The band had numerous name changes, at the beginning, Navy Blue, John Evan Band, Candy Colored Rain, Ian Anderson’s Bag O Nails. The name that stuck was given to them by a booking agent that was getting sick of the monthly name changes. He suggested the name of an 18th-century farmer that invented the seed drill. It stuck.
The band’s fans are split between the rock fans of the 70’s; the original band, and the ballad audience of the 80’s and 90’s. When I was preparing for this segment of under the classic rock, I tuned into an old video of the band, and a younger associate saw the clip and asked who the band was. I said the original Chicago. They were floored! They had no idea of the hard rocking origins of the band.
Now, there have been legendary rhythm sections associated with recording studios that have played on thousands of records for pop legends; the Funk Brothers with Motown, The Swampers with the Mussel Shoals studios, in Alabama, the west coast sound from the Wrecking Crew… MFSB out of Philadelphia and SalSoul out of New York… but Booker T and the MG’s had more chart presents and was much more of an established act then any of them.
This is the first Under The Classic Rock podcast on the Monkees. New shows return next week.
Coming in 2017 - Four Tops, James Gang, Bee Gees, Chicago, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, and I kick off the new year with Booker T And The MG's.
Happy New Year and thanks for listening to the UCR.
Lola is about a transvestite that, according to Ray Davis, was dancing with a Kinks road manager. Davies wrote the psalm as he was drinking at a bar watching their handler friend try to engage the transgender for more than just a dance.
FOR MOST OF THEIR 45 YEARS OF CRANKING OUT MUSIC IT’S BEEN ZZ TOP WITH A SLICE OF HAM. MANAGER BILL HAM WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON THE BAND FROM THE BEGINNING. HE ALWAYS KEPT THAT ZZ TOP SOUND PURRING ON ALL CYLINDERS.
SO WHY DID THE BEAU BRUMMELS LOOSE THEIR LUSTER SO FAST FROM THE AM RADIO IN THE 60’S? THEY HAD THE WRITING AND VOCAL CHOPS AND A GREAT SOUND, THAT MOST PEOPLE, IN THE BEGINNING, THOUGHT THEY WERE LISTENING TO ANOTHER BRITISH INVASION GROUP ON THEIR LITTLE TRANSISTOR RADIOS.