Off the Deep End
Absolutely nothing other than both recording for the record label Tetragrammaton in the 1960’s. The label was formed in late 1967 with the first releases hitting the market in the Spring of 1968.
The first single released was by “The Fat Albert Orchestra and Chorus”. The “Fat Albert” debut was appropriate enough since one it’s creators was the fallen Bill Cosby – who debuted the character of “Fat Albert” as far back as 1967 in a stand-up comedy routine.
From there “Fat Albert” appeared in an animation program in 1969 “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert” but not before the character debuted on Tetragramaton Records. The record label was also a project headed up by Cosby along with three other owners – one of which was Cosby’s career manager Roy Silver.
The second act introduced by Tetragrammaton was an unlikely pairing with the British group Deep Purple – who at time – were not a ‘heavy metal’ band both more in the genre of ‘progressive’ British rock.
Deep Purple was the brainchild of Liverpool’s Chris Curtis who had previously performed as the drummer for The Searchers. Curtis did not envision the a steady lineup but instead picking up and dropping musicians of considerable talent – and thus naming them “Roundabout”. After a short time working as Roundabout – band member Ritchie Blackmore suggested a change to “Deep Purple” a song favored by his grandmother.
Lots of personnel changes before they entered the studio in England where they would cut their first LP which in turn was released in the United States on Tetragrammaton as “Shades of Deep Purple”. The LP would chart at number #24 in the Fall of 1968 and would be followed three additional LP’s released by Tetragrammaton (by the way which translates to ‘the name of God’ in Hebrew).
By the time of the fourth Tetragrammaton Deep Purple LP, the label was in fiscal trouble and therefore the release was not well promoted – and died a quiet death. Deep Purple would move on – with Warner Bros. picking up the Tetragrammton catalog. Deep Purple would change during the 1970’s morphing into a heavy metal band and enjoying ample fame.
Best Unfinished Johnny
If you are a collector of all-things Beatles – you probably own a copy of John and Yoko’s “Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins” which by many accounts would have been better off never started!
But at any rate – long story – John and Yoko’s presenting of the LP tracks along with nude cover graphics was not well-received by Capitol Records who distributed Apple releases in the United States – so much so that Capitol flatly refused to distribute it as presented.
So Tetragrammaton stepped in and took over distribution. Didn’t matter much – the LP only reached #124 on the Hot 200 dropping off the charts after a short eight week run. The LP proceeded in the U.K. via it’s normal distribution outlets but did no better – failing to chart altogether.
Here is a partial description of the Lennon/Yoko collaboration from BSN Pubs ” Once the brown paper bag was removed, one was left with a disappointing nude photo of what John Lennon described as “two slightly overweight ex-junkies” and an album whose content is, well… what we actually have here is about a half hour of noise, or I should say noises, of various sorts. At about 10 minutes in, we hear a sound not unlike someone heaving, and rightly so. “
And As for Carol Burnett
Most likely this LP on Tetragrammaton 106 “Together Again for the First Time” (with fellow comedienne Martha Raye) was most likely just fellow comedic travelers finding an outlet with the Cosby enterprise – as were both Murray Roman and Biff Rose – appearing on the label.
Tetragrammaton Long Play Discography
Tetragrammaton LP – Murray Roman
Tetragrammaton LP – 102 – Deep Purple
Tetragrammaton LP 103 – Biff Rose
Tetragrammaton LP 104 – Ivory
Tetragrammaton LP 105 – Bobby Paris
Tetragrammaton LP 106 – Carol Burnett and Martha Raye
Tetragrammaton LP 107 – Deep Purple
Tetragrammaton LP 110 – The Johnstons
Tetragrammaton LP 111 – Rhetta Hughes
Tetragrammaton LP 112 – Sweet Thursday
Tetragrammaton LP 113 – Tom Ghent
Tetragrammaton LP 114 – Summerhill
Tetragrammaton LP 116 – Biff Rose
Tetragrammaton LP 117 – Elyse
Tetragrammaton LP 118 – Pat Boone
Tetragrammaton LP 119 – Deep Purple
Tetragrammaton LP 120 – Murray Roman
Tetragrammaton LP 123 – The Steve Baron Quartet
Tetragrammaton LP 124 – Gene and Francesca
Tetragrammaton LP 125 – Joshua Fox
Tetragrammaton LP 131 – Deep Purple
Tetragrammaton LP 5002 – Quatrain
Tetragrammaton LP 5003 – Mark Slade
Tetragrammaton LP 5006 – Lalo Schifrin (Movie Soundtrack)
Tetragrammaton LP 5100 – Bill Cosby
Tetragrammaton LP 5101 – The Kingston Trio
Tetragrammaton LP 5101 – John and Yoko Ono
Tetragrammaton LP 5102 – The Great White Hope – Broadway Play