The Caravelles — “Hey Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind”, The Mojo Men — “She’s My Baby”, The Craig — “I Must Be Mad”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 21, 2021

139) The Caravelles — “Hey Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind”

This gorgeous ‘67 folk-rock single was sung by Londoners Lois Wilkinson and Andrea Simpson (who named their group after the French short commercial jet). They “were co-workers who entertained at office parties and amateur shows [who were e]ncouraged by co-workers to cut a record.” (Andrew Hamilton, That record was “You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry,” which hit #3 in December of ’63.

“Hey Mama” was first recorded the previous year by the NYC band the Restless Feelin’s, with a much different feel:

140) The Mojo Men — “She’s My Baby”

The at the time all male Mojo Men released this B-side in ’66. The Sly Stone-produced song has a great sleazy bass line (sampled by Kanye West in “Hell of a Life”). Its lyrics deserved to become movie catch-phrases:

“Hell of a Life”:

141) The Craig — “I Must Be Mad”

Wild UK freakbeat — one of two ’66 singles by the group, whose drummer – Carl Palmer – went on to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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