I don't get Capitol Records.
Dave Guard decides to leave The Kingston Trio in 1961 after completing "Goin' Places."
Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds will be on the lookout for a replacement (John Stewart wins audition)
and Bob's solo "It Was A Very Good Year" is the highlight of "Goin' Places" yet Capitol refuses to release it as a single.
If Dave Guard recorded this song as a solo, I understand.
But why punish Bob Shane? "It Was A Very Good Year" could've been a big hit for The Kingston Trio.
So in 1965, Frank Sinatra calls up Capitol Records and asks if they're releasing Bob's song from "Goin' Places"
as a (45rpm) single.
Capitol tells Sinatra "No" and he ends up getting the "Hit" Bob Shane and The Kingston Trio theoretically could've had.
What is it with Capitol's "Just Say No" policy towards The Kingston Trio?
Those three words should be reserved for hard drugs. No? :>(
I love that song. And now when I hear it, I get all choked up, now that, I too, am in the autumn of my years.
Speaking of the chairman of the board. Funny (not in ha-ha funny) Frank Sinatra wouldn't touch "Scotch & Soda" since he admitted this song belonged to Bob Shane.
However, after listening to "It Was A Very Good Year" on his car radio in 1965, a few years after Bob Shane recorded it for the Kingston Trio's Goin' Places album, Frank telephoned Capitol Records and asked if they were planning to release it as a single?
When they told Frank no, he recorded it, feeling he had a winner on his hands!
In 1966, Frank won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance. Not only that, "It Was A Very Good Year" peaked at #28 on the
Hot 100 Hit Parade.
All because Ervin Drake composed the song in 1961, in response to a request by Capitol Records producer Artie Mogull. Mr. Mogull
(not Voyle Gilmore) told Ervin Drake Bob Shane needed a solo for the Kingston Trio's album Goin' Places.
1) Frank Sinatra's version (1965)
2) Bob Shane's original version (1961)