New Music For Old People: The Four Evers, Lulu, Henrietta & The Hairdooz

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “Stormy” — The Four Evers

This was written for The Four Seasons and luckily Charles Calello, the arranger on all the Four Seasons hits, heard it and cut it with a sound-alike group. I was a fan of this group and already had two of their singles at home. Calello did a masterful job but, alas, to no avail. However it was a crucial event in my life because it introduced the two of us and we made many records together once I became a producer. And so thankfully ends the Weather Channel trilogy subject matter.

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2. “Tell Me Like It Is” — Lulu

I believe she was still with her backup band The Luvvers when this was cut. I’ve always loved her vocal on this and am probably less embarassed by it than she is nowadays.

3. “Penn Station” — Henrietta & The Hairdooz

If you think their name is funny, they were originally called Baby Jane & The Rockabyes. Bert Berns produced a semi-hit with them — a Phil Spector-like version of Patti Page’s hit “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.” I think this was thankfully a B-side but again the studio band is great, especially the drummer. This was released in 1963.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

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