The Dave Clark Five: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 28, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

565) The Dave Clark Five — “Just a Little Bit Now”

I need more than just a little bit of this smoking’ hot DC5 classic right now! Released as a single in the U.S. (’67) — reaching, appropriately, #67 — but not in the UK, it radically transformed and supercharged an R&B falsetto number from ‘62. The summer of Love and they still had it (see #208, 320, 411, 412)! Bruce Eder says it has “a great beat and chorus”. (https://www.allmusic.com/album/five-by-five-mw0000891115)

The song was was written by Jerry Ragovoy and performed by the Majors. Bryan Thomas explains:

The Majors scored an R&B/pop Top 30 hit in 1962 with “A Wonderful Dream.” They are remembered for their outrageous falsetto lead vocals . . . and for being one of the many acts produced by Jerry Ragovoy, an important behind-the-scenes force behind East Coast Soul music. . . . Ragovoy . . . had already begun producing doo wop acts (often distinguished by a conspicuous gospel feel) in the Philadelphia area in 1953, when he and Herb Slotkin (owner of Tregoobs appliance store) formed Grand Records. . . . Ragovoy produced the group’s lone hit, “A Wonderful Dream,” but they failed to hit with anything further. . . . [H]e went on to become quite a successful songwriter, writing or co-writing several classic New York and Philadelphia Soul records in the 1960s, including Garnet Mimms’ “Cry Baby” (which was co-written with . . . Bert Berns) which landed at number four in 1963. In the mid-’60s, Ragovoy also wrote a song for jazz trombonist Kai Winding, “Time Is on My Side,” covered by Irma Thomas, and a U.S. Top Ten hit for The Rolling Stones . . . . Ragovoy became even more prominent in his role as a mentor for Janis Joplin, who . . . cover[ed] . . . his “Piece of My Heart” and “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder),” . . .

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-majors-mn0000048718/biography

“Ow! Hey, hey, hey, hey. Just a little bit now and a little bit later. Just a little kiss, kiss, kiss right now. Save the rest for later. Well, let me tell you now. You can’t take love so fast. Oh, baby, it will never last. Just a little bit, baby, just a little bit now. Now-now-now, now-now, now. And just a little bit now and a little bit later. You gotta take it so easy with love and the loving gets greater. Oh, oh-oh, whoa-oh. If you want love to grow, you gotta take it, baby, very, very slow. Just a little bit, baby, just a little bit now. Now-now-now, now-now, now. You know I want your loving. But not for just a day. You got to plan ahead or else our love will surely slip away. Just a little bit now and a little bit later. Just a lot of good kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, kissing adds to the flavor. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Now, that you are mine, we won’t rush, we got a lot of time. Just a little bit, baby, just a little bit now. Wow. You know I want your loving. But not for just a, not for just a day. Ah, you got to plan ahead, or else our love will surely slip away. Just a little bit now, yeah, just a little bit later. Just a lot of good kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, kissing adds to the flavor. Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh. Now, that you are mine, we won’t rush, we got a lot of time. Just a little bit, baby, just a little bit now. Ow!”

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