: Larry, this is the real story on that Four Preps recording. The Preps had done parody
: recordings of popular hits before with some success (More Money for you and Me, The
: Big Draft) So they hadn't had a hit in awhile and decided to do this recording and
: it was thoroughly checked out as far as publishing rights etc. It was released and
: at least where I was it was in the top 100 the first week, the second week I think
: it was #40 or so, boy it was hot, I had gotten my copy, the third week it
: disappeared, I couldn't believe it, the fourth week I looked , no wheres to be
: found. Never could figure this out. A couple of years ago I asked Bruce Belland,
: what happened? Apparantly Brian Epstein did not find the record funny, the Preps
: and the Beatles where both on Capitol Records in the U.S. Epstein called the head
: of Capitol Records and demanded it be recalled. All the remaining copies where
: smashed and discarded before shipping. According to Bruce Belland this went a long
: way to the members of the Preps deciding to move on to other things and dissolve the
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: Based on my posting of the Four Preps song below and this one, looks like Capitol
: Records was pumping The Beatles well for all it was worth. The Kingston Trio - who?
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: Poor Alan Sherman. He had a great oversell of his first two records, challenging
: teens and parents, and weight loss, and the Kennedys, astronauts, and folk singing.
: He got to love the sound of his own voice too much. His family left him, he strove
: to stay topical as a night club act, then sputtered out and died - actually died.
: I think Sherman became too critical of the world evolving around his comfort zone,
: especially the music that was knocking everything "comfortable" off the
: The morning after the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, a neighbor kid of ours combed
: his hair onto his forehead and took the bus to school, only to be threatened with
: suspension for violating the dress code. I was still getting a flat-top! How many of
: us remember similar cases of boys being persecuted for long hair? Reviewing those
: films of the Beatles and their outrageous haircuts, I can only laugh at the mores of
: the time. Long hair = Communism!
: How little we knew! How little we suspected over the horizon.