Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Oldies - Oh Ronnie by Kal's Kids

Buying and selling old vinyl records can be a lucrative venture. But sometimes you screw up and miss a golden opportunity. It happened to me with this record.

Kal's Kids were from Allentown, Pennsylvania. They took first place on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour on television which earned them a recording contract with the local Vernon label. A local evening disc jockey on WSCR Radio, singer, songwriter and record producer who called himself Frantic Freddie (a.k.a. Freddie Frederick, Fred Milander, and Fred Mylander) took an interest in the group. Freddie became the group's producer, arranger, and co-wrote both sides of their first single with a guy named Craig Kastelnick. They only made this one record as Kal's Kids. When they were picked up by Date Records in 1968, their name was changed The Young Ideas. They cut one record on Date 1614, with the songs Barney Buss and Melody. Apparently they also cut a few more singles on the Swan and Jeree labels as The Young Ideas, not to be confused with The Young Idea, a group from England. This led them to ABC Records where they cut Candy Street and Be My Baby on ABC 11067 in 1968. After being dropped by ABC, the group financed their own album in 1970 which they called The Young Ideas on Young Ideas DRP-5822. The group published another album called Through The Years on Century DRP-5822 in 1979. The original group consisted of Ronnie Hassinger on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Harry O on drums and vocals, Ron Russell on keyboards, bass and rhythm guitar, and Alan Gaumer on trumpet, keyboards and vocals. The lineup changed over time, but founding members Ronnie Hassinger, Harry O, and Ron Russell, stayed for the entire ride.

I sold this record for $30 to another record dealer from Pennsylvania. He was a guy I admired because of his incredible knowledge of obscure records and bands, particularly those who came from Ohio and Pennsylvania. I should have known this record would end up being worth a lot more. In fact, copies of this rare single have surfaced on eBay, generating intense bidding wars between collectors, ultimately selling for $350-400. Oops.

My favorite side of this single is this Teener called Oh Ronnie by Kal's Kids on Vernon 967 from 1967:




But the Northern Soul collectors are really after the flip side, a track called Long Lonely Broken Hearted:




Here's their follow-up record, Barney Buss by The Young Ideas on Date 1614 from 1968:



Just for fun, here are a couple of songs that became local hits for Frantic Freddie Frederick, who has become a legend in the Lehigh Valley. Freddie Frederick got his start in 1963 at WHOL-AM in Allentown. From there he moved to WKAP-AM, also in Allentown. Then he went to WSCR-AM in Scranton where he worked the 6-10pm shift and worked with Kal's Kids. He got back to the Lehigh Valley on WEEX-AM/FM in Easton where he did morning drive. He's still working, with his son Freddie Junior, as an entertainer for weddings and parties in the Allentown area.

Here's Charmaine by Freddie Milander And The Colors on Gordon Street Records from 1966:



And here's another Teener called Some Day by Fred Milander on Center City 701 from 1966:



Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Or, to put it more colorfully, sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug. The loss I took on this record was more than made up by the big gains I made on many others. The moral of the story is: If you're going to be a record dealer, you'd better know as much as you can about a record before you sell it to someone! Price guides are available in most bookstores, but they're notoriously inaccurate. You're better off researching the value of a record by searching for it on auction sites like eBay. If you find one that had multiple bidders and closed for a very high price, you've probably got yourself a nugget of gold. Speaking of gold, you can hear over 125,000 Golden Oldies on MusicMaster Oldies, some worth many thousands of dollars, some worth maybe a quarter. As you listen, see if you can pick out the gold nuggets!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Oldies - Dear Mom And Dad by Art Linkletter (And His Daughter Diane)


Based on a real-life tragedy, this record won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording of 1969. Art Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly on 17 July 1912 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Abandoned by his mother and father a few weeks after his birth, he was taken in and adopted by Mary and John Linkletter, who had two sons of their own at the time. Fulton John was an evangelical preacher. Before starting grade school, his family moved to San Diego, California. Art attended San Diego High School. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in teaching at San Diego Teacher's College (now SDSU). While in college he was a member of the swim team, basketball team, and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Instead of becoming a teacher, Art took a higher paying job at KGB Radio in San Diego where he directed remote broadcasts. A year after graduation, Art met Lois Foerster and fell in love. They were married later that same year, on 28 November 1935, at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego. The happy couple raised two sons and three daughters and remained together until Art's death almost 75 years later. He took on a series of radio promotion jobs around California and Texas. The kid who wanted to be an English professor ended up becoming a legendary entertainer on radio and television.

