Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductee
Bob Lind attended Aurora Central High School and found national fame with his “The Elusive Butterfly”. The Verve-Folkways LP shown below was reportedly unauthorized, containing tracks which were recorded in West Denver’s Band Box Studios and apparently sold to Verve without Lind’s knowledge. (Lind Colorado Music Hall of Fame Page)
These comments from Country Paul Payton: “Whoever Pete Spargo (producer) and Pat Williams (arr/cond.) were, they did an abominable job trying to cover Bob Lind’s acoustic-guitar-only accompaniment with a sound that tried to approximate his successes on World Pacific. I don’t know if anyone at Band Box – or who – got those songs out of there, but it did Lind’s career no service whatsoever. As a radio station Music Director, I listened to at least some of all the tracks on the album; it was an exercise in both anger and frustration.
The arranging was sloppy – as though the orchestra couldn’t hear the track it was playing along to and frequently losing the beat – and it was a naked attempt to cash in on Lind’s success. In its most benign possibility, Lind might have sent demos to MGM is an attempt to get a recording contract; when it hit big on WP, someone found the demos and slapped on the overdub. In a less generous light, perhaps money was exchanged, which Lind was not in on. As I recall, in that era, MGM was desperate for some kind of rock credibility – they were watching other labels being revered for signing and supporting credible artists, but they kept faltering with “far from ready for prime time” bands like the Boss Town Sound hype, one of the most notorious misfires of the ’60s.This release was simply more fuel for that misfire.”
Bob has made one public statement about his time in the Band Box studio – that we know of. From a January, 2012 interview in Goldmine:
GM: Jack Nitzsche produced your first two albums, including the single “Elusive Butterfly.” What was he like to work with?
BL: “In a word: Perfect. When I came to Los Angeles and signed with World Pacific, I had never been in a studio before, if you discount those horrible sessions that became the album “The Elusive Bob Lind,” and, well, you should discount them. I knew nothing about recording, and there was nothing Jack didn’t know about it, having been [Phil] Spector’s right-hand man for many years. He loved my songs, and I trusted him to bring them to life. So I just wrote, sang and played and let him produce. Later on, there were conflicts and disputes between us. But they were personal and alcohol fueled. But on those two albums, there was no argument at all.”
Bobby Swanson on Bob Lind
And this came in from Bobby in April of 2018 – relating an experience he had with Bob Lind:
(Colorado’s) “Bob Lind and I had a mutual friend, Dave Williams. Bob had written a song and wanted to hear it on tape to see if it was any good. He asked Dave Williams if he had a tape recorder. Dave said he didn’t but Bobby Swanson had an old Ampex. He gave Bob my number.
(When Bob called) I told him to come on over. I had only met him a couple of times so we didn’t know each other well. We went in my room and Bob recorded his song. We sat on the bed and listened to it. Bob asked me if I thought it was any good.
I was a rocker and didn’t know anything about folk music so I said I didn’t think it would do good. He then made me erase the tape and double check that it was gone. I think the tune was something about a butterfly. Shows how much I know, huh?
I sent him a message not long ago and teased him about that. His message back was ‘well after all, who knows WHAT s*** will go over in this business’ !
LP World Artists 1841 – Don’t Be Concerned
LP – World Pacific 1851 – Photographs of Feeling
LP – Verve Folkways – The Elusive Bob Lind –
LP – Liberty 3500 – The Original Golden Greats – The Elusive Butterfly (with other Liberty Artists)
World Pacific 77808 – Elusive Butterfly b/w Cheryl’s Goin’ Home – 1965
World Pacific 1841 – Don’t Be Concerned – 1966 Extended Play Juke Box Issue
World Pacific 77822 – Remember The Rain b/w Truly Julie’s Blues – 1966
World Pacific 77830 – Just Let It Take Me – b/w We’ve Never Spoken – 1966
World Pacific 77839 – San Francisco Woman b/w Oh Babe Take Me Home – 1966
Verve Folways 5018 – Hey Nellie Nellie b/w Wandering – 1966
Verve Folkways 5029 – White Snow b/w Black Night – 1966
World Pacific 77830 – We’ve Never Spoken b/w Just Let It Take Me – 1966
World Pacific 77865 – Goodtime Special b/w It’s Just My Love – 1967
World Pacific 77879 – Goodbye Neon Lies b/w We May Have Touched – 1967
Capitol 3169 – She Can Get Along b/w Theme From The Music Box – 1971
Liberty All Time Hit Series 54569 – Elusive Butterfly b/w Cheryl’s Goin’ Home
United Artists Silver Spotlight Series XW032 – Elusive Butterfly b/w Truly Julie’s Blues – 1973
Capitol Records American Pie Series 9050 – Elusive Butterfly b/w No Matter What Shape (T-Bones)
Collectables COL 6049 – The Mountain’s High (Dick and Dee Dee) b/w Elusive Butterfly (Bob Lind) – 1992
COMING – BOB LIND INTERNATIONAL