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'B' sides of favorite records

John MacKenzie 14 Dec 01 - 02:42 PM
pattyClink 14 Dec 01 - 12:05 PM
Pseudolus 14 Dec 01 - 11:41 AM
Wesley S 14 Dec 01 - 11:16 AM
Sir Roger de Beverley 14 Dec 01 - 06:35 AM
Mark Cohen 14 Dec 01 - 03:50 AM
Bobert 13 Dec 01 - 11:30 PM
Chanteyranger 13 Dec 01 - 10:33 PM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 13 Dec 01 - 05:31 AM
GUEST,Stavanger Bill 13 Dec 01 - 04:14 AM
Rolfyboy6 13 Dec 01 - 12:11 AM
dick greenhaus 12 Dec 01 - 11:51 PM
GUEST,Fortunato behind the eight ball 12 Dec 01 - 09:29 PM
Mark Clark 12 Dec 01 - 09:26 PM
heric 12 Dec 01 - 09:15 PM
heric 12 Dec 01 - 09:13 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 12 Dec 01 - 08:18 PM
Tweed 12 Dec 01 - 07:46 PM
mousethief 12 Dec 01 - 06:14 PM
Genie 12 Dec 01 - 05:52 PM
Armen Tanzerian 04 Aug 01 - 08:32 PM
Dorrie 04 Aug 01 - 06:40 PM
GUEST,Frogmore 04 Aug 01 - 04:10 PM
Firecat 04 Aug 01 - 12:30 PM
Seth 04 Jan 01 - 10:33 AM
Tattie Bogle 03 Jan 01 - 08:02 PM
Bernard 31 Dec 00 - 05:05 PM
Bernard 28 Dec 00 - 04:29 PM
GUEST,Captain Swing 27 Dec 00 - 10:56 AM
LR Mole 27 Dec 00 - 10:54 AM
Bernard 27 Dec 00 - 10:39 AM
annamill 27 Dec 00 - 09:42 AM
Firecat 27 Dec 00 - 09:27 AM
GUEST 26 Dec 00 - 07:47 PM
rube1 26 Dec 00 - 07:12 PM
GUEST,hollowfox, visiting the main library 26 Dec 00 - 06:00 PM
Bernard 26 Dec 00 - 07:56 AM
Bernard 26 Dec 00 - 07:47 AM
SINSULL 25 Dec 00 - 09:36 PM
Nathan in Texas 25 Dec 00 - 07:54 PM
Seth 25 Dec 00 - 12:49 PM
GUEST,LEJ 24 Dec 00 - 05:49 PM
Seth 24 Dec 00 - 05:00 PM
John Hardly 23 Dec 00 - 07:12 PM
rube1 23 Dec 00 - 07:11 PM
Lonesome EJ 23 Dec 00 - 01:32 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 02:42 PM

"Bubbles in the Tar" on the B side of "Piltdown rides again" by Bee Bumble, and the Stingers. Who else remembers them?
Failte......Jock


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: pattyClink
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 12:05 PM

Stavanger, Black Velvet Band was also the B side to "The Unicorn". Talk about a case where the B side was better!


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Pseudolus
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 11:41 AM

How about a "B" side that had the rest of the "A" side on it. Didn't Don McLean's American Pie finish the rest of the song on the "B" side?

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Wesley S
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 11:16 AM

I think my favorite was "Can you please crawl out your window?" by Bob Dylan on the flip side of "Highway 61 Revisted"


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 06:35 AM

Many of Buddy Holly's "greatest hits" were, in fact, B sides or album tracks. Everyday, Well....Alright, Raining in my heart, Not fade away, I'm gonna love you too spring to mind immediately


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 03:50 AM

What a fun thread! Bet nobody remembers the B side of "Ballad of the Green Berets" by S/Sgt Barry Sadler. (I can't believe I still remember his name!) It was "Letter From Vietnam", with the immortal lines,
Last night we had a firefight
Machine guns shooting tracers through the night

Now there's a song to bring tears to your eyes...

