"Miss Sad" - 16 tearjerkin' tragedies from the 60s


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I guess everybody needs a little love mixed with magic and mysteries, secrets and sadness, and everybody cries a tear if he's feeling lonely, but does that mean that you also have to sing about it? What a tragedy..."

(Freeport FR-1001 ) 1. little miss sad - the five impressions

Aka The Addrisi Brothers who are also on this volume with "Mister love". I haven't been able to track down the date of release of this 45 nor any information about the label. It's likely that Freeport was their own record label. This is fine 60s pop about a sad little missy and it ain't cheesy at all!
9. i want you to be my baby - billie davis

A very good looking beat girl singing this high quality love song on the bass line of "Gimme your lovin'". The b-side of this 45 already showed up on volume 2 and there you can look at her beauty.
(Decca 26 189 from 1968)
(London 45 LON 9670  from 1964) 2. everybody needs a little love - bern elliott & the fenmen

Did you enjoy the Fenmen's "New Orleans" on volume 17? I'm sure you did. Another great early beat punker from 1964 with a lot of British influences. The guitar break is so crazy!

10. mister love - addrisi brothers

A freaky fuzzy guitar sound and a great love song (no, not a ballad!) from the brothers Dick and Don who also recorded as The Five Impressions. This is 1965.
(Valiant V-720 from 1965)
(Fontana F-1562 from 1966) 3. wait for me baby - the new vaudeville band

A slower beat tune from their very first 45 for Fontana in 1966. In 1968 the band disbanded, but not before releasing an album called "Winchester Cathedral" which is also the title of the a-side of this 45.
11. killer joe - the princetons

On several comps you can find their "Georgianna", but have you ever heard the b-side? It's a Louie Louie rip-off in a great frat-garage style. The b-side of their second 45 was "Little miss sad", yes, the song that started this volume. The Princetons from Iowa first released this song in 1965 on their own label Princeton.
(Colpix CP 793 from 1965)
(Independence IND-86 from 1968) 4. mysteries - the third booth

Great 1968 fuzzy guitarpop from this Illinois band. It's the flip of "I need love" that already appeared on the super 60s compilation "Ear piercing punk" in the 80s. This song was also issued one year earlier on their first 45 and then it was coupled with "Sound incorporated" on Thunder 8346.
12. cute little june - the lotus

Probably a Pennsylvanian band as they were on the same local label as Pat Farrell & the Believers. It's typical late 60s Beatle-esque garagepop (I believe it's from 1969). I've got reasons to believe they were Asian immigrants. The author is S. Hui and it was produced by Norman Cheng.
(Diamond D.254 from 1969)
(Smash S-2163 from 1968) 5. some kind of magic - the purple cucumber

This band has released only one single in 1968: "Some kind of magic" together with "Green eyed song" which as issued a few years ago on a compilation which name I can't recall right now. Some kind of magic can be the difference between life and death, between top hit and failure, between bad taste and good bad taste!
13. the way like i do - wally dean & the thrips

From Belgium and he released at least 2 45s, the last being from 1972. This must be from 1969 or 1970. It's like mid-60s frat rock, but in Belgium a lot of bands were five years behind of their time. Guitars, organ, drums, vocals, nothing special but still it's a fine example of late 60s Belgian teen beat.
(Ideal 541)
(Musicor MU-1388 from 1969) 6. gingersnap - jamie

Great pop psych tune from the end of the sixties. It could have been a one-hit-wonder, but it wasn't a hit. "I got a girl, her name was Ginger". I don't think Ginger Baker would love this 1969 song.
14. don'tcha feel like cryin' - nobody's children

The same Nobody's Children that released Junco Partner? This '68 B-side of "I can't let go" and it was later reissued on Buddah nationally. It's also possible that this was a Massachusetts band and not from Washington DC like the Junco Partner band. Other Nobody's Children came from Chicago, New Mexico and Dallas.
(Bullet BU-1000 from 1968)
(RCA -Victor 47-9184 from 1968) 7. keepin' a secret - the family tree

The Family Tree were better know then. In 1965 The Brogues (the guys from "I ain't no miracle worker"!) desintegrated and the members reappeared in two other bands: Quicksilver Messenger Service (yuk!) and The Family Tree. Between 1967 and 1970 they released five 45s and one album. This 1968 b-side of "Do you have the time?" shows some evident Beatles influences.
15. pink dally rue - the newbeats

Here they are again. On volume 17 there was "Everything's alright" and this side is almost as crazy as teen fratpunk can go.
(Hickory HY 42.777 from 1965)
(Dunhill D-4013 from 1965) 8. you're a lonely girl - the grass roots

They will always be remembered for their fabulous version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Jones (a ballad of a thin man)". On the other side of this 45 from 1965 you'll find "You're a lonely girl", a truely fab fuzz punker. They continued until the mid-70s and released a lot of 45s and albums for various labels. Their most prolific member was P.F. Sloan. Philip was active in other bands such as The Fantastic Baggys (I love them!), The Street Cleaners (remember their "That's cool that's trash" on the "Riot city" compilation) and so on...
16. you and me - the sonny boys

And I end this volume with a real love ballad, cheesy and tasteless. I'm sure nobody has ever heard this before. This impossible to find 45 from a Belgian beat band was released locally in 1969 and only a handful of copies were sold. The excellent garagepunker on the other side can be found on volume 3.
(Flora 127 from 1967)