33.45.78 All Vinyl Radio Show
with Steve Fruitman
May 11, 2020
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Mothers' Week
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Hour One

1.  John McLaughlin: Don’t Let The Dragon Eat Your Mother - 1972
2.   Les Merseys: Ta mère ne sait pas - 1968 *
3.   The Rolling Stones: Mother’s Little Helper - 1966
4.   Joe Walsh: Mother Says - 1972
5.   Pink Floyd: Matilda Mother - 1967
6.   Michael T Wall: M-O-T-H-E-R - 1978 *
7.   John White: Mother Malone - 1967 *
8.   Stompin’ Tom Connors: My Hockey Mum - 2008 *
9.   Perth County Conspiracy: Mama Said - 1977 *
10. Brian Blain: Don’t Forget your Mother - 1972 *
11. Mothers of Invention: Motherly Love - 1966
12. Ellen McIlwaine: Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out Of Tune - 1973 *
13. Hans Staymer Band: Mama (Don’t Ya Hear Me Call) - 1972 *
14. The Beatles: Your Mother Should Know - 1967
15. John Hewer: Knees Up Mother Brown - 1967 *

Hour Two

1.   Whiskey Jack: One More Time - 1981 *
2.   The Stranglers: The Raven - 1978
3.   Millie Small: My Boy Lollipop - 1964
4.   The Ceedees: Mama Raised A Misfit - 1980 *
5.   The Rolling Stones: Have You Seen Your Mother Baby - 1966
6.   William Tagoona: Ananaga (My Mother) - 1981 *
7.   Whiskey Howl: Mother Earth - 1972 *
8.   Jack Kingston: Mama Don’t Cry At My Wedding - 1954 *
9.   Dr Hook: Sylvia’s Mother - 1972
10. Herman’s Hermits: Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter - 1965
11. Margaret Christl: Mothers, Daughters, Wives - 1984 *
12. Every Mother’s Son: Come On Down To My Boat - 1967
13. Big Mama Thornton: Sassy Mama - 1975

CanCon = 54%

And Now for The Particulars:

Hour One

1.   John McLaughlin: Don’t Let The Dragon Eat Your Mother
(John McLaughlin)
Devotion: Douglas Records 4
Doncaster UK
John McLaughlin: guitar
Buddy Miles: drums
Harry Young: keys
Billy Rich; bass
Produced by Alan Douglas and Stefan Bright, 1970

4 January 1942 (age 74) Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire

He played on Miles Davis' albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew  as a member of Davis’ band.  From 1971 – 76 fronted the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  This was JM’s second album but he panned it: On his website he writes: “In 1969, I signed a contract in America for 2 records. First was 'Devotion' that was destroyed by producer Alan Douglas who mixed the recording in my absence.” However the album received great critical reviews. He has lived in Monaco since the late 1980s.

Alan Douglas Rubenstein (July 20, 1931 – June 7, 2014) was an American record producer from Boston, who worked with Jimi Hendrix (posthumous catalog), Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Lenny Bruce and the Last Poets. He ran his own record label, Douglas Records.

2.   Les Merseys: Ta mère ne sait pas (Your Mother Should Know)
(Lennon / McCartney/  Bégin FR Lyrics)
45 single bw Jolie Rita (Lovely Rita): DSP Records 8622
Alain Jodoin: vocals
François Bégin: guitar
Georges Marchand: bass 
Normand Alepin: lead guitar
Richard Tate: drums
Produced by George Langlios, 1968

These guys were apparently originally known as The Blue Men and had a repertoire that was heavily influenced Mersybeat; hence the 1964 decision to change the band name to Les Merseys. 

Like most groups, the band (lead guitarist Normand Alepin, rhythm guitarist  Francoise Begin, bassist Alain Jodoin and drummer Richard Tate) got their start playing local dances and parties.  Having added bassist Georges Marchand to the line-up thereby freeing Jodoin to focus on vocals, their initial break came in 1965 when the Quebec-based Passe-Temps label recruited them as a studio band to provide back-up for other label acts.    They quickly were given a chance to record on their own, releasing a string of seven singles for three labels over the next two years.  Among the 14 sides were quite a few Francophile covers of Beatles tracks including ''Je L'ai Perdu Cette Fille' ('You're Gonna Lose That Girl'), 'Soldat De Bois' (With a Little Help From My Friends'), and 'Jolie Rita' ('Lovely Rita').