Oh, and if any of you are still there from a year ago, "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha", b/w "aH aH, yawA eM ekaT ot gnimoC er'yehT", was recorded by Napoleon XIV, not XVI. But who's counting?

Aloha,
Mark

PS, on an early post to this thread, a Guest mentioned that Joni Mitchell recorded her song "Urge for Going" as the B side of a 45. For anyone who's interested, there's a discussion of that recording and the song on this thread. For the record (!), the A side was apparently "Big Yellow Taxi", not "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio".


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Bobert
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 11:30 PM

Yo, Rolfy, what was the flip side of Elvis's "Hound Dog". If I'm not mistaken it was "Don't Be Cruel". If so, this song definately makes the "B' list...


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 10:33 PM

The B side of Alfred E. Neumann "vocalizing" on "It's A Gas" is the immortal "She Lets Me Watch Her Mom And Pop Fight."


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 05:31 AM

Now who was it who had an 'A' side hit with Rock Island Line with John Henry on the "B" side? No don't help me, it'll come to me in a moment...!
RtS (Still stuck in the '50s, bert!)


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,Stavanger Bill
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 04:14 AM

"Black Velvet Band" was the Dubliners "B" side to "Seven Drunken Nights" single.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 12:11 AM

The B side of the Coasters "Searchin'" (Atco 45) was "Youngblood"--"I saw her standin' on the corner, with a ribbon in her hair, I tried to talk but i just stuttered, "Look-a-there, Look-a-there,.......

The B side of Howlin' Wolf's Chess single of "Smokestack Lightnin'" was "I Asked Her For Water, She Brought Me Gasolene". Another two sided smash.

And then there's B.B. King's "Sweet Sixteen Pts I & II" and Bill Dogget's "Honky Tonk, Pts I & II" which give new meaning to 'double sided hits'.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 11:51 PM

I suspect that the most influential flip side was "the Prisoner's Song"---If I Had the Wings of an Angel--on the B side of Vernon Dalhart's "Wreck of te Old '97". First million seller in country music history.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,Fortunato behind the eight ball
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 09:29 PM

Dan Kelly, take heart, you meet a better class of people when you're talking to yourself (IMHOP). As for 'dating yourself': our old friend, Starko, used to offer his hand to shake when meeting someone and say, "Hi, meet my wife." Think of the advantages of 'dating yourself'. Familiarity. Convenience. But how I do go on.

regards, Fortunato


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Mark Clark
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 09:26 PM

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys released a single of “I'll Just Pretend.” The B side was “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: heric
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 09:15 PM

Sheesh; I just realized I was talking to people writing here a year ago; now long gone. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: heric
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 09:13 PM

Rolf Harris used to come to British Columbia annually in the seventies; he cleverly wrote a little ditty about BC politics and became a favourite son; everybody knew him; but I am dating myself. . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 08:18 PM

Earth Angel by the Penguins was the "B" side when it was released. The "A" side was Hey, Senorita.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Tweed
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 07:46 PM

I've dragged out the remains of my 45's to see what's left. I find a load of electric Dylan's:
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
I Want You b/w Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (live version, very good)
The Stones Gods..Have You Seen Your Mother Baby b/w Who's Driving My Plane (good blueser)
Beatles Hello,Goodbye b/w I Am the Walrus
Day Tripper b/w We Can Work it Out.
Roy Orbison..Candy Man b/w Crying
Hey..no damn wonder all these guys were all so successful.. they actually gave us out money's worth everytime they sold us a record! I've just had another one of them serendipitous moments;~)


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: mousethief
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 06:14 PM

With the demise of the 45 rpm single, is the concept of "B side" destined for the dustbin of history? Not a huge loss, admittedly, but it just reminds one one is growing older.

