Bowling Green Times Two

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The Everly Brothers

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Glen Campbell

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Listen/Download – the Everly Brothers – Bowling Green

Listen/Download – Glen Campbell – Bowling Green

Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you all well.

I had planned on bringing you the Everly Brothers (original) version of ‘Bowling Green’ for a while.

Fortunately for all of us, whilst I was a-digging through the crates I discovered that I had another, very groovy version of the song already, by none other than Glen Campbell.

I should start out by saying that the recent news of Campbell moving in to an assisted living facility due to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease was saddening.

Glen Campbell is one of those artists who had enough mainstream success that the true depth of his talent (and discography) is often overlooked.

He was an important part of the famous Wrecking Crew studio outfit, as well as having recorded some very cool albums for Capitol in the 1960s.

Though he is often thought of as a country-pop artist, he had excellent taste in covers and recorded many great songs by folks like Harry Nilsson, Donovan, Sonny Curtis, The Bee Gees, Otis Redding, Dorsey Burnett and even Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The song I bring you today was first recorded by the Everly Brothers (on their excellent ‘Everly Brothers Sing’ LP) in 1967.

‘Bowling Green’, written by the Everly’s bassist Terry Slater with Jacqueline Ertel (I don’t know why she’s not credited on either of these labels) was a Top 40 hit for the brothers in the Spring of 1967.

Campbell recorded it later that year on his ‘Gentle On My Mind’ LP.

While the Everly’s version features their unmatchable harmonies, Campbell’s take on the song sports a much livelier arrangement by none other than Leon Russell!

Interestingly, the song was recorded again, a year later by the Gosdin Brothers, who gave it a slightly more countrified feel.

Both versions are excellent, and I would recommend picking up both albums (especially the Everly Brothers LP which has some surprising, even psychedelic touches) if you find them.

I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #33

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Zig Zag Wanderer (A&M
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Abba Zabba (A&M)
Graham Bond Organisation – Harmonica (Gonks Go Beat Soundtrack)
Carnaby – Jump and Dance (Picadilly RE)
Cat Stevens – Baby Get Your Head Screwed On (Deram)
Paul and Barry Ryan – Keep It Out of Sight (MGM)
Paul and Barry Ryan – Hey Mr. Wiseman (Decca)
Paul and Barry Ryan – I Can’t Make Your Way (Decca)
Moody Blues Coke Commercial

The Joyride – The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
The Joyride – The Crystal Ship (World Pacific)
The Joyride – Coming Soon (World Pacific)
The Joyride – Land of Rypap Papyr (World Pacific)
The Joyride – His Blues (World Pacific)
Living Legends – Monkey Don’t Care (RCA)
Paul Jones – It’s Getting Better (Bell)
Paul Jones – Not Before Time (Bell)
Brewer & Shipley – Truly Right (A&M)
Stone Ponies Pepsi Commercial

Everly Brothers – Man With Money (WB)
Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back (WB)
Everly Brothers – So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (WB)
Phil Everly – The Air That I Breathe (RCA)
Tupper Saussy and the Wayward Bus – Love Hum (RCA)
Fairport Convention – I’ll Keep It With Mine (A&M)
Fairport Convention – Meet On the Ledge (A&M)
Fairport Convention – She Moves Through the Fair (A&M)
Fairport Convention – Tale In Hard Time (A&M)
JJ Cale – After Midnight (Liberty)
Cyrkle 7UP Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 33 – 181MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

We have some groovy new arrivals in the playlist this month, including some prime freakbeat, West Coast Sunshine Pop/Flower Power, pure pop, freakout, UK Folk Rock and a tribute to the late Phil Everly.

As always, I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Two By the Everly Brothers

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Phil and Don Everly

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Listen/Download – The Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back

Listen/Download – The Everly Brothers – So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you all well.

I had something else in the on-deck circle for this week, but then over the weekend the word came down that Phil Everly had passed away at the age of 74.

