33.45.78 All Vinyl Radio Show
with Steve Fruitman
#258
January 14, 2019

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One for the Birds!
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Hour One

1.   The Barbarians: Hey Little Bird (Tommy Kaye) 1964
2.   Strawberry Alarmclock: Birdman of Alkatrash (M Weitz) 1957
3.   The Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon / McCartney) 1966
4.   Bobby McFerrin: Blackbird (Lennon / McCartney) 1984
5.   The Four Aces: The Cuckoo Bird in the Pickle Tree (Al Alberts / Ted Murry / Raymond Leveen) 1958
6.   Don Murphy: Bluebird on Your Window Sill (Elizabeth Clark) 1948 *
7.   Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart: Chicken Rhythm (The Dirty Rooster) (Slim Gaillard) 1946
8.   Eric Bogle: Birds of a Feather (Eric Bogle) 1985
9.   Chubby Checker: Birdland  (Mann / Smith) 1963
10. The Trashmen: Surfin’ Bird (Steve Wahrer) 1963
11. The Trashmen: Bird Bath (Dan Darnold / Norman Knowles / Trashmen) 1965
12. The Trashmen: Bird Dance Beat (George Garrett) 1964
13. Catherine MacLellan: Snowbird (Gene MacLellan) 2017 *
14. Hank Snow: Snowbird (Eddie Noack) 1969 *
15. Silver Apples: Whirly-Bird (Dan Taylor / Simeon Coxe) 1968
16. Jimmy Bowskill Band: Little Bird (Jimmy Bowskill) 2012 *
17. Al Cherny: Early Bird of Spring (Trad) 1974 *

Hour Two

1.   Jewel Aiken: The Birds And The Bees (Barry Stuart) 1964
2.   Three’s A Crowd: Bird Without Wings (Bruce Cockburn) 1968 *
3.   Michael Logie: Follow The Birds (Ken Garland) 1980 *
4.   Ronnie Hawkins: Bluebirds Over The Mountain (Ersel Hickey) 1965 *
5.   The Paupers: Free As A Bird (R Prokop / B Marion) 1965 *
6.   The Plague: High Flyin’ Bird (Bill Ed Wheeler) 1967 *
7.   Omar Blondahl: If I Were A Blackbird (trad) 1964 *
8.   Tom and Joe Webb: Singing Bird (Unknown) 1972 *
9.   Ron McMunn & The Country Cousins: The Great Speckled Bird (Trad) 1964 *
10. Wilf Carter: The Sunshine Bird (Ruth Roberts) 1950s *
11. It’s A Beautiful Day: White Bird (Linda Laflamme / David Laflamme) 1969
12. Gene Parsons: Melodies of a Bird in Flight (Gene Parsons) 1979
13. Robin Hitchcock: Acid Bird (Robin Hitchcock) 1981
14. Miss Terry Parker: Yodelling Bird (Cy Coben) 1961 *
 


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Hour One

1.   The Barbarians: Hey Little Bird (Tommy Kaye)
45 single bw You’ve Got To Understand: Joy Records 45K-290
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Jerry Causi: lead vocal
Victor Moulton: drums
Bruce Benson: bass
Geoffry Morris: guitar
Produced: September 1964
Arranged by Al Ham

Active between 1964 and 1967, were known for drummer Victor "Moulty" Molton's prosthetic hook used in place of his missing left hand to hold his drumstick. They also wore pirate outfits to fit Molton’s image. They received their biggest break when featured on Pan USA The T.A.M.I. tour in 1965 alongside other artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Lesley Gore, Chuck Berry, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Miracles, and Marvin Gaye. A later, minor hit, entitled "Moulty", was a humorous auto-biographical song about the drummer's life and losing his hand when he was 14. Moulton sang lead on the track, but instead of the original members, he was backed by a Toronto group, Levon & the Hawks, later to be known as The Band.

