"For My Own" (Misty Lane Records Product Code: MISTY065) LP/ltd ed/500
Early '60s Memphis teen garage groove! The first band signed to Hanna Barbera Records and a fave rave of both Elvis and Phil Spector! Ltd. edition of 500!
Both sides of all five of the Guilloteens' mid-'60s singles are on this collection, adding up to an erratic but generally above-average garage rock listen. Some of the earlier tracks are distinguished from the garage rock norm by Louis Paul's husky blue-eyed soul vocals, and the folk-rock-pop-punk of "I Don't Believe," a big hit in their native Memphis, could have easily been a nationwide smash given the right exposure. More along the lines of the more typical Pebbles/Nuggets garage sounds is the frenetic sub-Kinks riffing of "Hey You." The class of the bunch, though, might be the 1966 single "Wild Child," which with its ominous clanging riff and catchy pop-punk chorus is really a very good garage rock obscurity, though it's made it onto relatively few compilations. Some of the rest of the material is just all right stuff that mixes derivative Merseybeat with poppy garage stomp, though "For My Own" again taps into a nice folk-rock-influenced mood, and well-known Southern rock musician Jim Dickinson was responsible for co-writing "Crying All Over My Time." The LP's dragged down a bit, though, by the tamer sub-Lovin' Spoonful pop of their final singles (including a thinly disguised rewrite of "I Don't Believe," retitled "I Love That Girl"). As a bonus track, the record ends with Buddy Delaney & the Candy Soupe's lame "Girl," recorded by ex-Guilloteens bassist Delaney after the group broke up, which is nothing more than a slight rewrite of the Guilloteens B-side "Hey You."
Artist Biography by Richie Unterberger
Despite making fans of Elvis Presley and Phil Spector, as well as getting a big local hit in Memphis, the Guilloteens are not too well remembered in the pantheon of mid-'60s garage bands. That's unfortunate, because they were one of the better ones, and certainly one of the best from the South, an area that produced fewer garage bands per capita than the leading regional hotbeds of the sound. Perhaps some of the attention given to other regional garage bands of the era has eluded them because they were more versatile than the usual such act, putting fair quotients of blue-eyed soul, pop, and folk-rock into their sound, as well as the more expected British Invasion and raucous frat rock ingredients.
the Guilloteens formed in 1964 when Louis Paul, Laddie Hutcherson, and Joe Davis were members of the touring version of the Mar-Keys (who were by no means the same as the musicians who played on the Mar-Keys' records). When the horn section and singers of the band didn't show up one night, the three played on their own, leading them to decide to form their own group. Local popularity built a fan base that included Elvis Presley, who had known Louis years before the band had formed, got the Guilloteens a gig in early 1965 at the Red Velvet Club in Hollywood, where the group briefly relocated. Phil Spector saw the Guilloteens and was impressed enough to start working on producing their original song "I Don't Believe" in the studio. But for reasons that remain obscure, while Spector was out of town, Guilloteens' manager Jerry Williams signed a deal with the newly launched Hanna Barbera label (an offshoot of the company responsible for popular children's TV cartoons).
Still, the Guilloteens' debut single, "I Don't Believe" sans Spector production, was a strong effort mixing British Invasion pop harmony, Searchers-like guitar, and Paul's unusually thick blue-eyed soul vocals. It was a big hit in Memphis, backed with the Kinks knockoff "Hey You," another group original. Paul took vocals on three of the four songs on the band's first two singles, with "For My Own" an impressive follow-up that similarly mixed folk-rock with garage pop, though it wasn't the same regional hit that "I Don't Believe" had been. Paul quit the Guilloteens, however, after that release, unhappy with their manager.
By this time the band had returned to Memphis from Los Angeles, and replaced Paul with Buddy Delaney. Another decent single followed, one side of which ("Crying All Over My Time") was co-written by Hutcherson and Jim Dickinson, the latter later to become famous as a sideman and producer. That was their third and last release on Hanna Barbera, as a Southern tour on which they opened for Paul Revere & the Raiders helped get them a deal with Columbia Records. A Revere & the Raiders influence can be heard, in fact, on their first Columbia 45, "Wild Child," a really good slice of tough garage pop-punk that rates as one of the raunchiest garage singles issued on a major label. It couldn't break the Guilloteens nationally, however, and after a final disappointing uncharacteristically pop Columbia single in 1967, the group split up. Delaney made a rare single shortly afterward, "Girl," as frontman for Buddy Delaney & the Candy Soupe, though it was nothing more than a slightly reworked version of the old Guilloteens B-side "Hey You."
