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!

Playlist

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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Playlist

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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