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Friday, June 14, 2013

TOMMY VANN & THE PROFESSIONALS - FOR GOODNESS SAKE

New York City-born Tommy Vann settled in Baltimore after a stint in the Marines in the late 50's. Going off of his webstie bio, Tommy was a born performer and even as a toddler was performing at family get togethers.

Using the names "Echoes", "Professionals", and finally "Admirals", Tommy and his band were a staple on the Atlantic coast live music scene, cutting a few records along the way.

This track is the flip side to the groups' near hit "Soul Sister Annie", and I love the heavy dance groove topped with Tommy's sweet blue eyed soul falsetto. Around 1:40 in, when the distorted harmonica wails are joined by some outta site tambourine it gets downright hypnotic and lyrically frightening.

from 1968...

TOMMY VANN & THE PROFESSIONALS - FOR GOODNESS SAKE


4 comments:

Mike said...

Wow! Hypnotic right enuf.

tut said...

this is awesome...unbelievable how some of these very cool tunes just disappeared while some real crap made it.

funky16corners said...

I've always loved this 45. It straddles genres nicely.

Holly said...

This is super. Thank you, Derek.