Lt Garcia’s Magic Music Box
Every once in a while I happen upon a track that teeters awkwardly on the border between Iron Leg and Funky16Corners.’Latin Shake’ by LT. Garcia’s Magic Music Box is such a track.
Lt Garcia’s Magic Music Box (man, what a pain in the ass it is to type that) was an existing group called the Scoundrels (though they had recorded as the Echoes in the early 60s) that like many bands before them, was absorbed into the Kasenetz-Katz machine and reconfigured.
The Lt Garcia moniker seemed to have been an attempt at a Latin/boogaloo shot at the bubblegum market, and if that was indeed the intent, ‘Latin Shake’ was an artistic (if not commercial) bullseye.
Driven by a pulsing bass/guitar figure, with just enough Latin percussion to keep up the ruse, ‘Latin Shake’ is prime Artie Resnick/Joey Levine chart bait. It has enough of a groove to work in a boogaloo set, yet enough basic, sing-a-long pop grease to make it with the teenyboppers.
Interestingly enough, the group gets to shine on the rest of the album’s tracks with their original material, which is in a more garage/popsike vein.
Group members Harry Boyle and Tommy Morrisey went to to co-write ‘Dark Part of My Mind’ for Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army.
Either way, if you see the album out in the wild, grab it.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you next week.
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