Saturday, October 23, 2010

" 'Til" by The Angels

OK, more 60's girl groups: The 1st hit (#14) for this iconic vocal trio came in '61 with a Charles Danvers ballad (French lyrics by Pierre Buisson; English lyrics by Carl Sisman) first recorded by Italian songstress Caterina Valente. It also charted in '57 for Roger Williams and Percy Faith, in '68 for The Vogues (#27) and for Tom Jones in '71. The original lineup included sisters Barbara and Phyllis Allbut and lead singer Linda Jansen (nee Jankowsi). "My Boyfriend's Back" (#1 in '63) became their trademark tune. Group? First hit?

"Think For Yourself". "Rubber Soul", in my book, was The Beatles' opus magnum. Those Vox fuzzboxes were built like tanks! Alejandro "Champi" Herrero, the bassist in our band in H.S. got one and, needless to say, for weeks all we heard was "Think For Yourself" (where are you, Champi?). He used to call it "fussitone" - that's fuzztone en espa~ol FYI!

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