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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Elenore (The Turtles - 1968)
Johny Barbata has to be one of my favourite drummers, along with Dino Danelli (Rascals) and Bobby Elliott (Hollies). Just a show in themselves. (And, yes, that’s his replacement John Seiter in that photo accompanying the clip this week.) I don’t know why he left. It’s not as if Howard and Mark would’ve been getting all the chicks. Has anyone else here seen that Turtles doco, Happy Together (1991)? Here’s a hilarious excerpt. Do yourself a favour.



Silver - Valleri (remix) (The Monkees - 1968/1986)
The Monkees have stood the test of time because the talent is indisputable. Top notch production, great catchy songs from prolific songwriters with pop sensibilities. Well written show acted out by four adorable young guys. But, hey hey, they were a TV show about a fictitious group. As Micky astutely described it, comparing The Monkees to the Beatles was like comparing Star Trek to NASA. Their downfall came when young, headstrong Mike and, in time, young Peter looked their gift horse in the mouth and didn’t stick with the program. As for this track, who cares what Mike thought? Rad little record, featuring Louie Shelton on that famous flamenco-style guitar break. Davy sounds great, too. RIP

For those unfamiliar with Louie’s name, I can guarantee you’re familiar with his work. Take a listen….



Bronze - Pamela Jean (The Survivors - 1964)
Something fascinating about these early Brian/Beach Boy curiosities. Just wish they’d lost the reverb and come up with an original tune. (It’s noteworthy that Roger Christian is credited, with Brian, on ‘Car Crazy Cutie’ but not ‘Pamela Jean’.)

Beach Boys historian Brad Elliott has very kindly given me this information: 

“Pamela Jean” isn't a Beach Boys recording. It's a rewrite of "Car Crazy Cutie," recorded by a studio-only group that Brian put together. The Survivors were Brian and his friends Bob Norberg, Dave Nowlen, and Rich Alarian (also known as Rich Peterson). The track was released by Capitol as a single (5012) in January 1964 as a favor to Brian. It was backed by an instrumental, "After The Game," written and recorded by Brian and Bob Norberg. Thirty-some years ago, I interviewed the three unknown Survivors for an article for the fanzine, "Add Some Music," breaking the long-held assumption that The Survivors actually were The Beach Boys. The Survivors' friendship with Brian and the making of the record was a great story! I've since had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with both Norberg and Nowlen -- a couple of nice guys!

At the time, Brian shared an apartment with Bob Norberg. Alarian and Nowlen were their neighbors.

The original single is rare as hell! There are copies for sale on eBay right now at $225 and $699, although you can pick up a 1979 British reissue for only $15.81.

If you're interested in acquiring the track on CD, it was included on a 2003 British CD, "Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions" You can find it at Amazon for $10.99. It's well worth picking up if you don't already have it!

As for the version on YouTube, it's a little longer than what was released, with the chatter that preceded the song missing from the single. That specific version is from a Beach Boys bootleg CD titled "Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 4 (1963): Miscellaneous Trax." It includes 17 takes of "Pamela Jean" from two different sessions, documenting the song's recording at every step.

I’d like to thank Brad and also Andrew Doe for some additional information on the song.

Both learned gentlemen state that the backing musicians were the Wrecking Crew and that, despite internet claims, Al Jardine and Rick Henn were not involved.

This is a link to the bootleg demo on YouTube which Debbie is already aware of…..



The version Debbie has showcased this week is definitely the released record.

Participant - Gloria (Them - 1964)
Respect for the writing of a rock classic. And respect for his talent and longevity. I have a fond memory of a Blueboarder singing this last year. A band I used to be associated with here in Brisbane used to do this. When came the bit about going to her house, knocking on her door and going into her room, she was watching TV. What was on? Peter Gunn. And the band started playing the theme to Peter Gunn in the middle of ‘Gloria’. Have always wondered if that was an original idea or something some earlier band did. Anyone know?

‘Windy’ (The Association) would’ve challenged for my Silver this week, Debbie.

Other girl name songs that I adore (some of which have been in battles)….

Pamela Brown (Leo Kottke)
Shannon (Henry Gross)
Bobby Jean (Bruce Springsteen)
Emma (Little River Band)
Wendy (The Beach Boys)
Barbie (Kenny & the Cadets – also known as Brian Wilson)
Eloise (Barry Ryan)
Eleanor Rigby (Zoot)
Jenny, Jenny (Little Richard)
Jesamine (The Casuals)
Venus (Frankie Avalon)
Joanne (Mike Nesmith & The First National Band)           
Anna (The Beatles; originally by Arthur Alexander)
Lana (The Beach Boys)
Clair (Gilbert O’Sullivan)
Rachel (Russell Morris)
Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly)
Pamela Brown (Tom T Hall)
Julia (Ted Mulry)
Sherry (The Four Seasons)
Diana (Paul Anka)
Dawn (The Four Seasons)
Brandy (Looking Glass)
Lana (Roy Orbison)
Andrea (The Sunrays)
Shilo (Neil Diamond) (not sure of gender of Neil’s childhood friend)
Isabelle (Charles Aznavour)
Aubrey (Bread)

 

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MORE even:
Tommy Roe does his best Buddy Holly.

Her friends just call her Sweet Pea:

I'll spare you Hooray for Hazel.
Sloopy is a girl - isn't she?  Well here she sure is:

While I'm a roll - Stacey had a mom (funny):

Darren posted it and she is a beauty:

(I'd go a thousand times around the world, just to be ...)