3.   The Rolling Stones: Mother’s Little Helper
(Jagger / Richards)
45 single bw Lady Jane: London Records L.902
London UK
Mick Jagger: lead vocals, percussion
Keith Richards: electric twelve-string-slide guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Brian Jones: electric twelve-string-slide guitar, acoustic guitar
Bill Wyman: bass guitar
Charlie Watts: drums
Jack Nitzsche: Nitzsche-Phone
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, 1966
Recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA December 1965

This song came out at a time when the adult media were beginning to rant and rave about rock n’ roll drug abuse".  The Stones retaliated by zeroing in on middle-aged housewives incapable of getting through the day, or getting to sleep at night, without the help of their legally prescribed 'little yellow pills.' Keith Richards has noted that the ending of the song was the idea of Bill Wyman, who also contributed a powerful and distinctive bass riff.

4.   Joe Walsh: Mother Says
(Joe  Walsh / Joe Vitale / Kenny Passarelli)
Best of Joe Walsh: ABC Records 9022-1083
Cleveland OH
Joe Walsh: guitars, vocals, organ, synths
Joe Vittale: drums, piano
Kenny Passarelli: bass
Bill Szymczyk: marching cymbals
Produced by Bill Szymczyk, 1972
Recorded at Record Plant, LA by Bill Szymczyk March 8, 72
Overdubs at Mixing at Caribou Ranch by Bill Szymczyk April to July, 1972
Originally released on Barnstorm, 1972
Best of… compilation produced and mastered by Bill Szymczyk, 1978

5.   Pink Floyd: Matilda Mother
(Syd Barrett)
Piper At The Gates Of Dawn: Capitol Canada / EMI ST 6242
London / Cambridge UK
Syd Barrett: guitar, vocals
Roger Waters: bass
Nick Mason: drums
Rick Wright: keys
Produced by Norman Smith, 1967
Recorded at Abby Road Studio 3 by Peter Brown

Written by Syd Barrett, it is sung mostly by Richard Wright with Barrett joining in on choruses and singing the whole last verse. It was the first song recorded for the album Piper At The Gates of Dawn. 

"Matilda Mother" represents a common theme in Barrett's work: his nostalgia for childhood and awareness that it could not be regained. Barrett originally wrote the song around verses from Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales, in which a series of naughty children, including one named Matilda, receive their (often gruesome) comeuppance. He was forced to rewrite and re-record the track when Belloc's estate denied permission to use the original lyrics.

6.   Michael T Wall: M-O-T-H-E-R
(Howard Johnson / Theodore Morse)
King Of The Newfies: Boot Records Maritime Series BTM 2005
Pickering ON
Michael T Wall: vocals
Mickey Andrews: steel, dobro
Billy Roy: lead guitar, bg vocals
George Rowsell: rhythm guitar, bg vocals
Jimmy McRae: bass
Curtis Frizzell: bass
Elmer Gallant: drums
Greg Herring: drums
Lou Grant: piano, bg vocals
Al Cherney: fiddle
Walter Ostanek: piano Accordion
Produced by Michael T Wall, 1978
Recorded and mixed at Sound Canada Studios, Toronto
Recorded by Glen Burke, John K Forbes, A King and Dan Durbin

“I would like to dedicate this album to my mother, Mrs Anne F Wall, who is the greatest mother in the world and who always stood by and believed in me when the going was tough. Thanks Mom, for everything, and you will find a very special song on this album just for you, entitled M-O-T-H-E-R.”

7.   John White: Mother Malone
At The Caribou Club: Arc Records AS 804
St. John’s NL
John White: vocals
Harry Hibbs: accordion
Others not listed
Produced by Ben Weatherby, 1967
Recorded at Bay Studios, Toronto

Known throughout Newfoundland, John White was a resident of Patrick Street in St. John’s NL and appeared regularly at clubs and on radio and TV. Everybody loved him; he was extremely popular. He was the recipient of the East Coast Music Awards’ “Stompin’ Tom Award” in 2015.

