Listen -The Ron-Dels – Lose Your Money – MP3
I hope everyone has had at least as good a week as I have. Despite a full slate of non-fun stuff to do, things have moved along pretty well.
The tune I bring you today is something I happened upon earlier this year while trolling the interwebs for records.
While searching for garage punk I saw the title, wondered if it was a Moody Blues cover, and thanks to a sound file was able to confirm same.
Once I got a hold of the 45, and heard the whole thing I was quite pleased with my purchase and started to dig.
As it turns out, the Ron-Dels were a Texas based group that released around a dozen 45s between 1963 and 1968. They also featured the early work of one of the great blues/soul singers/harp players to come out of the Lone Star State, that being Delbert McClinton (the Del part of the equation).
Though I haven’t seen much in the way of info on the Ron-Dels, it can be said with certainty that they had excellent taste in cover material. They got their claws into the Moody Blues ravingest number and whipped a little 1965 Texas howdyado onto it, wailing away on the vocals and harp, and pumping away with a taste of that ‘She’s About a Mover’ Tex-Mex-rock-a-polka vibe.
The flip side of the 45 (which will be featured in an upcoming mix) is a moody bit of folk rock with some groovy guitar.
I hope you dig the tune and I’ll be back on Monday.