Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Applejacks

Dave Appell was a kind of musical jack-of-all-trades. He did his apprenticeship at Cameo-Parkway, then went on to produce Gary Lewis & The Playboys (when Snuff Garrett was otherwise occupied I guess) then Tony Orlando & Dawn. Before all that he was the mastermind behind The Applejacks, who had 3 hits, all in 1958 – 59. I have one.

The Applejacks:

Mexican Hat Rock – This sounds like a precursor to those TV inspired instrumentals that would pop up in the mid 60s, songs like Chiquita Banana and No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) etc, complete with ethereal disembodied female voices and all. From the fall of 1958.

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