The origins of the Stompin' Tom Award go back to 1993, when Connors was presented with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement award at the ECMAs. Instead of accepting it, the singer said a prize should be created to honour musicians who have made long-term contributions to music in the region but are very rarely recognized or appreciated. Thus, the Stompin’ Tom Award was created in honour of the Canadian independent music legend to celebrate the work of pioneers on the East Coast music scene.

The Stompin’ Tom Award is presented to one individual or group from each of the East Coast Music Association’s five regions (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Mainland Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Cape Breton Island).

8.   Stompin’ Tom Connors: My Hockey Mum
(TC Connors)
The Ballad of Stompin' Tom: EMI Canada - 5 099924 277921
Halton Hills ON
Tom Connors: guitar, vocals, boot stompin’
Tim Hadley: bass
Charley Roussy: drums
Billy MacInnis: fiddle, piano, mandolin
Ad Widmeyer: guitar, banjo, mandolin
Chris Whiteley: harmonica
Produced by Dr. Tom C Connors, 2008
Mastered by Ted Carson at MusicLane, Uxbridge ON

Charles Thomas Connors b. Saint John NB Feb 9, 1938 / d. March 6, 2013 Ballinafad ON

This song was recorded twice by Stompin’ Tom, first appearing on the album called “The Hockey Mom Tribute” in 2004 and then re-recorded for his 2008 album “The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom” which was released on vinyl. 

9.   Cedric Smith and Terry Jones: Mama Said
(Terry Jones)
Ten Lost Years And Then Some: Rumour Records – Rumour Six
Stratford ON
Cedric Smith: guitar, mandola, vocals
Terry Jones: guitar, vocals
David Woodhead: bass, banjo, guitars, mandola, autoharp, vocals
Dorit Learned: psaltery, vocals
Dita Paabo: piano, accordion, vocals
Jerome Jarvis: percussion, jaw harp, vocals
Paul Gellman: violin
Produced 1977
Recorded by Ringo Hrycyna at Thunder Sound, Toronto

Two founding members of the infamous Perth County Conspiracy Does Not Exist in the latter part of their existence. Although this was recorded in 1976 and produced in 1977, it was never really properly released commercially. It was finally released in 2002 during a short-lived PCC re-union.

10. Brian Blain: Don’t Forget your Mother
(Brian Blain)
Toronto ON
Brian Blain: guitar, vocals
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone: bass, horns
Jim Gordon: drums
John Lissauer: keys, music director
Montreal Symphony Strings: strings
Otto Armin: concert master
Laurel Mass, Janis Siegel, Sue Lothrop, Beverley Glenn Copeland: bg vocals
Boys Choir from Montreal private school: choir vocals
Mandolin: unknown
Produced by André Perry and Frazier Mohawk, 1972
Recorded by Nick Blagona in Montreal

Brian Blain actually got to record with members of the Mothers Of Invention.
“Hey Steve, thanks for giving "Mother" a spin - You know it was never released but it did make it to vinyl (a test-pressing). There was a dispute over my contract with Good Noise (about money, of course) and they never put it out - though they did release the B-Side, Story of the Magic Pick.”
Here’s what Brian had to say on his blog:
“First we did a demo with a lot of local players including Sue (Lothrop), Ronney Abramson, Ron Dann and many others. Then for the "real" recording, he (André Perry) brought in John Lissauer as music director, Laurel Masse and Janice Siegel from Manhattan Transfer for vocals, and top-session players like Tom "Bones" Malone (later of Blues Brothers fame and much more) on (bass and) horns and Jim Gordon on drums. At the time Malone and Gordon were part of Frank Zappa's Mothers so André was seeing this as a great "tie-in" - The Mothers recording "Don't Forget Your Mother". The Mothers were performing at the Montreal Forum as part of their "Petit Wazoo" tour and most of the other members of the band came to the studio - some played and some just hung out, but try as they might, they couldn't get Zappa himself to participate. I believe the quote was "Frank doesn't help other people make their rock and roll records".”
Producer André Perry was the guy who got to record Give Peace A Chance at a Montreal hotel.

