Grady and Brady on Shivaree in 1965
Today’s selection was picked up a while back in the midst of a David Gates dragnet.
Gates, best known for his work with Bread spent much of the decade prior to the founding of that group as an extremely busy songwriter and producer in Los Angeles.
Gates was part of the great Oklahoma to Los Angeles musical diaspora of the 60s (along with Leon Russell among many others) and worked in the studio with all kinds of acts, including the early Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.
Today’s selection is one of the last 45s by the twin-brother duo of Grady and Brady Sneed. There’s not much info out there about them other than that they recorded a string of 45s for southern California labels like Dolton and Planetary.
Today’s selection, ‘Star of the Show’ was written produced by Gates for the Planetary label (for which he’d also worked with Dorothy Berry) in 1965.
The tune is a great cross between a kind of Everly Brothers vibe with a 1965 garage/Stones wailing harmonica and guitar attack.
Despite the coolness of the record, it doesn’t appear to have gotten any radio play. What it did get was the twins a spot on the SoCal dance party show Shivaree. There’s a great clip on Youtube of their performance where you can see the Byrds in the background.
Their other Planetary 45, ‘Love or Money’ is also very cool in a similar vein.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.
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