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Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Garage rock pop rock
Years active 1964-1967
Associated acts Buddy Delaney and the Candy Soupe
The Guilloteens were an American garage rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1964. Much of the band's musical stance was distinguished for incorporating their homegrown Memphis influences with a hard-edged sound. Among the group's singles, the Guilloteens are most-known for their regional hit "I Don't Believe" and "Hey You". Although national success eluded the group, they are now considered one of the more accomplished garage rock acts to emerge from the era.
Laddie Hutcherson (lead vocals, lead guitar), an ex-member of local Memphis group the LeSabres, formed the Guilloteens with Joe Davis (drums) and Louis Paul (bass guitar, backing vocals) in 1964. The trio originally encountered one another as members of the touring version of the studio R&B session band the Mar-Keys, a group who produced the number three Billboard Hot 100 hit "Last Night". When the horn section and backup singers failed to appear for a gig, the three performed on their own, with the positive reception leading to them forming the Guilloteens. Reflecting the formation of the band, Hutcherson recalls "We let our hair grow long and we started wearing English-looking clothes. We chose a name that sounded European since we were trying to cash-in on the Beatles". The Guiloteens subsequently earned a role as a house band for a popular Memphis teen dance club the Roaring Sixties, where they developed a sizable following among the area's pop audience.
Noticing the band's growing popularity, Jerry Williams, who managed fellow garage rock act Paul Revere and the Raiders, assumed the role as the Guilloteens' manager, and relocated the group to Los Angeles, presenting them on the television program Shindig!. In addition to Shindig!, the Guilloteens also made multiple performances on American Bandstand, Hullabaloo and Where the Action Is. The band's appearances on the shows made a fan out of Elvis Presley, convincing the singer to negotiate a spot for the Guilloteens at the Red Velvet nightclub in early 1965. While opening for the Byrds and the Turtles, the band also shared the stage with the Righteous Brothers, who helped the Guilloteens rehearse and polish some of their first compositions, including the Paul-original "I Don't Believe".
Record producer Phil Spector was impressed by the band's performances, and offered to record "I Don't Believe", coupled with the Hutcherson-penned "Hey You". Music historian Richie Unterberger, writing for the Allmusic website, says that the songs exemplified that the Guilloteens "were more versatile than the usual such act, putting fair quotients of blue-eyed soul, pop, and folk-rock into their sound, as well as the more expected British Invasion and raucous frat rock ingredients". For reasons that are obscured, when Spector flew to New York Williams signed the band to a recording contract with Hanna-Barbara Records. When "I Don't Believe" was released on the record label in 1966, it suffered from poor exposure, but still managed to become a Top 10 hit in Memphis. An additional single "For My Own" was also composed in the same folk rock-meets-blue-eyed soul vein; however, also like its predecessor, it was spurred by poor advertising. Following the lackluster sophomore release, Paul, frustrated with managerial decisions, departed the band and was replaced by Buddy Delaney.
A third single "Crying All Over My Precious Time" followed in late-1966 as the Guilloteens returned to Memphis. It proved to be the band's last release with the Hanna-Barbara label, after a successful tour with Paul Revere and the Raiders earned them a contract with Columbia Records. Their first single with Columbia, "Wild Child", emits a striking similarity to Raul Revere and the Raiders, and perhaps was the Guilloteens' grittiest recording of their musical career. Nonetheless, the single failed to garner much national attention, with a dissappointing pop follow-up resulting in the group disbanding in 1967. Delaney made a rare single called "Girl" as frontman for the psychedelic pop band Buddy Delaney and the Candy Soupe shortly thereafter.
Since their disbandment, the Guilloteens' has been spread out on several compilation albums. Most notably, "Wild Child" appears on Mind Blowers, Volume 1, "Crying All Over My Precious Time" on Highs in the Mid-Sixties, Volume 8, and "For My Own" on Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968. In 2003, the band's complete discography, including Delaney's one single with the Candy Shoppe, was released on For My Own: The Complete Singles Collection on Misty Lane Records in 2003.
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