11. Mothers of Invention: Motherly Love
(Frank Zappa)
Freak Out: Verve Records V-5005-2
Los Angeles CA
Frank Zappa: vocal, musical director, orchestrator, and arranger
Ray Collins: vocal
Jimmy Carl Black: vocal
Roy Estrada: vocal
Elliot Ingber: vocal
Produced by Tom Wilson, 1966
Recorded by Val Valentin at Sunset-Highland Studios of T.T.G. Inc, Hollywood

Originally just called The Mothers, Verve Records decided that the name was too close to being associated with other things more perverted so they changed their name to The Mothers of Invention which was another of Zappa’s brilliant moves. Another of their songs, “Mother People”, appears on “We’re Only In It For The Money”.

12. Ellen McIlwaine: Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out Of Tune
(Jack Bruce / Pete Brown)
We The People: Polydor Records 2391 059
Calgary AB
Ellen McIlwaine: guitar, vocals, piano
Don Payne: bass
Jerry Mercer: drums
Collin Tilton: sax
Produced by Peter K Siegel, 1973
Recorded at The Record Plant, NYC by Shellly Yakus and Tom Flye

Ellen McIlwaine b. October 1, 1945 Nashville TN

This song was the first song on Jack Bruce’s first solo album Songs for a Tailor  released in 1969. Actually, it was his second solo album; the first one stayed hidden on a shelf while Bruce was still performing in Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. It was released after the second album. So the first album is really the second album and the second one is really the first. Just like McKenna Mendelson Mainline and Johnny Winter.

The song was written by Jack Bruce with words by poet Pete Brown, who penned most of the original songs from the Cream repertoire.

Before moving up to Canada in the 1970s, McIlwaine met Hendrix in New York in 1966, briefly played with him and wrote a song called "Underground River" about him. She is also an ardent fan of Jack Bruce and recorded a version of a song by Bruce and Brown on each of her first four solo albums. This culminated in her collaboration with Bruce himself on her fourth solo album, Everybody Needs It (1982).

13. Hans Staymer Band: Mama (Don’t Ya Hear Me Call)
(Michael Hanford)
The Hans Staymer Band: GSF Records  9208-1004
Vancouver BC
Hans Staymer: vocal, harmonica
Robbie King: keys
Eddie Patterson: guitar
Wayne Kozak: sax
Paul Burton: drums
Produced by Don Hamilton and Robbie King, 1972
Recorded by Don Greppert at Aragon Recorders, Vancouver
Mixed by Eirek The Norwegian (Eirek Wangberg)
Mastered at Sound Recorders, LA

Staymer saw Louis Armstrong in the 1950s while still living in his native Germany. He also got into playing the music of Django Reinhardt. He moved to Canada in 1962, settling in Edmonton as a goldsmith. He began performing there, playing songs by blues legends like Leadbelly at local clubs which eventually saw him perform in bands. In 1968 he moved to Vancouver and formed a band called Django which lasted about four years. In 1972 he formed the Hans Staymer Band and recorded an album called “Dig A Hole” on GSF Records. In 1997 he formed a duo with another German ex-pat Andreas Schuld. Their first CD, recorded by Billo Bourne (Bourne & McLeod) received a 1997 Juno Award nomination for Best Blues Album. They still gig off and on.

14. The Beatles: Your Mother Should Know
(Paul McCartney / John Lennon)
Magical Mystery Tour: Capitol Records Canada SMAL 2835
Paul McCartney: bass, vocals
John Lennon:
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Produced by George Martin, 1967
Recorded at EMI Abby Road Studios, London

15. John Hewer: Knees Up Mother Brown
(Bert Lee / Harris Weston / I Taylor)
A Night Out At The Pig & Whistle: Arc Records - ACS 5020
London UK
John Hewer: vocals
Carlton Showband
Produced by Ken Warringer - circa 1967
Recorded by Don Gooch at Bay Studios, Toronto

The star of The Pig and Whistle TV show, John Hewer was a British born actor who died in 2008 at the age of 86. It was quite a leap for the fledgling CTV network to bring Hewer over to Canada to set up in a mocked-up British pub to pre-record various episodes of this well loved program. It featured a lot of well known British stars such as Max Bygraves, Barbara Windsor, Ann Shelton, Lonnie Donegan and Chic Murray. It would also feature Irish and Scottish regular performers like Billy Meek, barmaid Kay Turner (the Vera Lynn of the group) and Canadian actor Barry Morse, known for his role in the TV series The Fugitive. And of course there were the Carlton Showband and The Roland Dancers who were amazing. Stunningly caught in living colour!

