The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 January 2005

Picks to click

It occurs to me that I should probably describe the singles I snagged earlier today, and so I shall.

The Bagdads, "Bring Back Those Doo-Wopps" (Double Shot 133, 1968)
Second of four singles by this L.A. vocal group featuring ex-Six Teen/Elgin Kenny Sinclair, this is apparently a party/"live" recording, incorporating bits of "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," "Cherry Pie," "You Cheated," "In the Still of the Nite," and "Earth Angel." Not as great as the Penguins' latter-day "Memories of El Monte," but just as spirited.

The Bluebells, "I'm Falling" (Sire 29237, 1984)
Normally, if you're thinking of power-pop acts from Scotland, you come up with maybe Aztec Camera and perhaps Belle and Sebastian. The Bluebells, who had an incredibly brief recording career — one EP, and an album which incorporated most of it — were, judging by this track, practiced at the arcane art of melding sweet harmonies to jangly guitars.

Sonny Bono, "One Little Answer" (Specialty 733, 1973)
About halfway through this, I decided that it was actually a lost track from Bobby Darin's Love Swings album, played at the wrong speed. A second playing gives me no reason to change that opinion.

The Church Street Five, "A Night With Daddy G" (Legrand 1004, 1961)
"Don't you know that I danced, I danced 'till a quarter to three / With the help last night of Daddy G," sang Gary "U.S." Bonds, and he wasn't kidding; this (mostly) instrumental is divided into Parts 1 and 2, and Part 2 is basically "Quarter to Three" without the words. (Billboard: #111)

The Mary Kaye Trio, "Man's Favorite Sport" (20th Century-Fox 457, 1964)
Mary Kaye, her brother Norman, and the late Frank Ross more or less invented Vegas lounge music back in the early 1950s; Kaye distinguished herself by snappy licks on a white Stratocaster. This was one of their last recordings before breaking up; I'm guessing at the release date, but the single on 20th 456, right before, was Diane Renay's "Navy Blue", which was released in January 1964. The song is a trifle from the Henry Mancini songbook with vaguely-lecherous lyrics by Johnny Mercer, also waxed by Ann-Margret.

The Newbeats, "(The Bees Are For The Birds) The Birds Are For The Bees" (Hickory 1305, 1965)
Sort of an answer to Jewel Akens' "The Birds And The Bees," and their last track that tried to sound like their early hit "Bread and Butter"; the next time out they'd score with the nifty Motown pastiche "Run Baby Run." (Billboard: #50)

Ohio Express, "Sausalito (Is The Place To Be)" (Buddah 129, 1969)
Joey Levine is gone, and Graham Gouldman, pre-10cc, is on the lead, on a song he wrote but which somehow still sounds like Kasenetz-Katz, who were still doing the production. (Billboard: #86)

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It occurs to me that in the write-up for "Man's Favorite Sport," some of the phrases could have been more aptly placed: to my knowledge, Ann-Margret never once waxed Johnny Mercer.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:00 PM on 24 January 2005