“It’s A Pretty Little Dress – But it’s a bugger to iron!”
(from the Jay Mack Show)
“Hawaii Tattoo” from December, 1964 on KIMN Radio by The Waikiki’s
45 Cat: “Even though this tune did not become popular in the United States until late 1964 and early 1965 by means of the Kapp Winners Circle Series disc, this disc was first released in the United States on the Palette label in 1962. Though this group specializes in Hawaiian music, the group members all hail from the country of Belgium.”
My late mother would have been very saddened to find out these guys were from Europe. She loved everything Hawaiian and she loved “Hawaii Tattoo”. She also loved “Pearly Shells” by Burl Ives.
“Hawaii Tattoo” charted in December of 1964 and reached #33. I don’t have any band members names but Wiki states they were all Belgium studio musicians. The group had at least five albums released in the U.S. on Kapp.
KBTR Survey from January 4th, 1965 – Hawaii Tattoo #15 & January 11th, 1965 – #7
KIMN Survey from December 21st, 1964 – “Hawaii Tattoo” number 31
“Hold It” from April, 1965 on KIMN Radio by Duane Yates & The Capris
From Duane Yates: Musicians were Ralph Beeson who is featured on saxophone in these recordings… Joe Wilson (deceased) is also on this session playing guitar along with Ronnie Cox on organ, trumpet and vocals, George Briley and Eugene Swinnen on drums, Clayton Normand on guitar, Ronnie Sellers and Dick White on sax, Butch Davis on bass and vocals harmonizing with Keith Bradford on trumpet”
Whew!!! I hope they sold several copies to pay all those guys. (The record did not make the Billboard Charts.)
The information above is from the Duane Yate web pages. Duane passed away in 2009. Visit his web site to learn more about his career. His music is also available there.
The only local music surveys I could find with Duane Yates charting were oddly enough – all from KIMN radio – this one being April 12th, 1965 with “Hold It” be selected as a “KIMN Comer”. Makes me wonder if he had Colorado ties????
“Cry, Cry, Cry” from April 1965 on KIMN Radio by The Fogcutters
They formed while students at Denver University in the mid 1960’s. I only saw them once – during college days at CSU on College Avenue probably in 1966. Listen to their local smash hit – “Cry, Cry, Cry” – A few members went on in 1966 to form The Fantastic Zoo who recorded on the national Double Shot record label. Their local Denver hit was picked up by Liberty Records, but failed to chart nationally.
Members included Eric Karl (Fantastic Zoo – Bodine) – Don Cameron (Fantastic Zoo) – Bill Casper and Mike Jouette initially and then they were supplemented by the addition of drummer Bill Casper who attended Aurora Central High School.
This KIMN survey sheet appears one week later after the Duane Yates “KIMN Comer” – and this time the Fogcutters are selected as a “KIMN Comer” in the number 37th slot.
“Little People” from May, 1965 on KIMN Radio by Round Robin
Round Robin was Robin Lloyd who did have a little chart success first in May of 1964 with a song made popular by Harry Belafonte “Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann” (#61) and then a minor hit in April of 1965 with “Land of 1,000 Dances – The Na Na Song” (#135) – a half year before Wilson Pickett scored his biggest Hot 100 hit with the song (#6 Hot 100 & #1 R&B – summer of 1966). “Little People” failed to chart nationally.
Round Robin’s version actually came on the heels of the first release by Cannibal and the Headhunters in February of 1965 (#30 Hot 100 and #106 R&B). The song was originally released in the summer of 1963 by it’s composer Cris Kenner (#77 Hot 100). Kenner had his biggest hit with a 1961 hit “I Like It Like That” (#2 Hot 100) another song he penned.
Round Robin fronted several obscure groups including “Round Robin And Brimstone”, “Round Robin And The Parlays”, “The Round Robin Monopoly”. His singing style has been compared to Chubby Checker.
Round Robin’s “Little People” resides at number 49 on this KIMN May 24th, 1965 survey sheet
“Frankfurter Sandwiches” from June, 1965 on KIMN Radio by The Streamliners and Joanne
A very minor hit by this 1920’s styled studio group (think The New Vaudeville Band), this reached only #117 on the Bubbling Under charts in the summer of 1965, well ahead of “Winchester Cathedral”, and was actually released in the UK in 1961
The song has been blocked on Youtube but you can hear the flip side there. “Joanne” is UK jazz singer Rosemary Squires. The 45 Cat attributes the original song to singer Harry Rose who was born in the late 1800’s.
“Frankfurter Sandwiches” on WMCA New York Survey – June 3rd, 1965 – #54 & KIMN Denver June 14th, 1965 – #50