I thought I’d whip something tasty on you this week.
I have known the name Scotty McKay since back in the garage/mod days when his raving 1967 version of ‘Train Kept A Rolling’ (long rumored to include a solo by Jimmy Page) got comped a few times.
What I did not know, and wouldn’t learn until I dug up the record you see before you today is that McKay (born Max Lipscomb?!) was, in the 50s and 60s a veritable rock’n’roll Zelig.
As a teenager he played rhythm guitar in Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps, then went on to record in a variety of styles (rockabilly, pop, R&B) into the 60s, when he changed his name.
A Texas native, he played alongside bands like the Chessmen and Kenny and the Kasuals (he would record with the latter) while releasing a series of 45s.
The Jimmy Page story varies from place to place, but it seems McKay met the Yardbirds when they were touring through Texas and the connection was made. It seems that McKay recorded the track and sent the tape to the UK where Jimmy added his plucking and sent it back.
The tune I bring you today is a little burner that McKay laid down in 1966 on the flipside of a tune called ‘Here Comes Batman’.
The ‘Batman’ side was popular and got the record pressed on a few different labels.
His cover of Titus Turner’s ‘All Around the World’ (aka ‘Grits Ain’t Groceries’) is taken at a fast pace and sits on the Bobby Fuller side of the garage border.
McKay and his band would go on to appear in a couple of low-budget horror movies (there appear to have been a few efforts to turn him into a teen idol).
He went on to produce some records (including the pre-ZZ Top American Blues) eventually turning to religious music. He passed away in 1991.
I hope you dig the track and I’ll see you all next week.