2.   Strawberry Alarm Clock: The Bird Man of Alkatrash (M Weitz)
45 single bw Incense And Peppermints: Uni Records 55018
Los Angeles CA
Lee Freeman: rhythm guitars, harmonica, vocals
Ed King: lead guitar, vocal
Gary Lovetro: bass
Gene Gunnels: drums, vocal
Mark Weitz: keys, lead vocal
George Bunnell: bass, guitars, vocal
Steve Bartek: guitar, flute
Produced by Frank Slay and Bill Holmes, 1967

Producer Frank Slay denied band songwriters Mark Weitz and Ed King any credits for the A side hit, Incense and Pepperments. Ed King later played with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

3.   The Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon / McCartney)
Yesterday And Today: Capitol Records of Canada T 2553
Liverpool UK
John Lennon: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, handclaps
Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass, lead guitar, handclaps
George Harrison: harmony vocal, lead guitar, handclaps
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine, handclaps
Produced by George Martin, 1966
Recorded 26 April 1966, EMI Studios, London

Originally released in the US on Yesterday and Today; most of the rest of the world on Revolver. It’s a song that John Lennon referring to it as "another of my throwaways ... fancy paper around an empty box".

4.   Bobby McFerrin: Blackbird (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) 1984
The Voice: Elektra Musician 60366-1-E
New York City
Bobby McFerrin: voice
Produced by Linda Goldstein 1984
Recorded live in Manheim, Germany at the Rosengarten by Carlos Albrecht
Mastered by Steve Addabbo

b. March 11, 1950 (age 65) Manhattan, New York

A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is known for his unique vocal techniques
He is widely known for performing and recording regularly as an unaccompanied solo vocal artist.
He had spent six years developing his musical style, the first two years of which he attempted not to listen to other singers at all, in order to avoid sounding like them.

5.   The Four Aces: The Cuckoo Bird In The Pickle Tree (Al Alberts / Ted Murry / Raymond Leveen)
The Four Aces Sing Featuring Al Alberts: Vocalion VL 3604
Chester PA
Al Alberts (deceased)
Dave Mahoney (deceased)
Lou Silvestri (deceased)
Rosario "Sod" Vaccaro (deceased)
Produced 1958

Got together in 1957: lead vocalist Al Alberts left a year later, after recording this song, to go solo. In the 1960s he became a TV personality in the Philadelphia region with his show, Al Alberts Showcase.

Voted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001

6.   Don Murphy: Bluebird on Your Window Sill (Elizabeth Clarke)
The Saga Of Canadian Country and Folk Music: Rodeo International - SRLP-2-7121
Vancouver BC
Don Murphy: vocals
Compilation produced by George I Taylor, 1972
Recorded 1948 by Al Reuch for Aragon Records, Vancouver

Elizabeth Clarke b. Winnipeg MB 1911 / d. Vancouver 1960 (49)

In 1947, Elizabeth Clarke was a Winnipeg-born nurse working in Vancouver who wrote this hit song in 6 hours. She would sing this song at family gatherings and was eventually convinced, by her friends, that she should have it recorded. She sang the song, herself, on CKNW radio. In 1948 it was recorded separately by Don Murphy and as well as The Rhythm Kings. As it’s popularity spread, it was recorded by Wilf Carter in 1949 as well as Tex Williams, Dorris Day, Bing Crosby and dozens of others. Clarke turned over her royalties to childrens’ hospitals across Canada (where they continue to be donated to this day!). Bluebird was the first song by a Canadian to sell more than a million copies.
 

