Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Group –Baby, Baby It’s You

The Group –Baby, Baby It’s You/Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love –WB 5840 ( 1966 US)

OK, time to go back for a furtive visit to the Mid Sixties in order to dust off this brilliant Gary Zekley 2-sider. Both sides are vibrant examples of West Coast Pop nestled between the Girl Group Sound and Sunshine Pop (but with so much more clout!). In fact the production places this single in a similar soundscape to Brian Wilson’s work on The Beach Boys' Today album. It also sounds very much like Jerry Riopell’s production on Home Of The Brave (Bonnie And The Treasures) and there may well be a connection as Gary wrote Bonnie’s follow up single Close Your Eyes on WB around the same time.

Gary Zekley was behind so many great West Coast releases in the 60s including Alder Ray (Cause I Love Him), the nostalgic The Fun We Had by The Ragamuffins, Jan & Dean, Fun And Games, The Clique (Sugar on Sunday and especially Superman), The Yellow Balloon ( who redid these 2 songs) and so much more –check out his discography at Spectropop

Click on title for edits of both songs


Anonymous said...

Hi Robin, is "The Group" different folks from "The Groop", who did "A Famous Myth" in Midnight Cowboy?

- michael

Purepop said...

Hi Michael -I assume The Group didn't really exist and that it's Gary with what sounds like it members of the wrecking crew: Ketchnell, Tedesco etc...The other Groop songs were written by Jeffrey Comanor who acted in De Palma's Phantom of The Paradise-fronting The Juicy Fruits, The Beach Bums and The Undeads -some great songs by Paul Williams on the soundtrack!