Art Linkletter

Art had maintained that he was an American citizen, but later was forced to pay a fine of $500 for making that false claim. He successfully applied for United States citizenship in 1942. He went to work in Hollywood for John Guedel replacing Art Baker as host of a radio variety show on NBC called People Are Funny, now considered the forerunner of radio and television game shows. People Are Funny moved to CBS radio in 1950 and moved to television in 1954. Art continued as host through 1960 when the show was cancelled. John Guedel also produced the hilarious television game show You Bet Your Life starring Groucho Marx.

Here's a 25 minute sample of Art Linkletter's People Are Funny television show:


If you're a fan of Warner Brothers cartoons, you may recall a spoof of the show in a short called People Are Bunny where Daffy Duck plays a contestant on People Are Phoney hosted by Art Lamplighter.


In 1945, just two years after starting on People Are Funny, Art began hosting another radio talk-variety show called House Party on CBS, also produced by John Guedel. That show moved to television in 1950, with the soundtrack recorded and played back on the radio show immediately after the telecast. This evolved into Life With Linkletter, becoming Art Linkletter's House Party in 1952. It became television's longest-running variety show before it left the air in September 1969. NBC television immediately revived the show as Life With Linkletter hosted by Art Linkletter with help from his son Jack. If this hasn't confused you enough yet, Art Linkletter hosted a completely different television series called the Art Linkletter show which ran for several months on NBC in 1963. There was even a movie version of People Are Funny in 1946 where Art Linkletter played himself in a spoof of the competition between radio producers. That movie is fun to watch, if you can find it, and features appearances by Frances Langford, Ozzie Nelson, and Rudy Vallee.


Tragedy struck just a month after House Party ended. On 4 October 1969, Art Linkletter's youngest daughter Diane died after jumping out of the kitchen window of her sixth-story apartment. She'd been living in apartment 610 at the Shoreham Towers at 8785 Shoreham Drive, just off Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. She was taken by ambulance to Hollywood Receiving Hospital, then transported to USC Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The official cause of death was listed as cerebral contusions and massive fractures of the skull and extremities. But the story behind her apparent suicide is shrouded in mystery and drama.

Diane Linkletter

Just twenty minutes before she jumped, Diane reportedly made a frantic phone call for help. The operator said she sounded like she was "under the influence" of something. That wouldn't have been unusual for Diane. She got married when she was only 17 to a guy named Conroy who confirmed that Diane had been taking illegal drugs since age 14, including speed, meth, LSD and heroin, and even contemplated suicide on several occasions. On the night before she died, Diane returned home around midnight after visiting the Griffith Park Observatory with a boyfriend named Bob Rietman. She called another boyfriend, 27 year old Edward Durston, and asked him to come to her apartment. He lived close by at 1211 Horn Avenue in West Hollywood. Edward arrived at around three in the morning. Diane allegedly claimed she'd dropped acid and now planned to bake some cookies. Edward and Diane talked for a few hours. They went out to her balcony and watched as a maintenance man named Scottie walked his Saint Bernard. The leash broke and the dog began running away, with Scottie running after him. Diane, thinking that Scottie was trying to kill the dog, freaked out. Edward dragged her into the apartment and restrained her until she calmed down. Then he went into another room to call Diane's brother Robert to let him know that his sister needed some help. After speaking briefly with his sister, Robert took off in a hurry to get to her side. He didn't get there in time. Wearing a sweater and a pair of jeans, with just $14.66 in cash and a few credit cards in her pockets, Diane calmly rose from her bed, where she hadn't quite finished reading The Story Of O yet, walked out across her living room to the kitchen, climbed onto the yellow tile counter, stepping over a couple of uneaten cookies, and simply walked out of the open window. Edward ran over and tried to stop her, but he only managed to grab a handful of beige curtains. Someone living across the street watched in horror as Diane fell from the window, screaming until she hit the pavement below. Edward immediately called the police then ran down to the lobby where he called them once more. An autopsy was completed later that same day, revealing that she was absolutely sober at the time of her death. No booze or drugs were in her system. But that didn't make sense to her father. His contention was that his daughter suffered an LSD flashback that night. From that time on, he would blame her death on the poison drugs she'd been taking, centering his revenge on the former teacher and celebrity drug advocate, Timothy Leary.

