Monday, May 25, 2009

Scotty McKay !

Unfortunately, Max Lipscomb is probably better remembered for the three months or so that he was a member of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps than for his own solo career as Scotty McKay !
Max began his life as a Blue Cap as a backing singer, but was soon moved to rhythm guitar and he ended up playing piano (the first time a piano was used on a Blue Caps session) at the December 1957 sessions.
Lipscomb travelled to Philadelphia to look up Frank Slay and Bob Crewe, who agreed to record him, and - apparently at the suggestion of their business partner Dick Clark - changed his name to Scotty McKay. Under the direction of Slay and Crewe, McKay recorded "Rollin' Dynamite"/ "Evenin' Time" for Parkway. In that same year, Scotty was signed to Johnny Vincent's Ace label, on which he had six singles released between September 1960 and October 1962. The first and best of these was "Little Liza Jane", with accompaniment by Fats Domino's band.
By 1965, The Scotty McKay Quintet found themselves a cameo role in a low budget Vincent Price horror flick for AIP based on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat" where he appears briefly on screen performing his own tune Sinner Man and covers of Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.
His later years were spent dabbling in Christian music.
A heart attack claimed him on March 17, 1991.

Scotty McKay :
* Rollin' Dynamite *
* Evenin' Time *
* Bad Times *


Anonymous sue said...

woooooooooooo yeah!!!!!!!!!!

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boy this is great; many thanks rev !

5:57 PM  
Anonymous G the P said...

awesome tunes - thank you!

I've got two Scotty McKay singles on ACE - one is the Little Liza Jane single - with another cover on the flip - Let The Good Times Roll. However, this record pales into insignificance (in my humble opinion) in the light of I've Got My Eyes On You (Ace 636, 1961). it's a slower number that sounds more r'n'b than rockabilly - but it's gritty as hell with great harmonica action. Real nice.

I'd never heard these earlier Scotty McKay tracks and I'll def be keeping my eye out for the Parkway record. It's brilliant, thank you again!

2:49 PM  
Blogger F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

Saluting Mr.McKay and saluting the cool Rev.
rock ON

7:10 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks y'all !
G da P, I'm truly with you on this one, My Eyes On You is bloody brilliant !

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scotty McKay, another awesome talent thrown to the wayside, from The Yardbirds to being in Larry Buchanan movies, one guy with a too much talent in another downward spiral to Hell! We'll meet up later Scotty, keep the fires burning!!

In "The Black Cat," true to Edgar's story, this dude cuts out the cats eye, and they when he goes to the bar, Scotty McKay and the boys in the band are all wearing eye patches, one of the biggest strokes of genius ever filmed!!

4:04 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Amen father !

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its Great!

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