January 14, 2019: "Big town Boy"
Shirley Matthews and her Big Town Girls hailed from Toronto and while Shirley didn't make much of an impact in the states she scored in 1963 with "Big Town Boys" in Canada. The song has wanna be Phil Spector sound to it, and while pleasant and catchy, may be missing just a tad of extra sparkle. It IS worth a listen though and represents all those girl groups of the early 60's who cranked out singles and didn't make the charts like the successful Shangri-las and the Ronettes. Shirley married and retired from music in 1967.
January 8, 2019: "If you don't come back"
This GRoovy GRoup, The Undertakers, hailed from England, formed in the late 50's, evolving from two previous bands. While they weren't exactly hitmakers, they truly made GRoovy sounds with their Merseybeat. Releasing a handful of singles in Great Britain and the U.S., they broke up in 1965 after touring the U.S. Three of the band members chose to stay stateside, most notably Jackie Lomax, who went on to involvement with Apple records and George Harrison. Here's their last single in England, "If You Don't Come Back."
January 1, 2019: "No Dogs Allowed"
José Feliciano, of "Light My Fire" and "Felix Navidad" fame, wrote and released this obscure tune in 1969 after attempting in 1967 to visit England for the first time while accompanied by his service pet, Trudy. Quarantine for a guide dog? What? It's easier nowadays José but back then the intention was to prevent the spread of rabies. The tune only charted in The Netherlands where it reached number six on the charts. Rate this tune below!