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Frank Slay R.I.P.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:21 am
by john poole
Frank Slay Jr. the producer and songwriter (often with Bob Crewe) for Freddy Cannon, the Rays ('Daddy Cool' and 'Silhouettes'), and others passed away on Saturday, aged 87. It is safe to say that CG was not an admirer, stating in the original edition of "Sound of the City" that 'Tallahassee Lassie' (written by Slay, Crewe, and Cannon) had "some claim to be the worst rock 'n' roll record ever made". In the revised edition Charlie added that Cannon's "raucous hits" were "mostly crass stuff, impressive for its single-minded pursuit of the lowest common denominator, but generally lacking any originality which could be traced through to later records as any kind of "influence"." But I always liked them ...

'Tallahassee Lassie'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pgbJaKemic
Obviously no-one in Harvey Goldsmith's office had read 'Sound of the City'
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10429

Clay later produced (with the band's manager) the psychedelic pop classic 'Incense and Peppermints' by the Strawberry Alarm Clock; and then put Freddy Cannon together with the group for a cover version of '20th Century Fox' from the Doors' first LP (probably the earliest cover of a Doors' song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAnsNGZNn8Y

"Rock File 2" records that "The Explosive Freddy Cannon" was No.1 in the Record Retailer's first LP chart in March, 1960 - I recently paid £2 for an original UK copy on the Top Rank label
https://www.discogs.com/Freddy-Cannon-T ... se/4697831

http://www.seasonally.co.uk/News53pdfs/ ... 011-08.pdf
https://secondhandsongs.com/artist/3981 ... nav-entity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Slay

R.I.P.

Re: Frank Slay R.I.P.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:30 pm
by NormanD
john poole wrote: I recently paid £2 for an original UK copy on the Top Rank label
https://www.discogs.com/Freddy-Cannon-T ... se/4697831
Robbery! There's a copy going for 94p.

I can understand, but don't share Charlie's florid dislike, but do admit to liking this one. Probably because of the guitar. His "woos!" get a bit overbearing, for sure
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J191zWAbDLo