My feeble attempt at documenting my record collection and music obsession.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Ric-A-Shays Turn On Govner Harry Nilsson
It was wonderful this weekend, in the low to mid 70's. Took the dogs for some nice walks. Bently, our 110 pound Chocolate Lab turned 3 years old yesterday. And some of the grass seed that I put down is starting to sprout. Soon it will be time to start the garden. I've got one area in the back that I plan to have an extended garden this year. Lots of peppers and tomatoes.
Well, back to my weekly Monday Night Surf music exploration. This week is an interesting promo that I picked up last summer. There is not a lot of information on this group and the nice fake British accent just adds to the mystery. Surf music and British bands were hot stuff in 1965 so I guess it made sense to someone to meld the two. It appears that this group was from Tucsan Arizona and this song is on a Tucsan compilation put out by Dionysus records. I found a website that has speculated that Harry Nilsson was a member of this band. I could not find anything official in any Harry Nilsson biography regarding his membership in the Ric A Shays but it does make sense. In 1963, Harry Nilsson started writing songs with John Marascalco, who was a well known song writer and a producer. I found a reference in the June 5, 1965 Billboard Magazine issue that identified that Atlantic Records had signed a long term deal that John's label Lola would be distributed by Atlantic and the first release would be "Turn On" by the "Ric A Shays". And finally Rockin Records by Jerry Osborne lists Harry Nilsson as a member. Regardless if true or not, this is a nice slice of Surf music so Turn On Govner.