This is not intended to be a detailed post, like Out of the Canyon was about Laurel Canyon, but instead will be quite brief, unless I get diverted.
I somehow happened upon the above remarkable YouTube video of Tiny Tim. The girl singing with him, who doesn’t always manage to keep a straight face, is Eleanor Barooshian. She was in a girl bang called The Cake, who released two albums. Jack Nitzsche, who was name-dropped in my post about Laurel Canyon, and who helped Phil Spector create the ‘Wall of Sound’, and Jackie De Shannon, who I also mentioned in the Canyon post, wrote Baby, That’s Me, sung by The Cake.
You can hear elements of Spector’s ‘Wall’ in Baby, That’s Me, above.
The Cake consisted of three girls, Jeanette Jacobs, Eleanor Barooshian and Barbara Morillo, and you can read more about them here. Jeanette Jacobs was the one who didn’t move. The other two danced pretty well, but in the above video Jacobs staggers after stepping off the revolving stage, and then stands still. Two of them move in the video below, but Jacobs doesn’t.
There are differences of opinion as to why two of them moved and one stood still, but it makes for interesting videos. Jeanette Jacobs went on to be a friend of Jimi Hendrix.
The long tail of the Internet is great for discovering what’s happened with obscure, and not so obscure bands of the past. My favourite girl group was the Shangri-Las, on Red Bird, who were produced by Shadow Morton, who had a similar wall of sound to Spector. The bass on Out in the Street made my Dad’s stereo shake. Later on, in the seventies, Fanny really rocked. Here they are performing on the OGWT. Here they are playing Badge with a lot of raw power. They could play!
They can still play!