(Pictured – The Tymes)
Why “guilty?” Well, after a while when you’re listening to and blogging about blues and jazz and prog, a reader – or a fellow music enthusiast – might think that that’s what you grew up on and listen to exclusively.
Nope. I grew up on rock and roll, doo-wop, r&b, soul, and pop. I didn’t even really hear a blues song until the mid-60s and I didn’t really follow it till after that. I was 18 when I heard my first recognizable jazz tune. I did a whole series on “The Indispensable 150” a while back which covered pre-Beatles 50s and 60s tunes.
So my first loves were in what I heard on AM radio. And while these songs had zero cool cachet, I loved them then and I love them now. And let us not forget there was nothing particularly cool about “She Loves You” or “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” So here we go down memory lane…
“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” is a 1972 song by American pop rock band Looking Glass from their debut album, Looking Glass. It was written by Looking Glass lead guitarist and co-vocalist Elliot Lurie. ”
I remember one review when this came out where the reviewer said that bands shouldn’t be allowed to write about the sea if they hadn’t gone. Well, idiot, you know, it’s just a song, right? John Fogerty was nowhere near a bayou but he wrote about it convincingly.
With its story of a sailor whose love is the sea and the woman who loves him, “Brandy” – with its catchy melody – was a hit. The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts, remaining in the top position for one week. I later worked with a woman who told me this was her and her husband’s special number at their wedding reception. Really?
“Redbone is an American rock band founded in 1969 by brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas. All band members during their commercial peak were of Mexican American and Native American heritage, which was reflected in their songs, stage costumes, and album art.”
Until I looked into this tune, I had no idea that any of that was true. I always thought they were a one-hit wonder R&B band. According to band member and co-writer Pat Vegas, “If you listen carefully, the bass line drives the song. What we came up with was a Native American dance beat. When you dance to the Indian tom-tom, it’s a straight beat with an emphasis on the upbeat.”
He goes on to say that when he played it for his mother, she “got up and started doing a tribal dance. She heard the beat and was so proud.” So, well, yeah I don’t hear it at all but what do I know. I wish I had a woman that beckoned to me and said, ‘Come and Get Your Love.”
Edison Lighthouse are an English pop band, formed in London in 1969. The band was best known for their 1970 hit single “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” recorded in late 1969.” The song reached the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart on the week ending 31 January 1970, where it remained for a total of five weeks
I found this interesting tidbit in Wikipedia: “Toward the end of 2021, the song saw a massive resurgence due to it becoming popular on TikTok. Between December 25, 2021, and January 3, 2022, the song saw a growth of 1,490% in its on-demand audio streams and moved onto Spotify’s U.S. Top 200 Chart.”
“Everlasting Love” has been recorded by numerous people most notably a nice version by U2 and Gloria Estafan did one too. But the one I always dug most was the original recording by a guy named Robert Knight. (Interestingly, it wasn’t my intent at all to make this a one-hit-wonder post but it seems to be turning out that way.)
Proving once again that ME is, if nothing, an incurable romantic, (three songs have the word “love”!) we bring you “So Much In Love” from 1963. This version is by a band called The Tymes who clearly came out of the a capella era. From MEs hometown of Philadelphia, PA.
Ah, yes, the interestingly named Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. “Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were a 1970s soft rock trio from Los Angeles. The original members were Dan Hamilton (guitar/lead vocal), Joe Frank Carollo (bass/vocal), and Tommy Reynolds (multi-instrumentalist/vocal), all of whom had previously played in The T-Bones, a 1960s band noted for the instrumental hit “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In).” (Based on music, believe it or not, from an Alka-Seltzer commercial).
Recorded in December 1970, “Don’t Pull Your Love” was released in April 1971and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 31 July 1971, in which month the single was certified gold for sales of one million units (Billboard also afforded “Don’t Pull Your Love” a No. 4 ranking on the magazine’s Easy Listening chart).”
Here is “Don’t Pull Your Love (out just yet).*
*That’s what she said.