and now for the songs — August 16, 2021

49) Wimple Winch, “Save My Soul” Stone cold classic. Nuggets says this June ’66 single “is a record of such stunning power and velocity it’s practically impossible to resist” and Vernon Joynson calls it “a wild rave-up” that is “one of the most exciting singles ever recorded in the UK.” Of course, it sold veryContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 16, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 14, 2021

46) Norman Greenbaum, “Good Lookin’ Woman” Norman Greenbaum was no one-hit wonder!  This is just one of his other cool songs. The title says it all — “I got the money, I’m willin’ to spend it on a good-lookin’ woman . . . good-lookin’ woman like you.” 47) The Poets, “Wooden Spoon” First, let meContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 14, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 13, 2021

43) Focal Point, “Sycamore Sid” This was the B-side of Focal Point’s only single (’68). You can learn the most revealing and interesting things from a band’s liner note comments, such as: Sycamore Sid “is now considered a psychedelic classic, much to our surprise!” and that the song was an ode to John Mayall’s treeContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 13, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 12, 2021

40) The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, “Mr. Tree” If you look up the definition of “twee,” any decent dictionary will cite this song. Twee in a good way — delicate and heart-breaking. Three students at Juilliard formed the band, including Marty Fulterman — who as Mark Snow would compose the X-Files theme! 41)Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 12, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 11, 2021

37) Turquoise, “Woodstock” The band came from the Kinks’s neighborhood of Muswell Hill and the Who’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle loved them, but to no avail. This single had nothing to do with the Woodstock Festival — it was issued in late ’68. But it did include a killer Dylan impersonation. 38) Pink Floyd,Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 11, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 10, 2021

34) The Pozo-Seco Singers, “Time” You know the phrase “achingly beautiful”? It perfectly describes this April 1966 #47 “hit” by the Corpus Christi pop/folk group. “Time, oh time where did you go? Time, oh good, good time where did you go? . . . Some people never get, some never give, some people never dieContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 10, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 8, 2021

31) The Ferris Wheel, “Can’t Break the Habit” Per Jim Dunn in All Music Guide, the psych-tinged soul band was “one of England’s great lost musical treasures of the mid- to late ’60s — immensely popular among club audiences [but] never able to translate their ability to win over crowds into chart success . .Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 8, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . August 7, 2021

28) Paul McCartney, “Love In the Open Air” The lovely theme song for The Family Way, a ’66 UK comedy-drama about newlyweds. Paul and George (Martin) wrote the film’s score with time on their hands after the Beatles stopped touring and John went off to film How I Won the War.   29) John Lennon,Continue reading “and now for the songs . . . August 7, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . August 6, 2021

25) The Lollipops, “Naked When You Come” Brooding ’66 single by a Danish band led by two teenage brothers. Get your mind out of the gutter — “Stripped of all your wealth, stripped of all your fame, when your time will come, you won’t have a name, naked when you come, naked when you go.”Continue reading “and now for the songs . . . August 6, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . August 5, 2021

22) The 23rd Turnoff, “Michael Angelo” This was the B-side of the Liverpool band’s (named after an English highway exit to Liverpool) October ’67 single. One of the most gorgeous songs I have ever heard. “Why should it be that a man such as me, who cares not for money and fame,shouldn’t be rich withContinue reading “and now for the songs . . . August 5, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . August 4, 2021

19) Nick Garrie, “Deeper Tones of Blue” “I’d like to stroll along the seashore of your mind and whisper all my secrets to the breeze” 20) Tom Northcott, “Sunny Goodge Street” Northcott’s cover of Donovan’s song reached #20 on the Canadian charts. “On the firefly platform on Sunny Goodge Street, a violent hash-smoker shook aContinue reading “and now for the songs . . . August 4, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . August 3, 2021

16) The Aerovons, “World of You” A young band from St. Louis writes a wonderful and haunting song, gets signed by EMI and gets to record the song (and an entire album’s worth of material) in England at the Abbey Road studios . . . the single is released to little attention and the albumContinue reading “and now for the songs . . . August 3, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . July 31, 2021

13) Pink Floyd, “Paintbox” This was the glorious B-side of the November ’67 “Apples and Oranges” single, written not by Syd Barrett but by Richard Wright. “Last night I had too much to drink, sitting in a club with so many fools.” Been there, done that. 14) The Carrie Nations (Lynn Carey), “In the LongContinue reading “and now for the songs . . . July 31, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . July 30, 2021

10) Merrell Fankhauser and H.M.S. Bounty “Girl (I’m Waiting for You)” Of the West Coast pop-psych album from which I drew this song, Fankhauser himself says that it is “one of the rare lost psychedelic gems of the late 60’s.” Presumptuous, but I agree! 11) Dana Gillespie, “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” Dana Gillespie,Continue reading “and now for the songs . . . July 30, 2021”

and now the songs . . . July 29, 2021

7) Richard Barnes, “Take to the Mountains” It did hit #35 in the UK in May ’70. “Wouldn’t you like to know I love you, jump on a plane and take a ride, come on before I forget you.”  8) Jackson Frank, “Blues Run the Game” Bruce Eder in All Music Guide calls Frank’s 1965Continue reading “and now the songs . . . July 29, 2021”

and now for the songs . . . July 28, 2021

4) Focal Point, “Miss Sinclair” Brian Epstein picked their name . . . John Lennon loved them . . . but they only released one single (and this song wasn’t on it). Apple lost interest . . . what a shame. 5) Factory, “Path Through the Forest” The Nuggets liner notes proclaim this October ’68Continue reading “and now for the songs . . . July 28, 2021”

And now for the songs . . .

1) Jan Panter, “Stella in Lights” Bruce Eder in All Music Guide says that Jan “was part of the ubiquitous legions of girl singers who poured into London, and whose recorded work streamed out of the British record industry across the early to mid-’60s.” This was the B-side of an April 1969 single. “Small timeContinue reading “And now for the songs . . .”