There are many conflicting stories about Art Linkletter. Some say he was a gentle man who loved to make people laugh. He became famous for his long-running comedy bit on House Party called Kids Say The Darnedest Things. Others say he was a bitter man who would snap obscenities to fans who approached him for an autograph. But Diane's friend Edward Durston had a few skeletons of his own in the closet. He'd been considered a suspect in the Sharon Tate murders. Later, he accompanied actress Carol Wayne when she mysteriously drowned in a shallow bay in Mexico following a heated argument. Did Edward have something to do with Diane's death? There are many conflicting details in the story of what happened that morning in West Hollywood when you compare Edward's version with that of Diane's brother Robert. The Los Angeles Homicide Detective who investigated the incident, Norman Hamilton, interviewed Edward at the scene and was left with the impression that Diane was a troubled girl who was concerned about her identity and career. According to Edward, she was despondent and depressed, often complaining that she couldn't be her "own person." There was no mention of drugs being involved in the detective's report.

Art Linkletter was visiting Colorado with his wife and another daughter on the night Diane died, ironically to speak about his growing concerns for the dangerous escalation of "permissiveness in society." After hearing of his daughter's death, he immediately jumped to the conclusion that she'd been "murdered" by those who hooked her on LSD. Despite evidence to the contrary, Art Linkletter maintained this belief for the rest of his life. He simply refused to believe that Diane would take her own life without the influence of dangerous drugs. Art based his conclusion on a conversation he'd had with Diane six months before her death when she told him she'd tried LSD and had a "bad trip." They talked about the incident for a long time with Diane insisting it was her first experience with the drug, and she told her father that it was a dangerous and stupid thing to do. She promised him she'd never do it again. Did Edward twist the story to cover up a murder? Did Robert twist the story to soften the blow for his grieving family? We will never know what actually drove Diane to fall from that window. But we can't fault Art Linkletter for being so concerned about his daughter's tragedy to dedicate the remainder of his life to a compassionate attempt to educate other kids about the danger of illegal drugs.

Here's a sample of the Kids Say The Darnedest Things segment of Art Linkletter's House Party from 1967:


These recordings were made two years before Diane's death. Clearly, Art Linkletter was already very concerned for his daughter's safety. His love for Diane is exposed by his inability to contain his emotions near the end of his monologue. One month after Diane's death, the recordings were released on Word WEP-1101 with a picture sleeve. It was issued for national distribution on Capitol 2678 and sold 275,000 copies in the first eight weeks. We Love You, Call Collect climbed to #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #44 on Cashbox. The record got virtually no airplay outside the United States. According to Art Linkletter, all royalties from the record sales were used to combat problems arising from drug abuse.


Here's We Love You Call Collect by Art Linkletter on Capitol WEP-1101 from 1969:




And here's the flip side of that single, Dear Mom And Dad by Art Linkletter with his daughter Diane:



Art Linkletter passed away at age 97 on 26 May 2010 at his home in Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife Lois and daughters Dawn and Sharon. He published several comedy and children's records, plus a total of 16 books during his lifetime including two memoirs, Confessions Of A Happy Man and Hobo On The Way To Heaven. As a lifelong Republican, he helped fight the war on drugs. His neighbor of 20 years, Quincy Jones, said, "To know Art, it was easy to see how a man of such humble beginnings could achieve as much as he did in life." He was also a long time friend of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. When Art died, Nancy said, "Art was great to be around, always warm and optimistic, and he loved people." Another long time friend, Larry King, called Art, "An amazing fellow, a terrific broadcast talent, a brilliant businessman, and an all-around good guy." Bill Cosby admired Art Linkletter and claimed to imitate his style when interviewing kids on his own television show in the 1990's. When Art passed away, Bill said, "Because of Art Linkletter, adults found themselves enjoying children." Art buried three of his children during his lifetime. His son Robert died in a car accident in 1980, and his other son, Jack, died of lymphoma in 2007 at age 70.

Diane Linkletter was born on 31 October 1948 and died on 4 October 1969 (10/04) at 10:04am, just two weeks shy of her 21st birthday. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.


This falls into the category of spoken word recordings, a novelty record. You'll hear hundreds more interesting and historical pieces just like this on MusicMaster Oldies. Many of them feature radio and television personalities, and some of them might really surprise you!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Oldies - Timber! by The Bee Gees


Robin Gibb passed away in London last Sunday, 20 May 2012, following a battle with liver cancer. He was 62. Robin's twin brother Maurice died in 2003 of acute intestinal problems, a fate that Robin also suffered in 2010. Their baby brother, pop idol Andy Gibb, suffered a heart ailment and died at the young age of 30 in 1988. Now there is only one surviving member of Australia's legendary Bee Gees, their older brother, Barry Gibb. Robin's passing marks the third loss of a musical-prodigy child for mother Barbara Gibb, who is now 91 years old and living in California. She believes that her family may be cursed. Robin also believed this and wondered if the tragic deaths in his family were some kind of Karma payback for the phenomenal success they enjoyed.


