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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ..... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Episode 2: Honey, I Guess I'm Dumb!


 WELCOME TO PART 2 

 OF MY TRIBUTE TO 

  THE HONEYS...  

 ONE OF THE GREAT UNSUNG 

 GIRL GROUPS OF THE 60S 


 AND ONE OF THE PET PROJECTS 


 OF BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON. 

The legendary Phil Spector was a major influence
on Brian Wilson professionally.  Wilson used Spector's
Wall of Sound studio technique on records he produced
for the Beach Boys and other artists including the Honeys.


 THE HONEYS 


The Spector influence can be heard on
"The One You Can't Have," the A side
of The Honeys' third Capitol single.


This one brings to mind the Beach Boys'
Christmas classic "Little Saint Nick."

 "The One You Can't Have" - The Honeys 
 (December 1963, uncharted) 




"Darlin' I'm Not Steppin' Out On You,"
a demo recorded by the Honeys in 1963,
could have been a crossover country hit.
It reminds me of Connie Francis singing
"My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own."

 "Darlin' I'm Not Steppin' Out On You" 
 The Honeys  (1963 unreleased demo) 




"Raindrops," unreleased until 2001, is another
recording that reflects the Honeys' evolution
from surf trio to Spector style girl group.

 "Raindrops" - The Honeys 
 (Recorded 1963,  released in 2001) 




After releasing three uncharted singles for Capitol,
The Honeys left the label in 1964 and signed with
Warner Brothers. Their first single for that company
was arguably the best record of their career.

Image courtesy of Fred Puma and 45cat.com

"He's a Doll," another superb Brian Wilson production,
reminds me of the Beach Boys' recording "Drive-In."
In the following clip you will see and hear producer
Brian Wilson along with The Wrecking Crew, the
group of talented, sought after session musicians
that played anonymously on recordings released
by dozens of name music acts during the 60s.
Listen to history being made as Brian Wilson
and the Crew build a mighty Wall of Sound
on this exciting girl group recording.

 "He's a Doll" - The Honeys 
 (May 1964, uncharted) 





 GLEN CAMPBELL 


He is best known for his TV music variety show and
major country crossover hits, but let's examine a few
other credentials of Glen Campbell, a man who made
significant contributions to the soundtrack of our youth.

 * Glen was a busy Los Angeles session musician and 
    played on recordings made by Elvis, Frank Sinatra, 
    Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Monkees, 
    Ricky Nelson, Nat King Cole and many other artists. 

 * Glen was a member of Phil Spector's Wrecking Crew. 

 * Glen was the uncredited lead vocalist of the 

    psychedelic sunshine pop group Sagittarius. 

 * Glen was a touring member of the Beach Boys. 


That last item leads me to the next
exciting part of the Honeys' sweet story.

The way I act don't seem like me
I'm not on top like I used to be

Those lyrics to the next featured song aptly describe
Brian Wilson as he and those around him dealt with
the onset of his mental illness. Two weeks after he
married one of the Honeys, Marilyn Rovell, Brian
suffered a nervous breakdown on a flight to
Houston on the eve of a Beach Boys tour.
Brian dropped out of stage performing to
focus exclusively on songwriting and
producing.  Glen Campbell was
summoned to stand in for Brian
on tour until Bruce Johnston became
Wilson's permanent replacement in the act.


The song "Guess I'm Dumb," co-written by Brian Wilson
and Russ Titleman, was given to Glen Campbell as a
gift for his stint subbing as a Beach Boy. Brian Wilson
produced the recording and enlisted The Honeys as
backing singers. Watch and listen as Glen performs
this vastly underrated gem on Shindig in May 1965.
The soaring vocals, challenging melody and lavish
orchestral production revealed Brian Wilson's
emerging genius and gave us a preview of the
techniques he used shortly thereafter in his
album masterpiece Pet Sounds.

"Guess I'm Dumb" but I don't care.
This record gives me goose bumps!

 "Guess I'm Dumb" - Glen Campbell 
 (June 1965, uncharted 
 Live on Shindig May 19, 1965 ) 





 PAUL PETERSEN 

Paul Petersen played Jeff Stone, brother of
Mary (Shelley Fabares) on the hit family
TV series The Donna Reed Show.


Shelley branched out into a recording career
and became a girl pop idol with her chart topping
hit "Johnny Angel." Paul released records, too,
hitting the top 20 with "She Can't Find Her Keys"
and the top 10 with "My Dad." By far the coolest
record of Paul Petersen's career is the one you
are about to hear.  "She Rides With Me" was
one of Brian Wilson's so-called Pet Projects.
Brian wrote the song and produced the single
and sang background on it. Way to go, Jeff!
Your Beachboyesque 45's Stone to the bone!

 "She Rides With Me" - Paul Petersen 
 (March 1964, uncharted) 





 SHELLEY FABARES 


Mary Mary, where you goin' to? (Answer: Vee Jay & Dunhill.)
It's Donna Reed's daughter Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares)
with "He Don't Love Me," her final Colpix Records release.
Written by Jan Berry of Jan & Dean and using musicians
from Phil Spector's famous Wrecking Crew, it's one of the
best recordings of Shelley's career, yet it failed to chart.
It didn't even Bubble Under. As you and I have been
discovering on this musical journey, uncharted gems
outnumber those that made the chart. Shelley's single
"He Don't Love Me" was the very next Colpix release
after TV brother Paul Petersen's coolest career record,
the Brian Wilsonesque "She Rides With Me" (above).
Shelley's platter captures the same sound and feel.
"He Don't Love Me" but you gotta love Shelley!

 "He Don't Love Me" - Shelley Fabares 
 (March 1964, uncharted) 




 IT'S NONE OF MY BEESWAX 

 BUT I HOPE YOU'LL RETURN FOR 

 PT. 3 OF THIS SACCHARINE SAGA. 

  STAY TUNED FOR MORE 

 SWEET SOUNDS FROM 

 THE HONEYS 

 COMING RIGHT UP! 

Have a Shady day!