Dewey Martin (above), Del Shannon (below)
The tunes I bring you today ought to both be very familiar, of not in the versions you see here.
You already known I’m a big fan of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
Despite their Monkees-related fame, both Boyce and Hart were working as successful songwriters prior to their association with the law firm of Dolenz, Jones, Nesmith and Tork.
Both of the records featured today are recordings of songs done by the Monkees, but done before the Monkees (get my drift?).
‘Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day’, written by Boyce and Steve Venet (Venet co-wrote the theme to ‘Where the Action Is’ with Boyce and penned songs with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, in addition to co-writing ‘The Roach’ for Gene and Wendell), was recorded by a number of groups in the mid-60s, including the Astronauts and the Shadows of Knight.
The version you have here was waxed by Sir Raleigh and the Coupons in 1965.
Sir Raleigh was a pseudonym for a pre-Buffalo Springfield drummer/vocalist Dewey Martin. Sir Raleigh and the Coupons (the name a reference to a then-popular brand of cigarettes) recorded one 45 for Jerden (as well as one for Tower and another for A&M), which was also issued in Australia under the name ‘Sir Duncan and the Yo-Yos’.
Their version of ‘Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day’ has a hard, garage edge to it (like the Astronauts take) with a great lead vocal by Martin and a wailing guitar solo.
Del Shannon had a run of hits that lasted from 1961 (with ‘Runaway’) to 1965 (with ‘Keep Searchin’’).
By the time he recorded his version of Boyce and Hart’s ‘She’ in 1966 (pre-dating the Monkees by a few months) he was in the grips of a dry spell that never really let up.
Despite the fact that he was a stranger to the charts, Shannon did some of his most interesting work in the mid-to-late 60s.
‘She’ (produced by Boyce and Hart) opens with fuzz guitar and combo organ, with some cool lead guitar punctuating things through the verse. Shannon’s vocals are predictably excellent, and the backing vocals are very cool, too.
I can only imagine that had he the kind of momentum the Monkees did, his version might have been the hit.
Both versions are very cool, and make me want to see the new Boyce and Hart documentary (a lot).
I hope you dig them, and I’ll see you all next week.