Everyone knows by now that The Bee Gees name comes from the initials B-G, which stands for The Brothers Gibb. The name is also significant because they happen to be the initials of two gentlemen who helped launch the career of these three English lads. They were discovered by a race car driver named Bill Goode. He brought them to the attention of a disc jockey in Sydney named Bill Gates (just like the Microsoft guy). And, of course, the letters B-G are also the initials of Barry Gibb himself. The boys started singing and performing in their home town of Manchester England when older brother Barry was only nine years of age. They invited their older sister, Lesley, to join their group, but she wasn't interested. They first called their group The Rattlesnakes. For a time they became known as Wee Johnny Hays And The Blue Cats. Just after the birth of Andy Gibb, the family left for Australia on a cruise ship. Their passage cost only 20 Pounds. Their final performance in England took place at the Russel Street Club. Wouldn't you love to jump into a time machine and go back to hear that concert?

This uptempo Teener comes from one of the first singles ever made by The Bee Gees. It was made just a year after the family moved from England to Brisbane, Australia. At the time, the boys lived in a poor neighborhood called Cribb Island, later demolished to make room for the expansion of the Brisbane airport. The song was recorded at the Festival Recording Studio in Sydney in the summer of 1963. Just sixteen at the time, young Barry Gibb plays guitar (his first time on record) and sings the lead vocal, with backing vocals from his 13-year old twin brothers, Robin and Maurice. Although it may sound like there's a full studio orchestra backing them up, it's really just a single violin, upright string bass, and drums. Engineer Robert Iredale managed to coax a much fuller sound out of this session using some creative echo and overdubbing. It was released on the Leedon label, which was founded in 1958 by an American named Lee Gordon and sold to Festival Records in 1960.


Here's Timber! by The Bee Gees on Leedon 412 from 1963:



You'll hear every song the Bee Gees ever released through 1973, along with many others they composed or contributed backing vocals, when you listen to MusicMaster Oldies. Rest in Peace, brother Robin.

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Oldies - Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport by Rolf Harris


Rolf Harris was born on 30 March 1930 in the Western Australia city of Perth, the son of Welsh immigrants, Crom and Agnes Harris. He relocated to England when he was 22 years old to work on a television show where viewers watched him draw the characters. He's a fan of Aboriginal Australian music, incorporating instruments like the didgeridoo and wobble board into many of his songs.

This was a #1 hit in Australia that also went to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in America, but not in the same year. In fact, they weren't even the same version. Rolf originally recorded this song in 1960. That's the version that topped the Australian charts in May 1960 and went to #9 in England a couple months later. But that version was not heard much in America, even though it was released for distribution on 20th Fox. In 1962, Rolf got together with Beatles producer George Martin and did an updated version of the song. That's the version that you remember hearing on the radio in America in the summer of 1963. It went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Cashbox, #20 in Canada on 1050 CHUM in Toronto, and even managed to hit #19 on the R&B charts. This is also the version that finally broke through in Ireland, climbing to #9 there a couple months after becoming a smash novelty hit in North America. The 1962 recording, however, did not have an encore on the charts in Australia or England, and the song was completely overlooked in Germany and many other countries.


Here's the original 1960 version of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport by Rolf Harris on 20th Fox 207:



And here's the 1962 recording produced by George Martin that Americans remember hearing on the radio, released in the United States on Epic 9596:



Rolf Harris wrote this song in 1957, inspired by the calypso music of Harry Belafonte. In fact, the original working title of the song was Kangalypso. The song's concept is very similar to a poem called The Dying Stockman written in 1885 by Howard Flowers and first recorded in 1905 by A. B. 'Banjo' Peterson. The song was first reworked at the EMI studios in Sydney in 1936 as a yodeling guitar tune by New Zealand-born Tex Morton as Wrap Me Up With My Stockwhip and Blanket on Regal Zonophone Records. These are the original lyrics of the ballad to read along with as you enjoy the Tex Morton recording:



A strapping young stockman lay dying
His saddle supporting his head
His two mates around him were crying
As he rose on his pillow and said