"LPs? Oh yeah, those are those big black CDs you guys used to play." --one of my kids

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Genie
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 05:52 PM

Nathan and Seth, I've been told (repeatedly, by allededly reputable sources) that the original recording of Rudolph was on the "B" side of a song that Gene Autrey wanted to record, but that he did not want to record RRND--that he only did it because his wife insisted--, and that, to his surprise, RRND became the hit.
Was "If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas" the song originally intended to be the "A" side, or was there an earlier recording with RRND on the "B" side of a different song?
Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 08:32 PM

Well now, how could we forget that Hound Dog was backed with Don't Be Cruel? Talk about a monster!

On the other side of Scott McKenzie's rather sappy San Francisco ("wear some flowers in your hair") was a much better, haunting tune called What's the Difference?:

What's the difference if we don't come back?
Who's gonna miss us in a year or so?
Nobody knows us, or the things we been thinkin',
So what's the differnce if we go?,


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Dorrie
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 06:40 PM

My favourite b side has to be the acoustic version of 'Hey You' on the no doubt single 'Don't Speak' simpley cos its pop/rock with accordion i thinks it very cool. oh yeah and the travis 'Hit me baby one more time' on the 'Turn' single is really funny to.

dorrie xx


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 04:10 PM

Rick Nelson: Was it "Hello Mary Lou"/"Traveling Man" or was it "Traveling Man"/"Hello Mary Lou"? Ain't no B side on this one.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Firecat
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 12:30 PM

Looking through my singles collection the other day, I noticed that the B side to North And South July 1997 hit single "Taratino's New Star" is a cover of the classic "She's Not There".

Robbie's also covered Queen's "We Are The Champions" as the B side to Eternity/Road To Mandalay.

Another Queen cover B side comes from Travis, who did a version of "Killer Queen" on the B side of their latest Top Five single "Sing" which charted in June.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Seth
Date: 04 Jan 01 - 10:33 AM

The lyrics to "They're Coming to Take Me Away" can be found at Lyrics World.com, a great source for lyrics to popular songs, no matter how weird. Seth from China


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 08:02 PM

Probably "Wild Mountain Thyme"


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Bernard
Date: 31 Dec 00 - 05:05 PM

Just remembered!

The 'B' side of the Strawbs' 'Union Man' was none other than 'Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go'! Although (I think) they gave it a different title.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 04:29 PM

The Beatles and 'Stones appeared on each other's tracks quite often - the 'rivalry' was entirely media hype, as they were (are) good mates.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 27 Dec 00 - 10:56 AM

Apparently the sax solo on "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" was played by Brian Jones of the Stones.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: LR Mole
Date: 27 Dec 00 - 10:54 AM

Lorne Greene's "Ringo" involves the narrator saving Ringo's life and then reencountering him when R. is a desperado and the narrator is a lawman. Ringo walks into a hail of bullets outside ( the N. is wounded, I think) ("... he amiled and said,'We're even, friend.'/ The crowd began to shout and cheer: nowhere was there shed a tear/ for Ringo." Later our hero visits the grave to pay respects and finds it an object of curiosity: "But on the cross they can't explain/The tarnished star above the name/ of Ringo." Chills. Allen Sherman recorded a satire of it about a barber who wants to cut a Beatle's hair, the last line of which is,"And who do you think performed that tonsilectomy..on Ringo." Misspent youth, indeed.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Bernard
Date: 27 Dec 00 - 10:39 AM

Ahhh! Napoleon XVI! I remember him so well...??

They don't make records like that anymore!! Fortunately!


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: annamill
Date: 27 Dec 00 - 09:42 AM

Yes, we have periwinkles. My second husband was portuguese and every summer we would go down to the ocean and pick periwinkles, bring em home, steam em with salt, red pepper and celery salt. We'd sit down with a hot pot of winkles and everyone had a pin to pull em out. Delicious! My son love them.