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Nick Drake, "Hazey Jane I" and "Hazey Jane II"




Elliott Smith, "Sweet Adeline" and "Clementine"


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Otis Redding, "Lucille" and "My Girl"




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(The original) Lucille - Little Richard (& the Upsetters)


Lucille (cover) - The Everly Brothers


Amanda Ruth (cover) - The Everly Brothers


Lorelei - The Pogues


Silver - The Searchers


Switchboard Susan (Nick Lowe cover) - The Searchers







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The Upsetters was a wonderful name for a rock band in the 1950s.

The Beach Boys, "Mona"


Dion, "Sandy"


Little Richard, "Long Tall Sally" & "The Girl Can't Help It"




Kenny & the Cadets, "Judy"


The Crystals, "Girls Can Tell"


The Hollies, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"


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Better include this one!

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Okay, dk Deb, I put my big girl pants on and I'm gonna deal with your week:

GOLD -- Elenore, The Turtles -- Pretty hip and cool for a satire.  Judging by the group photo on page !, it looks like the late, great Disney lyricist, Robert B. Sherman, was moonlighting as one of them (the real deal is in the white shirt below from a pic a couple of years later):

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SILVER -- Gloria, Them -- Gee.....Elll...O...ahr....aye....eh... (then repeat without the pauses). Always diggable. Surprised VM wrote it, sounds more like a Stones wannabee tune, doesn't it?

BRONZE -- Pamela Jean, Survivors -- This was one I might have been kicking around a few seasons ago. Good to see it. 

TIN -- Valleri, Monkees -- It's okay, but IMO they've had stronger, hipper stuff...albeit without a girl in the title.  [wink]

I can't even begin double-checking if this has been used (apologies if it has). Since The Beatles' original won't cooperate for all, here's an interesting cover that covers the topic:



Thanks, Deb!

P.S.: Just thought of another -- most likely NOT here yet:




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And to think we've only scratched the vinyl.

The Animals, "Help Me Girl"


X, "White Girl"


Fleet Foxes, "Lorelai"


Beach House, "Common Girl"


Lord Huron, "Louisa"


Neil Young & Crazy Horse, "Cowgirl in the Sand"


Thank you, dkmh

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Here's some more and wouldn't be competitors this week but...
NOT those Temptations:

The Flying Machine was James Taylor's band?

This is REALLY Live:

But who or what was Mary?
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1877
(Larry may have put this one up already)
Already posted but funny opening on Smothers Boys' show:

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GOLD - The Monkees.  This is an energetic little song, and for that reason, it just pips the Turtles for the top spot.  (For me, it's also the nicest name of the four, but that's totally irrelevant.)  I love a lot of the Monkees stuff.  When Tom introduced me to "Randy Scouse Git" I was very happy.  It shot up into my "top songs" list, purely for its quirkiness.  


SILVER - The Turtles.  Every time I hear this song, I think it's the Kinks.  I'm amazed at how very British they sound, so was surprised to discover they were American.  I also happen to hear this one a lot on my local radio station, and that's a good thing.  (Playing more Kinks would be a good thing too.)

BRONZE - Them.  Literal lyric alert; "She about five foot four/from her head to the ground".  Umm, okay, I'm pleased you picked an easily relatable way to tell us how tall G L O are I A is, guys.  I presume G L O are I A is standing, and not sitting, or vacuuming the floor, or weeding the garden whilst you are taking this seemingly important measurement, guys?  To be honest, I think Van actually sounds like a stray cat that swallowed the tin can he was raiding, but it works.  

TIN - The Survivors.  Great little tune, but it feels a little formula, and out of the four songs it would probably be the last I'd listen to again. On the other hand, it's become very retro funky, and there is something very appealing about that. A toe-tapper, our Pamela J.


Miley Cyrus puts some clothes on for a rousing rendition of "Jolene".



The Cure "A Letter to Elise".



The Ting Tings "That's Not My Name".



Looking Glass "Brandi You're a Fine Girl".



Thanks, Debbie.





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(Playing more Kinks would be a good thing too.)
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Tony Sheridan & the Beatles - My Bonnie


Harvey Russell & the Rogues - Shake Sherry (Contours cover)
Harvey was a policeman in Akron, Ohio....who fronted a rock band. This "Bubbled Under" the Billboard charts, peaking at #131.





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Tony Sheridan & the Beatles - My Bonnie


Harvey Russell & the Rogues - Shake Sherry (Contours cover)
Harvey was a policeman in Akron, Ohio....who fronted a rock band. This "Bubbled Under" the Billboard charts, peaking at #131.






Was wondering when 'My Bonnie' would show up. I can't keep up with you BOTB long-timers. There are a few videos to watch that are new to me.

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Just when I thought I was out....

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But who or what was Mary?
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1877
(Larry may have put this one up already)

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Every time I hear this song, I think it's the Kinks.... (Playing more Kinks would be a good thing too.)

Nope, aside from "Cherish", I've never been an Association fan. (It's excellent for the shower.)

But t. bedford & I shared some Marie, Maureen, Mary Ann, etc.

Here's another one. Doesn't Beck's "O Maria" sound like the Kinks?


In other news:

Arcade Fire, "Joan of Arc"


Bob Dylan, "Visions of Johanna" (short uptempo bootleg version with artistic video)


Sam Cooke, "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"


The Beach Boys, "Girls on the Beach"



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Debbie - it's impossible to keep up so don't even try.  BUT, there may be the gem here or there so don't despair either.

When you have a large response - you've done well! 

I like the Howard and Mark clip on the Turtles management woes that Darren put up.  That gives the story behind the music biz that any muso needs to be aware of.  Watch what you sign. 

I ALSO got my idea in place from the videos posted for my end of year battle - so THAT'S a relief.

Another Turtle story:

Should it be sung by a man or woman, or BOTH?  This'll melt you.

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I will close voting on this week tomorrow, Sunday at midnight (Eastern time - New York).

Looks like Elenore is pretty popular so far.

So many girls, so many great songs!

Debbie
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