Chorus
Wrap me up with my stockwhip and blanket
And bury me deep down below
Where the dingoes and crows can't molest me
In the shade where the coolibahs grow

Oh had I the flight of the bronzewing
Far over the plains would I fly
Straight to the land of my childhood
And there I would lay down and die

Then cut down a couple of saplings
Place one at my head and my toe
Carve on them cross stockwhip and saddle
To show there's a stockman below

Hark there's the wail of a dingo
Watchful and weird--I must go
For it tolls the death-knell of the stockman
From the gloom of the scrub down below

There's tea in the battered old billy
Place the pannikins out in a row
And we'll drink to the next merry meeting
In the place where all good fellows go

And oft in the shades of the twilight
When the soft winds are whispering low
And the darkening shadows are falling
Sometimes think of the stockman below

One part of Rolf's original version of the song was considered racist by several critics, so Rolf removed the offensive words from later recordings and performances and apologized for them. That verse referenced the term 'Abo' which was an Australian slang term for Aboriginal Australians, that country's version of Native Americans. It can be interpreted to mean that the dying stockman kept them as slaves, but it could also mean they worked for him voluntarily. Of course, you don't let someone who works for you 'go loose' if they're not held against their will.

Let me Abos go loose, Lew
Let me Abos go loose
They're of no further use, Lew
So let me Abos go loose.

Here's a bit of BeatleMania associated with this song:



After performing with the Beatles, Rolf Harris gave the wobble board to Ringo Starr who now owns the largest collection of them outside Australia.

I've got some more interesting tales about Rolf Harris which I'll share with you in future posts. In the meantime, you can here all the hits of Rolf Harris (he had eight of them) on MusicMaster Oldies, along with a couple dozen other tracks.

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Oldies - Let's Run Away by Johnny Hudson And The Riptides


Formed in 1959 around Santa Monica, California, the original lineup of The Riptides included Johnny Hudson on lead vocals and piano, Ross Dietrich on guitar, and Ernie Sawyers on rhythm guitar. The band changed considerably around 1963 as several more members were added, including Daryl Dragon, the "Captain" of Captain and Tennille and his brother Doug on keyboards. Other additions included Ernie's brother Joe Sawyers on bass, Mike O'Keefe on sax, Max Lobough and Steve Aaberg on guitar, Vic Diaz and Butch Simpson on piano, and Bill Lewis and Johnny's brother Brooke Hudson on drums. The band continued playing until 1967. Johnny Hudson's relatives include several celebrities, such as Keenan Wynn and Tracy Keenan Wynn, Mark and Bill Hudson of The Hudson Brothers and Mark's daughter Sarah Hudson, actors Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver Hudson. Like many Hollywood families, the deeper you dig, the more conflict and drama you find. Last I heard, Johnny Hudson was alive and well and still living in Los Angeles. Johnny and his daughter Kimmy, a dancer, skater and surfer girl, worked together years ago in a band called Trudge. Johnny also has a son named Shannon who owns a hot rod shop in Newhall, California, and has worked with many car collectors including Jay Leno.

The only other thing I know about Johnny Hudson is that he made this excellent harmony Teener, which is one of my favorites.


Here's Let's Run Away by Johnny Hudson And The Riptides on Challenge 59062 from 1959:



And here's the fun flip side, Hanky Panky:



This was actually a follow-up to an earlier record on Challenge credited as simply The Riptides.

Here's Machine Gun by The Riptides on Challenge 59058 from 1959:



And the flip side, Deep Blue:



If you know Johnny Hudson, I'd love to find out more about him and his band. I'd gladly drive up from San Diego to meet him, too.

I'd like to take a moment to thank the many new listeners who have discovered MusicMaster Oldies recently!



Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Oldies - Die Stiefel Sind Zum Wandern by Eileen


