portrait of BLIND WILLIE MCTELL, composer of STATESBORO BLUES, by R.Crumb
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27 NEW SIGNATURES ON THE ROY ORBISON STAMP PETITION!!!!
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Down at Kesey's Farm, Zane and the crew have pull FURTHUR up from the swamp! The boys are making PSYCHEDELIC WORLD HISTORY!
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ROY ORBISON '66 AT ATLANTA'S WHISKEY A GO-GO
FO' MO' CLICK ON
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Standing: Robert Nix, J.R. Cobb
Seated: Bobby Peterson, Buddy Buie & Rodney Justo
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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CLASSICS IV
If you're looking for wyldness, you've come to the wrong band 'cause you're not talking about a suburban U.S.A. high-school geek garage band, but guys who latched on to the beach music scene and were able to make a good living on the same circuit as bands such as the Swingin' Medallions, David & The Giants, and Wilbur Walton & The James Gang. Actually, there's little difference between the later Medallions ('67 on), sound-wise, and the Classics IV. We think of them as a soft rock band, but some of the same songs they cut are considered beach and/or Northern soul classics by other artists who don't have that top 40 baggage associated with them.The best pre-Classics IV record is probably Dennis Yost's first:
Ace 657 THE ECHOES - House Warming/Restless (both sides R&B instrumentals with prominent sax)Dennis Yost was the drummer.The 45 credits the Echoes as having written both sides, although "House Warming" was later credited as a Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) composition when Teisco Del Rey covered it on his "The Many Moods Of" album. There is video in existence of the '66 version of the band (as simply The Classics) doing their regional hit "Polyanna" on "Where The Action Is".It's probably too Four Seasons-ish for most Bompers, but for me it brings back memories of the good part of my childhood.
Their other Capitol single featured one side (Nothing To Lose) that mixed beach music with the Association's sound. Definitely a southern U.S. thing. It's the flip of yet another 4 Seasons influenced side, this time updating Maurice Williams'"Little Darlin'". (Maurice Williams, of the Gladiolas and the Zodiacs, is a beach music icon).
I think the bottom line is if you like beach ballads... then the Classics IV weren't putrid. If beach ballads drive you bonkers, then avoid 'em.
Jeff Lemlich http://www.limestonerecords.com
> And while we're bashing soft-rock icons, what is the deal with theClassics> IV (of "Spooky"/"Stormy"/"Traces" fame)? Did they have a frat-rock past?Dig> it, they had a NUGGETS-type name and look, a year or two after the whole> garage thing had passed. I once heard an early, pre-hit 45 on Capitol, butit> was essentially the same old pop crap. Anyone on this site know if theyhave> any rockers in their closet?>I don't know, but they were from Florida, so Jeff Lemlich should be able to tell us...>>
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