Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Present Day Sixties Relic Refuses to Die (An Occasional Series)

From (approximately) 2006, please enjoy Waddy Wachtel and Friends -- with special guest frontman Keith Allison -- stomping their way, authoritatively, through Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up."

Yes, Keith Allison. The Texas-born Paul McCartney look-alike who was briefly a teen idol on TV's Where the Action Is, and who later did a stint in Paul Revere and the Raiders.

And who made this absolutely killer single in early 1967.

"Louise" has an interesting provenance, by the way. It was written by Jesse Kincaid, who -- along with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder -- was a member of The Rising Sons, perhaps the great lost American rock band of the mid-60s. And the backing track to Allison's version is identical to the one that appears (with vocal by Mark Lindsay) on the Raider's classic The Spirit of '67 album.

In any case, I had long assumed that Allison ended his career toiling in country music, like so many of his contemporaries, so what a delightful surprise to see that he remained a rocker at heart.

Seriously -- we should all kick such major ass thirty or forty years down the line.


Brooklyn Girl said...

He apparently appears at The Joint with Waddy's band on a regular basis:


ROAD TRIP!!! :-)

pete said...

Is that Nancy Wilson?

Billy B said...

I love the tune Louise. When I bought this album back in the summer of 67, my girlfriend's name was Louise.

Billy B said...

I should have mentioned the album I purchased was the Spirit of 67 by PR and the Raiders.

Hannes A. Jónsson said...

Blimey! It's Tony bloody Blackburn!


Anonymous said...

Keith co-wrote "Freeborn Man" w/ Mark Lindsay. It's become a bluegrass standard. I first heard it in my 70's rock neanderthal days by southern rockers The Outlaws.