7.   Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart: Chicken Rhythm (The Dirty Rooster) (Slim Gaillard)
Dr Boogie Presents Shim Sham Shimmy: Zu-Zazz Records  Z 2009
Claiborne, Alabama / Detroit MI
Slim Gaillard: guitar, vocal
Leroy Eliot "Slam" Stewart: bass, vocal
Bam Brown: bass
Leo Watson: drums
Produced - 1946
Recorded in Los Angeles CA, Apiril 1946

Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 4, 1916 / February 26, 1991 London UK)

Slim rose to prominence in the late 1930s as part of Slim & Slam, Guitarist, actor, linguist (concocted his own language called Voutie and even wrote the dictionairy)

8.   Eric Bogle: Birds of a Feather (Eric Bogle)
When The Wind Blows: Stony Plain Records SPL 1075
Adelaide, Australia
Eric Bogle: vocals
Jim Munro: guitars, mandolin, vocals
Brent Miller: bass, vocals
Andy McGloin: drums
Phil Cuneen: synth
Trev Warner: fiddle
Bob McCarthy: banjo
Lynne Muir: bg vocal
Produced by Eric Bogle & John Munro, 1985
Recorded & Mixed by Peter Brook at Studio 202, Adelaide

Eric Bogle (born 23 September 1944) Peebles, Scotland. Emigrated to Australia 1969 and became a folk singer. No Mans Land & The Band Played Waltzing Matilda have been covered by dozens of artists.

9.   Chubby Checker: Birdland (Mann / Smith)
45 rpm single: Parkway Records - P-873X
Spring Gulley, SC, USA
Chubby Checker: vocal
Produced 1963
Mastered at Audio Matrix by Stan Ricker

Ernest Evans b. Spring Gully SC Oct 3, 1941

As a teen, he worked at a produce market and would sing and tell jokes. It was his boss there who started calling him Chubby. It was American Bandstand host Dick Clark, who’s wife thought Chubby Checker would be a better name. He would imitate other singers: Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, Elvis and The Chipmunks.

10. The Trashmen: Surfin Bird (Steve Wahrer)
45 Single bw King of the Surf: Apex Records 76894
Minneapolis MN
Tony Andreason, LG
Dal Winslow, Guitar
Bob Reed, bass
Steve Wahrer, drums, lead vocals
Produced by George Garrett, 1963
Recorded at Kay Bank Studio, Minneapolis

11.   The Trashmen: Bird Bath (Dan Darnold / Norman Knowles / Trashmen)
Surfin Bird: Garrett Records ? LPGA-200,
Minneapolis MN
Tony Andreason, LG
Dal Winslow, Guitar
Bob Reed, bass
Steve Wahrer, drums, lead vocals
Produced by George Garrett, 1965

12. The Trashmen: Bird Dance Beat (George Garrett)
45 rpm single bw A-bone: Apex Records (Canada) 76904
Minneapolis MN
Tony Andreason, LG
Dal Winslow, Guitar
Bob Reed, bass
Steve Wahrer, drums, lead vocals
Produced by George Garrett, 1964

From Minniapolis, Minnesota active years 1962-67. Started out as Jim Thaxter & the Travelers.

The Trashmen are a rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1962. The group's original lineup was Tony Andreason on lead guitar and vocals, Dal Winslow on guitar and vocals, Steve Wahrer (d. 1989 cancer age 47)  on drums and vocals, and Bob Reed on bass guitar. After a trip to California 1962, The group played surf rock which included elements from garage rock. The Trashmen's biggest hit was 1963's "Surfin' Bird", which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the later part of that year. The song was a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons, "The Bird's the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow". The earliest pressings of the single credit the Trashmen as composers, but following a threat from The Rivingtons' legal counsel, that group was subsequently credited as composers. The early single was credited solely to the drummer and singer, Steve Wahrer...Bird Bath is an adaptation of the Revels instrumental Church Key

13. Catherine MacLellan: Snowbird (Gene MacLellan)
Snowbird: The Songs of Gene MacLellan: True North Records TND 676
Rural PEI
Catherine MacLellan: guitar, vocal
Chris Gauthier: electric guitar, bg vocal
Produced by Karl Falkenham, 2017
Recorded at Zion Piresbyterian Church, Charlottetown PEI 2013
Recorded by Pat Martin, Rod Sneddon and Kenny MacDopnald
House Sound: House Front Productions

This was recorded back in 2013 but only released in 2017 and features various artists covering Gene MacLellan’s songs, including Lenny Gallant, John Connoly, Dennis Ellsworth and Ron Hynes doing versions of Gene’s songs. Catherine has just completed a summer-long show of her father’s life and songs.

