Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The winner is . . .

40 Years After :
Historical pop culture with Rick Campbell

So who was the hottest band in Houston in the winter of 1967? If you saw the results of a reader poll conducted by the Houston Post you’d know that Neal Ford and the Fanatics came out on top.  Obviously, this was an unscientific poll. On Feb. 12 and 19, the Post published a mail-in ballot with the names of eight bands and space for write-in votes. On Feb. 26, the winners were announced with this headline and these three lead paragraphs:

And the Winner Is:

The Fanatics!

Number 2: The Coastliners

Number 3: The Fever Tree

Neal Ford and the Fanatics are the first place winner in The Houston Post’s Teen Music Contest.
Second place goes to The Coastliners, who were merely a hot breath away from the Fanatics.
The Fever Tree, with a record in sixth spot on the Houston polls, took third, snatching it from the teeth of Thursday’s Children, in the last two days of voting.

Other finalists in the top 10 included the 13th Floor Elevators, The Sixpentz, The Surf Knights, Jake and Jokers, Red Crayola (or Krayola) and the Dimensions. The last four were write-in candidates. Two groups on the ballot that failed to reach the top 10 were Frankie and Johnny (Frank Davis and Kay Oslin) and the Underground.

The Elevators weren’t really a Houston group, but they had spent time here and recorded here. The Sixpentz evolved into the Fun and Games Commission (The Gooviest Girl in the World) and Thursday’s Children was Charlie Helpinstill’s band long before he became Ezra Charles.

One band that caught fire in 1967 was missing from the ballot. A photo of the Moving Sidewalks ran under the headline “More Faces Belonging To . . .” along with a photo of the Dimensions.

Here’s a group of “girl” songs and a few others from the top local bands via Youtube:

Neal Ford and the Fanatics — (I’ve Got A) Brand New Girl

The Coastliners — She’s My Girl

The Fever Tree — San Francisco Girls

Thursday’s Children — You’ll Never be My Girl

The 13th Floor Elevators — You’re Gonna Miss Me

The Sixpentz — Imitation Situation

The Surf Knights — Stains of Love

Here’s a .pdf file of the ballot.

And here’s the story in .pdf form from Houston Post microfilm.

Some background on this story: In the past several weeks, I’ve been spending time in the basement of Rice University’s Fondren Library digging through microfilm copies of the  Post to build an archive library of Scott Holtzman’s Nowsounds columns. I haven’t got to the beginning or the end yet, but I’ve  gotten copies of columns from several months 1967 and 1968, so far. Using the Post as his platform, Holtzman, who also managed Fever Tree,  championed the local teen music scene, offering features and tidbits about various bands and posting a calendar for  live-music shows.

 A small but very capacious and interesting article. I wanted it continue in  form of illustrations from the little that was in my collection ... And most importantly for me, in this article -  not who winner ... It's a sadly so few remains in the memory and stay only footprints in the sand
without proper continuation ...
But it will ...

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