Honeybeat: Groovy '60s Girl Pop

Honeybeat: Groovy '60s Girl Pop


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Sheila Burgel (a disc jockey, writer, historian, and host of the Cha Cha Charming website) compiled this collection of rare pop, rock, and R&B sides from the '60s that offers a welcome look into some of the lesser-known corners of female-fronted pop music. Recorded between 1961 and 1968, these 19 songs are largely the work of vocalists who didn't have long or memorable careers, though there are exceptions, most notably country star Skeeter Davis (here showing she was a sure hand with pop
ock on "I Can't Stay Mad at You"), Little Eva (of "The Loco-Motion" fame, here belting out a strong rendition of "Stand by Me"), and Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhuru herself, who sounds great on the sassy R&B number "Why Don't You Do Right?"). Stylistically, Burgel covers a broad range for Honeybeat, with the passion of the vocalists and the skill of the songwriters and producers being the key unifying factors, rather than genre. The track listing sways from the Shangri-La's-influenced "The Rider" by the Pussycats and the tough-talking soul of "I Don't Want No Mama's Boy" by Erma Franklin (Aretha's sister) to the youthful but no-nonsense R&B of "Don't Monkey with Me" by the Lollipops and the joyous Brill Building pop of April Young's "Gonna Make Him My Baby." (Young was good to the song's word -- she would later marry the single's producer, Jerry Ross.) There are a few ringers on this set, in particular "I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy" by the What Four (in which producer Teo Macero struggles to make up for the fact the group couldn't sing especially well) and "Gee Dad" by Andrea Carroll (an overly gimmicky number that drowns in teen slang that probably wasn't common knowledge in 1961). But even the weakest tracks on Honeybeat have their charm, and most of this disc is a winning tribute to girl group-style pop as well as a great era of record making.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2017
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064005735
catalogNumber: 573

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skeeter Davis   Track Performer
Nichelle Nichols   Track Performer
Andrea Carroll   Track Performer
Glories   Track Performer
Avons   Track Performer
What Fours   Track Performer
Pussycats   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Bobby Bare   Producer
Ray Stevens   Arranger
Ben E. King   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Van McCoy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Bobby Gregg   Producer
Eddie Rambeau   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Peter Andreoli   Composer
Dorian Burton   Composer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Hutch Davie   Arranger
Vinny Gormann   Composer
Rick Hall   Composer,Producer
Frank Hunter   Arranger
Teo Macero   Arranger,Producer
Robert Mersey   Producer
Tony Michaels   Composer,Producer
Vini Poncia   Composer
Joe Rene   Producer
Joe Renzetti   Arranger
Mike Terry   Producer
Paul Vance   Composer
John "Bucky" Wilkin   Composer,Producer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Murray Wecht   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Kris Resnick   Composer
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Richard Knight   Composer
Rob Santos   Producer
Kenneth Ruffin   Composer
Earl Shuman   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Kent Westberry   Composer
Bassett Hand   Arranger
Robert Eaton   Composer
Joe Monaco   Composer
Ronnie Dante   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Stu Phillips   Producer
Elmo Glick   Composer
Sheila Burgel   Producer,Liner Notes
Larry Kusik   Composer
Bud Rehak   Composer
Ronny Douglas   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer
Joe McCoy   Composer
Jim Calvert   Composer
Bob Yorey   Producer
Charlie Calello   Arranger
Pamela Mersey   Composer
Jerry Ross   Producer

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