Hour Two

RIP Bob McNiven 1952 - May 4, 2020

1.   Whiskey Jack: One More Time
(Robert McNiven)
One More Time: Boot Records BOS 7225
Duncan Fremlin: banjo, bg vocals
Bob McNiven: guitar, vocals
John Hoffman: mandolin, fiddle, bg vocals
Chip (Mel) Street: bass
Chris Whiteley: harmonica
Ken Whiteley: piano
Produced by Whiskey Jack and Chad Irschick, 1981
Recorded by Chad Irschick at Inception Sound, Toronto

Robert McNiven b. Pennsylvania May 24, 1952 / d. May 4, 2020 Toronto (67)

Bob’s family were originally from Pelham Ontario but moved down to Pennsylvania in the early ‘50s to work on radio.  Bob was raised on gospel music; from a very early age he learned to play guitar and joined his family gospel group, The Singing McNevins. When Bob was 17, the family moved to North of Toronto where Bob joined another gospel group called the Bridlewood Quartet.  He eventually grew his hair long and got involved with secular music. He joined Whiskey Jack for the release of their second album and stayed in the band for nearly 40 years until his illness, ALS, forbid him from doing so any more. He also served as band leader of several Stompin’ Tom Connors tours over the years.

RIP Dave Greenfield 1949 – May 3, 2020

2.   The Stranglers: The Raven
(Hugh Alan Cornwell, David Greenfield, Brian John Duffy, Jean Jacques Burnel)
IV: I.R.S. Records SP-70011
Guildford UK
Hugh Cornwell: guitar, vocals, bass guitar
Jean-Jacques Burnel: bass guitar, vocals
Dave Greenfield: keyboards, vocals
Jet Black: drums
Produced by The Stranglers and Alan Winstanley, 1978
Recorded by Alan Winstanley at Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris; AIR Studios, London
Mixed by Steve Churchyard

David Paul Greenfield b. Brighton, England 29 March 1949 / d. May 3, 2020 (71)

Greenfield started gigging in Germany and didn’t quite know how to kick-start his career in England so he worked as a piano tuner. His bands included The Initials, The Blue Maxi and progressive rock bands Rusty Butler and Credo. He joined The Stranglers after auditioning in 1975, replacing Hans Warmling, and played with them until his death in 2020.

RIP Millie Small 1946 - May 5, 2020

3.   Millie Small: My Boy Lollipop
(Johnny Roberts / Robert Spencer)
45 single bw Something’s Gotta Be Done: Mercury Records  S-1893X
Gibraltar, Jamaica
Millie Small: vocal
Ernest Ranglin: music director
Produced by Chris Blackwell, 1964

Millicent Dolly May Small 6 October 1946 Gibraltar, Clarendon, Jamaica / d. May 5, 2020, London (72)

Won the Verve Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest at the age of twelve. Began recording in Jamaica 1962 which brought her to the attention of Chris Blackwell who became her manager and legal guardian, who in late 1963 took her to  London, where she was given intensive training in dancing and diction. There she made her fourth recording, an Ernest Ranglin rearrangement of "My Boy Lollipop" It was the first major hit for Island Records (although it was actually released on the Fontana label because Chris Blackwell, Island's owner, did not want to overextend his then-meager resources).

4.   The Ceedees: Mama Raised A Misfit
(C Driedger)
Hit The Ditch: Carrot Records CD-1-1980
Peterborough ON
Curtis Driedger: guitar, keys, vocals
Ed Dick: bass
Nick Kent: drums
Susan Newman: keys, vocal
Rob Fortin: guitar, vocal
Produced by The CeeDees, 1980
Recorded by Glen Johansen at Integrated Studios, Agincourt (Toronto) ON

This was their only album although they did release a 5 song EP in 1985. Nick Kent went to play with Martha & The Muffins after this. In 2006, Curtis Driedger founded the Mandolin Society of Peterborough were he remains as its conductor.