14. Hank Snow: Snowbird (Eddie Noack)
Snow In All Seasons: RCA Victor Stereo LSP-4122
Brooklyn NS
Hank Snow: guitar, vocals
Others not listed
Produced by Chet Atkins, Feb 1969
Recorded by Al Pachucki at RCA Studios, Nashville

Clarence Eugene Snow b. May 9th, 1914, Broolyn NS - d. December 20, 1999

Snow also covered Gene MacLellan’s song Snowbird as well. Eddie Noack’s song originally appeared on the LP ‘Snow In All Seasons’ (1969).

15. Silver Apples: Whirly Birds (Dan Taylor / Simeon Coxe)
Silver Apples: Kapp Records KS 3562
New York City
Danny Taylor: drums, vocals
Simeon: the thing (the simeon), vocals
Produced by Barry Bryant 1968
Recorded by Don Van Gorden, New York City

Simeon Oliver Coxe III b. Knoxville TN June 4, 1938

Both players were in (NYC) house band The Overland Stage Electric Band in 1967 and quit to form Silver Apples. Taylor was a drummer whose previous experience included playing with Jimi Hendrix. Their first gig as SA was before 30,000 fans in NY's Central Park  Taylors drum-set included thirteen drums, five cymbals and other percussion instruments. They had their detractors: Blood, Sweat and Tears members stated publically after a gig with them: “We actually had to leave the dressing room, it was so awful.” But John Lennon said: “Watch out for a band called Silver Apples, they are the next thing.”

Danny Taylor died on March 10, 2005 Kingston, NY of  heart attack. Simeon keeps doing Silver Apples gigs using the original drum tracks of Taylor.

16. Jimmy Bowskill Band: Seasons Change (Jimmy Bowskill / Ian McKeown / Daniel Reiff)
Back Number: Ruf Records RUF 2008
Toronto ON
Jimmy Bowskill: guitar, piano, trumpet, vocals
Ian McKeown: bass, trombone, vocals
Dan Reiff: drums, vocals
Produced & mixed by Brian Moncarz and the Jimmy Bowskill Band 2013
Recorded by Wayne Cochrane & Kevin Dietz at Metalworks Studios, Toronto & Rattlebox North
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering, Brookly NY

b. Bailieboro ON Sept 16, 1990

17. Al Cherny: Early Bird of Spring (Trad)
Golden Ukrainian Memories: TeeVee Records TA-1017
Medicine Hat AB
Al Cherny: violin
Produced 1974

Alexander Peter Chernywech, b Medicine Hat, Alta, 1 Nov 1932 / d Missisauga, Ont, 23 Aug 1989

In 1951 he joined Vic Siebert and his Sons of the Saddle. From 1952-59 he was a featured performer on the legendary weekly radio program 'CKNX Saturday Night Barn Dance'. He was a regular performer on CBC TV, first 1963-5 on 'Country Hoedown', and thereafter (until his death) on 'The Tommy Hunter Show'. He also played fiddle on various Stompin’ Tom albums. He was inducted, posthumously, into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.

Hour Two

1.   Jewel Akens: The Birds And The Bees (Barry Stuart)
45 Single: Era Records 3141
Houston TX
Jewel Akens: vocal
Billy Strange: guitar
Ervan Coleman: guitar
Bob West: bass
Arthur Wright: bass
Hal Blaine: drums
Leon Russell: piano
Produced by Herb Newman, 1964
Recorded at Gold Star Studios by Stan Ross

Jewel Eugene Akens b. Houston TX Sept 12, 1933 / d. Inglewood CA March 1, 2013 (79)

Akens was in the Medallions and The Four Dots before forming a recording duo with Eddie Daniels in 1960. After the success of Birds And The Bees (a golden record selling more than a million copies) in 1965, he ran on its steam for several years, even touring with The Monkees. He died of complications from back surgery in 2013.

