Listen/Download – Gale Garnett – You’re Doing Me No Good
Welcome to a new week here at Iron Leg.
The tune I bring you today is by a singer that anyone with even a passing acquaintance with oldies radio should know.
Gale Garnett had a sizable hit in 1964 with ‘We’ll Sing In the Sunshine”, which won her the Best Folk Recording Grammy in 1965 (the fact that it is clearly not a folk recording aside, since this was during the years when acts like Bent Fabric were winning Best Rock’n’Roll Recording).
Garnett – who had what now seems like an impossibly husky voice – was born in New Zealand but grew up in Canada.
She was an actress as well as a singer, and though she never really had a hit after ‘We’ll Sing In the Sunshine’, she recorded several albums through the 60s, some of the later ones with her band the Gentle Reign.
Today’s selection is from her improbably titled 1967 LP ‘Gale Garnett Sings About Flying & Rainbows & Love & Other Groovy Things’.
Though the title suggests light and wispy psyche pop, what you get (for the most part) is a kind of revved up folk rock with touches of west coast pop.
‘You’re Doing Me No Good’ has the sound of a record that might have been recorded a few years earlier, with Beau Brummel-y touches that seem to put the word “folk” in folk rock in bold face.
The rest of the album rolls in a similar vibe, and like ‘You’re Doing Me No Good’ sounds more 1965 than 1967.
The band on the record is composed of LA studio heads, including Tommy Tedesco, Earl Palmer and even Van Dyke Parks on piano.
Interestingly, while I was researching this post I discovered something I should have known already, that being that Garnett appeared in the animated film ‘Mad Monster Party’ as the speaking and singing voice of the character ‘Francesca’.
I haven’t been able to put my hands on any of Garnett’s later recording, but when I do, you’ll hear about it.