I was going to mention "If it doesn't snow on Christmas" too, but someone beat me to it.

Love, annamill


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Firecat
Date: 27 Dec 00 - 09:27 AM

I like "Why?" by Steps. Beautiful song. B side to "Better Best Forgotten.

The B side to Never Had A Dream Come True by S Club 7 is good for this time of year"Perfeect Christmas"

a1's Bside for Take On Meshould keep you lot quiet "I Feel Fine/ She Loves You"

Finally, Boyzone's B sdie for "A Different Beat"will definately keep youse lot quiet. "She Moved Through The Fair".

BTW if any one can tell me the B side to "Careless Whisper" by George Michael I would be VVVVVVV grateful.

Firecat


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 07:47 PM

"You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" is one of my favourite Beatles songs - are there any more votes for it?

"They're coming to take me away ha ha" was recorded by Napoleon XVI, I think.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: rube1
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 07:12 PM

thanks for the link, hollowfox guest. it might not have been the first line, but I'm sure I remember the line about a potful of gold. of course, it was a while back...


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,hollowfox, visiting the main library
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 06:00 PM

Rube 1, the lyrics to the Bonanza theme song can be found, with guitar chords, yet, in "Big Book of TV Theme Songs" published by the Hal Leonard Corp (www.halleonard.com), ISBN 0-634-00614-2. This book is just new, so you can probably find it in a bookstore as well. It's also in that old classic "TV Theme Song Sing-Along Book" John Javna (ed), St Martin's Press, 1984. Neither book had your verse about the pot of gold, though (at least at my fast glance); the (first?) verse dealt with having a right to pick a fight. I liked your verse better.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Bernard
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 07:56 AM

Remember 'Telstar' by the Tornadoes? The 'B' side is 'Jungle Fever', which is very useful for 'atmospheric' music to elicit excellent 'creative writing' from junior school classes.

On a completely different tack, 'Telstar' was recorded using a Selmer Clavioline (valve - tube! - based early synthesiser). I recently acquired a complete, although not fully functional original, which I am in the middle of renovating.

I know it's a long shot, but has anyone out there got any circuit drawings? I tried the website, but it's not very technical.

Most of the problems are dirty switch contacts, but the 'tremolo' is almost non-existent, and it's the old fashioned tag-board construction, making it very difficult to follow the circuits!


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Bernard
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 07:47 AM

Can't remember who recorded it (in the early '70's, I think) - 'They're coming to take me away, ha ha!'.

The 'B' side was the entire track in reverse!

Hmmmmm....


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Dec 00 - 09:36 PM

"If you want your boomerang to come back
First you've got to throw it.
Oh Yes. Never thought of that..."

Seth, I have never met anyone who even knew "Maybe Tomorrow" nevermind loved it. It's my Favorite EB recording.
Another treasure - "Ruby Red" on the flip side of Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio.


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF IT DOESN'T SNOW ON CHRISTMAS (G Autry)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 25 Dec 00 - 07:54 PM

Seth, here it is. Found it at a good Christmas song site, http://www.xmasfitz.com/.
If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas
Gene Autry

Santa works all day in his workshop
Making lots of games and toys
Then one day, he hops in his sleigh
To bring them to the girls and boys
Santa's just as nice as he can be
There's just one little thing that worries me

If it doesn't snow on Christmas
How is Santa goin' to use his sleigh
In case of rain, will there be a train
That'll speed him on his way
If it doesn't snow on Christmas
How will Santa get around to us
If he breaks down on his way to town
Will they let him use a bus

I sent him a nice long letter
And I hope it's not in vain
I'd really feel much better
If I knew he could fly a plane

People say he has eight reindeer
For the sleigh he's driving here
But how'll he go, if it doesn't snow
On Christmas this year

[Interlude]

If it doesn't snow on Christmas
How is Santa goin' to use his sleigh
In case of rain, will there be a train
That'll speed him on his way
If it doesn't snow on Christmas
How will Santa get around to us
If he breaks down on his way to town
Will they let him use a bus

I sent him a nice long letter
And I hope it's not in vain
I'd really feel much better
If I knew he could fly a plane

People say he has eight reindeer
For the sleigh he's driving here
But how'll he go, if it doesn't snow
On Christmas this year


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Seth
Date: 25 Dec 00 - 12:49 PM

But I'm still trying to find the words to " If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas" the "B" side of RRNRD. Anyone got a clue? Does anyone care or let's face it here don't they have something better to do.

