Wednesday, 7 January 2009

The Hi-Noons - It's Our World / Want It To Last

The Hi-Noons - It's Our World / Want It To Last (Hi-Noon 100)

In January of 1970 Mike Lachney had just put out his first recording for Eddie Shuler of Goldband Records ("This Valentine"). He hit the road around South Louisiana promoting the single and during this time met up with Frankie Bordelon, who was a DJ and KVPU in Ville Platte, Louisiana.

Like Mike, Frankie was a budding songwriter, although he was yet to make any recordings. Frankie was managing a band of High School teens from the Ville Platte and Eunice area called the Hi-Noons. Frankie and Mike set about writing a couple of songs for the band and Mike convinced Eddie Shuler of Goldband to record them.

The resulting single was "It's Our World/Want It To Last" (Hi-Noon 100). Despite sounding vintage 66/67 the songs were recorded in September 1970, with the 45 appearing a month later. While being a Goldband recording the record was released on the bands own Hi-Noon label (inspired by the band Rare Earth whose hits were coming out on their namesake label).

The record did well in their own stomping ground of Ville Platte and Eunice, but failed to take off any further afield. After sticking it out for another year, a few line-up changes saw the band re-emerge as Madison Fog, who were active up to the late 70s.

Tikis & Fabulons

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

R.I.P Ron Ashton

In my late teens barely a day would go by without listening to either of the first two Stooges albums. Another sad loss. There seems to be too many of them at the moment....

Monday, 5 January 2009

Butch, Peggy and Little John - It Must Be Love

Butch, Peggy and Little John - It Must Be Love (Old Town 1165. 1964)

"Little John" (John Lindemann) has kindly been touch and provided me with some more information on the band:

The band was from Fort Salona, Long Island, NY and made up with three siblings, Butch, Peggy & John Lindemann. John was somewhat overweight at the time, hence the "Little John" nickname.

"It Must Be Love" was recorded 'live in the studio', which is evident in the raw quality. The mean harp blowing is courtesy of Peggy. Both sides of the single were written and produced by a friend-of-a-friend Steve Verroca, who would later produced Link Wray. The bands manager took the demo to Old Town who were suitable impressed and pressed up the single ("It Must Be Love" b/w "Tomorrow Night", Old Town 165. 1964)

This top side "It Must Be Love" is a superb raw harp driven pounder, quite different to a lot of the tamer sounds of the time. Unfortunately this was a one off and the bands sound was better represented by the poppy b-side, Tomorrow Night. The band gigged around the New Jersey area and shared the bill with Neil Sedaka and Bruce Morrow at Palisades Park.

They would release one more 45, "Lucille" on Theme Records, which again was in the same pop style of the Old Town's flip side.

Jay Hawkers - Send Her Back

Jay Hawkers - Send Her Back (Deltron 1228)

I love my moody 45s and here's another cool one from the same Detroit bunch who cut the 'Dawn Of Instruction' single.

Tikis & Fabulons - Take A Look

Tikis & Fabulons - Take A Look (Tower 181)

Let's kick off the New Year in the PNW.

Flip side is a cover of Skip & Flip's 'Cherrry Pie', but the other side is a cool PNW mover from this Portland, Oregon band. A popular live draw they cut one more 45 as The Fabulons before calling it a day.