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Sunday, April 10, 2011


Straddling the line between being a late period doo-wop ballad and an early proto-deep soul side, this amazing track from L.A's Rivingtons is one that SHOULD be heard as much as their two novelty-like (but fantastic) sides. This number apeared as the b-side of their debut release, the classic "Papa Oom Mow Mow". "Papa..." was covered by the Beach Boys, and then stolen, along with the chorus of their second single ("The Bird's The Word") by midwest surf group the Trashmen. Luckily a lawyer representing the Rivingtons got the songwriting credit fixed on the Trashmen release.

Then there's this beautiful song, showcasing some truly awe inspiring vocals. Should come as a big surprise to anyone who has heard these fellows and did not know that they cut such a serious (and seriously majestic) side.

from 1962...


Spreadin' Rhythm said...

Wow . . . Very bluesy! I've never been too fond of novelty records, so this comes as a huge surprise. Thanks Derek.

strandwolf said...

This IS absolutely majestic. Very applicable term!