Saturday, June 08, 2019
More Fakes in a Row: Tequila, Short Shorts, The Stroll, Way Down Yonder..., Charlie Brown
The Stroll, Tequila, Short Shorts, Charlie Brown--ever wanted to hear up to six different fake-hit versions of these rock and roll classics? No? Oh. Well, that's what I have for you today, anyway. Now, as a general rule, we observe fewer and fewer fake-hit versions as the 1950s progress, with the late '50s the start of the tradition of two--or, at most, three--different fakes per given chart hit. Two or three at best. Which means that a couple outfits were leasing their masters. Just my guess. I'm not counting the Waldorf and Bell labels, which did their own stuff (the other labels did a lot of swapping), though Waldorf was obviously absorbed by someone circa 1959--Pickwick, probably. You can tell, because instead of Artie Malvin, Enoch Light, and Loren Becker, suddenly these folks were replaced by fake-sounding artist credits. You never know who owned whom or when with these labels.
So, there was a trend toward fewer fake-hit versions per hit as the '50s went to. So, naturally, it's an amazing and super-interesting thing to me when I discover glaring exceptions to that trend--such as six versions apiece (!) of Short Shorts and Tequila, and four of The Stroll. How to explain? I think the answer lies in the lack of planning and organization which lie (lied? a dictionary gives that as the past tense) at the heart of the cheap operations. Without checking, I'll assume for the fun of assuming that Tequila was a huge overnight success. The cheapies wanted to rush out and siphon off some of its sales, but it had to be NOW, so there was no waiting for, say, Prom and Broadway to do their own versions and then lease those masters. Instead, they bellied up and did their own label-unique fakes. That's one theory.
OR... it's simply that 1958--the year of the three hits I named--was a period of transition. Things were moving toward the two-version norm, but they hadn't quite settled into that pattern, and so we get these sudden major fake-hit peaks. Yes, I actually just typed "sudden major fake-hit peaks."
I find the fact of six versions of Short Shorts more interesting than the six versions themselves, though I do--Go knows why--love listening to multiple rushed-out versions of hit song, all in a row--it's fun and amusing to me. But that's me. I don't pretend to be typical--no one would believe me for a second. Normal, yes. Normal, contrary to the popular take, covers a very wide range. You have to be really out there to leave the orbit of normal. But leaving the orbit of typical is almost child's play.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this crazy-obsessive playlist. This is a delayed post, and it follows one heck of a week, which started with two days minus phone service, a fried modem, a fried Network Interface Card in my (fomer) PC, and a UFO in my back yard. No, just kidding about the fried modem. Anyway, PC problems, and my Lenovo was at the point where sinking money into it was going to become more trouble and expense than I could possibly justify--so I bought this new HP PC. It's a gorgeous machine. That's a fact--a fact which makes its Radio Shack-reject DVD drive a curious and unacceptable thing. I burn a lot of CD-Rs, and, in the space of only a day, TWO CD-Rs have gotten pushed into the wrong place, necessitating removal of the tower cover to coax out the discs. There's a cramped opening to the left of the drive, and the slightest misalignment of the CD or DVD disc in the transport thingie can send it there. I felt foolish for doing it, but then the Best Buy Geek Squad guy did the exact same thing when I took in the tower, so.... But I don't feel like having to pull the tower out, unscrew the side, and fish out lost CDs and DVDs on a regular basis. I mean, HP could have sunk a couple more bucks into the set-up. Good grief. I'm thinking of the analogy of a luxury car with Nerf Ball rubber on the steering wheel.
So this is me back at the blog--and you didn't even know I was gone. No time to do a Sunday post, I'm sorry to say, but things will be back to, um, normal in no time. As for Windows 10, I can only conclude that its designers possess brains whose atoms are scattered across the universe. It's the least linear thing I've ever encountered, outside of baby talk or MSNBC explanations for why Hillary lost. However, I've gotten all my downloaded programs on here, found the installation disc for my ancient Epson scanner (which means I don't have to buy a new ArcSoft program), have managed to turn off a lot of annoying prompts and Windows 10-style attempts at misdirection, and so things are going okay. Until the net time I scream at this thing.
Fakes in a row. Waiting for you below. (Depending upon how you feel about these tings, "waiting for you below" can have a sinister sound and connotation....)
DOWNLOAD: More Fakes in a Row
Talahassee Lassie--Don Meeks (Gilmar 233; also Broadway)
Talahassee Lassie--8 Top Hits (Allegro Elite 4150)
Hard Headed Woman--Steve Marks (Value Hit Parde Tunes 45-149; also Gilmar 221, and likely Broadway)
Hard Headed Woman--This Week's Pop Hits (Audition; plus other cheapies)
Short Shorts--The Corwins (Gilmar 45-149, and likely Broadway)
Short Shorts--Pops for Tots (Audition)
Short Shorts--The Nation's 12 Big Hit Recordings (Hollywood LPH-139)
Short Shorts--Bobby Vance w. Chorus and Bob Le Monte's Orch. (Gateway 1239, 1958--also Hollywood Records)
Short Shorts--The Promineers (Prom Hit 28--also Hollywood Records)
Short Shorts--The Blazers (Harmony HL 7103, 1958)
The Stroll--The Corwins (Value Hit Parade Tunes 45-149, also likely Broadway)
The Stroll--Jimmy Priddy and the Toppers (Tops 45-R415-49)
The Stroll--Dave Martin and His Group w. the Strollers (RCA Camden, 1958)
The Stroll--The Blazers (Harmony HL 7103, 1958)
Charlie Brown--Steve Marks (Broadway Value 163--also Value Hit Parade Tunes?)
Charlie Brown--Gateway Four (Big Buy--4 Hits Tunes 247--also Bravo)
Charlie Brown--The Promineers (Prom SOS-102--also Tops)
Tequila--Herbie Layne's Orch. (Big 4 Hits 230, 1958)
Tequila--Vic Corwin and His Orch. (Gilmar 218--also VHP Tunes?)
Tequila--Instrumental (Tops 45-R416-49)
Tequila--Al Garry and His Orch. (Rhythm n' Blues in Hi-Fi; Parade SP-201)
Tequila--The Nation's 12 Big Hit Recordings (Universal LPU-6001--Same as Big 4 Hits)
Tequila--Prom Orch. and Chorus (Promenade RR 33)