The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

2 May 2005

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I truly love stuff like this:

[A] record written by a white Englishman imitating Native Americans as portrayed by white Americans and made famous by a Dane with a vaguely Hawaiian sound, arranged by a Canadian, became the biggest record in black New York.

Not to mention a British B-side that overtook its flip to sell a million, and the influence of this tune on American surf music.

And that's just the first half-century of Jerry Lordan's "Apache," recorded by everyone from the Ventures to Stan "Hot Butter" Free, lately a source of hip-hop beats. Even the third-worst musician in the world — I have reference to me — once recorded a version, circa 1976, with my stolid yet fumbling organ work overlaying Free's rhythm bed from four years earlier. (The tape box containing the stereo mixdown of the four-track original has been hermetically sealed and abandoned on Funk and Wagnalls' porch.)

The same article is up at soul sides, complete with sources. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some records to spin.

(Via Jesse Walker at Hit and Run.)

Posted at 4:03 PM to Tongue and Groove

my name is Jonathan Elmore. I work for Mai Ly Do, who as you know is in charge of the Vietnamese Public Radio for the OKC area. I came upon your January 12th writeup on the VPR and showed it to Mai Ly. She seemed to appreciate you mentioning her program. She asked me if I could write to you though to tell you that the local program does not run at noon, rather it runs live from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. I thank you for your interest in VPR. Have a great day!

Very truly yours,
Jonathan Elmore
Vietnamese Public Radio
2201 N. Classen
OKC, OK 73106*

*Very soon to be, we are in the process of moving to a slightly more southerly address.

Posted by: Jonathan Elmore at 5:05 PM on 2 May 2005

Gotcha. (For those who missed the piece, it's here.)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:18 PM on 2 May 2005