Don’t Pull Your Love – Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds – 1971

November 27, 2015

HJR coverNot quite one hit wonders – but almost.  Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds hit the charts in 1971 with Don’t Pull Your Love.

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  • The original members of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were part of a 60s studio band known as The T-Bones.  When a record producer asked that a live version of the band be formed to go on the road and promote their instrumental hit, No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In), Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds and others hit the road.
  • In 1970, Dunhill Records offered a recording contract to, Dan, Joe Frank and Tommy so they named themselves, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds (not sure why two surnames and one first name??)
  • Within a year the band had recorded Don’t Pull Your Love and had their first hit.
  • In 1972, the band’s recording contract was cancelled and Tommy left the group.  He was replaced by Alan Dennison and Rick Shull but they stuck with the original name.
  • This revised line-up had the group’s biggest hit, Fallin’ in Love (1975).
  • In an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the characters jokingly discussed how difficult it is for the average person to determine exactly how many people were in the group. Without seeing the name written down, one could assume it was a quartet (“Hamilton, Joe, Frank, and Reynolds”), a duo (“Hamilton Joe Frank” and Reynolds), a trio (consisting instead of “Hamilton Joe, Frank, and Reynolds”), or even a quintet (“Hamilton, Joe, HJR 2Frank, Ann, Reynolds”).
  • Dan Hamilton died Cushing’s syndrome in Los Angeles in 1993. He was 48.

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  • Written by Brian Potter and Dennis Lambert, Don’t Pull Your Love was originally released in by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds in 1971.
  • The song peaked at #4 in the US, selling over a million copies.
  • Session musicians later referred to as the Wrecking Crew were hired to record the instruments instead of Hamilton, Frank and Reynolds.
  • The song was also recorded by Sam & Dave in 1971. Their version peaked at #38 on the US R&B chart.
  • In 1976, Glen Campbell recorded the song as a part of a medley with Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.  It peaked at #27 on the US charts and topped the US easy listening chart.
  • Don’t Pull Your Love lyrics.

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Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1970

November 19, 2015

Creedence+Clearwater+Revi+Wholl+Stop+The+Rain CoverSix Top Five US hits and never a #1 – little more than five years together – one of the great bands of the 70s; CCR or Creedence Clearwater Revival; in 1970 they had a double-sided hit single; Who’ll Stop the Rain and Travellin’ Band.

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  • John Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford formed The Blue Velvets (sometimes called, The Golliwogs) way back in 1959.  They played gigs and sometimes backed John’s big brother Thomas.  Eventually Tom joined the band.
  • In 1967, the boys were offered a recording contract but it came with one proviso – they had to change the name of the band!  The boys went away with a challenge; to each come up with ten possible names.
  • That’s how, in January, 1968, they came to be known as Creedence Clearwater Revival.  According to the boys, the name came from three sources:
  1. Tom’s mate Credence Newball, whose name they changed to form the word Creedence,
  2. A television commercial for Olympia beer (“clear water”); and
  3. The four members’ renewed commitment to their band.
  • CCR 3Over the coming years the band produced eight studio albums including the four times platinum, Cosmo’s Factory; and had at least 23 hit singles.  Never a #1 but six of them made the top five.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and, in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine ranked CCR at #82.
  • The band members went their separate ways in 1972 – all continue to be involved in the music industry.

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  • Who’ll Stop the Rain was written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival for their 4xPlatinum 1970 album Cosmo’s Factory.
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain was one of three double-sided hits released by Creedence Clearwater Revival from Cosmo’s Factory.  In this case, the single was backed with Travelin’ Band.
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain peaked at #2 on the US singles charts and #8 on the UK charts.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Who’ll Stop the Rain at #188 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • The meaning of the song has been long debated, some claiming it was a call to end the war in Vietnam.  Here’s what John said about his song;

Well, this next song has a bit of a fable surrounding it. A lot of folks seem to think I sang this song at Woodstock way back then. No. I was at Woodstock 1969… I think. It was a nice event. I’m a California kid. I went up there and saw a whole bunch of really nice young people. Hairy. Colorful. It started to rain, and got really muddy, and then (yelling) half a million people took their clothes off!!! (Normal voice again) Boomer generation making its presence known I guess. Anyway, then I went home and wrote this song.

  • Artists to have covered Who’ll Stop the Rain include: Bruce Springsteen, The Stereophonics, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bob Seger (as a duet with John Fogerty), Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, and Bill Haley and the Comets.
  • John Fogerty signed away legal control of his old recordings to Fantasy Records, a move he may have come to regret as they have allowed his songs to be used in all manner of commercials.  John once said;

Folks will remember Forrest Gump and that was a great movie, but they don’t remember all the really poor movies that Fantasy Records stuck Creedence music into: car commercials, tire commercials. I’m remembering a paint thinner ad at one point,(actually, it was Thompson’s Water Seal) the song “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. Oh, boy. That’s clever, isn’t it?

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Heart of the Night – Poco – 1979

November 11, 2015

Poco Heart of the Night cover 1979Perhaps the first of the family of West Coast country-rock bands, Poco began life as an offshoot of Buffalo Springfield.  In 1979 they had a hit with Heart of the Night.

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  • Poco formed in California in the late 60s – original members including Richie Furay, Jim Messina and Rusty Young.
  • It was during the recording of Buffalo Springfield’s final album that the band’s three lead singers Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay each recorded songs without the other members present. Richie’s (Kind Woman) featured Jim Messina and Rusty Young. Buffalo Springfield split and Poco was formed.
  • Many place Poco at the forefront of the West Coast country-rock genre that was later headlined by The Eagles.
  • Poco has performed in various line-ups over the years and is still (just) active.
  • Amongst musicians to make up Poco have been Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit who both went on the play as part of The Eagles.
  • Of all members, Rusty Young had been, until recently, the ever-present force; he left the band in 2013 after 45 years playing and touring with Poco.
  • Not high-fliers on the singles charts, Poco released 19 albums – the last in 2013.

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  • Released as a single in May 1979, Heart of the Night is lifted from Poco’s 1978 album, Legend.
  • The lead vocal features Heart of the Night’s composer, Paul Cotton.
  • The song was not originally intended to be released by Poco – it was recorded by Paul and Rusty Young and was to be credited to the Cotton-Young band.  Their record company had other ideas; the song and others recorded were released as Legend, Poco’s eleventh album.
  • Heart of the Night peaked at #20 on the US charts.
  • Heart of the Night features a saxophone solo by Phil Kenzie whose talents can be heard on Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat.
  • Heart of the Night lyrics.

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