‘Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya’

We’re doing some rearranging around here, the kind of reorganization that involves moving heavy boxes from one level of the house to the other. We spent quite a bit of time on that task over the long Thanksgiving weekend, with the Texas Gal filling boxes in the loft and me taking them down to the basement.

At this point, those boxes still stand in the center of the basement floor. Their final destination will be one of the back corners, though that will have to wait maybe one more day until a few rarely used muscles tell me they are ready to cooperate once more. And when that is done, next weekend promises more boxes that need moving. I think – though I am not certain – that next weekend’s boxes will be filled with fabric rather than with scrapbooking materials, so they should be lighter.  And I also think – though again, I am not certain – that next weekend’s boxes will go to the main floor and not the basement, making the task easier.

The eventual outcome of the rearranging will find the Texas Gal’s quilting/sewing room on the main floor, just down the hallway from the Echoes In The Wind studios, so we’ll feel like we’re in the same house when we’re hobbying. Should we have anything to say to each other, sound will carry better down the hallway than it does up the stairway and around several corners.

All that brought to mind this morning one of my favorite tracks by the 5th Dimension: “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” was the B-side of “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (The Flesh Failures),” which was – as I’ve related before – the first music 45 I ever bought. That makes “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” my first B-side, and I imagine I played it once or twice while the A-side was getting repeated plays. The tune also showed up on the album Age of Aquarius, which I got hold of sometime in the autumn of 1969.

And simply because I like to do these types of things, here’s an easy listening cover of “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya” by British bandleader Ted Heath, found on the posthumously released 1970 album The Big Ones.

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One Response to “‘Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya’”

  1. Yah Shure says:

    I, too, gave the “Aquarius” B-side plenty of spins at the time. The big surprise came two years later, when the local request/oldies station started playing “Don’tcha…” quite frequently, not long after they’d done the same with the group’s terrific cover of “California My Way.” KRSI had given the latter so much airplay that I’d simply assumed it had been a current single I’d somehow missed seeing in the stores.

    It wasn’t until I found a cutout copy of ‘The July 5th Album: More Hits By The Fabulous 5th Dimension’ a few years later that it all became clear. In order to squeeze some additional sales out of the group – which had already departed for the Bell label – Soul City Records had issued the album as a follow-up companion, of sorts, to their ‘Greatest Hits’ set of a few months earlier. It was a pretty good collection, even if it did contain only one actual hit, “Go Where You Wanna Go.”

    Your Ted Heath cover has me wondering whether the 5ths ever recorded a version of “Tom Hark.” Now that would be a kick…

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