Monday, April 11, 2016

The Cryan' Shames

Artist: The Cryan' Shames
LP: Sugar & Spice
Song: "Sugar & Spice" 
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Song: "Ben Franklin's Almanac" 
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It's a Cryan' Shame that these hip '60s psychedelic pop-rockers were never very well known outside their native Chicago. Their biggest hit, "Sugar and Spice," peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, though I prefer the single's b-side, "Ben Franklin's Almanac." It's neat that their tambourine player, Jim "J.C. Hooke" Pilster, is placed front and center in the photos instead of having his nifty old-style hook-hand 'conveniently' hidden behind someone's paisley bell-bottoms. Pilster and singer Tom "Toad" Doody are the only original members who are still with The Cryan' Shames today. More on Wikipedia here.

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