September 19, 2020

1996-02-08 – Muncie Evening Press

1996 02 08 Muncie_Evening_Press_Thu__Feb_8__1996_

Armed with right pieces, ?

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reader almost solves puzzle;

ll! JERRY OSBORNE
WM

DEAR JERRY: I recently dis-
covered some old British book-
ing Information from the summer
of 1964. It pertains to a rock band
called the High Numbers. They
were playing around the London
area at the time, and, it appears,
may have been handled by the
same management as the Who
early in their career. ,

Who were the members of the
High Numbers. Did any of them
go on to fame solo, or join other
well-known bands later? - Rob
Keating, Madison, Conn.

DEAR ROB: You have all the
pieces to the High Numbers
mystery; it’s just a matter of
putting them together.

For a brief time ln 1964,
Who’s publicist, Peter Mead-
en, chonged the band’s name
to the High Numbers. Despite
this goofy experiment, the
group remained the same Who
quartet we’ve always known:
Roger Daltrey, John Entwlele,
Pete Townshend, and Keith
Moon.

With the name change, and
in keeping with London’s mid-
’60s mod craze, Menden per-
suaded the boys to don mod
clothing. He also got them a
record deal with Fontana,
which resulted in one single:
“I’m the Face” backed with
“Zoot Suit” (Fontuna 480).

Perhaps the most coveted
Who collectible, the Fontana
45, which did not get issued in
America, can now bring 8250
to 8500.

Not until they recycled their
Who name, and Ilcned with
Decca In 1965, did they hit
the charts. Their om hit, “I
Can’t Explain,” only ruched
No. 98 In the U.8., whlle

becoming a Top 10 hit In the

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DEAR JERRY: I would like
some lnlonnation about a record
nudeinthelate‘505,0rearly
‘60:, by Bread’e David Gates. I
believe it came . out on a local
(Oklahoma) label. Please fill in
the blanks for me. ,

Also, I have not lived here that
long, but I have been told there is
a recording titled “Guthrie.” By
whom? When? Where? — Jerry
Sherman, Guthrie, Okla,

DEAR JERRY: Gates, who is
from the Tube urea, did nuke
a record on Tulsa’s Perspec-
tive Records. Credited to
“The Accents with Vocal By
David Gates,” the tltles ere
“Jo-Baby” backed wlth “Lov-
in’ at Night.” There is no
selection number shown on
the label - not 3 particularly
uncommon occurrence in the
‘50:.

Gates made hle first record
for Perspective clrcn-l958,
while still attending high
school. Reportedly only 1,200
were pressed, and they now
sell for close to 8100.

Eleven years later, while liv-
ing in Los Angeles, David and
some pals become the

scrumptious quartet known
as Bread.

The recording of “Guthrie”
that I am most familiar with

Valnn'l'inn nnnnnrl-

is by Honk Thompson, 3'
Tenn by birth but one o!
Oklahoma‘s favorite country
music store. Since the feeling-
le mutual, Honk, in 1969,
released the concept album,
“Honk Thompson Salutes
Oklahoma.” (Dot DLP-2597l ),
which includes “Guthrie."

IZ ZAT‘SO? For the first 30
yem of the rock ere In-
Englnnd, only 14 singles mule .
their chnrt debut at No. l on-
the New Musical Express sur-
vey: (1968) “Jailhouse Rock”
(Elvis Presley), (1960) “My
Old Man’s n Dustman” (Lon-
nie Donnegan), (1960) f‘lt’s
Now Or Never” (Elvis reale'y),
(1961) “Surrender” (Elvis
Presley), (1962) “The Young
Ones” (Cllfl Richard), (1963)
“I Want to Hold Your Hand”
(Beatles), (1964) “Can‘t Buy
Me Love” (Beetles), (1964)
“A Hard Day’s Night” (Beet-
les), (1964) “Little" Red
Rooster” (Rolling Stones), .
(1964) “I Feel Fine” (Beat-
leg), (1965) “Ticket to Ride”
(Beatles), (1965) “Help!”
(Beatles), (1965) “Day Trip-
per” (Beetles), (1967) “All
You Need Is Love” (Beatles).

Though enormous hits in
England - remember, these
hit No. 1 their very flat week
charted - the U.S. singles
charts were never visited by
three of the above: the Lon-
nie Donnegan, Cliff Richard,
and Rolling Stones tunes.

Jerry Osborne answers an many
questions as possible through’ (Me
column. Write Jerry at Box 255, Port
Townsend, Wash. 98868. All values
quoted in um column are Jbr near.

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