Got this Report From The Road from our FH Buddy Ron Dante, currently on the road with The 2018 Happy Together Tour …
The Happy Together Tour is going great.
Lots of fans showing up to join in the fun. It's a party every show.
I'll send you another update later in the week.
I'm so honored to be singing lead for The Turtles.
I've always loved their incredible hits.
All the best pal,
The Happy Together Tour hits Chicago on August 17th with a show at The Paramount Theater in Aurora … and we’ll be there to give you a full report. This year’s line-up is incredible … in addition to The Turtles (with Ron Dante standing in for a healing Howard Kaylan), we’ll see Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders), Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Association and The Cowsills. (It’ doesn’t get any better than this!!!)
Check out the official tour website to see where you can catch this show in an area near you! (kk)
Here's a question out of the blue about Herman's Hermits.
They had a big hit with Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter, of course ... but I also recall a song called Mrs. Green, You've Got An Ugly Daughter ... are you familiar w/ this song? Was this Herman's Hermits or a knock off? Thanks.
“Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” was one of those songs that was such an immediate and unusual hit that it sparked a wave of novelty covers (including one by our buddy Ron Dante mentioned above, who was in The Detergents at the time.) They cut a track called “Mrs. Jones.”
There are several others.
As for Mrs. Green, we found a record by Kenneth Young and the English Muffins called “Mrs. Green’s Ugly Daughter,” so I’m guessing that this is the most likely candidate. (Surprisingly, there was no clip on YouTube … but thanks to the ever-reliable Tom Diehl, we were able to find an audio clip and share it with all of you today … I believe he owns EVERY record ever released on Diamond Records!)
Both of these tracks faithfully mimic the sound of the Herman’s Hermits #1 Hit.
Thank you for your wonderful summer songs list!!!
Very helpful ... I’m a musician and have to do a summer songs gig tomorrow. Great tunes from your list have helped me to make up mine!
Have a great day, and thanks again!
It’s the ultimate Summer Song List … lots of deejays and radio stations have taken advantage of our fan research in the past … and, since summer seems to have a way of coming round every single year, this list has become the gift that keeps on giving! Lol (kk)
Here’s one of those GREAT stories that you can only get from the people who were there at the time …
Arthur Brown at 76: STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS?
As Britain’s Flamboyant Shock Rock Pioneer Celebrates Birthday, Jimmy Ryan of The Hit Men Exposes How Hot the “Fire” Was Burning on 1969 Tour with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Fifty years after he scored the sizzling 1968 chart-topper, “Fire,” Arthur Brown celebrated his 76th birthday over the weekend (Sunday, June 24) as a pioneer of shock rock and progressive rock, and heavy metal influencer, with his rock ‘n’ roll sideshow, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
Jimmy Ryan of THE HIT MEN, who played bass on The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s 1969 tour shortly after his own band, The Critters, had folded, can still feel the heat, remembering the adventure of "living up to the 'Crazy'" as a new member of a band whose flamboyant leader was often referred in the press as “The God of Hellfire.”
Just how crazy – and hot - was it? Let’s just say Ryan got a crash - and burn! - course in “Arthur Brownology” on his first date with the band at the famous Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park.
“I had read that on a previous gig, Arthur had performed dressed up as the Pope, screaming, ‘I am the God of Hellfire,’ and for his finale, exposed himself - an interesting teaching moment for young Catholics, the world over!,” recounts Ryan now lead guitarist of THE HIT MEN.
“For our gig with Arthur, he simplified his attire with magician’s robes, war paint and a burning lyre headdress / helmet, and we were made to wear warlock cloaks and hoods, but we were forgiven the face paint. We began our show, and with a little difficulty, I managed to keep my floor length, flowing cloak from interfering with my bass strings.
“Did I mention, Arthur liked to light his head on fire? As we cranked through our dark, distorted organ, pounding and pulsing bass-and-drums set Arthur, in a moment of screaming, psychotic reverie, forgot I was behind him, and hurled his lighter fluid-fueled, blazing headdress up and backwards, where it came to rest beneath my cloak. I was looking at (keyboardist) Paul Glanz at the time and only realized what had happened when I felt some red alert heat creeping up my bare legs and private parts (it was summer - no pants under my cloak). I began to spew four letter words in rapid fire, screaming and leaping around the stage, initially dragging the burning helmet with me under the cloak, unable to kick it free. Arthur thought I was ‘performing,’ absorbed in his insane, hell fire thing and was cheering me on. I thought I was about to meet the real God of Hellfire and go up in flames like a suicidal monk, right on the stage in front of 3,500 people! The stage crew was on it and came racing at me with a fire extinguisher, but Murphy’s Law of burning robes fortunately did not kick in. I managed to leap free before ignition / immolation, and they hosed the helmet instead of me. The irony was that Arthur kept going, unaware that anything was out of the ordinary, and the cheering crowd, pumping their two-fingered, metal head fists in the air, was treated to what they believed was me being possessed by demons, and doing the burning (literally) psycho hell dance.
“With that I’d like to wish my old boss, Arthur Brown a very Happy Birthday, and many happy ... hell fires?”