The Everly Brothers were featured in this space almost exactly five years ago, with their original version of ‘Man With Money’, a song that had become a minor Britbeat standard at the hands of the Wild Uncertainty, the Who and the Eyes.

I have to admit that I took the Everly Brothers for granted for a long, long time.

They were a fixture on oldies radio, and I knew (and sang along to) songs like ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’, but it wasn’t until I started to get into older country sounds, especially the Louvin Brothers (a big influence on Phil and Don), that I started to understand how important the Everlys were.

Taking off from a simple artistic appraisal, their closely woven harmonies and songwriting were both remarkable, and important parts of the country-influenced side of the early rock and roll era. It was almost impossible to figure out where one voice began and the other one ended in their recordings.

Starting in 1957, with ‘Bye Bye Love’ and their last flirtation with the charts ten years later with the fantastic ‘Bowling Green’ (also recorded by the Gosdin Brothers) the Everly Brothers were a huge part of the ‘classic’ era, and continued to innovate through the Beat group era, on which they were a huge influence.

You can’t listen to the harmonies of groups like the Beatles, Hollies, the Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel without hearing the echoes of the Everly Brothers.

Though they peaked fairly early, they continued to record and innovate through the 60s, making excellent forays into rock and country rock sounds.

The two tracks I’m featuring today are from the period after they moved from Cadence (where they made their mark) to Warner Brothers.

‘Walk Right Back’ was written (but not completed) by Sonny Curtis, who was in the Army at the time. He brought the incomplete song to Hollywood and played it for the Everlys, who supposedly told Curtis that they would record it if he would write a second verse. He went back to camp and wrote the verse, only to discover that they had recorded the song already, repeating the existing verse!

The song was a Top 10 hit in the US and made it to #1 in the UK in January of 1961.

It was originally issued as the B-side of the 45, but eventually flipped over.

Oddly enough, I first heard (and fell in love with) the song ‘So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)’ via the 1969 version by (Doug) Dillard and (Gene) Clark. It was only later on that I discovered that it was an Everly Brothers song, written by Don.

The Everly Brothers version was actually a two-side hit in the summer of 1960, with its flip, a cover of Little Richard’s ‘Lucille’ charting simultaneously.

Though their popularity waned a bit in the US, the brothers placed a string of records in the UK Top 40 (including making it to Number 2 with ‘The Price of Love’ in 1965).

They continued to make interesting albums like ‘Beat & Soul’, ‘Two Yanks In England’ ‘The Everly Brothers Sing’ and 1968’s ‘Roots’.

The Everly Brothers continued to record as a duo before breaking up in 1973.

That year Phil would record a remarkable cover of an obscure Albert Hammond song, ‘The Air That I Breathe’ arranged by Warren Zevon and produced by Duane Eddy, that the Hollies would pick up and rerecord the following year to huge international success. Phil Everly’s recording of the song is truly beautiful and ought to be much better known.

The Everly Brothers reunited in the early 1980s, and continued to tour together for many years.

The brothers were among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

I hope you dig the sounds.

I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #22

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Opening Action Scene – Keith Mansfield/Alan Hawkshaw (KPM)
New Colony Six – At the River’s Edge (Centaur)
Limey and the Yanks – Out of Sight Out of Mind (Loma)
Sandy Nelson – Boss Beat (Imperial)
Round Robin – Sit and Dance (Domain)
Beau Brummels – One Too Many Mornings (WB)
Beau Brummels – Are You Happy (WB)
Beau Brummels – Lift Me (WB)
The Thomas Group – Autumn (Dunhill)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Van Dyke Parks Datsun Commercial

Thirteenth Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Reverberation (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – You Don’t Know (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Nobody To Love (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Levitation (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Livin’ On (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – The Scarlet and the Gold (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Bull of the Woods Radio Spot

