Thursday, May 6, 2010

Here comes a memory

In the midnight moonlight I'll
Be walkin' a long and lonely mile
And every time I do
I keep seein' this picture of you

We were learning to drive a stick shift about the time these lyrics arrived as a bouncy single with infectious laughter and great harmonies.  If you need a refresher click here.

The band receives just one scant paragraph in the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, between Randy Travis (don't ask us) and T. Rex.  Their name was changed to an incorrect spelling because of a typo in a newspaper story. They had no No. 1 songs in the U.S., and their original frontman Brian Poole was gone before things really heated up for the band.

But we liked the Tremeloes well enough. So, too, did Decca Records -- more than the Beatles. Or so the story goes.  Decca was scouring the U.K. in 1962 looking for talent and after auditioning two bands they decided to sign the Tremeloes.  The other band managed quite well despite the slight, with members named John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The Tremeloes had three Top 5 songs in Britian that are remembered here today: "Here Comes My Baby" (No. 13 in the U.S. ), "Even the Bad Times Are Good" (No. 36) and "Silence is Golden" (No. 11) -- all in 1967 after the band had switched labels to Epic.

You don't need a stick shift to enjoy this ride.

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