Saturday, July 13, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Marketts

Artist:The Marketts
Song:Out Of Limits
Album:Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 2: The Sixties

Despite two lawsuits, the instrumental classic Out Of Limits was a top five hit in 1964. The man behind The Marketts was Michael Z. Gordon. He had success with the 1962 top 20 hit Let's Go (Pony) by The Routers. At first The Marketts were called The Mar-Kets and were led by Joe Saraceno who had worked with The Ventures. They released the album Surfer's Stomp on Liberty Records in 1962. One of the most popular TV shows at that time was the science fiction show The Outer Limits. While on tour with The Routers, Gordon wrote a surf rock mix of the themes from The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. He talked to Saraceno about recording it and The Marketts signed with Warner Bros. as The Routers were also on Warners. The band were studio musicians. Outer Limits was released but the producers of the TV show objected so the title was changed to Out Of Limits. Then Rod Serling sued for unauthorized use of the theme from The Twilight Zone. Once all that was sorted out, Out Of Limits reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. Like a lot of surf rock classics, Out Of Limits appeared in the 1994 film Pulp Piction. You can get it on this Rhino various artists comp. When Gordon got busy with other things, Saraceno continued to record as The Marketts. They had a top 20 hit in 1966 with a recording of Neal Hefti's theme from the Batman TV show. Saraceno also produced the hit No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) by The T-Bones. He specialized in instrumentals. Here's a video for Out Of Limits by The Marketts.

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