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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

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Strangeloves - Strange But Untrue! (Part 2): From Oz Outbackers to Sons of the Beach!

Would you buy a used car

from these men?

The Strangeloves, 60s pop rockers who promoted themselves as a band of brothers from Australia were, in reality, the New York City based singing, song- writing, producing team of Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer. The group achieved a modest string of chart hits with songs that also wowed the crowd at the Shady Dell.

The Strangeloves were part of the so-called Gang at Bang.

Bang referred to New York’s Bang Records label founded by Bert Berns.

Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun and Gerry Wexler, three of Berns’ friends from Atlantic, helped get the company started.

BANG is an acronym for the first letters of their names.

When a pop music act scored a hit record in the mid 60s, invitations soon followed to perform on nationally televised teen music programs like Bandstand, Where the Action Is, Shindig and Hullabaloo. The Strangeloves were no exception. Here are the guys on Shindig singing their two hits from the summer and fall of 1965, "I Want Candy" and "Cara-Lin."

While the Strangeloves recorded some memorable hits they also produced some forgettable misses...

including a cover of a mid 50s hit by Jaye P. Morgan that stalled at #122 on the Bubbling Under chart in December 1964...

and the hopelessly anachronistic "Honey Do"/"I Wanna Do It" combo which spent the last 5 weeks of 1968 Bubbling Under, never managing to rise above #120.

There is one very memorable miss by the Strangeloves that
coulda been, woulda been and shoulda been a hit.

In July of 1965, between the release of "I Want Candy" and "Cara-Lin,"
the Strangeloves teamed up with the Angels, the successful girl group that later sang backup chorus on Lou Christie’s early 1966 hit "Lightnin’ Strikes." The collaboration resulted in the release of a single entitled “Out In The Sun (Hey-O)” using the Beach-Nuts as the artist name.

Blurring the lines between the pop, bubblegum, and girl group categories, "Out In The Sun (Hey-O)" was loosely based on Harry Belafonte’s 1957 calypso hit, "Banana Boat (Day-O)." As such, "Out In The Sun (Hey-O)" was possibly the first commercial rock record to use a steel band in the arrangement.

An excellent recording, "Out in the Sun" nevertheless fell victim to Shady's Law and went nowhere fast. Seemingly mired in quicksand, the song struggled for five weeks to escape Billboard’s Bubbling Under Basement, never climbing above position #106. York’s WSBA radio, however, picked up the record and played it often. I believed then and I believe now that "Out in the Sun" deserved to become a top 40 hit.
I loved the song’s unique island sound and catchy boy-girl call-and-response format.

The previous summer, the Pixies Three had provided an ideal school’s out forever anthem with "It’s Summer Time U.S.A."

In a similar fashion, "Out In The Sun (Hey-O)" became the perfect theme song for the summer of 1965!

Have a Shady day!

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