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Mar 21, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Rich Reese
Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst explores the music of the sixties with an emphasis on British Invasion and Mersey Beat. It then traces those branches to the present day by playing music that echoes the music of the sixties including power pop, jangle pop, pub rock, glitter and glam rock, neo-psychedelia and indie pop.
The Monkees Someday Man (Backing Track, Take 1)
Instant Replay Sessions Rhino 2011
The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man Columbia 1965
Due to producer Terry Melcher's initial lack of confidence
in the Byrds' musicianship, McGuinn was the only Byrd to play on both "Mr.
Tambourine Man" and its B-side, "I Knew I'd Want You."
Rather than using band members, Melcher hired the Wrecking Crew. Much of the
track's arrangement and final mixdown was modeled after Brian Wilson's
production work for the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby"
Spanky & Our Gang Like to Get to Know You
Like To Get To Know You (LP) Mercury 1967
From Wikipedia: As on their previous hit single, their new producer, Stuart Scharf, also employed session musicians to create the instrumental backing track while the group members provided lead and background vocals. This was the first hit they recorded in Los Angeles—all of their previous records were cut in New York with Jerry Ross producing. Session players on this recording included Max Bennett on bass; Larry Knechtel on piano; Mike Deasy on guitar; Hal Blaine on drums.
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass A Taste of Honey
Whipped Cream & Other Delights A&M Records 1965
Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
Boots Reprise Records 1966
Producer Lee Hazlewood liked using The Wrecking Crew.
The Association Along Comes Mary
And Then...Along Comes The Association Valiant Records 1966
The song was produced by Bones Howe, who would later work on most of the hits for the 5th Dimension. Hal Blaine was used a lot by Bones and was used extensively on many 5th Dimension recordings.
The Ronettes Be My Baby
Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica Philles Records 1964
If he had a signature moment on a record, it was on the Ronettes’ 1963 hit, “Be My Baby,” produced by Mr. Spector. The song opened cold, with Mr. Blaine playing — and repeating — the percussive earworm “Bum-ba-bum-BOOM!” But the riff came about accidentally. “I was supposed to play more of a boom-chicky-boom beat, but my stick got stuck and it came out boom, boom-boom chick,” he told The Wall Street Journal in 2011. “I just made sure to make the same mistake every few bars.” Three years later, he used the same beat, but in a softer way, on Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.”
Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars Hawaii 1963
Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums RCA Victor 1963
Mama Cass Elliot Make Your Own Kind of Music
Make Your Own Kind of Music (LP) Dunhill 1969
From Wikipedia: Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, first recorded in 1968 by the New York City-based trio the Will-O-Bees (Janet Blossom, Steven Porter, and Robert Merchanthouse), who regularly performed Mann/Weil compositions. After Cass Elliot had a hit in the summer of 1969 with Mann/Weil's "It's Getting Better", she recorded "Make Your Own Kind of Music" as the follow-up single, and her album Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama was re-released as "Make Your Own Kind Of Music/It's Getting Better," the title cut having been added to the original track listing. However, Elliot's "Make Your Own Kind of Music" single only reached No. 36.
Sonny & Cher I Got You Babe
Look At Us ATCO 1965
From Wikipedia: "I Got You Babe" is a song written by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from the debut studio album Look at Us, of the American pop music duo Sonny & Cher. In August 1965, their single spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. It also reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Scott McKenzie San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear a Flower In Your Hair)
The Voice of Scott McKenzie Ode Records 1967
From Wikipedia: Written by John Phillips. The song was produced and released in May 1967 by Phillips and Lou Adler, who used it to promote their Monterey International Pop Music Festival held in June of that year. John Phillips played guitar on the recording and session musician Gary L. Coleman played orchestra bells and chimes. The bass line of the song was supplied by session musician Joe Osborn. Hal Blaine played drums. The song became one of the best-selling singles of the 60s in the world.
Johnny Rivers Secret Agent Man
...And I Know You Wanna Dance Imperial 1966
From Wikipedia: According to song's composer P.F. Sloan, the network that licensed Danger Man, CBS, solicited publishers to contribute a 15-second piece of music for the opening of the U.S. show to replace the British theme, an instrumental titled "High Wire". Sloan wrote the guitar lick and the first few lines of the song, with Steve Barri contributing to the chorus. This fragment was recorded as a demo, submitted to CBS, and, to Sloan's surprise, picked as the theme, which led to Sloan and Barri writing a full-length version of the song. The original demo of the song used the "Danger Man" title, as shown by the surviving demo of the song, which Sloan sang. The show's title was changed, lyrics also changed. Ultimately, "High Wire" was also retained by CBS, as it played over the episode credits following the "Secret Agent" titles.
The Marketts Out of Limits
Out of Limits Warner Bros. 1964
Bobby Darin If I Were a Carpenter
single Atlantic 1966
Bobby Darin goes folky on this '66 release. The album prior to this one featured show tunes.
Paul Simon Run That Body Down
Paul Simon Columbia 1972
Neil Hefti Batman Theme
Batman Theme And 11 Hefti Bat Songs RCA Victor 1966
Sam Cooke Another Saturday Night
single RCA Victor 1963
Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars (Dance With The) Surfin' Band
Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums RCA Victor 1963
Featuring the Wrecking Crew. Produced by Lee Hazelwood. The first of 5 "solo" LP's that Hal would release.
The T-Bones No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) (LP) Liberty 1966
From Wikipedia: In 1965, Pell went into the studio with members of The Wrecking Crew and recorded "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)," a song based on music used in an Alka-Seltzer TV commercial.
When the single became a hit, Liberty Records needed the T-Bones to go on the road to promote it, but the original session musicians weren't willing to go. They were making a considerable amount of money doing sessions in Los Angeles. So Liberty created a different "public" T-Bones group to appear on record covers, TV, and in concert.
Wayne Givens Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst L
Single Wayne Givens 2011
John Lennon Sweet Little Sixteen
Rock 'N' Roll Apple 1975
Today's P!TBBB (episode 554, March 21, 2019) features two solid hours of music with the late great Hal Blaine on drums. Hal died on March 11th at the age of 90. John Lennon's Rock 'N' Roll album was produced by Phil Spector, (until in ran off with the tapes). Hal played tandem drums (something he usually didn't like doing) along with Jim Keltner.