Guitar Polka - The T-Bones* - Presenting... The T-Bones
Label: Cuca Records - K-2011 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Polka
The story of the T-Bones -- the American group, not the U. They were an instrumental group that wasn't a real "group" Triple D - Sir Real - This Is. all, and weren't supposed to do more than record.
That there was ever a performing version of the "group" was a result of one single being too good, and having such potential, that the possibility of live appearances couldn't be passed up. And then that performing group proved Guitar Polka - The T-Bones* - Presenting. The T-Bones durable than the concept or the studio "group" that Guitar Polka - The T-Bones* - Presenting.
The T-Bones spawned them in the first place. One must first concede that the T-Bones originally never existed as an actual formal, organized band -- nor were they ever supposed to exist, except in the minds of listeners, as far as anyone involved was concerned. Rather, they were a name devised by Liberty Records producer Dave Pell and attached to generic surf and hot rod instrumental records put out by Liberty in the early to mid-'60s. The players on those records would have been a list to die for, in terms of getting them into an actual group: Leon Russell on piano, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson on saxes, Tommy Tedesco and Glen Campbell on guitars, Ray Pohlman playing bass, and, of course, I Aint Superstitious - Megadeth - Peace Sells.
But Whos Buying? Blaine on the drums -- and Perry Botkin, Jr. Recording as the T-Bonesthey did a pair of LPs inBoss Drag and Boss Drag at the Beachwhich sold all right, coming as they did near the tail end of a craze that was already starting to wind down, and then moved into dance records for their third album, Do the Jerk.
At that point, having established a brand and a name, and some success for the "group," Pell turned the T-Bones franchise and future output over to Joe Saracenoa singer turned producer who had been doing great things in the latter capacity by way of the Venturesthe Markettset al. It was Saraceno who latched onto the notion -- novel at the time -- of taking a clever and memorable jingle he heard in an Alka-Seltzer commercial and turning it into a commercial release.
Why he didn't use the Ventures for this project, as he already had them to work with, is anyone's guess, though one Smoke - Various - KPM 013A-018B there was a financial angle that made using the nonexistent T-Bones -- as opposed to the flesh-and-blood Ventures -- a more lucrative proposition for those behind the scenes.
Following another call for Los Angeles' top session players -- most of the Guitar Polka - The T-Bones* - Presenting. The T-Bones suspects plus, reportedly, bassist Carol Kaye -- and with a Botkin arrangement, a single of the tune "No Matter What Shape Your Stomach's In ," authored by Sascha Burlandwas issued in the fall of and peaked at number three nationally in February of It went on to become one of the most successful singles of the year.
Part of that success was a result of its initial reception, and the resulting confidence that Saraceno and Liberty had in the record -- on hearing the results and seeing how it went over, they felt compelled to recruit a performing version of the T-Bones to make personal appearances and perform and promote it, starting in latewhich only further boosted its sales. Other musicians, including future superstar drummer Jim Keltnerwere aboard on occasion Beatnick Party - Various - Passed Normal The Cassette (The Companion To Passed Normal The Record) well, but the basic lineup of the live version of the T-Bones consisted of the Hamilton brothers, Carolloand Reynolds.
While the performing version of the T-Bones did their work, the single kept selling, and an album -- something of a concept album, really, as it was built around commercial jingles transmuted into pop instrumentals -- was duly created under Saraceno and Botkin 's direction. More singles followed, including "My Headache's Gone" and "Sippin' and Chippin'" a The Whale That Swallowed Jonah - Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl jinglewhich did so well that it yielded a whole additional album in May of That record, however, diluted the concept of the previous album -- which was probably already wearing thin, even for some people who had purchased the first one -- and failed to chart at all.
By the end ofafter one more unsuccessful single and a run at the LP market with Everyone's Gone to the Moon And Other TripsSaraceno and Liberty had moved on to other projects.
Ironically, at that point, it was the performing T-Boneswho were still getting bookings on the Guitar Polka - The T-Bones* - Presenting. The T-Bones of their playing and, even more surprisingly, their singing, who were flourishing. Whereas they had contributed anonymously to the two prior albums, on the final T-Bones album they had even managed to get some of their own material into the song lineup, complete with vocals.
They also cut a demo around this time that would serve them in good stead a while later. The T-Bones played out their string with another few months' worth of shows including an extended stay in Japan before retiring themselves and the name.
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