Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy birthday, Spanky

I remember Sunday mornin
I'd meet him at the park
We'd walk together hand in hand
'Til it was almost dark

Yes it's Saturday but it's also Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane's birthday!  Thanks for making the Summer of Love so memorable back  in Whitehall, Wisconsin. Things would never have been quite the same without "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"  which streamed to us through KDWB 630, climbed to No. 9 on the charts and helped complete the patchwork of music during that fabulous summer of discovery.

Spanky & Our Gang sounded a lot like the Mamas and the Papas, a high compliment, and they had a quirky appearance that certainly blended in with the changing times.  But they never topped the commercial success of "Sunday."  They chartered two other singles from their debut album, "Making Every Minute Count" and "Lazy Day," and a year later came back with "I'd Like To Get To Know You" which made it to No. 17.

It was enough to carve out their legacy in our musical memories. And it just wouldn't be right not to introduce the band:

Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, Peoria, Illinois: Vocals
Nigel Pickering, Pontiac, Missouri: Rhythm guitar, vocals
Paul "Oz" Bach, Paw Paw, West Virginia; Bass guitar, vocals 
Malcolm Hale, Butte, Montana: Lead guitar, trombone

To watch them sing "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" click here.

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