Sunday, July 25, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Del-Vetts
Song:Last Time Around
Album:Garage Rock Classics
To avoid confusion, there were two groups called The Del-Vetts. There was a girl group in the 50s who recorded a couple of singles. Last Time Around was a top 30 hit by this garage band from Chicago. They started out in 1963 led by singer guitarist Jim Lauer along with guitarist Lester Goldboss, bassist Bob Good and drummer Paul Wade. They started out as a surf cover band and built a following in Chicago. In 1965, producer Bill Traut signed them and released a cover of Little Latin Lupe Lu on his Seeburg label. Traut became a partner in Dunwich Records and brought The Del-Vetts with him. By this time, Good became the guitarist, Jack Burchall was on bass and Roger Deatherage was on drums. They recorded Last Time Around in 1966 and it topped the local charts and was a national top 30 hit. It has a really good guitar track obviously influenced by The Yardbirds. When the follow up single flopped, The Del-Vetts changed their name to The Pride and Joy and went for a softer rock sound. But changes at Dunwich forced the band to leave and sign with Dot Records. When the single We Got a Long Way to Go flopped, The Pride and Joy split up in 1968. Like a lot of psychedelia, Last Time Around has been kept alive by the Nuggets comps. But this 2004 comp from Varese called Garage Rock Classics is a good single CD intro for beginners. Sundazed has released The Del-Vetts recordings on vinyl only. Reports indicate that The Del-Vetts leader Jim Lauer has been confined to a mental institution for years. Here's a video for The Del-Vetts garage band classic Last Time Around.