BIG DADDY
aka What Really Happened To The Band Of '59
Rhino RNLP 852, 1983 (vinyl)

  1.   I Write The Songs (Johnston)
    Evoking Danny and the Juniors
  2.   Bette Davis Eyes (Weiss-DeShannon)
    As a chugging Chuck Berry saga
  3.   Super Freak (James-Miller)
    A tender Everly Brothers ballad
  4.   Star Wars (Williams)
    Duane Eddy sits in with the Ventures
  5.   Whip It (Mothersbaugh-Casale)
    Truly a standing-on-the-corner song for once
  6.   Ebony and Ivory (McCartney)
    Starring Little Richard, presumably as Ebony, and the Killer, as anyone he wants
  7.   You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Diamond-Bergman-Bergman)
    Doo-wopped to within an inch of its life
  8.   Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Schwartz)
    New York street symphony (of course)
  9.   The Rose (McBroom)
    Rockabilly deluxe
  10.   Just What I Needed (Ocasek)
    If what you needed was the Fleetwoods
  11.   Hotel California (Felder-Henley-Frey)
    The stranger in town seems to be Del Shannon
  12.   Eye Of The Tiger (Sullivan-Peterik)
    A cappella to finish it off
First LP

Marty Kaniger, vocals and rhythm guitars
David Starns, vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, xylophone
Bob Wayne, vocals, keyboards
Tom Lee, bass and other vocals, guitar
Gary Hoffman, background vocals, drums, percussion, Theremin
Guest musicians:
Ray Campi, string bass
Dan Bolen, bass guitar
Sam "Black Magic" Franklin, tenor and baritone sax
Stevie Lee "Fingers" Kaplan, keyboards

Produced by Bob Wayne
Executive Producers: Richard Foos & Harold Bronson
Engineers: Bob Wayne & David Starns
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California


MEANWHILE...BACK IN THE STATES
Rhino RNLP 854, 1985 (vinyl)

  1.   I Want To Know What Love Is (Jones)
    As did Ritchie Valens, it appears
  2.   Always On My Mind (Christopher-Thompson-James)
    Boppers don't come any bigger than this
  3.   Sussudio (Collins)
    And "Runaround" Sussudio at that
  4.   Dancing In The Dark (Springsteen)
    Pat Boone takes one more trip to the Moody River
  5.   I Just Called To Say I Love You (Wonder)
    You'll know it's me because of the Whispering Bells
  6.   Billie Jean (Jackson)
    Gene Vincent struts his stuff, and Booker T. helps
  7.   Flashdance (Forsey-Cara-Moroder)
    With those little darlin's, the Diamonds
  8.   Jump (Van Halen-Roth-Anthony-Van Halen)
    You might as well have the Summertime Blues
  9.   Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Hazard)
    The Duchess of Earl gets her say
  10.   The Safety Dance (Ivan)
    Who would have thought it was the Twist?
  11.   Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Hay-Moss-Craig-O'Dowd)
    By now, there has to be one a cappella song per album
  12.   Every Breath You Take (Sting)
    A sort of make-believe Conway Twitty
  13.   Purple Rain (Prince)
    Rain that's real will not fade away
  14.   All Night Long (Richie)
    Stranded in the shake, rattle and roll
Meanwhile...Back in the States

Marty Kaniger, vocals, rhythm guitars, percussion
David Starns, vocals, lead guitars, "cranial percussion solo"
Bob Wayne, vocals, percussion
Tom "Bubba" Lee, bass and other vocals, electric guitar, violin, whistling
Gary Hoffman, drums, percussion, background vocals
"Happy" John Hatton, string and electric bass, violin, African slit drum, background vocals
Vince Ciavarella, piano, Hammond organ, background vocals
Jim Reeves, tenor and alto sax, flute
Guest musicians:
John Viavattine, baritone and tenor sax
Gary Pickus, chimes
Jeannie Perkins, vocal cascade
Joel Goldsmith, harp

