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

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lloyd Thaxton's Greatest Hits, Pt. 6

As the timeline moves forward through the summer of 1965 it's time to reveal more of the great songs played and presented on The Lloyd Thaxton Show.

(June 1965)

“Little Child” – Newbeats

"Bread and Butter" was their bread and butter, but the Newbeats impressed me more with the string of hits and misses that followed. Presenting "Little Child," another Shady's Law hall of famer. Recorded in June of 1965 and released as a single, "Little Child" is an excellent song that should have been a hit. Instead, it remained uncharted.

(June, July 1965)

“You Turn Me On (Turn on Song)” - Ian Whitcomb

Sounding like a fugitive from When Harry Met Sally, England's Ian Whitcomb gasped all the way to the bank after his song "You Turn Me On" became a top 10 hit in America. I remember Lloyd Thaxton performing one of his patented goofy lip syncs to this record circa June 1965.

(September, October 1965)

“Treat Her Right” – Roy Head

Cross Jerry Lee Lewis with James Brown and what do you get? Roy Head! Head blew my mind (pun intended) when I saw him on the Lloyd Thaxton show lip-syncing to his hit record "Treat Her Right."

I loved how Head abruptly shifted gears in the middle of the performance. He started by calmly dispensing advice to men on how to win a woman’s affection, preaching that the keys to good lovin’ are patience and respect rather than the heavy-handed cave man approach.

Suddenly, without warning, Head’s subdued male sensitivity training ended and he exploded like T-N-T. He shouted, he shook, he shimmied, he swaggered, and he strutted.

With commanding vocals, bold, dynamic stage presence, and gymnastic dance moves that resembled those of Mr. Dynamite, Roy Head proved that he was the real deal!

Talented as he was, Roy Head enjoyed only limited chart success in his career and joined the ranks of one-hit-wonders. Today Roy is acknowledged as one of the best blue-eyed soul singers of the 60s.

(October, November 1965)

"Road Runner" - Gants

The Gants originated in Greenwood, Mississippi, but when I heard WSBA play their Beatlesque recording "Road Runner" for the first time, I swore they were the Liverpoolians. "Road Runner," a novelty tune inspired by the Warner Brothers cartoon character, found its way into Lloyd Thaxton's comedy sketches. The song did fairly well on the Billboard chart, breaking into the top 50. The Mighty 9-10 helped the cause by giving the record moderate to heavy exposure. "Road Runner" is a truly exciting rock ‘n roll performance!

"Road Runner" was a promising start for the Gants yet they remained one-hit-wonders in spite of or perhaps because of their ability to sound like the Beatles.

(October thru December 1965)

"1-2-3" - Len Barry

Len Barry's biggest solo hit was also a favorite with the Lloyd Thaxton crowd. "1-2-3" went top 5 nationally in the fall of 1965 and enjoyed a powerful 15 week run on the Billboard Hot 100.

(October, November 1965)

“Run, Baby Run” Newbeats

The Newbeats were studio guests on The Lloyd Thaxton Show in October 1965. Larry's lads performed a lip sync to their latest hit, "Run, Baby Run" a song that climbed to #12 and enjoyed an impressive 13 week stay on the Billboard chart.

You've come this far. Please join me next time for the conclusion of my 7-part tribute to Lloyd Thaxton.

Have a Shady day!

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