THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
542) The Garden Club — “Little Girl Lost and Found”
One of the greatest early pop psych tunes, sung by the writer of “Windy”, with lyrics perfectly balanced between twee and weeeee! Funky16corners says it ‘s “cool . . . early, sing-song popsike . . . that sounds like it was recorded on a merry go round.” (https://ironleg.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/the-garden-club-little-girl-lost-and-found-bw-i-must-love-her/). I’d love to hear Noel Gallagher do this one!
Brewer and Shipley’s website lets us know that:
The Garden Club was a one single studio group comprised of Ruthann Friedman and Tom Shipley. At the time of this recording Tom was on the verge of forming Brewer & Shipley, and Ruthann was just about to write “Windy” for The Association. . . . [Tom Shipley says] “We recorded a song, “Little Girl Lost and Found” written by the guy [Tandyn Almer] who wrote “Along Comes Mary.”http://www.brewerandshipley.com/Songs/Covered/GardenClub.htm
funky16corners adds that:
The Garden Club . . . only ever existed for this one 45. The principle members of the group were singers Ruthann Friedman and Tom Shipley. Friedmann, who recorded a groovy 45 (with Van Dyke Parks) and a very cool album is also known as the composer of ‘Windy’, one of the biggest hits of the 1960s . . . . Shipley went on to be one half of Brewer and Shipley, who made some excellent folk rock and had a big hit with ‘One Toke Over the Line’. The composers were Daniel Walsh (who went on to write a bunch of pop stuff in the 70s, like ‘Temptation Eyes’ for the Grass Roots) and none other than Tandyn Almer. Almer hit the jackpot with ‘Along Comes Mary’ for the Association, as well as ‘Shadows and Reflections’ (with Larry Marks) for the Action, among others. . . . [W]ith that remarkable provenance, the single is pretty cool, too.https://ironleg.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/the-garden-club-little-girl-lost-and-found-bw-i-must-love-her/
Peter & the Wolves (led by John Pantry) also did a great version (see #494), though Steve Elliott says derisively that “[t]he circus beat and adolescent story . . . comes off as bubblegum Bee Gees.” (https://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/08/02/forgotten-series-the-factory-peter-and-the-wolves-others-upside-down-world-of-john-pantry-1999/)
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