The B-side of "Big Boss Man" from the King, originally recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1956 and done many times since. Jerry Vale had a Top 20 pop hit with the song at that time but Ray Charles did the definitive version in 1962. Elvis decided by now to record songs he truly liked instead of the constant drivel he was given for those movies. He’d had enough, and did a pretty serviceable job here. This song was added to the “Clambake” soundtrack.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
The followup to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" for Procol Harum didn't do nearly as well, barely cracking the Top 40 in the States. It has that "Pale" vibe but lacked the punchiness. In hindsight, the band said "Conquistador" should've been the followup single. A live version of that song would be their next US hit...but not until 1972. Video is from German TV’s “Beat Club.”
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The last Top 40 record for the Lovin' Spoonful. Their zany image and good-time music brought them considerable success for a few years, with their first seven singles all reaching the Top 10. John Sebastian made several solo albums and had a #1 on his own in '76 with the theme to TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter."
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
This Neil Diamond single would cause yet another rift between him and the head of BANG Records, the notorious Bert Berns. Neil was a little burned out on writing simple pop songs, and thought this should be a B-side to the more ambitious "Shilo." Berns disagreed, and promoted "Kentucky Woman" as the A-side. Diamond would soon jump to another label. Deep Purple would release a very hard rockin' cover version in about a year. "Shilo" was re-released in 1970 to moderate success.
Monday, November 20, 2017
An absolute chart rarity in that this song made the Top 40 in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Here's the original from Robert Knight. Those other versions were respectively from Carl Carlton, a duet by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet, and Gloria Estefan. Not to be confused with totally different tunes from Andy Gibb and Howard Jones having the same title. And don't get me started on the Natalie Cole song...
Sunday, November 19, 2017
“A preachment, dear friends, you are about to receive on John Barleycorn, nicotine, and the temptations OF Eve." Pffffft! What an oddball intro to the one hit by the Hombres. It was a country-fried stream of consciousness, reminiscent of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Keyboardist/lead singer B.B. Cunningham was the brother of Bill Cunningham of the Box Tops, also based in Memphis.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Bobby Vinton returned to the Top 10 for the first time in three years with a remake of the B-side of Tommy Edwards' "It's All In The Game" from 1958. Bobby's version has a definite mid 60's country feel. Produced by Billy Sherrill, who was at the controls for all those hits by Tammy Wynette and many other country acts.