Friday, 17 August 2007

Art Dallaire and The Watchmen - A Cryin' Shame / Insignificant Me

Art Dallaire and The Watchmen - A Cryin' Shame / Insignificant Me (Flip 202. 1967)

Here's the last of the pop from the garage 45s for the week.


Florida bunch The Watchmen back up singer Art Dallaire on this 45.

Michael and Henry and The Sentrymen - Another Chance

Michael and Henry and The Sentrymen - Another Chance (Carlpix 45034)

Here's an organ driven garage popper. No info at all about these guys.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Kartune Kapers - On The Plane / Knock On Wood

Kartune Kapers - On The Plane / Knock On Wood (Space 00012. 1966)

Produced by Lindy Blaskey, and out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This bunch knock out a cool cover of the Leaves song backed with a fuzzy Knock On Wood.

Sheffields - My Lovin' Days Are Through / Please Come Back To Me

Sheffields - My Lovin' Days Are Through / Please Come Back To Me (Destination 613. 1966)

From Grand Rapids, Michigan came this is the Mersey influcenced bunch who cut the folk rocker, "Nothing I Can Do".

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Morticians - Now That You've Left Me / Marie, Marie


Morticians - Now That You've Left Me/Marie, Marie (Roulette R 4702. 1966)

The Morticians came out of Phllipsburg, NJ and consisted of Jerry A. Clymer (keyboard), Joe Dudish (lead singer & sax), Barry Wright (drums), James O'Lexa (lead guitar) and Russ Nicrone (rhythm & bass).
They were a popular touring band who regularly covered NY, PA and NJ, even taking 2nd place in the New England Bandstand Contest.

At the time Roulette's success was waning and they were looking for a band to put them back on the map. They picked up The Morticians, with the plan on storming Europe with an American band that would compete with The Beatles!

They cut this very cool folk beat 45 for Roulette in 1966. The 45 met with some success in the North East and South of the US. While they didn't set Europe alight, by all accounts there was a fan by the name of George Harrison who took the 45 back to the UK play to his friends. The band made a TV appearance with Jean K and also backed up Sam & Dave.
Roulette brought the guys in for another session a few months later to capitalise on this moderate success. This resulted in "Marty's Party/Mister Your A Better Man Than I". By that stage bands members were moving in different directions and the 45 remained unreleased, and both tracks remain locked away in the Roulette vaults.

Jerry Clymer recently retired from his position as Superintendent with the Andover Regional School District. Jim Olexa has passed away and the whereabouts of the rest of the band are unknown (please check in if you are reading this!).

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Grenadiers - Yes I Will / Lat-In-Da

Grenadiers - Yes I Will / Lat-In Da (Minutemen 200.714. 1965)

Here's a cool rather sloppy number, backed by an organ led garage popper. Possibly from the Boston area.

I believe this is a Decca custom pressing. I'm curious as to what hides underneath the sticker, but so far have resisted the urge to peel it!

The Chaps

Out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas , The Chaps were a very profilic band. I havn't heard any of their later 45s for Soft, Demand & Madella.

Their first two 45s on Paula contain some very cool garage and jangle.


Tell Me / Forget Me (Paul 236. 1966)

Remember To Forget Her / You'll Be Back (Paula 250. 1966)