"Billy Strange was a much-respected guitarist, songwriter, and arranger who made an indelible mark on pop music as one of the top session players in Los Angeles during the 1960s. And as a songwriter, he was no slouch either. Born in Long Beach, California, Strange was just 5 years old when he performed on a local radio station – reportedly winning a yodel contest. Roughly ten years later, he was given his first guitar, and within two years, he was on the road. During the mid ’60s, Strange found himself as part of a collective of L.A. studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, who would go down in history as the players on some of the most important pop, rock, and country records of the era. Most famously, Strange played on landmark recordings by the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds), Nat King Cole, Nancy Sinatra, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley (whose “A Little Less Conversation” was co-written by Strange. Others who recorded Strange-penned songs include Chubby Checker, the Champs, Hank Snow, and Glen Campbell. In the early ’70s, Strange moved to Nashville where he co-owned and ran the Sinatra’s publishing company. Billy Strange was 81 when he passed away on February 22, 2012." via The Music's Over
Featuring Brook Benton & Booker T & The MGs recording sessions (could this really be them recording "Time Is TIght?"), The Muscle Shoals horns working out an arrangement (that's gotta be Isaac Hayes playing sax, right?) and more. (A L'affiche Du Monde 4.19.69)
50's and 60's guitar god Mickey Baker on French TV.
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.
Deram reached into the novelty bag for DM 112, "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" by Whistlin' Jack Smith. Deram had their first charter Stateside with this one. It was recorded by the Mike Sammes Singers and one Billy Moeller, brother of Tommy Moeller from Unit 4 + 2, was hired to be WJS, and tour. I wonder if Billy was embarrassed by this bit of nonsense? Here he is on Beat Club lip synching to a record he didn't record.
The Atlantics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -"The Atlantics are an Australian surf rock band formed in the early 1960s and arguably Australia's most successful of the genre. Most well-known for their classic hit, "Bombora", their later recordings such as "Come On" are examples of 1960s garage rock. They were the first Australian rock band to write their own hits. In 2000 the group reformed with three of the original members, and they are still actively releasing new material and performing live."