Produced by Bob Wayne and Big Daddy
Executive Producers: Harold Bronson & Richard Foos
Engineering: Bob Wayne & David Starns and Ana Wilczynski
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California


CUTTING THEIR OWN GROOVE
Rhino R2 70733, 1991 (CD)

  1.   The Greatest Love Of All (Masser-Creed)
    And no chains, either
  2.   Like A Virgin (Steinberg-Kelly)
    You say Frankie Avalon has a Madonna complex?
  3.   Graceland (Simon)
    And you just know the Jordanaires were there
  4.   Once In A Lifetime (Byrne-Eno-Frantz-Weymouth-Harrison)
    Mister Tallyman gets a new lease on life
  5.   The Living Years (Robertson-Rutherford)
    Not even the Leader of the Pack can take Dead Man's Curve
  6.   Money For Nothing (Knopfler-Sumner)
    Nothing but sixteen tons, that is
  7.   Hold On (Ballard-Phillips-Wilson)
    And keep on, higher and higher
  8.   Ice Ice Baby (Bowie-May-Mercury-Taylor-Deacon; Ice-Earthquake)
    He ripped off rhymes just like ringing a bell
  9.   Welcome To The Jungle (Bass-Slash-Stradlin-McKagan-Adler)
    Don't wake the lion while you're here
  10.   I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Clayton-Mullen-Evans-Hewson)
    So let's go find the thrill upon the hill
  11.   Born To Run (Springsteen)
    And made a lot of stops all over the world
  12.   Memory (Lloyd Webber-Nunn-Eliot)
    Vito said we could have some instruments
  13.   I Want Your Sex (Michael)
    But we'll settle for a rhythm section
  14.   Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince)
    As always, the girl can't help it
  15.   Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kristofferson)
    A bunch of touchy-feely yakety-yak
Cutting Their Own Groove

Marty Kaniger, vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp, percussion
Tom Lee, bass and other vocals, electric guitar, violin, percussion
Bob Wayne, vocals, percussion
Don Raymond, vocals, lead guitar
John Hatton, background vocals, electric and string bass, violin, percussion, horn and string arrangements, bird calls
Norman A. Norman, piano, Hammond organ
Bob Sandman, saxes, flute, piccolo
Damon DeGrignon, drums, percussion
Guest musicians:
Billy Block, drums
Oliver Brown, percussion
Ed Martel, keyboards
Ellen Martel, violin
Hal Melia, sax, flute, clarinet
Jimmy Street, keyboards, sax
Lee Thornburg, trumpet, trombone
Roberta Wall, soprano obbligato vocal
Zavier, tiple

Produced by Big Daddy
Executive Producers: Harold Bronson & Richard Foos
Engineering: Bob Wayne & Damon DeGrignon and Jimmy Street
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California


SGT. PEPPER'S
Rhino R2 70371, 1992 (CD)

  1.   Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon-McCartney)
    That stuff in the garden must have been poison ivy
  2.   With A Little Help From My Friends (Lennon-McCartney)
    Billy Shears unmasked as Johnny Mathis
  3.   Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Lennon-McCartney)
    Goodness, gracious, great tangerine dreams
  4.   Getting Better (Lennon-McCartney)
    At least as good as cherry pie
  5.   Fixing A Hole (Lennon-McCartney)
    The Wanderer, updated
  6.   She's Leaving Home (Lennon-McCartney)
    She's so young, and we're so old
  7.   Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (Lennon-McCartney)
    Last seen stopped at the top of a Ferris wheel
  8.   Within You Without You (Harrison)
    On the whole, word jazz is preferable to sitars
  9.   When I'm Sixty-Four (Lennon-McCartney)
    And playing dominoes for sixty minutes at a stretch
  10.   Lovely Rita (Lennon-McCartney)
    The name of his latest flame
  11.   Good Morning, Good Morning (Lennon-McCartney)
    Instruments? What instruments?
  12.   Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Lennon-McCartney)
    Still coasting
  13.   A Day In The Life (Lennon-McCartney)
    That'll be the day
Sgt Pepper's