The song was actually written by the 12 year old son of Era Records owner, Herb Newman but used the name Barry Stuart in the credits. Newman was also a composer, scoring a major hit for Gogi Grant called “The Wayward Wind” in 1956.

2.   Three’s A Crowd: Bird Without Wings (Bruce Cockburn)
Christophers Movie Matinee: RCA Victor D-50030
Ottawa ON
Trevor Veitch lead guitar
Brent Titcomb guitar
David Wiffen guitar
Ken Koblun bass
Richard Patterson drums
Donna Warner vocals
Produced by Mama Cass Elliot & Steve Barri, 1968
Recorded by Chuck Britz at Studio 3 at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, October 1967

3's A Crowd was formed in August 1964 in Vancouver by folk musician and comedian Brent Titcomb and singer/comedian Donna Warner. January 1965, under the name The Bill Schwartz Quartet, the trio make their debut at Vancouver's Bunkhouse coffeehouse. By May 1965 the trio became 3's A Crowd as suggested by Titcomb's friend King Anderson. They made a demo tape and it was sent to Sid Dolgay, of The Travellers, who offered to manage them. This resulted in gigs in Toronto’s thriving Yorkville coffee house scene.

In 1967 they played at Expo ’67 in Montreal and were seen by Denny Doherty and Cass Elliott of The Mamas & The Papas. Elliot proposed to produce them and contacted ABC Dunhill who brought them to Los Angeles to record what would be their only album. By the summer of ’68 things started coming apart for various reasons and the band saw a revolving door of prominent musicians enter the fold, including Colleen Peterson and Bruce Cockburn. By 1969 they were history.

3.   Michael Logie: Follow The Birds (Ken Garland)
45 single bw Will You Be There?: Garland Music of Victoria IRS 80-037
Victoria BC
Michael Logie: vocal
Ken Garland: music director
Produced by Griffiths Gibson Productions, 1980
Recorded by Roger Monk at Little Mountain Sound Co., Vancouver BC
Manufactured by the Imperial Record Corp

Ken Garland b. New Westminster BC

Composer Ken Garland was a bus tour driver. ‘Follow The Birds’ was a slogan used by BC Ferries and served as an inspiration by Garland to write a tribute to Victoria, BC. It was originally recorded by John Dunbar in 1967 and was quite popular for a few years before beoming obscure. The B side, Will You Be There?, was written in 1979. These records didn’t sell well given the Suggested Retail Price of $2.89 (plus tax) at the time. The back cover of the 45 shows a map of British Columbia and all the different ferry routes.

4.   Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks: Bluebirds Over The Mountain (Ersel Hickey)
45 single bw Goin’ To The River: Hawk Records HR-106
Toronto / Peterborough ON
Ronnie Hawkins: vocal
Other musicians: not available
Produced By Ronnie Hawkins Enterprises, 1965

Ronald Hawkins b. Huntsville, Arkansas Jan 10, 1935

Bluebirds Over The Mountain has been covered by The Beachboys, Ritchie Valens, Dick and Dee Dee etc.

Won Juno for Making It Again, in 1984
Awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievemtn Award from CARAS 1996
SOCAN Special Achievement Award 2007
Officer of the Order of Canada 2013

5.   The Paupers: Free As A Bird (R Prokop / B Marion)
45: Roman Records - DR 1103
Toronto ON
Ronn 'Skip' Prokop, drums
Denny Gerrard, bass
Bill Marion (aka Bill Misener), guitar
Chuck Beal, lead guitar
Produced by David Mostoway, 1965

This was the Paupers in their original formation with Bill Marion aka Bill Misener (b. Hamilton ON / d. 2014) playing guitar. At first, in 1964, they were called The Sprats but changed their name in 1965. Their third ever gig as The Paupers was at Maple Leaf Gardens, opening for The Rolling Stones. Marion left the band in 1966 after Bernie Finkelstein took over as their manager and joined The Last Words who had a hit with Give Me Time. After that he got into songwriting and music production. His replacement in The Paupers was Scottish-born songwriter Adam Mitchell.

