By the middle of 1967 when I started listening to rock and roll, there were two recent “oldies” that I loved to play at a high decibel level, the first I mentioned the other day, “96 Tears” and here is the second one, the Blues Magoos “We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet”. Out of the Bronx, they only had this one song reach the top 40, peaking at #5 in early February, 1967, their other 3 singles languished in the lower reaches of the Hot 100. As usual, I learned something new in researching this song, Emil “Peppy Castro” Theilhelm, the lead singer here, later became the lead singer of Balance (think “Breaking Away” in 1981).
Early 1967, Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs had already had a pair of hit records “Wooly Bully” and “Lil Red Riding Hood”, songs that were considered novelty songs. ” How Do You Catch A Girl” was their entry in the charts in January of 1967, peaking at #22. Samudio (why does that make me think of Phil Collins ?) Domingo was born in Dallas, Texas, one of his early band mates was Trini Lopez. Sam formed the Pharoahs, named after Yul Bryner’s character in “The Ten Commandments” in 1961, After the Pharoahs run, Sam went solo and his 1970 LP “Sam, Hard And Heavy” won the 1972 Grammy for Best Album Notes, hey, there’s a Grammy for everything, I guess.
Manfred Mann broke out in 1964 with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, a #1 song, 4 years later they took Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo” to #10, then it was 8 years and a re-invented Mannfred Mann’s Earth Band that had a #31 song with “Blinded By The Light’. In between those last two their 1st release as MMEB was this song that only reached #69 in the Spring of 1972, written by Randy Newman – it’s a great “lost oldie” for those of you old enough to appreciate it 😉