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

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.

don’t pull your love – hamilton, joe frank and Reynolds – 1971 – video

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