The Roosters — “One of These Days”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 25, 2023

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

712) The Roosters — “One of These Days”

One of the best Byrd songs not written or played by the Byrds. Well, it sort of was — it was by L.A.’s Roosters! Jason calls the A-side of their debut single one “of the best chiming guitar folk-rock singles of the 60s.” (http://therisingstorm.net/the-roosters-all-of-our-days/) On the Flip-Side calls it a “show stopper” with “[j]angly 12 string guitar, minor chord progressions, tight harmonies, nice little funky rhythm change at the chorus and put down lyrics make this one of the best to come out of Los Angeles. And that’s saying a lot.” (http://ontheflip-side.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-roosters-one-of-these-daysyou-gotta.html) Bam- Caruso says it’s “Knickerbockers meet the Byrds on this slice of garage heaven” (https://www.45cat.com/record/11033) and Omnivident says “It’s the rich Rickenbacker guitar sound – just like Roger McGuinn’s . . . [with] originality”. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov9eSqRg8Fk)

Oh, and Associated CynRacers says: “This song has nothing to do with girl friends, it’s about when we lived with our parents.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov9eSqRg8Fk) I guess he was in the band!

On the Flip-Side gives us the band’s story:

The Roosters hailed from Westchester, California, home of the infamous, Randy’s Donut Shop. That particular part of Los Angeles was known for it’s rich surf scene (and late night donuts). Then the British Invasion hit and the bands began growing their hair long and ditching the silver suits for Chelsea Boots and vests. The Roosters were clearly influenced by local heroes, The Byrds. Hell, even the name comparison could make you cocksure of that one. The singer of The Roosters was Ray Manginin, lead guitarist was Tim Ward. . . . The band recorded four singles, two independent releases and two for Phillips Records. But by the time they got to Phillips, the band’s creative force had shipped out to Vietnam. . . . Tim Ward wrote both sides of their 1966 debut single for the micro label, Progressive Sounds of America. . . . Richie Podolor (working under the pseudonym Richie Allen), the man who engineered many a fine Standells and Chocolate Watchband record for Ed Cobb, was the producer . . . . In one interview . . . Ray Manginin suggests that this single was not released for sale, only in promo form.

http://ontheflip-side.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-roosters-one-of-these-daysyou-gotta.html

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