5.   The Rolling Stones: Have You Seen Your Mother Baby (Standing In the Shadow?)
(Jagger / Richards)
45 single bw Who's Driving Your Plane: London Records L903
Mick Jagger: vocals, hand claps
Keith Richards: guitars, backing vocals, hand claps
Brian Jones: guitar
Bill Wyman: bass guitar
Charlie Watts: drums
Jack Nitzsche: piano, tambourine
Mike Leander Orchestra: brass and horn section
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, 1967
Recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood, August 1966

The single was released in Sept, 1966. It is the first Rolling Stones song to feature a horn section.

6.   William Tagoona: Ananaga (My Mother)
(William Tagoona)
Northern Man: Boot Records / CBC Northern Services – NCB 500
Baker Lake, Nunavut
William Tagoona: vocal, guitar
Dougal Trineer: guitar
Paul Gurry: bass
Serge Bougie: drums
Produced by Les McLaughlin, 1981
Recorded at Snocan Studios, Ottawa

Sung in his first language, Inuktitut. Tagoona began working for CBC Radio Northern Service in 1982. Had the first Inuit rock band in NWT back in 1964, called The Harpoons. Writes all his songs in Inuktitut. He released two LPs (in the early 80s) produced by CBC Northern Services. He currently works for CBC News in Nunavut, hosting a program called Tuttavik.

7.   Whiskey Howl: Mother Earth
(Peter Chapman / Lewis Simpkin)
Whiskey Howl:  Pacemaker PACE-056
Toronto ON
John Witmer, vocals
Richard Fruchtman, bass
Wayne Wilson, drums
Michael Pickett, harmonica, vocals
Dave Morrison, guitar, vocals
Produced by Johnny Sandlin, 1972
Recorded by David Stock at Eastern Sound Studios, Toronto

This band played at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival in September 1969. They broke up after recording this album. They did do a reunion LP in 1981 “Live at the El Mocambo”.  Vocalist John Wittmer later moved on to sing in the Downchild Blues Band, then relocated to the west coast and formed The Belairs, followed by The Fabricators. He passed away in July 2004.  Drummer Wayne Wilson went on to play in “Mike McKenna And The Assassins” as well as Downchild.

8.   Jack Kingston: Mama Don’t Cry At My Wedding
Pickin' & Singin': British Archives of Country Music - BACM CD D 296
St Catherines ON
Jack Kingston: guitar, vocal
Produced May 1957
Re-Produced by Lynn Russwurm Assisted by Bobby Kingston, 2010
(Originally released Quality Records K1596 bw Bye, Bye Love – 1954)

Jack Kingston b. St. Catherines ON Oct 4, 1925 / d. May 18, 1996 (70) St Catherines

Kingston, known as The Yodeling Cowboy, was a very popular Canadian country music performer in the 1950s. He joined the Wingham, Ontario-based CKNX “Traveling Barn Dance. He was also the first Canadian artist to sign a record deal with Capitol Records in 1950. He also recorded for Sparton, Quality Records, Birchmount and Paragon. He sang about distinctly Canadian things: Marilyn Bell’s swim across Lake Ontario; cave in at Springhill, Nova Scotia, and The Noronic Disaster about the tragic Toronto harbour fire on the Noronic cruise line which killed 118, September 1949. Like Stompin’ Tom, he was a singing chronicler.

9.   Doctor Hook And The Medicine Show: Sylvia’s Mother
(Shel Silverstein)
Doctor Hook: Columbia Records W16C-30898
Union City, NJ
Bill Francis: Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Sawyer: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dennis Locorriere: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass
George Cummings: Steel Guitar, Lead Guitar
Jay David: Vocals, Drums
Produced by Ron Haffkine, 1972

Silverstein had been in love with a woman named Silvia Pandolfi, but she would later become engaged to another man and end up as a museum curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City. Desperate to continue the relationship, Silverstein called Pandolfi's mother, Louisa, but she told him that the love had ended. So he wrote this song.

