Saturday, August 30, 2008

The great "Paul is Dead" single?

Terry Knight, best known as the manager for Grand Funk Railroad, recorded the song "Saint Paul" in 1969 that may have started the great wave of "Paul McCartney is Dead" rumours of the late 1960s.

Here's the song, spliced to footage of a Beatles performance of Hey Jude (which the writer of Saint Paul liberally cribs from!):

(I'm more familiar with the cover version by Shane, which was a monster hit in New Zealand.)

If this interests you, I suggest that you read the fascinating book I Am The Walrus, which examines the history of the rumour.

(The late Mr. Knight, when asked whether he knew that the song had contributed to the rumour, is reported to have smiled and said "Yes, I'd heard that...")

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mom, start your Christmas shopping for me early

If an auction listing at eBay is to be believed , someone is selling the master reel to reel tapes of famed U.K. record producer Joe Meek.

No bids yet, but the bidding is expected to start at $231,000 U.S..

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Unless You Care

A lip-synch performance on Shindig, by Terry Black.

(Not only is Unless You Care a good song...Terry Black was from North Vancouver!)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Everybody do the Twist in the snow!

I still say that Belles! Belles! Belles! by Claude Francois is still the best Scopitone ever, even if only in a "What the...?!?!" sense. :)

Dumb head!

This is The Sharades cover version of Dumb Head. I'd love to know what that electronic thing is taking the place of the piano/organ. Any ideas?

[I feel like a dumb head sometimes...and I am not even a lady having problems with her dates like in the song. :) )

This is the US original by Ginny Arnell:

[I like the duh-duh-duh-duh's better in the original :) ]

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Probably Joe Meek's finest production:

Monday, August 04, 2008

D.B. Cooper

A U.S. lawyer is convinced that he knows the real identity of famed hijacker D.B. Cooper as well as the Vancouver bank where the loot is allegedly stashed in a safety deposit box.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Oh Mia Angelina!

Peppino Di Capri in the 1963 German teenager movie "Denn die Musik und die Liebe in Tirol"

Listen for the amazing electric guitar sound without amps! Neat song, though.

It's the big one Elizabeth! I'm a -comin'!

Three days off in a row. Whatever shall I do?
(This would be my first three day weekend in, oh, two years.)

Ferry Cross the Mersey

Wish that this movie was on TV some time so that I could watch it....