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Following The Links

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A little more than a week ago, after the post “Four” included Bobby Bare’s 1964 take on “Four Strong Winds,” friend and regular reader Yah Shure noted that the duo of Bruce & Terry had gone for a Byrdsian flavor on their version of Ian Tyson’s tune.

It sounded, Yah Shure wrote, “as if Terry Melcher simply ushered out whatever Byrds remained in the studio following the ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ session, then instructed the Wrecking Crew to play the identical Tambourine Man arrangement to the tune of [‘Four Strong Winds’], right down to Hal Blaine’s nifty drum fills.”

I knew the name of the late Terry Melcher, well-known producer that he was, and Bruce, I thought as I read the comment, was likely Bruce Johnston, eventually a member of the Beach Boys (and I was correct in that thought). Being unaware to that point that the duo had recorded “Four Strong Winds,” I headed off to YouTube.

It turns out, after I did some digging in my own stash, that I already had a Bruce & Terry single in the stacks: “Summer Means Fun,” provided by Yah Shure for one of our summer get-togethers. And a little digging at Wikipedia told me that “Melcher and Johnston also created another group, The Rip Chords, which had a Top 10 hit with ‘Hey, Little Cobra’.”

I could have gone that direction and made this a Johnston & Melcher post, but I was distracted by one of the suggested videos on the side of the page where I’d found the Bruce & Terry single. Wondering for a second if the record was a rewrite of “Walkin’ After Midnight,” I clicked on the link and found this:

The Fabuliers’ record turned out to be a different tune altogether, one written by the recently departed Joe South. The notes with the video say that the record was produced – by Stanley Chaisson, if I read the blurry label correctly – in New Orleans in 1965. The record wasn’t a hit; the Fabuliers never made it into the Billboard Hot 100 or the R&B Top 40. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of info out there about the band, although I didn’t follow the Google links much beyond the second page. But it’s a pretty good record. And I decided to keep the pattern going and clicked on what looked like an interesting record in the right-hand column of the page.

I have no idea who the Blue Eyed Soul was. The group never made the Billboard Hot 100, and once again, a Google search is unhelpful. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty good record, and the Cameo label is very familiar. A look at the discography at Soulful Kinda Music for the Philadelphia-based label shows many familiar (if oddly juxtaposed) names between 1957 and 1967: Dee Dee Sharp, Don Covay, Bobby Rydell, the Orlons, Johnny Maestro, Maynard Ferguson, Merv Griffin, Doris Troy, Bob Seger, the Kinks, Tony Orlando, Evie Sands. As to the record at hand, “Something New” was the second single the Blue Eyed Soul released on Cameo. The first was another 1966 release, “The Shadow Of Your Love.”

If anyone out there has any more information on either the Fabuliers or the Blue Eyed Soul, leave a note. I’ll be back Saturday.