10. Herman’s Hermits: Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter
(Trevor Peacock)
The Best Of Hermans Hermits: Quality Records V1783
Manchester UK
Peter Noone vocals
Derek Leckenby lead guitar
Keith Hopwood rhythm guitar, bg vocals
Barry Whitwam drums
Karl Green bg vocals, bass
Produced by Mickie Most 1965

Herman's Hermits took the song to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in May 1965, and number one in Canada the month before that. It was recorded as an afterthought in two takes. The band never dreamed it would be a single let alone hit number one in the US. According to Noone the song was well known to British bands; it would often be performed at birthday parties, substituting the surname of the girl whose party was being celebrated, i.e., "Mrs. Smith" or "Mrs. Jones" instead of "Mrs. Brown". Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1965 album Chipmunks à Go-Go.

11. Margaret Christl: Mothers, Daughters, Wives
(Judy Small)
Looking Towards Home: Logan's Line Records - LLR 3529
Toronto ON

Magaret Christl: vocals
Ron Casat: keys
Chris Crilly: synths
Mansel Davies: guitars, bouzouki
Gaye Delorme: electric guitar
Rick Fenton: harmony vocals
James Keelaghan: harmony vocals
Joan MacIsaac: harmony vocals
Michael Moore: drums
Jim Morison: electric bass
John Munro: guitar, bouziuki, autoharp, mandolin
Produced by Les Siemieniuk, 1984
Mixed by Don Pennington, Ron Casat, Rick Fenton & Les Siemieniuk
Recorded in Calgary AB

Margaret Christl b. Scotland 194?

One of the most poignant anti-war songs from a voice that is rarely heard amidst the calls to arms. Written by Australian singer-songwriter Judy Small about losing their fathers, sons and husbands over and over, again and again. And for what?

Margaret Christl is a Scottish-Canadian folksinger. Christl was born in England, grew up in Scotland and West Wales and emigrated to Canada in 1966. She began hanging out in folk clubs and often was asked to get up and sing. She performed at many of the great folk festivals, sometimes as a friend of the Friends of Fiddlers’ Green folk group. n December 2007 Margaret Christl was inducted into the Porcupine Awards Hall of Fame, and received the Golden Porcupine for Lifetime Achievement. Her son, Alistair Christl, a well known rockabilly singer in Toronto, moved to Europe a couple of years back.

12. Every Mothers Son: Come And Take A Ride In My Boat
(Wes Ferrel / Jerry Goldstein)
Every Mothers Son: MGM Records E 4471
New York City

Bruce J Milner: keys
Dennis Larden: lead guitar
Larry Larden: lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Christopher Augustine: drums
Schuyler Larsen: bass
Produced by Wes Farrell, 1967
Recorded by Bruce Staple at Allegro Sound Studios, NYC

Considered to be a “Sunshine” group,  MGM Records signed Every Mothers Son as a clean-cut alternative to the 1960s counterculture. Songwriter Wes Ferral was impressed with them; he had composed songs such as "Hang on Sloopy", "Boys" (covered by The Beatles), and "Come a Little Bit Closer" and wanted them to do something with Come On Down To My Boat. (The song was originally recorded by a band called “The Rare Breed” who would shortly change their name to Ohio Express, one of the truly horrible bubble gum groups of the time, under the title "Come and Take a Ride in My Boat".) The EMS recording of the song was their only real ‘hit’; they broke up in 1968.

13. Big Mama Thornton: Sassy Mama
(Thornton / Fields)
Sassy Mama!: Vanguards Records VSD 79354
Montgomery Alabama

Bib Mama Thornton: guitar vocaks
Others not mentioned
Produced by Ed Bland, 1975
Recorded and mixed by John Kilgore at Vanguards 23rd St., Studios, NYC

Willie Mae Thornton b. Ariton Alabama Dec 11, 1926  / d. July 25, 1984 LA (57)

Big personality, big body, menacing character - played drums and harmonica as well as singing. One of Janis Joplins favourite artists.  Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records says: She’s in my opinion the greatest female blues singer of this and any other decade.