Don and the Goodtimes, Jim Valley, center
A while back I featured a very groovy PNW garage nugget, that being the Kingsmen doing ‘Trouble’.
I made mention of the PNW standard ‘Little Sally Tease’ in that piece (covered by the Kingsmen and the Standells down in LA), after which I realized (I was both shocked and stunned) that I had never featured the original version of that song here at Iron Leg.
That version, by Don and the Goodtimes is – in my opinion – the finest of them all.
This has something to do with the presence of the song’s author, Jim Valley.
Valley is as close as you get to a PNW ‘Zelig’.
He got his start recording with the Viceroys, went on to join Don and the Goodtimes and then joined Paul Revere and the Raiders, before recording as a solo artist!
‘Little Sally Tease’ was first released by Don and the Goodtimes in 1965 on Jerden, and it was picked up for national release by Dunhill.
The group – which also shared members with the Kingsmen (Jack Ely) – laid down some of the grittiest PNW garage, before evolving into something of a sweeter pop sound during their Epic years.
‘Little Sally Tease’ is one of those records that sounds as if the entire group were recorded inside the bass drum.
The record opens with a couple of thunderous snare drum shots, before being joined by the combo organ , guitar and bass and of course the wailing vocals.
It is a masterpiece of 65/66 garage, and the kind of 45 that sets the dance floor on fire as soon as the needle drops.
So dig it.
I’ll see you next week.