Monday morning, the theremin calls, and you’re swept into one of the most innovative and influential popular rock songs of the 60s.
Carl Wilson on lead vocals. The song was produced by the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson from countless short pieces of tape, and many session musicians were used as well.
There’s an excellent description of the song’s history, as well as a musical deconstruction, and how the song changed the history of the pop single, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Vibrations
Thanks to YouTuber tabouriefilms
Monday morning The McCoys urge Sloopy to hang on.
The woman in the video is Liz Brewer who was once married to the lead singer of the McCoys, Rick Derringer.
Who was Sloopy? So far I’ve tracked down four stories:
- One of the credited co-writers claims that he wrote the song while in Cuba, and any attractive women there would be called a Sloopy.
- Sloopy was the nickname of jazz singer Dorothy Sloop who was a girlfriend of one of the writers.
- Jean Sloop was the name of an Ohio waitress who claims to be the inspiration.
- A businessman in St. Louis claimed that when he was just a kid in high school he wrote the song and sold it on the cheap to the credited writers. Rick Derringer seems to most believe this story—but he still doesn’t know why the high school kid used the name Sloopy.
Thanks to YouTuber TransatlanticMoments
Burton Cummings of the Guess Who does a great vocal on his bandmate Randy Bachman’s quirky and evocative song. Some may recall the story of Diane Linkletter…
Mike Meranda and Ruthy Ungar are two incredible Hudson Valley musicians who I had the pleasure of meeting this week. Here they are singing at the Clearwater Festival 2015. The song was written for their little daughter Opal, but as Mike says, it was hard to rhyme with Opal, so they used Jane. The song is my new morning waker-upper.
Thanks to YouTuber Jim Motavalli