Sunday, November 13, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-October Country
Song:My Girlfriend Is A Witch
Album:Where The Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968
October Country was a very obscure 60s psychedelic band who only released one album and disappeared. That album was out of print for decades but in recent years has been released on CD and gotten a bit of a following. My Girlfriend Is A Witch is probably their best known song. The man behind October Country was boy wonder record producer Michael Lloyd. He was born Nov. 3, 1948 in New York City. At age 13, he met Mike Curb and later on Lloyd went to be vice president of A & R at MGM Records when Curb was president. In the mid-60s, Curb was producing music for teen exploitation films on Tower Records. Lloyd led a group called The Laughing Wind and released a single produced by Kim Fowley. He soon came across a folk rock group led by Caryle De Franca and her brother Joe. The original idea was to do something similar to We Five who had a hit at the time with You Were On My Mind. Lloyd signed them to Epic Records and recorded the single October Country. But Lloyd didn't like the group's performance and re-recorded it himself. The group eventually released three singles and an album that went nowhere. But Mike Curb saw enough to hire Lloyd and they worked together for years. My Girlfriend Is A Witch resurfaced in 1969 in the cartoon TV show Cattanooga Cats supposedly with Rupert Holmes singing lead. You can get My Girlfriend Is A Witch on this 4CD Nuggets comp from Rhino or the October Country album is available on CD from Rev-Ola. Michael Lloyd is best known as the musical supervisor and producer of the soundtrack for the 1987 film Dirty Dancing and he is also the creator of the PBS series Kidsongs. Here's a video for My Girlfriend Is A Witch by October Country.