cher became household names when their signature song, "I Got You Babe," spent seven weeks at the #1 position on the Billboard chart. In the wake of the couple's massive success "Baby Don't Go" was re-released. This time it became a top 10 hit.
"Baby Don't Go" - Sonny and Cher (October 1965,
highest chart position #8)
Many Bob Dylan songs were covered by other artists and turned into hit records. One of my favorites is "All I Really Want to Do," a track from the 1964 album Another Side of Bob Dylan. In the summer of 1965 "All I Really Want to Do" became the focus of a chart battle between two acts that released versions of the song simultaneously. One version was recorded by Cher who was well on her way to stardom thanks to "I Got You Babe" which charted concurrently.
The other rendition was waxed by the Byrds, a band that had just achieved a #1 hit covering Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Both singles hit the Billboard chart the same week in early July. Spurred on by the popularity of "I Got You Babe," Cher's single peaked at #15 while the one by the Byrds stopped at #40. Cher's recording of "All I Really Want to Do" sounds like another Sonny and Cher duet but it's all Cher!
"All I Really Want to Do" - Cher (August 1965,
highest chart position #15, #9 UK)
In the UK the reverse was true. "All I Really Want to Do" by the Byrds became the fastest selling single in the history of CBS Records and out performed Cher's record on the chart, the Byrds' version hitting #4 and Cher's #9. Check out the go-go girl action in the background. It's one of the things that I liked best about the 60s and miss most!
"All I Really Want to Do" - Byrds (August 1965,
highest chart position #40, #4 UK)
Around the time of the JFK assassination in late November of 1963, Tommy Roe's single "Everybody" was scaling the chart, well on its way to becoming a top 5 national hit.
"Everybody" - Tommy Roe (November 1963, highest
chart position #3)
Tommy's next single release, "Come On," sounded a lot like "Everybody."
The point is, ladies and gentleman,
that derivative, for lack of a better word,
is good (sometimes).
Following up a hit record with a sound-alike was and is a common practice and one that makes good business sense. In their attempt to capitalize on a winning formula, however, Tommy Roe and his handlers forgot to factor in the Beatles. Released at the start of 1964, "Come On" should have been another top 5 smash for Tommy. Instead, it got lost in the shuffle as records by the Beatles and other English artists clustered around the top of the Billboard chart. "Come On,"
a recording that I now like even more than "Everybody," finished its chart run at the lower end of the top 40.
"Come On" - Tommy Roe (February 1964, highest chart
Only two things you done
need to know, fool...
Ain't Hannibal or nobody else
gonna get me up in no
AIR - O - PLANE!!! .....
and the D-Team plays
the best music!
Gene Chandler has his own wing in the Shady's Law Hall of Fame (Shame). That's because he recorded some of the greatest 60s soul but much of it performed poorly on the Billboard chart. Shady's Law teaches us to think nothing about it and just enjoy!
"Think Nothing About It" - Gene Chandler (March 1964,
highest chart position #109)
One year after Gene Chandler's "Think Nothing About It" underwhelmed mainstream record buyers, the Duke of Earl laid down another classic Chicago soul track. Once again what should have been a rocket to the moon failed to get
off the launch pad.
"You Can't Hurt Me No More" - Gene Chandler (March 1965,
highest chart position #92)
For a long time I had a pesky blind spot where Connie Francis was concerned. I kept lumping her in with country artists, easy listening artists, and singers who recorded in foreign languages. I avoided Connie's music, completely unaware of her significant contributions to rock 'n roll and the girl group sound.
Listen as Connie rocks out on "My Best Friend Barbara,"
a Neil Sedaka composition that includes backing vocals by the Brill Building dream team of Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Mr. Sedaka. Previously unreleased, "My Best Friend Barbara" turned up in 1990 on Connie's CD compilation Rocksides (1957-64). It was also included on Growin' Up Too Fast, the Girl Group Anthology. This record's the ginchiest!
"My Best Friend Barbara" - Connie Francis (December 1963,
Oh, her lipstick's all a mess
She thinks that she's the best
She's walkin' down the street
in a tight yellow dress
My best friend Barbara.
Yo, Mister Neil Sedaka. FOUR ONE ONE!
Listen up and listen up good my friend.
Looks like I owe you an apology. I made
fun of your dancin' last St. Ballantine's day,
but dat was before I knew you could write
such phat lyrics, aahIGHT? Take it from
me - what the world needs now is more
songs about girls in tight dresses with
messed up lipstick. When I heard dat,
zing went the strings, know what I mean?
As a sincere token of my esteemed
symbolic eternal friendship gratitude
gesture thingy, I hereby bestow upon you,
Mister Neil Sedaka, the honor of receiving,
absolutely free of charge, a lifetime
membership in the Tracy Jordan Fan Club
with all the inherent, implied, implicit,
explicit and illicit rights and privileges
therein, thereof, and therefore. It's the
least I can do!
Don't miss the next thrill-packed episode
of The D-Team, coming soon!
I love it
Have a Shady day!