Another KIMN Five-Star Pick Hit of The Week!
“Tell Tommy I Miss Him” from August, 1960 on KIMN Radio by Marilyn Michaels
This was an “answer song” for Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her”. This charted for a mere 2 weeks on the Bubbling Under charts reaching number 110. Skeeter Davis recorded the song as well – a version I like more – and one that failed to chart. Laura Lee released a version in the UK. Marilyn continued to record into the late 1960’s but just couldn’t find her way onto the Hot 100.
Her real name was Marilyn Sternberg born in 1943. In the mid 1960’s she took on an acting roll in a version of “Funny Girl” and she would continue to accept acting parts and TV performances into the 1980’s.
I wonder who died first – Laura or Tommy?
“I’ve Been Thinking” from August, 1960 on KIMN Radio by Scotty McKay
From “Record Man 46 on the 45 Cat:
“Max K. Lipscomb was the real name of Scotty McKay, one time member of Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps. Originally issued on Kirby and Max’s Inette label, the NY Diamond label took over”
Apparently Max was recruited for the Blue Caps in the Fall of 1957 – Personnel turnover was common with Gene’s backing group. Max “Scotty” was a musician on Gene’s 3rd LP – but departed soon after along with Tommy Facenda (of “High School U.S.A.” fame) and Paul Peek. Peek would sign with NRC Records and release many singles staring in 1958.
His single and all others failed to chart nationally. But he did co-pen a hit for Kirby St. Romain who charted with “Summer’s Comin'” in 1963 (#49). Scotty passed away from a heart attach in the Spring of 1991.
“House on a Haunted Hill” from January, 1963 on KIMN Radio by Kenny & The Fiends
Kenny and the Fiends have a murky history. They started off as “Eddie Alexander & The Greats” and then “The Citation 7” before later settling on “The Band Without a Name”. Members included brothers Eddie and Albert Haddad along with cousin Dennis Spitola. Backing these three vocalists were Oscar Pinyata on drums, John Pool on keyboards, Jerry Seeger on bass and Jerry Jacobs playing lead guitar.
They led a 1960’s Garage Band life – none of their singles ever finding there way onto the national charts – Somehow KIMN picked them up for this one. Frank DeVol also recorded the song without success.
“I Can’t Stand It” from March, 1964 on KIMN Radio by The Soul Sisters
This song was the first of three charting for the Soul Sisters on the Hot 100. They were a vocal duo comprised of Thresia Cleveland and Ann Gissendanner. This song was later covered by Britain’s Spencer Davis Group.
The Soul Sisters are Tresia Cleveland and Ann Gissendanner who recorded “I can’t stand it” in 1964 for the American Sue label. Originally they were called The Canjoes and also featured the well known singer Lou Johnson. It is thought that The Soul Sisters also recorded for Chess Records under the name The Kolettes, where just one record was issued, “Who’s that guy”. In 1968 they moved to Veep records. The Soul Sisters are understood to be performing still.
“Lilies of the Field” from May, 1964 on KIMN Radio by Jerry Goldsmith
Although he did release a handful of singles, Jerry Goldsmith was really a 45 rpm kind of guy. Instead he was a noted composer of movie and television themes and soundtracks. His output was vast and diverse from Star Trek themes, to the theme from Hoosiers, and even Rambo soundtracks. His list of films on which he worked is exhaustive. He never charted nationally and I can’t seem to locate a decent copy of a “Lilies of the Field” 45 rpm but did find evidence that it exists on United Artists (below). He composed and conducted the “Lilies” soundtrack and so I am showing that LP here. Jerry won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “The Omen” which scared me to death. He also was nominated for and additional 16 Academy Awards (Patton, China Town, Patch of Blue, Poltergeist, The Boys From Brazil, Planet of the Apes and The Sand Pebbles all among them). He won five Emmys and was nominated for six Grammy Awards.
The motion picture industry lost Jerry Goldsmith in July of 2004.
“A Broken Heart Knows Better” from June, 1964 on KIMN Radio by Don Grady
Don Grady was one of Fred MacMurray’s “Three Sons” on the popular television show from the 1960’s. He later joined up with a Southern California group as a drummer called “The Yellow Balloon” who charted with – yes ‘ “Yellow Balloon”. As a solo act Grady only charted once with a tune called “The Children of St. Monica” (#132 in 1966). “Yellow Balloon” (#25 in April, 1967). That group also included (as a studio musician) keyboardist Daryl Dragon who became the “Captain” in Captain and Tennille. (Can’t seem to confirm this but Dragon did back the Beach Boys for a time on keyboards).
Don was a California kid born in Los Angeles in 1944. Going way back, he was a Disney Mouseketeer – not an original 1955 “Red Team” (first team) member but from 1957 for nine months as a member of the “Blue Team” (second team) and at that time went by his birth name Don Agrati.
Don passed away after a battle with cancer in June of 2012
Here’s a rare live footage clip of the group and a Grady solo on the American Bandstand (1964) on Youtube: (Real cute kid) with a interesting interview following.