and now for the songs — 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 shortcommercial 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 in All Music Guide). 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: “She’s nobody model but she’s so doggone fine. Nerve of a lion, purr of a tame house cat, smile of a lady, the worth of a poor rat. She’s my baby . . . . When she leaves me hanging I know that I’ve been hung. She talks like my sister, walks like my brother, looks like my father, but cooks like my mother. She’s my baby.”

“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.

“I can’t make out the way you feel about me. If you don’t love me baby set me free. I can’t help myself for the way I feel, help myself for my love is real, help myself for the way I feel about you. . . . I must be mad.”

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