Bruno: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 17, 2022

452) Bruno — “Wander Boy”/“Wonder Boy”

I talk about Bruno! Well, I talk about Bruno Kretchmar and his delightful and winsome UK ‘66 A-side (one of his two singles). Teabiscuit calls “Wander Boy” (“Wonder Boy” in some printings) “midtempo [pop psych], a nice dreamy folky pop dancer with a hypnotic edge, the fuzzy sounding brass bits hard to tell what instrument that is, could even be a Kazoo?” (http://www.45cat.com/record/r5450). And Dustin E’s liner notes to The Piccadilly Sunshine: A Compendium of Rare Pop Curios from the British Psychedelic Era (Volumes 11-20) comp series say that Bruno had “a quintessentially English delivery and focus”, his two singles “confirm[ing] his talent for observational and provocative writing.” On the other hand, the usually spot-on Vernon Joynson says “[t]his guy’s two easy listening pop 45s are of no lasting significance.” (Tapestry of Delights Revisited)

The song didn’t catch on. It might have if there was more kazoo! In any event, Bruno ended up as president of Chrysalis Records. Talk about a caterpillar turning into a butterfly!

“Gotta a heart and long to share it though I’ll never learn to wear it on my sleeve. Hope you love me come tomorrow but it will not cause me sorrow or [grief?]. Cause I’m a wander boy without a friend or enemy to nurse me or curse me. I’m just a wander boy. I go where nature feels she wants to guide me. And I’ll do my living as it comes along. Take a ride on any highway like a bird that roams the skyway all alone. When I take the final bend, I’ll come to rest at journey’s end and I’ll be home. Cause I’m a wander boy . . . .”

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