Friday, July 17, 2009
Jango Son Of The Day-The Music Explosion
Song:Little Bit O' Soul
Album:Nuggets From Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era
The 1967 hit Little Bit O' Soul is a great song from the one hit wonder The Music Explosion. They were part of the Kasenatz-Katz music factory that also included Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Co. The big difference was that The Music Explosion were a real band but they were chewed up and spit out by Kasenatz-Katz and killed. The Music Explosion were from Mansfield, OH. and were led by lead singer Jamie Lyons. Other members were Donald Atkins and Richard Nesta on guitar, Burton Stahl on bass and Robert Avery on drums. They were discovered by Kasenatz-Katz and signed to Laurie Records. Little Bit O' Soul was their first single and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by British songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis who had written several British Invasion hits. Lyons had also recorded as a solo artist for Laurie but it looks like that may have led to Kasenatz-Katz splitting with Laurie and moving to Buddah. Then Kasenatz-Katz got into the pattern of using studio musicians on Music Explosion records and that killed the band. Their other music sucks so be sure to get Little Bit O' Soul on this Nuggets comp. Jamie Lyons went on to record with the Capital City Rockets. He died in 2006. Bob Avery was in Crazy Elephant. Here's The Music Explosion performing Little Bit O' Soul 1967.