‘Won’t You Come Out To Play . . .’

During the autumn of 1975, as I studied the history of documentary film and learned on one rainy Saturday how to clean chickens (the tale is here), the band Katfish, a little known group from Lewiston, Maine, had its one shot at the Billboard Hot 100. And thirty-seven years ago this week, the band’s cover of the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” was at its peak of No. 67 in that chart. I’d not heard the record – or known of its existence – before this morning, but it’s actually pretty decent.

I’ll likely be back later this week to take a closer look at the Billboard Hot 100 from the fourth week in October 1975, but I have a rather large editing task this week (a product of last spring’s walk around the St. Cloud State campus), and that and a few other things take precedence. So we’ll see you later this week.

I should note before I leave for the day that my pal and fellow autumnophile jb of The Hits Just Keep On Comin’ offered up this week a meditation on October, memory and life that you really should go read right now.

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2 Responses to “‘Won’t You Come Out To Play . . .’”

  1. porky says:

    Five Stairsteps did “Dear Prudence” as the flip side of “O-o-h Child.” My Whitburn book shows it getting flip-side airplay.

    I’m heartened that such an old-school way of seeking editing work bore fruit (I would have done it the same way.) Congratulations!

  2. Paco Malo says:

    I’ll go with that: “actually pretty decent” cover. It’s interesting to look back from 2012 and see just how well those Beatles originals stand up to all but the greatest of covers.

    Thanks for broadening my 1975 horizons.

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