Kingsmen – Long Green (Wand)
Terry and the Chain Reaction – Keep Your Cool (UA)
Mickey Newbury – The 33rd of September / When the Baby In My Lady Gets the Blues (Mercury)
Rocky and the Border Kings – Michoacan (Epic)
Shangri-Las – Give Him a Great Big Kiss (Red Bird)
Shangri-Las – Right Now and Not Later (Red Bird)
Shangri-Las – The Train to Kansas City (Red Bird)
Bobby Fuller Four – Never To be Forgotten (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – Gallancamps Shoes Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 22 – 161MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to another pop-tastic episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This time out, in addition to a grip of tasty new arrivals (garage punk, folk rock, singer songwriter etc) you get a whole set of the mighty Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg: 2012 The Year In Vintage Pop

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Why, yes dear! I’d love some fuzz!

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Woolies – Who Do You Love (Dunhill)
Beauregard and the Tuffs – Ramblin’ Rose (Decca)
Brenda Lee – Is It True (Decca)
Evie Sands – I Can’t Let Go (BlueCat)
The Knack – Time Waits For No One (Capitol)
Monkees – Star Collector (Colgems)
Nat Stuckey – Listen To the Band (RCA)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Smilin’ (Aquarian)
Royal Guardsmen – Leaving Me (Laurie)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
Morning Glories – Love-In (WB)
Liberace – Suite Judy Blue Eyes (WB)
Mike Stoller and the Stoller System – Silver Sea Horse (Amy)
Nobody’s Children – I Can’t Let Go (Bullet)
Kitchen Cinq – Codine (LHI)
Spotlights – Batman and Robin (Smash)
Wayne Logiudice – Come On (Let’s Get Some Action On) (Philips)
What-Knots – I Ain’t Dead Yet (Dial)
Bougalieu – Let’s Do Wrong (Roulette)
Connie Francis – Fallin’ (MGM)
The Gosdin Brothers – The Sounds of Goodbye (Bakersfield Intl)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg 2012: The Year In Vintage Pop – 99MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

What you see before you is the annual gathering of the ‘Best of’ Iron Leg for the year 2012.

Every year about this time I go back and comb the year’s posts looking for what I consider to be the finest tracks.

As the track listing above indicates, this has been an exceptional year, both for my record collection and for your MP3 delivery/storage device.

There are hot garage punk tracks, psychedelia, power pop, sunshine pop and all kinds of other goodies for you to soak yourselves in as the new year approaches.

As always, I hope you dig it, and that you join me in 2013 for more of the same.

Until then, stay cool, and I’ll see you when I see you.

Peace

Larry

 

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Homer and Jethro – (All I Want For Christmas Is) My Upper Plate

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Homer and Jethro

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Listen/Download – Homer and Jethro – (All I Wabt For Christmas Is) My Upper Plate

Greetings all.

I hope everyone had a chance to pull down the ones and zeros for this month’s Iron Leg Radio Show.

I was rummaging wround the record room looking for a Funky16corners-related 45 that I had misfiled, with no plans for an Iron Leg holiday post, when I happened upon a neglected stack of weird old records.

My father-in-law is always grabbing records for me in the field. Sometimes they are very groovy (many of which you’ve seen here and at F16C) and sometimes they are…not.

This particular stack never really got the proper level of perusal, having been composed largely of childrens records and a Fabian side or two.

However, when I picked up the stack to get at something else, what should pop out of the pile but a Homer and Jethro Christmas EP!

Homer and Jethro – if’n you don’t know – were a very successful couple of cornpone comedians who were the hayseed Weird Als of their day, laying a little comedy on the Nashville crowd.

They did song parodies and original material, surfing all kinds of pop-culture waves throughout their long career, lasting from the 40s to the 60s (‘Homer’ aka Henry Haynes, passing away in 1971).

They were very popular, even winning a Grammy in 1959 for Best Comedy Record for ‘The Battle of Kookamonga’ (a takeoff on Johnny Horton’s ‘Battle of New Orleans’).

The EP you see before you –‘Seasoned Greetings’ – was released in 1953, and contains parodies of four very popular Christmas songs.

