With a name that intentionally plays on the word MOD, one could easily
lump Chicago's Mauds in with the other Anglo-influenced rock n roll
bands operating in mid-to-late '60's Chicago. Wrong! The Mauds took
their biggest influence from soul music and, in lead singer Jimy Rogers,
had a vocalist that had the blue-eyed soul pipes to back up the claim.
The group was TIGHT musically and their concerts are the stuff of
While they were massive in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs (their
cover of Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming" was a HUGE local radio
hit) the group never caught on nationally, and eventually disbanded in
the early '70's. In a blatant act of censorship, the Mauds were asked to re-record "Hold On" without the 'I'm Coming", due to its sexual connotations, which they did. This is the original, unedited take from 1968.
Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford had a massive hit with "I Need Your Lovin'", a favorite oldie with Don providing the unforgettable 'whoa whoa whoa whoas'. I'm breaking with my tradition here, as this record was actually cut BEFORE (1963) the far more famous Maxine Brown version from 1964. However, in keeping with the tradition of this series and sharing less familiar versions of favorites it seemed RIGHT. And it really swings! Little is known about Dee Dee Ford, but Don Gardner was a drummer by trade who moved over to the mic and cut some excellent sides, including the incredibly intense soul favorite "My Baby Likes To Boogaloo".
Similarly, this version of "Saturday's Child" was probably released right around the same time as the far more familiar version by The Monkees (early fall 1966). While the vocal performance is nowhere near as strong as Micky Dolenz', this version from Southern California teens The Palace Guard (featuring Emitt Rhodes on drums)
has a downright WICKED fuzz guitar and a unique ending bridge that we don't hear on the Monkees version.
Glyn Johns (who for some reason is called Glynt on this Spanish picture sleeve) went on to far greater fame as a record producer, working with The Who, The Beatles, The Faces, and The Rolling Stones themselves (among so many others). This version of the Stones "Lady Jane" replaces Brian Jones' lap dulcimer part with a truly trippy sitar, and while the flute is a bit dated (to say the least), I still really dig the psychedelic London of '67 vibe on this record. And it's beautifully recorded (dig those strings), by the artist himself.
Alot of great clips in this little trailer - have not seen the vast majoirty of these - "Reelin' In The Years Productions (RITY), the world's largest music footage library, has announced an agreement to exclusively represent for licensing, all of the music footage from the classic television program The Red Skelton Hour which aired on CBS from 1962 - 1970. This footage is unique in that the music performances haven't been seen since the program went off the air over 40 years ago."
"The Red Skelton Hour is acknowledged as one of America's finest TV variety shows ever. Throughout the program's ten year history, many of the top musical artists of the day appeared, including The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, Johnny Rivers, The Fifth Dimension, Jan & Dean, Iron Butterfly, Three Dog Night, The Association, Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick"