In 1972 a crack Dell Rat unit
was sent to prison by the
Unific Court of Love for a
crime they didn't commit...
(DEATH BY DISCO).
These men promptly escaped
from a maximum security
stockade to the York, PA
underground. Today, still
wanted by the government,
they survive as soldiers
of soul and revivers of
rock ‘n roll.
If you have a problem
(with hip hop divas and gangsta rap)...
if no one else can help
and if you can find them
maybe you can hire...
AND BOBBY HART
The singing/songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart had a hand in producing some of the greatest pop music of the 1960s, particularly in the bubblegum rock category. Boyce and Hart wrote most of the Monkees early material along with hits made by Fats Domino, Chubby Checker,
Little Anthony, Jay & the Americans and Paul Revere & the Raiders. In the late 60s Boyce and Hart released a couple of memorable hits of their own, beginning with "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonght." The song landed on the Billboard chart just before Christmas 1967, enjoyed a substantial 14 week run, and cracked the top 10. At a time when large numbers of people were abandoning AM radio and listening to album rock on the FM dial, I was still embracing feel good pop songs like this one.
"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite"
- Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
(February 1968, highest chart position #8)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart were back on the chart in the summer of '68 with "Alice Long." The record had a 10 week chart ride and a promotional video helped it to break into the top 30.
"Alice Long" - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
(August 1968, highest chart position #27)
Del Shannon possessed one of the most distinctive voices in rock 'n roll. He was one of the few American recording artists to successfully withstand the relentless attack of the British invaders. Del's many fine recordings stand today as durable evergreens. His songs still sound fresh and vital rather than stale and dated like those recorded by some of his early 60s contemporaries. Here's Del Shannon with "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)," a song that landed on the chart Thanksgiving week of 1964, worked its way into the top 10, and remained popular well into the new year!
"Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)"
- Del Shannon (December 1964,
highest chart position #9)
Only two things you done
need to know, fool...
Ain't Hannibal or nobody else
gonna get me up in no
AIR - O - PLANE!!! .....
and the D-Team plays
the best music!
GENE PITNEY AND
Before he was a star the late great Gene Pitney teamed up with Connecticut songstress Ginny Arnell to form a duo that made rock 'n roll records as Jamie and Jane.
"Snuggle Up Baby" - Jamie and Jane
"Classical Rock and Roll" - Jamie and Jane
Now let's listen to a couple of solo records by Ginny Arnell.
Feminists aren't going to like Ginny's painfully self-deprecating "Dumb Head" which was released at the end
of 1963. The dumb dumb ditty struggled to gain traction throughout the month of January and made it less than halfway up the Billboard ladder before fading.
"Dumb Head" - Ginny Arnell (January 1964,
highest chart position #60)
Ginny's next single was doomed from the start. Released in the spring of 1964 it encountered stiff competition from the British Invasion mop tops. It also suffered from the split play phenomenon because one side got pushed by MGM and the other side got played more often by radio stations.
Both sides of Ginny's record were great. On "He's My Little Devil," which was apparently an answer song to Neil Sedaka's 1961 hit "Little Devil," Ginny comes off sounding like a female Gene Pitney.
"He's My Little Devil" - Ginny Arnell
(April 1964, uncharted)
The killer bee side, "I Wish I Knew What Dress to Wear," is a throwback to the Eisenhower 50s and didn't stand much of a chance against the wailing guitars of the British Invasion. Ginny's gem registered on the Bubbling Under chart for just one week before disappearing.
"I Wish I Knew What Dress to Wear" -
Ginny Arnell (April 1964, highest chart
Gene Pitney's career took off, but Ginny joined the ranks of no hit wonders. Like Sue Thompson, Ginny had a distinctive little girl voice and made some fine recordings, yet she couldn't catch a break.
Compared to the sounds produced by modern hip hop divas Ginny Arnell's songs are hopelessly dated and they won't win many fans among women's libbers; but "I Wish I Knew What Dress to Wear" is regarded today as a girl group classic and all of Ginny's fine teen sound/girl group recordings deserve to be heard.
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