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OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 02:35

Heard an interesting piece today on NPR about Tandyn Almer, the author of this great song, who died last month at the age of 70.

[www.npr.org]



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2013-02-20 03:11 by tatters.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary"
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 02:42




Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary"
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 02:48




Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary"
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 02:52





Every time I think that
I'm the only one who's lonely
Someone calls on me
And every now and then
I spend my time at rhyme and verse
And curse those faults in me

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to give me kicks and be my steady chick
And give me pick of memories
Or maybe rather gather tales from all the fails and tribulations
No one ever sees
When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch

When vague desire is the fire
In the eyes of chicks whose sickness
Is the games they play
And when the masquerade is played
The neighbor folks make jokes
At who is most to blame today

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to set them free and
Let them see reality
From where she got her name
And will they struggle much
when told that such a tender touch of hers
Will make them not the same
When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch

And when the morning of the warning's passed
The gassed and flaccid kids
Are flung across the stars
The psychodramas and the traumas gone
The songs are left unsung
And hung upon the scars

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to see the stains?
The dead remains of all the pain
She left the night before
Or will their waking eyes reflect the lies
And make them realize
Their urgent cry for sight no more
When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013-02-20 02:58 by tatters.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary"
Posted by: stonehearted ()
Date: February 20, 2013 03:06

Tandyn Almer also co-wrote these two Beach Boys singles.










"Even Hearts of Stone Can Crack"

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: stonehearted ()
Date: February 20, 2013 03:59

The Tandyn Slave-Master, which Almer invented, has been described as "the perfect bong" in the book A Child's Garden of Grass (The official handbook for marijuana users) [Jack S. Margolis and Richard Clorfene; Contact Books, North Hollywood, California, USA].








"Even Hearts of Stone Can Crack"

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 04:23

Write what you know, they always say.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: February 20, 2013 07:09

That song made me want to try marijuana two years before I ever even saw any. The Small Faces subverted me in the same way with Itchycoo Park. It made me want to skip school and get trippin'.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: nashville ()
Date: February 20, 2013 11:18

Primarily a pop band this is my favourite Association 45. Often has a spin on my jukebox.




Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies

Andy

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tomcasagranda ()
Date: February 20, 2013 12:07

Didn't he write part of Sail On Sailor with Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, and wasn't he also part of Brian Wilson's circle of friends ?

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 15:22

Leonard Bernstein liked it.



Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 20, 2013 16:18

Quote
nashville
Primarily a pop band this is my favourite Association 45. Often has a spin on my jukebox.




Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies

Andy

Jimmy Webb offered them the original 22-minute version of MacArthur Park. They turned him down and never had another hit.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: February 20, 2013 17:45

Quote
tomcasagranda
Didn't he write part of Sail On Sailor with Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, and wasn't he also part of Brian Wilson's circle of friends ?

According to wikipedia it took five of them to write that song, Wilson, Parks, Ray Kennedy, Jack Rieley, and Tandyn Almer.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: February 20, 2013 17:51

That NPR piece didn't give any mention of "Mary" producer Curt Boettcher who is credited with speeding up the song. In recent years he's become a cult figure among fans of what is now called "sunshine pop" and his work with groups like The Millenium is very highly regarded.

[en.wikipedia.org]


When you listen to "Mary" and other AM hits of 45+ years ago, like "Pretty Ballerina" by the Left Banke, it's striking how substantial the pop music of that era could be.



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Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: February 20, 2013 18:52


Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: Elmo Lewis ()
Date: February 20, 2013 19:31

Quote
loog droog
That NPR piece didn't give any mention of "Mary" producer Curt Boettcher who is credited with speeding up the song. In recent years he's become a cult figure among fans of what is now called "sunshine pop" and his work with groups like The Millenium is very highly regarded.

[en.wikipedia.org]


When you listen to "Mary" and other AM hits of 45+ years ago, like "Pretty Ballerina" by the Left Bank, it's striking how substantial the pop music of that era could be.

"Sail On Sailor" is sang quite nicely by Blondie Chaplin I might add.

Always thought "Along Comes Mary" was a pot song.

"No Anchovies, Please"

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: February 20, 2013 20:00

Quote
Elmo Lewis
Quote
loog droog
That NPR piece didn't give any mention of "Mary" producer Curt Boettcher who is credited with speeding up the song. In recent years he's become a cult figure among fans of what is now called "sunshine pop" and his work with groups like The Millenium is very highly regarded.

[en.wikipedia.org]

"Sail On Sailor" is sang quite nicely by Blondie Chaplin I might add.

And I had no idea that Blondie and Ricky Fataar sang the lead on 'Leaving This Town For Another One' on the great Holland album. (From where Sail on Sailor originated). I always thought it was Dennis, but it turns up that neither he, nor Brian, sang any leads on that album.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: February 20, 2013 20:33

Dennis sang Only With You on Holland. Great album.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: February 20, 2013 22:16

Quote
loog droog
Dennis sang Only With You on Holland. Great album.

Wikipedia, and yes, I know they can be wrong, lists Carl as the lead singer on that cut. Dennis and Carl are listed as co-writers.

Sounds like Carl to me on ONLY WITH YOU:
[www.youtube.com]

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: mickschix ()
Date: February 20, 2013 22:33

It IS a pot song....Mary = marijuana. Am I right?? That's what I was told when the song first came out.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: February 20, 2013 23:07

Quote
24FPS


Sounds like Carl to me on ONLY WITH YOU:


Yeah, I think you're right.

Always assumed it was Dennis. Playing it just now, I can hear that it's more than just family vocal-resemblance.

It's Carl.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 21, 2013 02:06

Quote
loog droog
More on Almer:

[articles.washingtonpost.com]

Some good stuff here, too.

[www.patheos.com]

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: owlbynite ()
Date: February 23, 2013 10:17

Quote
mickschix
It IS a pot song....Mary = marijuana. Am I right?? That's what I was told when the song first came out.

yes, mary Jane as it was called in some finer circles...

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: Mimi73 ()
Date: February 23, 2013 16:00

and along comes a great interpretation of the bloodhound gang:





and of course its a pot song, what else?

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: February 23, 2013 16:11

It's kinda up-tempo for a pot song. I actually prefer the slower, more languid version The Association did in the Ed Sullivan clip I posted earlier. The original studio version sounds like guys on an amphetamine rush.

Re: OT: "Along Comes Mary" Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s
Posted by: Mimi73 ()
Date: February 23, 2013 18:09

you can also smoke while dancing especially by the bloodhound gang...
but what the amphetamine rush is concerned, is really nicesmiling smiley



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