Sugar Loaves?


Psychedelic masterminds Boney M once released a song in which they sang “My friend Jack eats sugar loaves

That’s not quite how it went when the original was released 50 years ago this week. Here it is


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

8 thoughts on “Sugar Loaves?

  1. Incidentally not an especially thrilling weekend at the Birdcage. After a burst of ska/bluebeat record nights in the new year, they were back to the usual mix, just called ‘Records Nights’ – even though ‘Brady’ had departed. Only one live act appeared most weekends around this time and this night in 1967 it was Joey (Joe E?) Young & the Toniks. They were a soul band about whom I recall absolutely nothing.

  2. In February 1965 (two years before The Smoke’s song was released), Augustus Owsley Stanley III (“Bear”) first succeeded in synthesizing crystalline LSD in his basement laboratory in the San Francisco Bay area and first distributed it in in San Francisco the following month.

    Bear had a background in electronics and a lot of his income from LSD sales was used to produce The Grateful Dead’s famed “wall of sound”. His recordings of their concerts were turned into live albums (“Bear’s Choice”) which gave him an income until he killed in a car crash at the age of 76, six years ago.

    After a newspaper had described Bear as an “LSD millionaire” The Dead wrote the song “Alice D Millionaire” about him. Steely Dan wrote “Kid Charlemagne” about him too.
    LSD became illegal in California on October 6th, 1966, but it wasn’t banned federally until October 24th, 1968.

    In the U.K, Michael Hollingshead, a British born an associate of Timothy Leary, opened The World Psychedelic Centre in Chelsea in 1965, the year before LSD was banned in the U.K.

    Albert Hoffman, the first man to discover LSD and trip out in 1943, died -at 102 years of age – in 2008.

    (‘Is it about a bicycle?’ – Sgt. Pluck,’The Third Policeman’- Flann O’Brien)

  3. It was Joe E Young and The Toniks, Dave… According the the Record Collector Rare Record Guide they released two singles on the obscure Toast label in 1968 and 1969. The later one was a laid back version of The Beatles “Good Day Sunshine”. Both singles are worth about £20 each.
    They also released an album in 1968 called “Soulbuster!”, worth around £40. The tracks released on the two singles were all on the album. It was produced by Pete Gage, known for his work with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band – which is maybe the reason they got the Birdcage gig!

    Here’s the B side of “Good Day Sunshine”.

  4. Whoops… ARRANGED by Pete Gasge, not produced by him -that task was undertaken by Tommy Scott, as can be seen on the label, shown on the youtube clip.

  5. …AND he co-wrote the song….

    • Thanks JR – found more stuff. All fairly typical and perfectly OK. One thing I found was a cover of the classic “Open the Door to Your Heart” – second best but OK, although it sounds to me like the YouTube version is slightly speeded up. Is this Pete Gage, the same guy that later replaced Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood?

  6. Nope, different guy… but this one also worked with Vinegar Joe as well as Geno…

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