Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Grooviest Week Ever (Part 3)

We're into Day Three of our  

And we're going to have some fun with this music today!


We couldn't put together a whole week of  


and not feature one of OUR personal favorites, 
"Treat Her Groovy" by The New Colony Six"!!!

As Greg Kihn might say, 

"They just don't write 'em like that anymore" ...

And he's absolutely right ...

"Treat her groovy ... take her to a movie" ... 
Now THAT'S rock and roll poetry!!!

Ronnie Rice ... who wrote The New Colony Six's two biggest hits ... "I Will Always Think About You", which went all the way to #1 here in Chicago, and "Things I'd Like To Say", a #2 Local Hit and their biggest national success, peaking at #13 in Cash Box ... REALLY outdid himself in the lyrics department on this gem!!!
"Treat Her Groovy" never made either of The National Charts (now how can THAT be?!?!?) but went all the way to #12 here in the band's hometown in 1967.  

As most of you know, we have featured the music of The New Colony Six DOZENS of times before here in Forgotten Hits ...
in fact, we've even featured THIS one a time or two (or three) ... 

but it certainly deserves another spin during our  


(Besides, where ELSE are you gonna hear it?!?!?!)

(Actually, it's another personal favorite ... I have ALWAYS liked this song!!!)


Since we're having some GROOVY FUN today, let's throw in "Groovy Grubworm" by Harlow Wilcox, too!  Believe it or not, this record went all the way to #25 back in 1969.

We were originally going to run this song in one of our "Today's Forgotten Hits" segments ... 
but it just fit so perfectly right here, that I just couldn't resist!!!



One More ...

If you ever bought re-issue golden oldies 45's, it wasn't all that unusual to find songs by different artists on both sides of the same record ... this was especially true for many of the One Hit Wonder Artists.

But it WAS pretty unusual to find two different artists on the same side of a brand new single release.  (Yes, it did happen from time to time ... but it  certainly wasn't the norm!)

In 1970, Life Records released a GREAT Forgotten Hit called "Make Believe" by a studio group called Wind.  (The lead vocalist was none other than Tony Orlando ... and the record had a great Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sound to it ... we've featured it a number of times before in Forgotten Hits and several of the deejays on the list have jumped on this record and added it to their own playlists.)

The original flip side to that record was a throw-away track called "Groovin' With Mr. Bloe" and the artist was listed as Cool Heat.

Nearly a year later, Forward Records picked up the track and released it as an A-Side, and pretty soon Cool Heat had a minor chart hit.  (It ultimately peaked at #89 ... and was pretty much forgotten after that.)  But OUR readers knew about it and, over the years, several have written in asking about the track.

Since it IS, after all, a "GROOVY" tune, we figured we'd feature THIS one during our GROOVIEST WEEK EVER, too!  Enjoy!