The Y’Alls — “Please Come Back”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 14, 2022

414) The Y’Alls — “Please Come Back”

“Please Come Back” is a ’66 fuzz guitar drenched B-side by the Y’Alls (backing a cover of the Beatles’ “Run for Your Life”), formerly the Illusions, to become the Kitchen Cinq. As Lenny Helsing says:

[The single is] a tremendous piece of teen punk on 45 for the Ruff label as The Y’Alls, coupling a sonic, fuzz-driven take of The Beatles’ “Run For Your Life” with their own exquisite “Please Come Back”.

The band would redo the song a year later as the Kitchen Cinq, but I think the latter version pales by comparison.

Who were these guys? Per Peter Marsyon:

The story of the Kitchen Cinq begins in the early ’60s in Amarillo, Texas, when Mark Creamer asked Jim Parker to replace a recently departed rhythm guitarist in his band, The Illusions. . . . In search of a more memorable name and one more in line with group’s regional sense of humor, the Illusions became the Y’Alls. Another single, a cover of the Beatles’ “Run for Your Life” was released in 1966 on Ruff, shortly before the band relocated to Los Angeles and began work with legendary producer/songwriter Lee Hazelwood. Once signed to LHI (Lee Hazelwood Industries), Hazelwood and then girlfriend and record producer Suzi Jane Hokom insisted the band change their name once more, hopefully to something a little hipper. Thus, the Kitchen Cinq. The personnel for all three groups, however, remained the same . . . .

Bryan Thomas adds:

The Kitchen Cinq were a folk beat group from Amarillo, TX, who were heavily influenced by the British Invasion bands (the Dave Clark Five in particular) and West Coast folk-rock (Beau Brummels, etc.).

Joseph Neff believes that:

[T]he crummiest moniker these gents were ever briefly saddled with, courtesy of Amarillo R&R mover and shaker Ray Ruff, was The Y’alls, the group issuing one 45 under the unfortunate handle. . . .

I sort of like the name, y’all!

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