Can-Con 45 Of The Day - May 1

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - May 1

Postby radiofan » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:34 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1973 ... Montreal's Ginette Reno and "Everyday Working Man" ...

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - May 1

Postby Richard Skelly » Tue May 01, 2018 6:50 am

Hopefully there’s some Pacific Northwest garage-rock enthusiasts who read RadioWest. Because I’m perplexed and possibly plain wrong in speculating the co-writer of this Ginette Reno song was a mainstay in Tacoma’s beloved Fabulous Wailers.

Check the credits on Everyday Working Man. The co-writers are identified as Kent Morrill and Leslie Lowe. I drew a complete blank on Lowe. But there’s plenty of online information about Morrill as keyboardist and vocalist in the Fabulous Wailers. But nothing on his involvement in crafting the song picked up by Ginette in 1973. Very puzzling.

The Fabulous Wailers officially broke up in 1969. So it seems reasonable to assume Kent would try other ways to make a living from music. Or perhaps a wily music publisher assigned a lyricist (Lowe???) to put words and a new title on an old Wailers instrumental that had a different name.

The band’s initial forte was playing instrumentals back in 1959. They attracted the attention of execs at Golden Crest Records. The New York City label persuaded the FWs to relocate from Washington State. Tall Cool One reached #36 in 1959 and its followup Mau Mau peaked at #68 on Billboard. Tall Cool One was re-released in 1964, reaching #38. By then, the Fabulous Wailers had long since returned home and launched their own Etiquette label.

Etiquette apparently released early records of The Sonics. It also put out the first known cover version of Louie Louie by FW lead vocalist Rockin Robin Roberts. The Wailers were uncredited but backed him on the 1961 session. Roberts take on Richard Berry’s inscrutably sung r & b tune prompted Portland band The Kingsmen to record their definitive hit single in 1963. Morrill and his bandmates/Etiquette co-owners (Roberts and bassist John “Buck” Ormsby) found their own releases such as Fabulous Wailers At The Castle inspired many up and coming Pacific Northwest players, reportedly including Jimi Hendrix.

Morrill died of cancer in April 2011. He had participated in numerous Fabulous Wailers reunions over the decades. (Roberts, an on/off again member after becoming a biochemist in 1965, died from car-crash injuries in ‘67.) Morrill also created a Roy Orbison tribute often playing Las Vegas. And I’m guessing that from 1973 onwards, his songwriting royalties statements noted payments for an English-language song that furthered the career of Quebecois chanteuse Ginette Reno.
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