Marty Kaniger, vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp
Tom Lee, bass and other vocals, electric guitar
Bob Wayne, vocals
Don Raymond, vocals, lead guitar
John Hatton, vocals, electric and string bass, orchestration
Tim Bonhomme, piano, Hammond organ, celeste, calliope
Bob Sandman, baritone and tenor sax, flute
Damon DeGrignon, drums, percussion
Guests:
Roberta Wall, soprano vocal
Joanne Kurman-Montana, alto vocal
Lonnie Teper, radio announcer
Buddy Wayne, "Sgt. Pepper"
Calabria McChesney, first violin
Bette Byers, second violin
Kim Wilkins, viola
Ed Willett, cello
Nancy Weckwerth, French horn

Produced by Big Daddy
Executive Producers: Harold Bronson & Richard Foos
Engineering: Bob Wayne & Damon DeGrignon
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California


CHANTMANIA
(by THE BENZEDRINE MONKS OF SANTO DOMONICA)

Rhino R2 76025, 1994 (CD Maxi-Single)

This side project is side-splittingly funny in its own right. All a cappella.

  1.   (Theme From) The Monk(ee)s (Boyce-Hart)
  2.   We Will Rock You (May)
  3.   Losing My Religion (Berry-Buck-Mills-Stipe)
  4.   Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  5.   Da Ya Think I'm Sexy (Appice-Stewart)
  6.   The Monks' Vow of Silence
Chantmania

Bob Wayne (as Brother Roberto de Waynez)
Marty Kaniger (as Brother Martini de Que)
Don Raymond (as Brother Dominicki de Ramon)
Richard Foos (as Brother Ricardo de Foosi)
Denny Croy (as Brother Baldini de Croy)
Tom Lee (I think) (as Brother Bubbini de Troit)
Bob Sandman (as Brother Guido de Sandmandoni)

Produced and engineered by Brother Roberto de Waynez
Recorded at the Historic Monastery de Santo and Johnny, Santo Domonica, California
Recording facilities by Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California


THE BEST OF BIG DADDY
Oglio/Rhino OGL 83001-2, 2000 (CD)

  1.   Dancing In The Dark (Springsteen) (2)
  2.   Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kristofferson) (3)
  3.   Super Freak (Johnson-Miller) (1)
  4.   Little Red Corvette (Prince) (5)
  5.   Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Hazard) (2)
  6.   Once In A Lifetime (Byrne-Eno-Frantz-Weymouth-Harrison) (3)
  7.   Whip It (Mothersbaugh-Casale) (1)
  8.   My Heart Will Go On (Horner-Jennings) (7) (with actual music video)
  9.   Eye Of The Tiger (Peterik-Sullivan) (1)
  10.   Every Breath You Take (Sting) (2)
  11.   Sukiyaki (Nakamura-Ei) (6)
  12.   Money For Nothing (Knopfler-Sumner) (3)
  13.   Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon-McCartney) (4)
  14.   With A Little Help From My Friends (Lennon-McCartney) (4)
  15.   When I'm Sixty-Four (Lennon-McCartney) (4)
  16.   A Day In The Life (Lennon-McCartney) (4)
The Best of Big Daddy

(1)  From What Really Happened To The Band Of '59
(2)  From Meanwhile...Back In The States
(3)  From Cutting Their Own Groove
(4)  From Sgt. Pepper's
(5)  Recorded live "At My Place", 1989, previously unreleased
(6)  From the Japanese issue of Cutting Their Own Groove
(7)  Recorded 2000, previously unreleased

