Paul & Barry Ryan, “Madrigal”, Kim Fowley, “The Trip”, George Martin, “Here, There and Everywhere”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 31, 2021

88) Paul & Barry Ryan, “Madrigal”

Not former House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the twin brother of Brit heartthrob Barry Ryan (and son of singer Marion Ryan). Or, was he? Anyway, a wonderful, wistful song.

89) Kim Fowley, “The Trip”

The deliriously deranged Fowley left an indelible mark on L.A. rock history, created the Runaways, and literally dropped acid on this single from ‘65.

90) George Martin, “Here, There and Everywhere”

The Beatles’ recording was ruined (in my estimation) by George (Harrison)’s awful/annoying guitar part. Sabotage? George M. to the rescue with a lovely orchestral version from his ‘66 album saluting the “Beatles girls.” Bruce Eder says that “[t]he Beatles’ music was so successful that, for the first time, Martin began going into the studio himself to record instrumental versions of their songs — although those records were never hugely popular, they sold reasonably well.” (

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