"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" sung by Punch (Vocal Solo: Steve Adler, Guitar Solo: Mike Deasy), written by George Harrison and arranged by Charles Merriam and Bones Howe. This song was released in 1970 with B-Side "Waitin', Holdin' Out" (A&M 1233).
The group members of PUNCH were Charles Merriam (leader, singer and main songwriter), Steve Adler (lead singer), Kathy Ward (singer) and Dee Steele (singer).
Fast-forward to 1973. They regroup as SONOMA, replace Dee with studio singer Tricia Johns and jump to the Dunhill label. They release one album that year for that label, simply called "SONOMA". Then they jumped to the MCA Records label and recorded two more singles.
Proving that Deram was, after all, a Decca subsidiary, DM 141 is an easy listening instrumental that very nearly wanders into spaghetti western territory. Can't say that I can tell you who "Martin" is, and why his sounds are all that magical. They released an album on Deram in '68, pictured here, and it is filled with stuff like a "Taste Of Honey". They even did "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman". Ron Grainer wrote the liner notes, who was known as the composer of music for "The Prisoner", "The Omega Man", "Doctor Who" and "To Sir With Love". Vic Smith took a breather from working with Pink Floyd to engineer these magical sounds. Martin's Magic Sounds.
With the success of "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman", there was little doubt that Deram would rush out a follow up. DM 129 was released on June 23rd, 1967. As big a hit as IWKBB was, this follow up was a complete flop. For "Hey There Little Miss Mary", they used the same composers, Greenaway and Cooke, but to no avail. Maybe it was a case of too much of a good thing, or maybe it was a novelty concept that was good for one record, but who needed to hear more. I didn't.
It's easy to think that Deram released only great pop and progressive 45s in the 60s, but they had an MOR side to them as well. After all, they were a Decca subsidiary, so it was inevitable. DM 128 is the Les Reed Orchestra, doing "Imogene". Les Reed was a piano player, but is more known as a song composer. He wrote, or co-wrote, such songs as "It's Not Unusual", "Delilah", "The Last Waltz", and "There's A Kind Of Hush". Not really my cup of tea, so we will move along.