The one I chose to post today is their parody of Spike Jones’s already comedic ‘(All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth’ entitled ‘(All I Want For Christmas Is) My Upper Plate’.

Here the boys wax wistful about a missing denture, and it’s all worth it if only for the deeply reverbed ‘mashed per-taters’ line in the middle of the song.

You get some cool mandolin (the country gravy on the plate) and a couple of sound effects as well.

The whole affair is kind of tame by today’s standards, but funny nonetheless.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #18

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Intro – Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Joe South – Hush (Capitol)
Joe South – Games People Play (Capitol)
Joe South – I Knew You When (Capitol)
Joe South – Yo Yo (Capitol)
Joe South – Mirror of Your Mind (Capitol)
Joe South – A Million Miles Away (Capitol)
Gallenkamps Shoe Ad

Equals – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (Shout)
Chain Reaction – Ever Lovin’ Man (Verve)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Knack – Banana Man (Capitol)
The Knack – Pretty Daisy (Capitol)
Spotlights – Batman and Robin (Smash)
Spotlights – Dayflower (Smash)
Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Playboys of Edinburgh – Mickey’s Monkey (Columbia)
Houston Post Now Sounds Groove In Ad

Ohio Express – Beg Borrow and Steal (Cameo Parkway)
Other Side – Walking Down the Road (Brent)
Other Side – Streetcar (Brent)
What-Knots – I Ain’t Dead Yet (Dial)
The Lamp Of Childhood – Season of the Witch (Dunhill)
The Lamp Of Childhood – First Time Last Time (Dunhill)
The Lamp of Childhood – Two O’Clock Morning (Dunhill)
The Lamp of Childhood – You Can’t Blame Me (Dunhill)
Connie Francis – Fallin’ (MGM)
The Velvet Underground – Who Loves the Sun (Cotillion)
L.U.V. Movie Ad

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 18 – 150MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you well.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, our eighteenth episode!

This month’s show is – thanks to a very fruitful day at the Allentown All-45 record Show – packed with recent acquisitions.

This time out we start with a tribute to Joe South, moving on to lots of excellent garage, folk rock , sunshine pop and as always a few wild cards.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something groovy.

Peace

Larry

 

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RIP Gene Thomas of Gene & Debbe

Greetings all.
I just found out that Gene Thomas, of Gene and Debbe has passed away at the age of 74.
Thomas had a long career before – and after – Gene and Debbe.
‘Playboy’ is one of my all-time favorite country pop records (originally posted here in 2008), so I thought I’d repost it in his memory.
I hope you dig it.
Larry

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Gene & Debbe

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Listen/Download – Gene and Debbe – Playboy

Greetings all.
Today’s selection is one of those tracks from what I like to refer to as the Second 20, i.e. the tunes that were Top 40 radio hits in their time, but never really broke through the Top 20 in a significant way. As a result, and thanks in large part to the hegemony of homogenized “oldies” radio, they are all but forgotten by all those who didn’t have their ears glued to the radio when they were first released.
Back in the day, probably 15 or so years ago one of the local FM stations suddenly spent an entire weekend playing nothing but ’96 Tears’ by Question Mark & the Mysterians, punctuated only by the sounds of hammers and saws (really). As it turns out, they were undergoing yet another format change (having been country and Top 40 in the past).
Once Monday arrived, naturally curious I tuned to the station and discovered that they were now working a syndicated oldies format, which seemed (due to the kind of unusual things that were thrown into the mix with the same 40 or 50 songs you hear on every oldies station) to have originated somewhere in the South.
I spent a lot of time listening to the station, and appreciated hearing a lot of unusual cuts, as well as several tunes that were new to me.
One of these was today’s selection.
The first time I heard ‘Playboy’, I was sensing a little bit of a Nino Tempo/April Stevens mixed with Sonny & Cher vibe, but knew that it was neither of those duos. As is often the case, I followed up with some research and discovered that the performers were Gene & Debbe.
Huh?
Despite spending most of my waking hours since the age of 12 listening to and/or reading about music, I had NEVER heard of Gene & Debbe. When I started to dig – eventually picking up a copy of their LP ‘Hear and Now’ – I discovered that Gene & Debbe were another one of those examples of an artist who hovered around the charts for a few years, hit it big once and then promptly dropped out of sight.
Gene, was Gene Thomas, a singer/songwriter who recorded a number of unsuccessful 45s during the early 60’s only to retire from performing and concentrate on a career as a Nashville-based tunesmith. He formed a duo with Debbe Nevills (or Neville, depending on the source) in 1965, and they began recording for the TRX label in 1967.
They released a couple of 45s that grazed the charts, finally hitting the Top 40 with ‘Playboy’ in 1968.
‘Playboy’ is great example of the kind of pop records that were coming out of the country music capital in the 60’s, that had a perfect mix of pop and the Countrypolitan sound to get them on both charts, but not enough of either sound to limit their appeal to either audience (a la efforts by the like of the Everly Brothers and Rick Nelson from the same period).
Interestingly enough, ‘Playboy’ was a big enough hit to inspire rip-offs. During my most recent dig I picked up a 2-EP ‘Pickwick’ style set of pop and soul covers(no artists credited) that included – alongside covers of ‘Tighten Up’ and ‘Mony Mony’ – a version of ‘Playboy’.
That said, I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you next week with a new mix.
Peace
Larry

Iron Leg Radio #16

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Hawkshaw/Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me (International Artists)
New Colony Six – Let Me Love You (Sentar)
The Strangeloves – Night Time (Bang)
British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Buffalo Springfield – Mr Soul (45 Mix) (Atco)
Curtis Knight – Fancy Meeting You Here (RCA UK)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – He’s a Raver (Star Club)
Raspberries – Go All the Way (Capitol)
Moby Grape – Omaha (Columbia)
Moby Grape Radio Spot

Captain Beefheart – Diddy Wah Diddy (A&M)
Question Mark and the Mysterians – Can’t Get Enough of You Baby (Cameo)
Toys – Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby (Dynovoice)
Mickey Newbury – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (RCA)
Gosdin Brothers – Sounds of Goodbye (Capitol)
Love – She Comes In Colors (Elektra)
Artie Wayne – Automated Man (Smash)
Music Machine – Masculine Intuition (Original Sound)
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters – Head Inspector (Verve)
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters – New Dreams (Verve)
Paul Revere and the Raiders – Louie Go Home (Columbia)
Paul Revere and the Raiders Radio Spot

Peggy Lee – I Think It’ s Going To Rain Today (Capitol)
Randy Newman – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (Reprise)
Randy Newman – Living Without You (Reprise)
Paul Williams – Just and Old Fashioned Love Song (A&M)
Paul Williams – Someday Man (A&M)
Paul Williams – Trust (A&M)
Bugsy Maugh – In Limbo (Dot)
Tom Northcott – Iron Pines (Uni)
Tom Northcott – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (Uni)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 16 – 162MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you well.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month’s Iron Leg Radio Show brings you another diverse, lovingly selected helping of sounds.

You get lots of garage punk (Elevators, Capt Beefheart etc), some beat, psychedelia and a long set of gentler, more introspective pop by the likes of Randy Newman and Paul Williams.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something groovy.

Peace

Larry

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Three by the Gosdin Brothers

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The Gosdin Brothers (above), Clarence White (below)

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Listen/Download – The Gosdin Brothers – Multiple Heartaches
Listen/Download – The Gosdin Brothers – The Sounds of Goodbye
Listen/Download – The Gosdin Brothers – The Victim

Greetings all.

Welcome to a new week here at Iron Leg.

I hope that the summertime is treating you all well.

The names of the Gosdin Brothers (Rex and Vern) first floated into my orbit when I picked up the Edsel reissue of Gene Clark with the Godsin Brothers way back in the Ninteen-ought-eighties, back when things were different, coffee cost a nickel and if you had a waterproof match and dependable mule all was well (or something like that).

