D: Her version of ‘Hold On’ with Fleur De Lys predates the Rupert’s People recording of the same song, both are terrific.
“Sharon Tandy escaped anti-semitic hatred in her native South Africa by moving to Swinging London in the mid-60’s. Her sound was so soulful that she took the name “Tandy”, which meant ‘Black’ back home, as a badge of proud solidarity. Backed by the crack Mod band, the Fleur De Lys (famed for their cover of the Who’s “Circles”), she belted out soul strutters, epic ballads, and psychedelic monsters like “Hold On”, “Daughter of the Sun”, and “Gotta Get Enough Time”. She even recorded four great songs in Memphis with the crucial Booker T & the MG’s, a year before Dusty’s great album. Though she never got enough acclaim for her work, an excellent retrospective CD called “You’ve Got To Believe…It’s Sharon Tandy” brings it all together for the world to catch up.
D: Formed by Don Grashley and Lloyd Palmer,The Gaiety Records label was active in Canada between 1961 and 1969. This label out of Winnipeg, Manitoba was an outlet for many Canadian garage and rock bands in the years that ran, such as, The Checkerlads, White Knights, Tomorrow’s Keepsake, Plague, Lexington Avenue, NRG, and Solid Reputation. “Gaiety Records released its own bands’ singles as well as licensed material to other labels as RCA, Columbia, Decca, Epic, Musicor, and many others. The Gaiety Records label featured many obscure but good bands that had become lost in the shuffle in the quest for that elusive hit single.” I would really like a copy of the compilation LP released in 2000 by Pacemaker records. Tracks like this one will be played on my new radio show ‘Lady Squalor’, that I will be hosting on Subcity Radio every second Wednesday from 7:00pm-8:00pm, as of next week (April 4th, 2012). After the first week, I will be inviting various friends along to have conversations through music; each week will have a theme, allowing me to cross the genres and years with logic. Stay tuned for more details. Subcity.org
D: Their release, Timber / Let’s Have A Party (1959) is on my 7” wish list.
Early music video?? No doubt it’s a clip from a movie or show but whatever it is, is charming.