Ya can hear a sample of The Little Black Egg at
scroll down to the title and click.
Thanx fo' the wellsguitars website
btw, I'm gonna pitch Tiger Jack at WTBC to have guests call in on his Saturday morning oldies show and talk about Otis, The Tams, The Rubberband, Wilbur Walton Jr., The James Gang, Roy Orbison, The Candymen, The K-Otics,The Allman Joys, The Hourglass, the Rockin' Gibraltars, The Five Men-ites, The Classics IV, Billy Joe Royal, Tommy Roe, Joe South, The Wicked Pickett,etc. etc.
Oh yeah, and today I found three Eddie Hinton articles from the Tuscaloosa News which would look great on the Web. I have the Saturday, July 29, 1995 article by Robert D. Palmer headlined Muscle Shoals music legend Eddie Hinton, 50, dies
I also have two Mark Hughes Cobb articles. The first is a nice Sunday, April 11, 1999 feature story headlined
Hard luck guy
A tribute CD to Eddie Hinton remembers the talents of a down-home Alabama boy
The last one is Cobb's Sunday, June 17, 2001 article entitled
Hinton a star in Alabama Music Hall of Fame
This article include two Mark Cobb color photos: one of Eddie's mother seated next to her son's star at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the other one is of the exhibit for Eddie and the Hall of Fame.
Let me know if there is interest in getting this stuff out there.
Watch our Progress!
I lived in Daytona and was about 14 or so and just starting to get
around and hear local bands to learn more about playing my guitar.
I used to go hear the Night Crawlers all the time because they did
a lot of songs from the first three or four Rolling Stone albums which I loved.
I loved the Night Crawlers Little Black Egg. It was simple but had an infectious
guitar line going all the way through. Still a great sounding record.
Sylvan Wells later became a prominent attorney in Daytona and now has
retired and builds guitars in Virginia. Matter of fact I have a Wells acoustic guitar.
Check his site out at:
Very interesting site for people who want an inside look at guitar building.
FROM MIKE STAX'S LINER NOTES FOR NUGGETS:ORIGINAL ARTYFACTS FROM THE FIRST PSYCHEDELIC ERA, 1965-1968THE LITTLE BLACK EGG - The Nightcrawlers(Michael Stone)
Personnel/CHUCK CONLON: vocals, bass * ROBBIE ROUSE: vocals * SYLVAN WELLS: lead guitar * PETE THOMASON: guitar * TOM RUGER: drumsProduced by BRAD SHAPIRORecorded in Miami, FLLee single #1012 (1965); Kapp single #K-709 (11/65); Pop #85
Like so many '60s garage classics, the greatness of "The Little Black Egg" lies in its inherent simplicity. The jingle-jangle guitar hook and bizarre, almost nursery-rhyme lyrics made the song eminently coverable. And its impact was much further reaching than its chart placing would indicate.
The Nightcrawlers were conceived in early 1965 by a group of high school students from Daytona Beach, Florida. Early demos recorded by Chuck Conlon and his friend Lee Hazen attracted the interest of local music publisher and label owner Robert Quimby, and two singles appeared in the summer of '65 on Lee Records. After airplay on WROD, the second single, "The Little Black Egg," shot to #1 and did nearly as well in other Florida markets. Miami music kingpin Henry Stone leased the tape to Kapp Records, and after a complete remix to give the song a fuller sound, it was reissued in November. Promotion and distribution was slipshod, so it took over a year for the single to crack Billboard's "Hot 100."
. YOU BURN ME UP AND DOWN - We The People(Thomas Talton)
Personnel/TOMMY TALTON: vocals, guitar * DAVID DUFF: guitar, vocals * RANDY BOYTE: organ * WAYNE PROCTOR: bass, vocals * LEE FURGUSON: drumsProduced by TONY MOONRecorded in Nashville, TNChallenge single #59340 (9/66)
In September 1966, We The People followed up "Mirror Of Your Mind" with the gimmicky, country & western-flavored "He Doesn't Go About It Right." The real gem, though, was over on the flip side: "You Burn Me Up And Down."
If "Mirror" walked on the edge of sanity, "You Burn Me Up And Down" toppled over the brink. From its clumsy, slippery-string guitar intro onward, the song never lets up -- the up 'n' down fuzz riff gives it a sinuous sexuality, with swathes of organ and feedback drifting eerily in and out of focus and Talton panting and screaming for release. Magnificent.
We The People continued to release singles and maintain regional popularity until their break-up in 1968. They deserved much more.
DOUBLE SHOT (OF MY BABY'S LOVE) - Swingin' Medallions (Cyril Vetter/Don Smith) Personnel/JOHN McELRATH: vocals * JIMBO DOARES: lead guitar * BRENT FORTSON: organ * JIM PERKINS: bass * JOE MORRIS: drums * CARROLL BLEDSOE & CHARLIE WEBBER: trumpet * STEVE CALDWELL: saxProduced by KARRICK PRODUCTIONSRecorded in Muscle Shoals, AL4-Sale single #6230 (12/65); Smash single #S-2033 (3/66); Pop #17 What could be more frat rock than "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" by the Swingin' Medallions? Delivered in a riotous, sing-along style, with an organ hook that just won't quit, "Double Shot" conveys a drunken party mood that is impossible to deprecate -- no matter how idiotic it all sounds. Formed in Greenwood, South Carolina, in the early '60s, the Medallions were soon in demand to play the local frat houses and beer blasts, delivering their proudly American rock 'n' roll/R&B stomp with no frills whatsoever. Written by Cyril Vetter, drummer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's The Greek Fountains (themselves named after a frat house synonym for vomiting), "Double Shot" appeared first by the Medallions on the local 4-Sale label at the beginning of '66. Smash Records picked it up for release in March, and after a brief battle with a competing version by the K-Otics on Bang, the Medallions won out. Other 7-inch releases appeared on Smash, Dot, and 1-2-3, but by '68 the party had truly ended.http://www.rhino.com/features/liners/75466lin7.lasso