6.   Plague: High Flyin’ Bird (Bill Ed Wheeler)
45 single bw Love and Obey: Reo Records 8981X
Thunder Bay ON
Don Brown: guitar, vocals
Tom Horricks: sax, lead vocals
Lyn McEachem: drums, lead vocal
Joey Stapansky: keys, vocals
George Stevenson: bass, vocals
Produced by Don Grashey, 1967

The band started as 'Donny B and the Bonnvilles, went to 'The Plague', then 'The Lexington Avenue' and 'The Jarvis Street Revue'.  It was as The Plague that they made some of their most memorable recordings. One of the band’s earlier recordings was a 45 credited only to Lyn McEarhern called “World of Dreams”. They were good friends with Neil Young and the Squires and remember Neil showing them a song that would eventually be known as Helpless. The band traveled on the road for over 22 years.

7.   Omar Blondahl: If I Were A Blackbird (Trad)
Favourite Folk Songs From Here…and There…and Everywhere: Arc Records 567
Wynyard SK
Omar Blondahl: vocal, guitar
Produced by Ben Weatherby, 1964
Recorded at Arc Sound, Toronto

Omar Blondahl, (6 February 1923 – 11 December 1993) also known as "Sagebrush Sam"

Blondahl was en route to visit his father's grave in Iceland, when he stopped in Newfoundland to raise more money to continue the trip. He looked for work at a local radio station, where the manager, upon learning that he was a folk singer, showed him a copy of the newly published third edition of the Gerald S. Doyle songbook. Blondahl recalls:

He tossed a Gerald S. Doyle songbook on the table and he said, "Can you sing any of that?" And this was my first introduction to Newfoundland folk music, so I opened it and thumbed through, I said "My God this is beautiful stuff." I had never heard any of it before and I said "This must be on all kinds of records," I said "I've never run across any of it." He said, "I don't think any of them are on records" and I thought this is a gold mine, you know, oh my. -- Omar Blondahl, interviewed by Neil V. Rosenberg.

He lived 1955-64 in St John's. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia in December 1993 at the age of 70.

8.   Tom and Joe Webb: Singing Bird (Trad)
Webb-Sters Dictionary: Fundy Records LPS 2621
Amherst NS
Joe Webb: guitar, vocals
TomWebb: banjo, vocals
Produced by Ronald J Hesler, 1972
Recorded by Ronald J Hesler at Fundy Recording, Sackville NB

Records show that Fundy Records were established in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1971. This was the first act signed to that label. Two school teaching brothers doing their thing.

9.   Ron McMunn & The Country Cousins: The Great Speckled Bird (Trad)
Blue Grass Cannonball: Banff Rodeo Records RBS 1197
Stittsville ON
Ron McMunn: guitar, vocals
Wally Jackson: fiddle
Garny Scheels: dobro
Don ONeil: mandolin
Lloyd Grant: banjo
Produced by Ken Ayoub, 1964
Recorded by Paul Mongeau

Ron McMunn (The Silver Fox) b. 1932 Clayton, ON / d. 2007

He left the family farm to join Charlie Finner and the Hay Shakers, where he learned the art of calling squares. In 1954, Ron formed the Country Cousins and was soon performing every Saturday over CJET radio in Smiths Falls. In the 70s, the Country Cousins performed on the Grand Ole Opry and the Wheeling, West Virginia Jamboree.

10. Wilf Carter: The Sunshine Bird (Ruth Roberts / Bill Katz)
The Dynamite Trail: Decca Records  DL 4092
Port Hilford NS
Wilf Carter: vocals
Chet Atkins: guitar
Jack Shook: guitar
Jerry Byrd: steel
Ernie Newton: bass
Farris Coursey: drums
Tommy Jackson: fiddl
Owen Bradley: piano
Produced by Paul Cohen, 1960
Recorded at Bradley Studio, Nashville TN November 23, 1954
First issued on Decca 29535

AKA Montana Slim b. Port Hilford NS 1904 / d. 1996

Performed and recorded in every decade, since 1932 through to the Eighties. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame 1971, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame 1984; Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1985; Juno Awards Hall of Fame 1985; Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame 1997.

