Thursday, April 05, 2018

Don and The Goodtimes - So Good (1967)



Portland, Oregon 
1964 - 1968 

Don and the Goodtimes were an American garage rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1964. Fronted by Don Gallucci, former keyboardist of the Kingsmen, the group made a name for itself in the Northwest rock scene performing in a similar style as their contemporaries the Wailers and the Sonics. Over time, Don and the Goodtimes developed vocal harmonies and earned two hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967, including their biggest hit "I Could Be So Good to You". The band released their album So Good, and later reconstructed itself as the psychedelic rock group Touch, before disbanding in 1969. ~ History


Members:
Charlie Coe , Don Gallucci,
Don McKinney , Jack Ely, 
Jeff Hawks , Jim Valley, 
Joey Newman , Pete Oulette,
Ron Overman




Don & the Goodtimes were a Pacific Northwest group formed in 1965 by Don Gallucci (keyboards) and Bobby Holden (drums), veterans of the band scene in Portland and the surrounding area. They cut records for Scepter Records' Wand label and for the Jerden label, and had some local success with the latter. The group didn't find a national audience, however, until Dick Clark chose them as the house band on his 1967 ABC afternoon program Where the Action Is. They made the move to Los Angeles and a contract with Epic Records followed that year, along with a single and an album. Their debut single, "I Could Be So Good to You," only got to number 56 nationally, although it did better in several key markets, ascending to number 15 in Los Angeles and reaching the Top 40 in New York, indicating that its impact was far greater on the two coasts than in the middle of the country. The group lasted for another year, issuing three more singles that didn't do nearly as well. Holden and bassist-singer Ron "Buzz" Overman quit in 1968, and Gallucci and the other members, Jeff Hawks (lead vocals) and Joey Newman (guitar), organized a new group called Touch, with Bruce Hauser (bass, vocals) and John Bordonaro (drums, vocals), a psychedelic band that got one self-titled LP out in 1969 before breaking up. ~ Allmusic

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Don and The Goodtimes - So Good (1967)

Don & the Goodtimes started life as a Pacific Northwest rock & roll band stomping out frat rock and hard R&B in the manner of the Wailers and Paul Revere & the Raiders (Don Gallucci, the band's keyboard player, had played with fellow Northwesterners the Kingsmen for a spell and added that memorable electric piano part to "Louie Louie"), but by the time they signed with Epic Records in 1967, they had cleaned up their act, landed a regular spot on the Dick Clark-produced pop series Where the Action Is, and started working on their vocal harmonies. So Good was the group's first long-player for Epic and a far cry from their earlier work; Jack Nitzsche produced and arranged the album, and with the band supplemented by a handful of A-list studio musicians (among them Ry Cooder, Glen Campbell, and Hal Blaine), they recorded ten tracks of first-rate sunshine pop, best exemplified by the minor hit single "I Could Be So Good to You." There isn't a wealth of original personality in this material (this music carries Nitzsche's stamp more than the credited artists), but the craft is superb, the band's harmony vocals are excellent, and the song selection is fine (the inclusion of "A Girl Like You," a minor hit for the Troggs, is a nice touch). 
So Good is in many respects a fairly typical piece of assembly-line pop from the L.A. studio system of the 1960s, but it reveals just how much soul this particular machine could generate back in the day. Overall, this represents the best of the band's Epic Records repertoire and is a good pick for anyone interested in their pop period.




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