Monday, March 03, 2008

Gene McDaniels !

A lil' bit of soul will never wash away the...ah whatever.

Gene McDaniels had a brief but successful career as a pop singer in the early 60's.
McDaniels signed a contract with Liberty Records in California and worked with producer Tommy "Snuff" Garrett, who supplied Gene with songs written by the Brill Building stable of songwriters, including Bacharach & David, Goffin & King, and Pomus & Shuman.
Gene's brief fling with fame resulted in his appearance in the 1962 British film It's Trad, Dad which was directed by Richard Lester. Also known as 'Ring-A-Ding Rhythm', the film included appearances by Chubby Checker, Gene Vincent, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Mr. Acker Bilk, Del Shannon and others.
In later years when black consciousness was in vogue in the pop music business, he began to go by the name Eugene McDaniels and recorded some soul-styled social consciousness records for Atlantic in the early 70's. These recordings became the albums Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse and Outlaw. He also wrote a number of songs, including Feel Like Makin' Love, which was a number one hit for Roberta Flack in 1974.

Gene McDaniels :
* (There Was A) Tall Oak Tree *
* Send For Me *


Blogger Testify said...

You can see that "It's Trad Dad" performance here;
courtesy of 'etronical'.
Daniels recorded this Bacharach/David number in 1962, prior to The Walker Brothers version.
My favourite Gene McDaniels number is his 1965 recording 'Walk With a Winner'

6:20 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Hey thanks for the link, ths video is splendid !

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great To see the REV back .been away myself and just realized you're back. Got a lot of catching up to do.
'Walk With a Winner' is a monster tune on the Northern Soul Circuit

10:13 PM  
Blogger themusicologist said...


lovin' the Gene McD selection


11:22 AM  
Blogger HG's said...

Gene McDaniels' pop music was very soothing to a young soul, and "Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse" is the truest example of what happens when people wake up and see what's going on around them. Check out "Supermarket Blues," Gene became very angry and justifably so, but the early stuff will also be great forever!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks gentlemen !
(ah Paul, thank you).

Dad/ol'bro/or whatever the hell, you're absolutely right !

Cheers !

8:41 AM  
Blogger Larry Saidman said...

Gene McDaniels just put out a great record a couple years ago--it's called "Screams and whispers". He sounds better than ever, and the material is exquisite. (especially a song called "Nuclear Dancing".). His website is I think you can still order it from there. I've been a Gene McDaniels fan and collector since 1961. -Larry

9:11 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Cheers Larry!

5:46 PM  

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