Seth


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: GUEST,LEJ
Date: 24 Dec 00 - 05:49 PM

Seth...I was a fan of the Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color,and they featured revolving Westerns for a while:Johnny Ringo,Sheriff John Slaughter,and El Gato, so I had a pretty clear picture of what Ringo looked like,and it wasn't that goofy dude from the Beatles.:>}

"Sheriff John Slaughter made 'em do what they oughtter
'Cause if they didn't,they'd die"


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Seth
Date: 24 Dec 00 - 05:00 PM

I don't know anybody who heard that "Ringo" ballad who didn't see Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) on that horse.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: John Hardly
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 07:12 PM

They marketed the "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" here in the States complete with a "wobble board" so one could play along with the record. It was a piece of masonite with a very large "Tie Me Kangaroo.." and a Kangaroo screen printed on one side and "handles" on either end. I'd love to have mine back!

Incidentally, the B side was "Nick A. Teen and Al Chohol"

What a pathetic youth I had...

John


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: rube1
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 07:11 PM

Glad someone remembers. I guess I never saw the pilot of Bonanza. something to look forward to. I'd love to know the entire lyrics. What a party trick.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 01:32 PM

Yes I do,rube.In the pilot of Bonanza,the boys sang the words to the theme song as they mounted up to ride back to the ranch.Hoky and great.They should have given Hop Sing a verse.I also remember Lorne's "Johnny Ringo",as it got some top 40 airplay.


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: rube1
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 12:45 PM

I used to have a 45 of Lorne Greene singing the theme from "Bonanza." Yes, there were lyrics. They started off "We got a hold of a potful of gold, a bonanza..." And it went on for a couple of verses. Wish I still had it. The B side was "The Ballad of Johnny Ringo," the first real gunfighter ballad I ever heard. It began with Lorne's narrative, "He lay face down in the desert sand, clutching a sixgun in his hand. Shot from behind, I thought he was dead. Under his heart was a spot of red. Ringo..."

Anybody remember these songs?


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Seth
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 02:19 AM

WHile digging around in my favorite GoodWill store a while back, I found a stack of 78's. Usually these are only good for Frisbees, but on the bottom of the stack I found the 78 of "Please, Please, Please" James Brown's first. I had read a story about this record somewhere, when the head of King records heard the demo of PPP, , he wouldn't release it because he thought that it was just completely nutso, nobody could stand to hear it. Eventually, he was persuaded to release as a B side. The A and B sides of this record sound as if they are done by different people, in a different studio, with different musicians, but A is a forgettable soul ballad that James Brown can't bring to life no matter how much CPR he gives it. "Please, Please, Please" through the scratches and dust of this old record snaps and sizzles like a downed power cable. James Brown inventing James Brown.

Seth


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Pixie
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 04:31 PM

Don't ask why I remember this, and I'm not saying it was a great "A" side, never mind "B", but its been recently re-covered: Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" was the A-side, and the B-side was none other than the stellar production of "Jethro Bought Himself A Milk Cow" (not sure of the exact title, but that was the song)....I'm off for a drink. Obviously I'm retaining too much information and its time to kill off a few more brain cells!

Pixie


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Subject: RE: BS: ' B' sides of favorite records
From: Matt_R
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 04:10 PM

B-side of "Beth" by KISS is DETROIT ROCK CITY!!!!!


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