It was back in those days that I started to explore country rock, not in the long accepted Eagles/Marshall Tucker-y way that so many people framed the issue, but in the Bakersfield sneaks into the world of the longhairs and infects their music way.

One need only do a basic survey of West Coast pop and rock in the mid to late 60s and you start to see the dust from the boots of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard settling all over the place, on the records of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, Hearts and Flowers, Gene Clark, Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, Poco and many, many others.

It was only then that I realized that so much of the kind of country music I dug had come out of Bakersfield, California, and that there were many connections back and for the between there and LA during that period.

Back when I feature tracks from ‘Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers’ here at Iron Leg, my friend Duncan Walls suggested that I seek out a Gosdin Brothers collection called ‘The Sounds of Goodbye’.

I grabbed the disc forthwith, and my mind was good and truly blown.

There – wrapped in one tiny CD – was the missing link of sorts between the Sunset Strip longhairs and the hardcore country types. It was like listening to the ratio of influences inverted, with country seasoned by pop and rock instead of the other way around.

Southern California was a crucible during that period with those two influences being shifted back and forth by a wide variety of performers. Some of the push came from rockers (some in deep, some merely dabbling) with a sincere interest in mixing the two, some by younger country performers who – prepped by hitmakers like Buck Owens – came to the table with rock already part of their arsenal.

The Gosdin brothers, who had come from Alabama had been recording in Bakersfield under the aegis of Gary Paxton (on his Bakersfield International label). The brothers had played in the Hillmen with future-Byrd Chris Hillman., and later shared stages with the Byrds themselves.

While at Bakersfield International, the Gosdins recorded with a group known as the Reasons (later Nashville West).

That group featured Gene Parsons, Gig Gilbeau, Wayne Moore and a young, positively brilliant guitar player by the name of Clarence White.

Yes, that Clarence White, one of the greatest set of hands ever to pick up a guitar, later of the Byrds.

During the years 1967 and 1968, the Reasons worked as Gary Paxton’s house band, playing on a wide variety of recordings, including those of the Gosdin Brothers.

So, a few weeks back, following my wife’s visit to the doctor, I made a little stop to my vinyl oasis in Hackensack, NJ, hoping to perhaps grab a disco 45 or two.

Imagine my surprise when, while flipping through a stack of 45s, I should happen upon a Bakersfield International label, and the 45 turned out to be one of my favorite tunes from ‘The Sounds of Goodbye’, ‘Multiple Heartaches’!

Once the shock wore off, I trundled to the counter, paid for my finds and hit the road.

It was a little later that I dug up the other 45 you see here – ‘The Sounds of Goodbye’ b/w ‘The Victim’ – via the intertubes.

‘Multiple Heartaches’, which features Clarence White on dobro and lead guitar, is a classic bit of Bakersfield Sound wonderfulness, sounding as if it had popped up out of a Buck Owens session. Here you get the patented mixture of upbeat, contemporary country, with all of the pop touches (and production). The novelty angle of the lyrics is fun as well.

The other side of this 45 ‘Hangin’ On’ was a minor hit in the summer of 1967.

‘The Sounds of Goodbye’ – released on Capitol in September of 1968 and originally recorded by George Morgan, was written by (future country star) Eddie Rabbit and his partner Dick Heard (the team also wrote ‘Kentucky Rain’). The song, which went on to be recorded by both Charlie Louvin and OC Smith (among others) seems to be built on a similar frame to ‘Gentle On My Mind’ and has some very interesting chord changes.

The flipside, ‘The Victim’, written by the Gosdins, is a great, mellow lament with a very cool bit of psychedelic echo in the chorus.

All three songs are fantastic, and if you dig them you should definitely seek out the reissue of ‘The Sounds of Goodbye’, which features the entire 1968 album as well as many bonus tracks.

I hope you dig the tunes (and maybe dig a little deeper) and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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