I was supposed to be in Singapore today but I never got there. I was walking around lovely Newport Beach, California, on the day before my flight. Suddenly I stepped in a hole, fell down and twisted my ankle. It didn't hurt much at first, but the pain grew over time. The sidewalks cover every inch of ground between the water and the little shops. In random places, there's a tree growing with sidewalk all around it. The city removed a neat square of sidewalk around the tree so it's surrounded by nothing but dirt. Unfortunately, a lot of the dirt erodes away over time, leaving the dirt square much lower than the sidewalk. I don't look down when I'm walking around an interesting place like Newport Beach. There are way too many cool things to see, and besides, I expect to have sidewalk under my feet all the time. I got too close to a tree. My foot landed in the middle of the point where sidewalk and dirt come together. My foot simply rolled over into the hole, which caused me to fall face down on the sidewalk. I ended up in the Cedar's Sinai Emergency Room that night getting an X-ray, splint, and walker. Luckily, nothing was broken or torn, so I'm up on my feet again and feeling almost back to normal. If you're a lawyer, you already know that these "trip and fall" cases go nowhere if you try to take them to court. But I have tried to contact the city to suggest they send someone out to build up the dirt in these holes so they're level with the sidewalk. That would keep someone else from suffering the same fate. As expected, I couldn't find anyone responsible in city government. So, just in case someone who works for the city of Newport Beach is reading this, please go stuff some dirt in your hole!

Clearly this was my fault. I simply forgot how to walk. Right? Maybe a lesson in walking will do me some good. That's it. I need a refresher course in the fine art of putting one foot in front of the other. Now if I can just find a song about walking that also expresses my level of frustration...

By the way, I'm trying out a new embedded player from SoundCloud today. If this doesn't work for you, please let me know. Since it's HTML5 based, it might even work on your iPhones and iPads!

Eileen Goldsen was born in New York City on 16 May 1941. She studied French at the University of Los Angeles and graduated to become a French teacher. Just 22 years old, she decided to move to Paris. Here she found work, not only translating American folk songs into French, but using her lovely voice to sing and record them as well. She fell in love with a guy from Europe 1 Radio, Jacques Robinson, and the two were married in 1965. This was the same year where she released her first EP on the AZ label, distributed by Vogue Records.

In 1966, Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy blasted into the American charts with a smash hit, These Boots Are Made For Walkin', written by Lee Hazlewood, arranged by Billy Strange, and backed by the legendary Wrecking Crew in Los Angeles. Vogue records in Germany was interested in releasing a translation of the song for the German market called Die Stiefel sind zum Wandern. Larry Yaskiel of Vogue had Eileen in mind, who had already published three EP's for the Vogue subsidiary and could speak multiple languages, including German, although she did so with a very strong French influence. Larry contacted Criterion Music in America to obtain permission for recording and distributing the covers in Europe. It turns out the publisher, Mickey Goldsen, was Eileen's father! He granted permission, but insisted the label keep his connection with Eileen under wraps.

Meanwhile, Nancy Sinatra's original English version started flying up the charts in England, Germany, France and Italy. It hit #1 in England and made the top five in France and Italy. Despite the success of the original recording, AZ Records went ahead with the release of Eileen's version. They also made a French version called Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher. The EP sold fairly well in Europe, so Eileen also recorded an Italian version called Questi stivali sono fatti per camminare. These recordings actually marked the peak of Eileen's recording career. After a few more recordings, including a French translation of Nancy Sinatra's How Does That Grab You Darlin' (Ne fais pas la tête?), Eileen's career stalled out somewhere around 1969-1970.


Here's the German version, Die Stiefel Sind Zum Wandern by Eileen on Vogue (Germany) 14495 from 1966:



And here's the French version, Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher by Eileen on AZ EP 1020 from 1966:



And here's the Italian version, Questi Stivali Sono Fatti Per Camminare on AZ 50010 from 1966:



You'll hear a couple dozen different cover versions of These Boots Are Made For Walkin' on MusicMaster Oldies, including some Answer Songs and a bizarre novelty version by Mrs. Miller.

One interesting variation on the song appeared on this rare Garage Rock record. It was recorded by The Nite Owls in 1966 on a two-track tape recorder in a Chicago music store called Rembrandt Records. The Nite Owls were formed at the Carbondale campus of the University of Southern Illinois in 1965. They did gigs in southern Illinois, but sometimes drove all the way up I-57 to Chicago to perform and record there as well. This song was based on These Boots Are Made For Walkin' and recorded after that song was released. But the composer credits on this record read (lead singer) Gary Miller and (store owner) Tony Urban, with no mention of Lee Hazlewood. Oops! You can read all about these guys by clicking here.

Here's Boots Are Made For Talking by The Nite Owls on Rembrandt 6529 from 1966:



Of course, our old friend Nancy Sit also did a cover of this song in Singapore, sung in English by a cute little Chinese girl:



If you're a leg man, you'll get a kick out of watching Nancy lip-syncing to her song on television in 1965:



Are you ready boots? Start walkin' -- In the direction of your nearest Internet radio where MusicMaster Oldies awaits you with a world of memories and hidden gems from the golden age of rock and roll!