(5) ("Yeah, but can it outrun a Nash Rambler?")
Marty Kaniger, lead vocal
Tom Lee, backing vocal, rhythm guitar
Bob Wayne, lead vocal
Don Raymond, backing vocal, lead guitar
John Hatton, backing vocal, bass
Norman A. Norman, piano
Billy Block, drums
Bob Sandman, bike horn
Recorded and mixed by H.R.S. Records (Len Horowitz, Dan Cytron) at "At My Place", Santa Monica, California

(6) ("Don't worry, baby, they sing in two languages")
Marty Kaniger, lead vocals
Tom Lee, backing vocal, rhythm guitar
Bob Wayne, backing vocal
Don Raymond, backing vocal, lead guitar
John Hatton, backing vocal, bass
Damon DeGrignon, drums
Tim Bonhomme, piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Bob Wayne, recording and mixing engineer
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California

(7) ("I mean, right down to the Jordanaires")
Marty Kaniger, backing vocal
Tom Lee, bass and backing vocal
Bob Wayne, backing vocal
Don Raymond, lead and backing vocal
Denny Croy, stand-up bass
Todd Tatum, drums
Ed Smart, tenor sax
Bob "Boo" Bernstein, steel guitar
Diane Curwick & Chris Raymond, handclaps
Bob Wayne, recording and mixing engineer
Bjorn Mattson, recording engineer
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California


SMASHING SONGS OF STAGE AND SCREEN
Rockbeat Records 101, 2014 (CD)

  1.   Over the Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg)
    You're dreaming again, Susie
  2.   The Music of the Night (Webber-Stilgoe-Hart)
    Think of it as a graveyard smash
  3.   Everybody's Talkin' (Neil)
    Three, four, five, look at them jive
  4.   As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)
    And a lot has since you were sixteen
  5.   Stayin' Alive (Gibb-Gibb-Gibb)
    Which three cool cats would want to do
  6.   I Could Have Danced All Night (Lerner-Loewe)
    Unless I had to do something strenuous like the Swim
  7.   Try to Remember (Jones-Schmidt)
    Sometimes I wonder why I try
  8.   What Kind of Fool Am I (Newley-Bricusse)
    The kind that rushes in, apparently
  9.   I Dreamed a Dream (Kretzmer-Natel-Schonberg-Boubil)
    Dream, baby (How long must I dream?)
  10.   Don't Cry for Me Argentina (Webber-Rice)
    And that goes for you too, Carol
  11.   New York, New York (Kander-Ebb)
    A shining city under a blue moon
  12.   Summertime (Gershwin-Gershwin-Heyward)
    Slippin' and slidin' in after spring
  13.   Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Sherman-Sherman)
    Johnny? Simon? Theodore? ALVIN?
  14.   When You Wish Upon a Star (Washington-Harline)
    And where are you, anyway?
  15.   Tara's Theme (Steiner)
    Frankly, my dear, Joe Meek doesn't give a darn
Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen

Damon DeGrignon, drums, percussion
Don Raymond, electric lead/rhythm/acoustic guitar
Marty Kaniger, acoustic guitar
Tom Lee, bass and other vocals, electric guitar
Carl Sonny Leyland, piano
Wayne Peet, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, pipe organ, clavioline, sound design
Norman A. Norman, piano
Hal Melia, tenor/baritone sax, piccolo
Craig Fundyga, vibes, xylophone, bells, conga, castanets
Margaret Klemm, harp
Bob Wayne, theremin
Denny Croy, baritone guitar/electric bass
Johnny Hatton, bass
Harry Scorzo/Richard D. Clark/Anna Adkisson, violins
Alan Mautner, cello

Produced by Big Daddy
Recording engineer: Bob Wayne
Recorded and mixed at Sunburst Recording, Culver City, California
Mastering engineer: Wayne Peet
Mastered at Newzone Music, Los Angeles, California


Oh, and Big Daddy's original 1977 recording of "Hamster Love", with JoAnne Montana on lead vocal, was finally released after a couple of decades; Dr Demento's Dementia 2000! 30th-anniversary collection (Rhino R2 79787) includes the song.

Updated 11 October 2014


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