11. It’s A Beautiful Day: White Bird (Linda Laflamme / David Laflamme)
It’s A Beautiful Day: Columbia Records  CS 9768
San Francisco CA
David Laflamme: violin, vocals
Hal Wagenet: guitar
Mitchell Hollman: bass
Linda Laflamme: keys, vocals
Pattie Santos: percussion
Produced by Matthew Katz & David Laflamme  1969
Recorded by Brian Ross-Myring

Active years: 1967-1974

David LaFlamme (born Gary Poise May 4, 1941, in New Britain, Connecticut changed his name to his stage name David LaFlamme so to protect his Symphony Orchestra reputation. Symphony Orchestras at that time often did not think much of Rock music. In 1967 the band were living in Seattle, Washington, practicing in an attic. David LaFlamme explains their hit song White Bird:

“Where the 'white bird' thing came from ... We were like caged birds in that attic. We had no money, no transportation, the weather was miserable. We were just barely getting by on a very small food allowance provided to us. It was quite an experience, but it was very creative in a way.”

12. Gene Parsons: Melodies From A Bird In Flight (Gene Parsons / Camille Parsons)
Melodies: Sierra Briar Records – SRS-8703
Morongo Valley CA
Gene Parsons: vocal, string bender guitar, bass, drums
Rob Warford: lead guitar
Greg Harris: acoustic guitar
Produced by Gene Parsons - 1978
Recorded by Steve Zaretsky at Music Grinder Studio, Hollywood CA
Mixed by Gary Skardina, John Kovarek, Steve Zaretsky, Gene Parsons, John Delgatto

Gene Victor Parsons: September 4, 1944 (age 72) Morongo Valley California
An American drummer, banjo player, guitarist, singer-songwriter, best known for his work with The Byrds from 1968 to 1972.

The “StringbenderTM” was invented by ex-Byrds Gene Parsons and Clarence White and first used by Roger McGuinn. It’s also been used by Albert Lee, Pete Townsend, Randy Bachman, Jimmy Page, Randy Scruggs, Dave Gilmore etc. The resulting tone sounds much like a pedal steel guitar. This song pays homeage to Clarence White.
 

13. Robyn Hitchcock: Acid Bird (R Hitchcock)
Black Snake Diamond Role: An Armageddon Record ARM 4
London UK
Robyn Hitchcock: piano, lead guitar, vocal
Gary Barnacle: sax
Matthew Seligman: bass
Vince Ely: drums
Kimberley Rew: guitar
Produced by Pat Collier and Matthew Seligman, 1981

Robyn Rowan Hitchcock b. March 3, 1953

Influenced by such diverse artists as Syd Barrett, John Lennon and Roger McGuinn, Hitchcock moved from London to Cambridge to busk. He joined several bands before going it alone. BB Blackberry & The Swelterettes, The worst Fears, Maureen & The Meatpackers, Dennis & The Experts, The Soft Boys before doing it solo. This song is from his first solo shot.

14. Miss Terry Parker: Yodelling Bird (Cy Coben)
Canada's Yodelling Sweetheart: Banff - RBS 1093
North Bay, ON
Terry Parker: vocals
Producer Unlisted – 1961

b. North Bay ON July 20, 1933

Apparently, Miss Terry Parker’s music career began on January 25, 1956 when she appeared on “Holiday Ranch” TV program. After that performance she was in demande. She was a special guest on “Main Street Jamboree” in Hamilton; The CKNX Saturday Night Barn Dance in Wingham; The Circle 8 Ranch Hour, the Hometown Jamboree and others across Canada. Patsy Montana was a huge inspiration and got her into yodelling.


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