Category Archives: Sunshine Pop and Baroque

THE PIPE DREAM – Wanderers / Lovers – (RCA) – 1969

One familiar name crops up in conjunction with this album, Steve Schwartz. None of the biographies of Stephen Schwartz allude to this record / group but it is undoubtedly him. His website states, “Stephen Schwartz was born in New York … Continue reading

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THE MATCH – A New Light – (RCA) – 1969

I know very little about this band. No, less than “very little”… … next to nothing Google reveals that "next to nothing" whilst books I have reveal nothing (or is that, don't reveal anything). The group consisted of four vocalists … Continue reading

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HARPERS BIZARRE – Feelin’ Groovy – (Warner Brothers) – 1967

Harpers Bizarre (formed 1963, disbanded 1970) are another one of those specifically American bands  that hit it reasonably big there but never had a big overseas presence …think Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Happenings, … Continue reading

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TOMMY ROE – Phantasy – (ABC Records ) – 1967

1967. The times were a changing … again. Well, at least the musical times were. Some people that music can change times but I believe that the times create the music. That music may have a profound impact on you, … Continue reading

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TOMMY ROE – Sweet Pea – (ABC) – 1966

Tommy Roe is another one of those sixties pop stars I like to resurrect. Why. He is, to the wider music public, occasionally derided, rarely discussed, often mistaken, largely forgotten, and greatly undervalued. The mid to late-60s Tommy’s and Bobby’s … Continue reading

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THE SKYLINERS – Once Upon A Time …. – (Kama Sutra) – 1971

The Skyliners were a white American doo-wop group from Pittsburgh. The original line-up was: Jimmy Beaumont (lead), Janet Vogel (soprano), Wally Lester (tenor), Jackie Taylor (bass voice, guitarist), Joe Verscharen (baritone). In 1956 Joe Rock (aged 20), an ABC promotion … Continue reading

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THE TURTLES – Happy Together – (White Whale) – 1967

I spoke about The Turtles a few years back when this blog was still just an email list. I said then, by way of background,  "The Turtles were one of the California bands that emerged in the wake of The … Continue reading

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BOBBY BLOOM – The Bobby Bloom Album – (L&R Records) – 1970

The only thing I knew about Bloom was the song "Montego Bay". And, that was mainly because it had been covered by Australian ska band The Allniters in 1983 and that version was very popular when I was at university. … Continue reading

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EMITT RHODES – The American Dream- (A&M) – 1971

By way of biography check what I have said about Emitt Rhodes on this blog in the past and refer to the links below. Emitt Rhodes … one of the great unheralded (though cultishly popular) singers of the 60s and … Continue reading

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PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS – Hard ‘n’ Heavy (with marshmallow) – (Columbia) – 1969

Paul Revere & the Raiders are a joy and should be in the pantheon of rock groups. Perhaps The Raiders are closer to that status in the United States but here, in Australia, they are relatively unknown. I suspect we … Continue reading

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