Garage/Soul 66 #001 - Pink and Green and Swinging Machine
Welcome to the Garage/Soul '66 podcast! Arcania International (AI) and Psych of the South (PotS) are two of the many small record labels that are collecting and reissuing forgotten pop, psych, rock, R&B and soul recordings of the mid to late 1960's.
Both labels are carried by DCD Records, and both were willing to share the music with you. These vintage recordings are lo-fi, raw, high-energy and authentic. And deserve to be heard again.
For the first episode of our podcast series, we present four tracks of widely different stars.
The Swinging Machine was a mainstay of the eastern Virginia music scene, and it looked like they would break through in time. But the death of their lead singer in 1968 put an end to their dreams, and the band.
Shirley Hughey checks in with a slab of psychedelic pop titled "Pink and Green" from 1969. Far out and groovy, but many questions left unanswered, such as what does pink and green mean, and who was Shirley Hughey?
The Blue and Gray, as befitting their name, came from the deep south (Arkansas), where the Civil War is still the Recent Unpleasantness. Their track, "Don't Send Me No Flowers" has a protopunk swagger to it that's years ahead of its time.
Gene and the Team Beats/Gene and the Teen Beats. Same band, subtly different name. But solid soul no matter how they spelled it.
This show we play:
The Swinging Machine: Do You Have To Ask (1964)
from Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things, Vol. 1
Shirley Hughey: Pink and Green (1969)
from Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things, Vol. 3
Gene and Teen Beats: I'll Let Nothing Separate Me (1967)
from Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 1
The Blue and the Gray: Don't Send Me No Flowers (1966)
from Lost Souls, Vol. 1
Psych of the South