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...
Richard Zehringer aka Rick Derringer was only 17 in 1965 when his Indiana rock group the McCoys recorded "Hang on Sloopy," a cover of "My Girl Sloopy," a 1964 recording by the R&B group the Vibrations. The song was allegedly inspired by Ohio jazz singer Dorothy Sloop who used Sloopy as a stage name. While the Vibrations original cracked the top 30, the McCoys cover rocketed to #1, became their first and best known hit, and was declared the official rock song of the state of Ohio and Ohio State University.
"Hang on Sloopy" - McCoys (October 1965, highest chart
With "Hang on Sloopy" the McCoys got lots of bang for the buck and they earned lots of bucks for Bang, their record label. The guys followed-up with another cover, "Fever," originally recorded in 1956 by R&B artist Little Willie John and covered and turned into a top 10 hit two years later by Peggy Lee. The McCoys version also broke into the top 10 and was a memory maker during the Christmas - New Year holiday season.
"Fever" - McCoys (December 1965/January 1966, highest
chart position #7)
"Fever" was hot, but there was a cool killer bee riding on its back. "Sorrow" was penned by the Brill Building producing - songwriting - recording team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer who waxed records of their own as the Strangeloves. "Sorrow" has a Dylan, Beau Brummels, folk-rock thing goin' on and this side of the 45 became the one I spun two to one, son!
"Sorrow" - McCoys (December 1965/January 1966,
uncharted B side of "Fever")
The McCoys recording of "Sorrow" attracted attention in the UK. In the spring of 1966 the Merseys, a Liverpool duo that formed when the English band the Merseybeats broke up, released a cover version that cracked the top 5 on the UK pop singles chart.
"Sorrow" - Merseys (April 1966, highest chart position
The following decade a version of "Sorrow" again became a hit in the UK, this time recorded by English rock superstar David Bowie.
"Sorrow" - David Bowie (November 1973, highest chart
position #3 UK, from album Pin Ups
THE EDGAR WINTER BAND
By the dawn of the 70s the McCoys were history and Rick Derringer, his brother Randy, and another former McCoy's member Randy Jo Hobbs were part of Johnny Winter's band Johnny Winter And. Derringer wrote "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" for Winter and the band recorded it. Three years later Rick recorded the song for his debut solo album All American Boy and released it as a single. "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" became Rick's best charting single and a 70s rock classic. Here's Rick performing "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" in a live appearance with the Edgar Winter Group in 1973.
"Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" - Rick Derringer (March 1974,
highest chart position #23 Hot 100, #15 Cash Box)
Earlier this year Percy Sledge showed up on the song lists submitted by my friend Odie Langley and original Dell Rat Jerre Slaybaugh. In today's post I'd like to play three more gems by the southern soul man. 1966 was a breakthrough year for Percy. He followed his number one international hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" (from Odie's list) and his top 20 hit "Warm and Tender Love" (from Jerre's) with "It Tears Me Up," another top 20 record that charted through the Christmas holidays and into the new year.
"It Tears Me Up" (December 1966, highest chart
1967 was a transitional year in music. Simple, straightforward pop and soul love songs were going out of style and being replaced by funk, garage, folk rock, sunshine pop, psych and hard rock. Percy Sledge never achieved another top 10 hit and only one of his 1967 singles, "Love Me Tender," reached the top 40. The fine ballad "Out Of Left Field" halted at #59.
"Out of Left Field" (May 1967, highest chart position #59)
"Cover Me," another fine southern style B&B ballad by Percy Sledge, was his last release of 1967. It charted during the holiday season and early 1968 and just missed the top 40.
"Cover Me" - Percy Sledge (January 1968, highest chart
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!
Percy Sledge recorded his string of soul hits for Atlantic Records. His label mate during that time was recording artist Barbara Lewis who had a voice like butta and her own string of successful singles. Barbara is best known for her top 5 smash "Hello Stranger" which was later covered and turned into a monster Dell hit by the Capitols. Barbara is also known for "Baby, I'm Yours" and "Make Me Your Baby," two other exquisite mid tempo records that fell just short of the top 10. My Pick to Click, however, is Barbara's minor hit "Make Me Belong To You," a recording with exquisite vocals, dynamic arrangement and an irresistible go-go beat.
"Make Me Belong to You" - Barbara Lewis (August 1966,
highest chart position #28)
Guitarist Duane Eddy cranked out a string of instrumental hits all with the same distinctive twangy sound. My favorite Duane Eddy tune is the theme to Because They're Young.
The 1960 movie starred Bandstand's Dick Clark playing school teacher to some of the most recognizable young actors and singers of the day including Tuesday Weld, Roberta Shore, Doug McClure and James Darren. "Because They're Young" became the biggest hit of Duane Eddy's career. The record spent 15 weeks on the U.S. Billboard chart and went to #4. In the UK the record performed even better, reaching #2. That same year readers of the UK's New Musical Express voted Duane the World's Number One Musical Personality replacing Elvis Presley!
"Because They're Young" - Duane Eddy (July 1960,
highest chart position #4)
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