THE GOOD TIME SINGERS The Goodtime Singers with Tom Drake (front row left) and Michael Storm (back row right.) as pictured on the cover of "The Good Time Singers"
Capitol T/ST 2041

 

The very nature of show business encourages overnight success and regularly turns unknown but talented performers into national favorites with lightning speed.
That is precisely what happened with The Good Time Singers, who were organized in September of 1963.
Tom Drake, who is now leader of the group, was at the time teaching English at a Los Angeles high school by day, and singing by night in many of the popular folk music clubs that thrive in Southern California.
Then one evening Tom heard via the grapevine that the Andy Williams Show was looking for a group of ten singers to appear regularly with the NBC-TV singing star.
The information proved correct and The Good Time Singers, a group of seven boys and three girls, was organized over the weekend.
Tom rehearsed them for the first time on a Monday, and that Thursday they were ready to audition for Williams and his producers. The following Monday the contract was signed -- just one week to the day after The Good Time Singers sang their first note together as a group.
Things continued to happen quickly. They totaled a dozen appearances on Andy's show; guest-starred on ABC-TV's "Hootenanny"; completed a pilot film, "The Big Hoot," for Revue Productions; and were featured in a number of West Coast concerts. And, only four months after their frantic beginning, they began this album.
Their story is an unusual one . . . of a group that began at the top and achieved national fame with its first appearance. And it proves that talent, given the chance, is a real key to success. Their wide audiences have liked the spontaneous and exciting style of The Good Time Singers. And that's what you'll like about this album.
SIDE ONE

JOHN PEEL AND THE FOX -- 1:45 -- (Storm - Drake)
SING ALONG WITH ME -- 2:10 -- (Phil Ochs)
TALL GROWIN' CORN -- 2:35 -- (Roy Kauffman)
BANKS OF THE OHIO -- 2:55 -- (French arrangement by Don Costner)
FREEDOM CALLING -- 2:41-- (Phil Ochs)
GOIN' AWAY FROM HERE -- 2:16 -- (Storm-Drake)

SIDE TWO

ROCK ISLAND LINE -- 2:35 -- (arr. By The Good Time Singers)
TURN AROUND -- 2:30 -- (Reynolds - Green - Belafonte)
ELOISE -- 2:21 -- (Storm - Drake - Gleason)
ONE BY ONE -- 2:07 -- (Rod McKuen)
LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM / POWER AND GLORY -- 5:09 -- (Ed McCurdy / Phil Ochs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by KERMIT WALTER
Cover Photo/Capitol Photo Studio / Ken Veeder

 

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